Hey folks: A friend just got back from Peru where he was doing some actual archeology. While there his boots were stolen. For over a month he was forced to hike and work in a pair of boat shoes due to the fact Size 13's are tough to find in Peru. He has burned through two pair of hikers that have been advertised as guaranteed for life. He wants a real leather boot that can take a beating and be comfortable for long hikes. I know many have Aldens but are they really a Real world tough as nails boot. I was abit worried about the sole in terms of traction but outside of snow would it be a problem. Any suggestions would be appreciated. We are getting together on Tuesday to talk over what he should buy (and see pic of the dig). He just discovered COW but didn't have much time before being in the jungle.