The answer, unfortunately, is yes. On a sheep, goat, or alpine mule deer or elk hunt, your success can hinge on the wellness of your feet and your ability to move over the terrain. Your boots must fit properly and provide the support, protection, and durability to withstand mile after mile of steep slopes and sharp, abrasive rock. It cannot be overstated how quickly this ground can wreck boots. Even the best ones usually last me only three hunts. Boots that are up to the task are specialized and crafted with exceptional materials and great attention to detail. That’s why they don’t come cheap.