La Sportiva Boots are approved!
I realize this is a little close to fire season, but important to hear if you have not purchased boots. La Sportiva boots are an acceptable choice for fire season, and are safe and "approved" (for lack of a better word). I purchased a pair last season and couldn't be happier. I fight wildfire for a state forestry agency and it was recently approved by our organization after a report was issued by the Forest Service. It stated (I wont quote the whole thing so I'll summarize) that it would be unjust to only allow one specific type of boot - i.e. Nick's, White's, Drew's, etc. Instead, we, as fire professionals, should adhear to the regulations already outlined. Those guidelines are that the boots must be all leather construction, have a Vibram OR lug sole, and be a minimum of 8 inches high. First, as stated earlier Sportiva's are usually 8 inches high (some of the smaller sizes don't measure up), next they do have a vibram sole. NOTE that nowhere does it say that they MUST be stitched or screwed. As for the all leather part, they are all leather. They simply just don't look like the usual style boots, but are all leather.
One reply stated that you should purchase that $400 dollar pair of Nick's, White's, Drew's, etc.... as opposed to LaSportiva's because they will last longer. I run a handcrew and hike ALL season long. My sportiva's have lasted just as long as my previous pair of Nick's, for around half the cost. I have seen Forest Service Hotshot crews with them, BLM Hotshot crews wearing them, and just as many folks on engines wear them. Everyone I talk to about them, can't say enough positive things about them.
I realized this post is a sounding a bit like a LaSportiva ad, but I just wanted to give you the other side of the story and defunk some of the mis-information that was posted earlier.