Consultation with a HANWAG footwear specialist is invaluable.
The basic principles are:
A walking boot or shoe made from soft material should always be bought with a wider fit across the toes so your toes never hit against the inside of the shoe. Even if the shoe is wonderfully comfortable when you try it on in the shop you should always try a half size bigger as a comparison, just to be on the safe side, because it might prove to be an even better fit!
Hiking or trekking footwear must have a comfortable fit and must not rub anywhere. It should give good ankle support, have just one (if any) distinct crease over the toes and the essential flexible instep-bend.
Alpine rock climbing boots should fit well and should not be too long (to provide direct contact, and ensure sure footing on rock). They should also have an efficient, smooth-running lacing system.
Heavy-duty alpine boots have to be wider in the toe area to protect against frostbite. HANWAG Alpine boots protect via a triple, individual-adjustment vari-volume system. Whether you choose thick or thin socks, one pair or two, your boots will fit every time, and you will always be prepared for every eventuality.
The HANWAG footwear fit is the result of decades of experience in shoe making and, for most of us, results in a perfect fit. Even so, it makes good sense to “break in” a trekking shoe before heading out on a long trek. For footwear with a leather lining this is an especially good idea since the natural material moulds itself to and takes on the shape of the foot. It is also important to try different methods of lacing your footwear; the breaking in period is the prime opportunity. Remember, we do not recommend that you lend your boots to anyone else. Their perfect fit will be ruined and your boots will no longer be as comfortable on your feet as they were before.
Please also see our Size Guide.