Choosing the right size for the perfect fit makes all the difference. Qualified advice from an expert retailer is indispensable – especially when it comes to mountain boots and trekking or hiking footwear.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING NEW FOOTWEAR
- Trekking and hiking footwear should fit comfortably, without rubbing. Check to see if the heel fits properly by trying the shoe on with the laces undone. If it’s loose at the sides, the heel is too wide.
- You should be able to measure a finger’s width of space between your toes and the tip of the shoe – this is particularly important for descents, where you don’t want your toes hitting the front of the shoe. In particular, if you are buying lightweight, multifunctional footwear with a more flexible textile upper, you will often need a slightly longer fit to ensure that your toes don’t get bruised at the front of the shoe. Even if a shoe feels comfortable when you try it on in the shop, always try the next half size up to compare.
- Alpine rock climbing boots are the exception to the rule. For more ambitious mountaineering a closer fit is important. Boots should not be too long to ensure direct contact and sure footing on rock. This takes precedence over comfort for descents...
- Again, make sure that the heel fits securely and that the toes have enough space. This will ensure a more comfortable fit.
- Our particularly stiff alpine boots (Omega and Eclipse II) should not be too narrow at the toes, to prevent frostbite from occurring. Our alpine boots feature the triple-adjustment HANWAG Vari-Volume system with an exchangeable inner tongue and a second set of insoles to make sure they fit with one or two pairs of socks (including thick mountain socks). This means they can be adapted to suit all conditions.