Trekking and hiking footwear should fit comfortably, without rubbing. Make sure that your heel sits securely and that your toes have enough space. Check to see if the heel fits properly by trying the shoe on first with the laces undone. If it’s loose at the sides, the heel is too wide. There should be a finger’s width of space between your toes and the tip of the shoe – an important aspect during descents to stop your toes hitting the front of the shoe.
In particular, if you are buying lightweight, multifunctional shoes with a more flexible textile upper, you will often find that you need a slightly longer fit to ensure that your toes do not get bruised at the front of the shoe. However, shoes and boots worn expressly for climbing should fit snugly and not be too long. For more ambitious mountaineering, direct and sure-footed rock contact is more important than greater comfort on descents.
If you have a Hanwag shoe in a particular size, it is not the case that all Hanwag footwear in that size will fit you. This is because they use particular lasts for particular types of activity. A last is a model rather like an artificial foot that the footwear is fashioned around. For example, their TREK category footwear is made using a more comfortable last than their ALPINE category footwear, where optimal grip is the first priority.
Tip: Men with very narrow feet should also try the women’s sizes (available up to size 8)
Please find below international conversions for Men and Women’s Hanwag Footwear.
|Product Size (UK)||7||7.5||8||8.5||9||9.5||10||10.5||11|
|Product Size (UK)||3.5||4||4.5||5||5.5||6||6.5||7||7.5||8|