The first step towards finding the right pair of boots or shoes is to understand the different types and variations that are available. Hanwag footwear is divided into A, B, C and D categories. Look for these symbols under the product features tab to guide you through the selection process.
Category A footwear is primarily lightweight and flexible. Products in this category are designed for light activities, such as; travelling, walking or everyday use.
Category B footwear has a more solid sole construction and firmer grip for longer hikes and easy treks.
Category C boots are mostly suitable for hybrid step-in crampons, also known as semi-automatic crampons. Designed for longer multi-day treks on rough terrain with a heavy rucksack.
Category D boots are fully compatible with step-in crampons, also known as; automatic, clip-on or rigid crampons. These boots have a robust construction designed for glaciers, mountaineering and ice climbing.
Hanwag footwear is also organized according to the following areas of activity: Trail & Travel, Trek Light, Trek, Rock and Alpin. This takes into account not only sole stiffness, but also a range of other factors including flexibility at the ankle (lateral and longitudinal), heel pitch (the difference in height between the last at the heel and the ball of the foot), toe spring (the height of the last at the center of the toe where it curves up from the ground), the last itself and the materials used. Experiences and fitness are also important factors: some people prefer sturdy, lightweight shoes, while others are better off in mountain boots.
Areas of activity
For difficult steep rocky territory with rubble, snow and ice.
For narrow pathways in rocky territory, challenging Via Ferratas, rubble, snow and ice.
deal for narrow dirt roads, forest pathways, rubble and easy Via Ferratas.
Designed for hiking and easier treks with a light pack.
Trail & Travel
City, travel, asphalt, gravel tracks and hiking trails.
Footwear designed for winter use, featuring our signature IceGrip sole.