100 Years of Alpine Experience

Hanwag: Exceptional Hiking & Mountaineering Boots

With over 100 years of alpine experience, Hanwag is truly one of the finest names in outdoor footwear. Back in 1919, founder Hans Wagner, a third-generation shoemaker, mastered the unique and elusive art of double stitching. This technique combined with the extra time, effort, and care Wagner put into everyone of his shoes was legendary, and the demand for his footwear grew steadily. Soon Hanwag boots became among the most sought-after and beloved brands in the world.The company remained in the family until 2004 when one of Hans his descendants, Sepp Wagner, decided to sell the company to Fenix Outdoor, who also owns Fjallraven, Primus, and Brunton.


Despite the years and change of ownership however, Hanwag is still made in much the same way as it has always been. Hans original double stitching technique (which to this day very few other shoemakers have mastered) is still used, and each bootis almost entirely made in Europe. The result is that Hanwag boots are some of the very finest hiking, mountaineering, and ice boots found anywhere on earth. The quality and durability of Hanwag boots and shoes is nearly unmatched anywhere,and a single pair can last for years and years. We are proud to carry a wide range of Hanwag boots, such as the Men's Hanwag Makra GTX, the Men's Hanwag Alaska GTX, and the Women's Hanwag Banks GTX. Hanwag is exceptional footwear for exceptional journeys.


At OutlandUSA.com we love Hanwag for their incredible quality, durability, and authenticity. It is hard to find a more solid and dependable pair of boots or shoes anywhere. Give Hanwag a try.

The HANWAG Story: Our Production

Learn about the Hanwag production and philosophy. The durability, robustness and functionality of Hanwag boots is appreciated by mountaineers and trekkers all over the world. Hanwag boots and shoes have clear advantages with their stable construction, offering a high comfort at the same time. 

 Questions & Tips

Q: What is better, leather footwear or footwear with a Gore-Tex membrane?

Both have their advantages. Therefore it comes down to, as always, the area of application. Do you need footwear which will remain waterproof for a long period of time? Do you need a boot or shoe which prevents rain from penetrating? Are you looking for footwear which you do not need to repeatedly and regularly treat to make water repellent, for example, on long trekking or alpine trips? Many people consider leather to be the more natural option and as always comfortable to wear. For normal areas of application the impermeability of leather is more than sufficient, that is, if you take correct care of it! In this sense neither is better, the best material for your footwear depends on your personal preference and your planned activity.

Q: What lasts longer, a shoe with or without GORE-TEX lining?

With the correct care (you can find tips on shoe care here) leather boots/shoes will keep going forever, either with or without Gore-Tex lining. Gore-Tex footwear with a fabric upper is not as robust as leather footwear but it does have the advantage of being lighter and more flexible.

Q: How do I care for my leather boots/shoes?

Use special wax (no grease or oil). Massage a thin coat of wax into the dry leather. We recommend Hanwag Shoe Wax. 

Please note: Nubuck, suede or other split leather will darken slightly and become smoother every time you apply wax. If you dont like this effect, you can always roughen up the leather again with a special suede brush. Simply brush off any excess wax.

Q: How do I clean my boots/shoes?

Outside: Brush off any dirt every time youve worn the footwear. If the dirt is hard to remove, rinse the footwear under running water. Use special leather cleaners if nothing else helps. Avoid soap – it damages the impregnation and most types of leather.

Inside: Leather and textile linings (as in most GORE-TEX boots) are best cleaned with a sponge or a soft brush and fresh water. Do not use hot water.

Drying: Dry your boots thoroughly after cleaning in a well-aired, dry and shady place with their tongues wide open. If really wet, stuff leather-lined footwear with paper and renew it several times. The same applies to GORE-TEX boots which dry faster and more effectively with paper (toilet or kitchen paper – never newspaper). Also, here too its important to change the paper at least once every half an hour.

Please note: Never keep wet or damp shoes in non-aired and humid places like plastic bags, car boots, basements etc. Never dry boots near an oven or over fire or any other source of heat. The leather will burn, turn brittle, dry and crack. Another downside is that the entire shoe can lose its shape.

Hanwag Warranty Information

For non-warranty exchanges and returns, please see our policy here.

If you believe you have a warranty claim, please reach out to us directly here.

Hanwag boots carry a 1 year limited warranty from the date of purchase that covers manufacturing defects. Hanwag's limited warranty does not cover every day wear and tear. Consumers must be the original purchaser and have proof of purchase to submit a warranty claim.

Hanwag Sizing Chart & Sizing Guide

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.



  • 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 its loose at the sides, the heel is too wide.
  • You should be able to measure a fingers width of space between your toes and the tip of the shoe – this is particularly important for descents, where you dont 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 dont 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.