At the factory a boot or shoe is given its own, specific form, this is defined by the last. A last is a model rather like an artificial foot. It’s made either from a solid piece of wood or plastic and the footwear's fashioned around it. If the lasts used don’t correspond to your own foot shape, the footwear will never fit properly and hours and hours of painful hiking won’t make any difference.
The perfect fit is pivotal to good footwear
Since founding the company in 1921, HANWAG has worked to achieve this goal. And we believe that the regular feedback from customers and design awards from the industry show that we're getting it right. The HANWAG fit is virtually a legend in itself. Over nine decades of experience, superb craftsmanship, the best materials and sophisticated production techniques explain why. The goal is to deliver function-rich, top-quality footwear.
Each model is designed for a particular category and area of activity and created using specially made and enhanced lasts – in most cases with dedicated men’s and women’s versions. Tip: Men with very narrow feet should also try on the women’s sizes (available up to size 9).
Our special lasts
For over 90 years we’ve been making high-quality mountaineering and trekking footwear and we’re renowned for our outstanding fit. First of all we do of course have lasts for women and men. We still attune our lasts depending on the footwear’s purpose, so they are slightly more comfortable in our TREK and TREK LIGHT models and narrower for the ROCK series. We also have lasts for people whose feet are not a standard shape or size. Some of these specialist lasts include:
Wide lasts have standard heel sections, but are wider around the forefoot and ball of the foot. Our wide models are for people who find standard models too narrow at the front.
Bunions (hallux valgus), are a bony protuberance at the base of the big toe, and one of the most common problems that people experience with their feet. Many people – mainly women, but also boulderers and sport climbers – suffer from bunions and inflamed joints at the big toe. This is why HANWAG developed its unique Bunion Last. It provides additional room specifically at the big toe joint where it’s needed – and nowhere else for a perfect fit.
Our StraightFit lasts are based on our trekking lasts, but with new toe boxes. They allow the big toe to sit straight and provide a lot of space for the toes generally and benefit people with wider forefeet in particular.
In contrast to our standard
Alpin Last, which has a slightly narrower
design to allow better technical (climbing)
performance, our Alpin Wide Last has a wider
forefoot to prevent pressure points when
climbing or walking. And as we use this last to
make our Alpin models for the higher ranges,
it also enables the user to wear thicker socks.
By alleviating pressure in the toe box, there is
less risk of frostbite.