The right size is crucial to whether you enjoy wearing your footwear or not.
Trekking and hiking footwear should fit comfortably, without rubbing. Make sure that the heel sits securely in the shoe and that the toes have enough space. Check to see if the heel sits properly in the unlaced shoe. If it’s loose at the sides, the heel in the shoe is too wide.
There should be a finger’s width of space between your toes and the tip of the shoe – an import aspect during descents to stop your toes hitting the front of the shoe. Lightweight, multifunctional footwear with textile uppers in particular requires a slightly longer fit to ensure that toes never collide with the tip of the shoe. Even if a shoe feels comfortable when you try it on in the shop, always try the next half size up so that you have a comparison.
Particularly rigid alpine boots should not be too narrow at the toes to prevent frostbite from occurring. HANWAG alpine boots feature the triple-adjustment Vari-Volume system to make sure they fit with one or two thick or thin pairs of socks. You then have ideal footwear for all conditions.
However, a climbing boot or approach shoe from our ROCK category should fit snugly and not be too long. For more ambitious mountaineering, direct and sure-footed contact to rock is more important than greater comfort during descents.