Leather is an unbeatable material for high-quality alpine and trekking footwear. Properly looked after, it literally lasts a lifetime. At Hanwag, we work with different kinds of leathers from a range of leather suppliers. This includes nubuck leather, split leather, lining leather, chrome-free tanned leather and Terracare Zero® – the completely CO2-neutral leather produced by the Heinen tannery in Germany.
Together with reliable partners, the Hanwag development team selects the best raw materials for the new models and innovative technologies every season. There is one thing all Hanwag leather suppliers have in common. They are carefully selected and have a long tradition of craftsmanship and expertise. For greater
EnvironmentalStandards, the entire Hanwag leather supply chain is located in Europe. From raw materials, to tanning at tanneries that have been certified by the Leather Working Group, to the actual manufacturing of Hanwag alpine and trekking boots.
The only exception to this is the unique yak leather, where we work with tanneries in Tibet. The processing of raw hides from yaks is exceptionally complex. In Tibet, Hanwag sources yak leather from animals that are daily exposed to the extreme weather conditions of the Tibetan plateau. This makes the Hanwag yak collection robust, long-lasting and thanks to the uneven appearance and coarse texture of the leather, it guarantees that each boot is one of a kind.