These multi-piece leather and fabric walking boots have a European styling with a seam round the toe and no solid toe cap. There is a small turned-up section of the sole but this only off ers a little protection. The many sections of the upper means there are an awful lot of seams, which might affect the durability in the long term, especially as there is a seam and a raised edge on the outside edge of the widest part of the boot, a vulnerable point. There is a hard heel counter.

The fit is narrow with the forefoot being too tight for me. The volume is moderate and the heel reasonably snug. The insides are quite padded, which, combined with the Gore-Tex lining, makes them fairly warm. The sole unit – Hanwag’s own rather than Vibram for once – has a good tread that grips well. The cushioning isn’t so good though and the heel strike is quite hard. The sole is a rocker one for easy walking. Surprisingly for such light boots the sole is quite stiff though, both at
the forefoot and side-to-side. The weight is low but the price high.