For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
Updates to Hanwag Stuiben II
- The Stuiben II is a day hiking boot with a golden khaki upper. It is still made of suede leather, although its finish is smoother than the first edition’s.
- Making a comeback is the padded construction of the ankle cuff. Also seeing a return in this iteration is the Chrome-free leather lining.
- Hanwag designers simplified and streamlined the leather hiking boot’s lacing setup. This new version has 7 pairs of lace hooks instead of 8. The boot now also comes with a metallic lace keeper securely attached to the tongue.
Hanwag Stuiben II size and fit
A fairly true-to-size, mid-cut day hiking boot for men is the Hanwag Stuiben II. It is offered in D – standard width. It is listed in a wealth of sizes, both half and full. The boot’s fairly standard lacing system makes personalized fit configurations possible.
Granting hikers surefootedness over rocky trails is the Hanwag ZT outsole. It is made of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) rubber. It is designed and constructed in such a way that balances traction and stability. The angular and patterned lugs on its surface bite into a variety of terrain types. Its slightly raised heel (wedge sole) and the absence of lugs around its arch zone give the boot a heel brake—a feature that assists users when navigating down slopes.
The Stuiben II has a cushy EVA midsole for underfoot comfort and ground contact protection. Its tapered construction allows for safe landings and smooth transitions and toe offs. Additional cushioning is brought forth by the boot’s default footbed.
Layers of leather make up almost the entirety of the Stuiben II’s upper—from the exterior’s doubly stitched suede leather shell to the interior’s chromium-free, anti-allergic leather lining. Its soft, padded collar is made of leather as well.
The boot comes with flat, synthetic laces. They pass through metallic hooks and loops the latter of which are partially engineered with ball bearings to make lace adjustments quick and convenient.