Our verdict


If freeing and comfy hikes are what you are after, the Inquire Mid is happy to oblige. As a perfect match for both city trips and trail escapades, this Danner boot will have you adventure-ready wherever you are, come rain or shine. With a little bit of compromise, specifically on the heel lift and midfoot zone, the Inquire Mid makes your every outing dream a reality.


  • Day-one comfort
  • Astonishingly lightweight
  • Relentless traction
  • Do well on icy surfaces
  • Offers sufficient warmth
  • Ample water protection
  • Eye-catching aesthetics


  • Stiff around ankle
  • Unreliable arch support

Who should buy the Danner Inquire Mid

The Danner Inquire Mid is a lightweight hiking shoe best recommended for:

  • female hikers and fans of leather hikers who want a boot that delivers relentless traction on icy surfaces
  • outdoor adventurers who are into day hiking on trails or urban hiking while carrying a light pack 

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Allows freer mobility

Are you ready to add the Inquire Mid to your growing collection of trail boots? Before you do, take a look at what you are getting yourself into.

Danner Inquire Mid upper’s seams

First off, the Inquire Mid piece is specifically for the female crowd. The upper’s seams and non-overlayed parts make the boot extra flexible, allowing for freer mobility, especially during transitions.

Danner Inquire Mid comes with full waterproofing 

It has a proprietary liner that gives two benefits: full waterproofing up to the height of the collar and sweat dissipation.

Danner Inquire Mid  full waterproofing

An odor-free ride is yours in this boot, thanks to its supportive OrthoLite footbed with antimicrobial and moisture management features.

Requires additional cleaning time 

While its mostly leather upper gets the job done in protecting the foot from the elements, its seamed construction requires additional cleaning time.

Danner Inquire Mid additional cleaning time 

Its minimal heel brake might not be enough for extra slippery slopes.

Midfoot zone lacks sufficient supportive 

The Inquire Mid could have a snugger heel fit, according to an owner. It also has an unreliable arch, says another. Its midfoot zone is not very supportive.

Danner Inquire Mid lacks sufficient supportive

Yet again, the Danner Inquire Mid is a favorite sneaker-style winter boot for many female hikers. Based on several tests, it demonstrates a solid performance and cross-functionality especially in winter climates.

Instant comfort from day one

Dozens of hikers love the Danner Inquire Mid’s day-one comfort. It offers a comfortable experience fresh out of the box.

Danner Inquire Mid outsole

Many find this hiking boot astonishingly lightweight. Its Vibram outsole provides relentless traction, particularly on icy surfaces. 

Provides sufficient warmth on colder days

Despite lacking insulation, which most winter boots have, the Inquire Mid provides sufficient warmth in cold (but not below-zero) conditions.

Danner Inquire Mid Provides sufficient warmth

The Danner Inquire Mid provides ample water protection in inclement weather. Numerous adventurers adore the shoe’s eye-catching aesthetics. These hikers "look cute with jeans and leggings,” one of them said.

Danner Inquire Mid

The Inquire Mid is part of the brand’s 365-day warranty, which will do right by you in case the boot is either with a defect or not up to Danner's standards.

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If you are a fan of suede hikers, you can go full-on suede with the Danner Inquire Chukka instead.