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 Traditional Shoe-Making Craft: This is How Hanwag Works
Promotion | 03.02.2017

Hanwag Relies on Quality, Fit and Sustainability

Traditional Craftsmanship: This is how Outdoor Supplier Hanwag Produces Long-Lasting Shoes

Traditional Shoe-Making Craft: This is How Hanwag Works. In the Hanwag workshop in Vierkirchen, manual work still plays a large role, even today. With the window open and fresh air flowing through, the work is much easier. (Quelle: Hanwag)
In the Hanwag workshop in Vierkirchen, manual work still plays a large role, even today. With the window open and fresh air flowing through, the work is much easier.
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The mountain boot manufacturer Hanwag has been winning over its customers for over 90 years with the perfect fit and traditional craftsmanship: The cemented and double-stitched outdoor designs are shoes that last a lifetime. With their comfort and longevity they offer buyers unique advantages. 

The shoes are cemented or double-stitched, resoleable, and have an almost limitless lifespan when cared for correctly – boot manufacturer Hanwag wins its customers with these advantages. The premium quality outdoor shoes, which perfectly combine the latest technology with traditional craftsmanship, are made in Vierkirchen just outside Munich and in two other sites in Europe. In an age where products have increasingly short lifespans, the advantage for the customer is that they can actually get a pair of shoes that will last their whole life, one that will set standards with their comfort. 

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A glance at Hanwag production in Vierkirchen. It is rarely as calm as this – only when everyone goes to lunch together. (Quelle: Hanwag)
A glance at Hanwag production in Vierkirchen. It is rarely as calm as this – only when everyone goes to lunch together.
Bild: Hanwag

“We won’t give up our traditions at Hanwag just because of a certain fashion trend. All shoes here are cemented or double-stitched. Of course that’s a bit more expensive. But they are the correct techniques to make a sturdy and long-lasting shoe”, says Andreas Settele, Development Manager at Hanwag. 

The advantage of these more complex and costly techniques is that customers can get their shoes resoled at any time if they wear out. The shoes can be returned via the retailer and if bought online, they can be sent directly to Hanwag. That’s how shoes can last a whole life long when cared for correctly. Cheaper competitors rely on more economical production methods – this means that the shoes have a shorter life because they cannot be resoled.

Look Inside the Production of Hanwag

 

Hanwag is one of the few manufacturers in the world which produces its own low shoes using the cemented method. To do this, the shoemaker pulls the vamp over the shoe mold and fixes it to the insole so that it becomes one. Afterwards the mid- and outsoles are attached. The soles can therefore be changed later, and the same is true for Hanwag’s second production method.

Hanwag resoles shoes: This is how it works in detail >>>

Tradition Since 1921 

Some robust mountain boot models and Haferl shoes have been produced using the same traditional double-stitched method that was used when the company was founded in 1921. This requires perfect craftsmanship. Hanwag is one of the few manufacturers that still completely masters this technique to this day. A shoe is only “truly double-stitched” when the upper leather is securely attached to the bottom of the boot with two seams. As a customer you should always ask whether these complex techniques have been used because they guarantee a long life and that the shoe can be resoled.

The Development Manager Andreas Settele has been working for Hanwag since July 2016. He is developing new products with his team in Vierkirchen. (Quelle: Hanwag)
The Development Manager Andreas Settele has been working for Hanwag since July 2016. He is developing new products with his team in Vierkirchen.
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Everything is genuine at Hanwag: Therefore the head office looks more like a manufacturer than a shoe factory. A huge amount of manual work is still done here – whether it be sewing the vamps or cementing the protective outsole of the shoe. All of the shoe molds, which guarantee the shoe’s perfect fit, are also made by hand. 

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The shoe mold is a type of artificial foot made of wood or plastic, upon which the shoe can be cobbled. Hanwag’s trekking shoes are legendary among outdoor fans for their comfort. This is due to the fact that Hanwag has the perfect shoe for (nearly) every type of foot.

Hiking Boots Made to Measure

The premium shoe manufacturer offers special designs such as Wide (for people who need more room at the front of the shoe), Narrow (for thin feet) and Bunion (for people with hallux valgus). The StraightFit technology gives toes lots of space, which is especially beneficial for people with a wide forefoot. And for people who have very individual feet, Hanwag offers a made-to-measure service for its trekking boots and is the first German manufacturer to do so.

At Hanwag there are many different specialized shoe molds to create the perfectly fitting shoe for every walker, mountaineer and outdoor enthusiast (Quelle: Hanwag)
At Hanwag there are many different specialized shoe molds to create the perfectly fitting shoe for every walker, mountaineer and outdoor enthusiast
Bild: Hanwag

The perfect fit is of course linked to the perfect interaction between all the materials used. Everything is top quality at Hanwag – from the moisture protecting Gore-Tex, the insoles, the leather for the inner lining to the outer material, which is very often premium leather. The nearly 100 year old company also sets standards here. The leather comes exclusively from European cows and the tanneries such as the Heinen leather factory in Rhineland focus on ecologically optimized production.

Settele: “Sustainability at Hanwag is a main priority. That applies for the manufacturing, which happens exclusively in Europe, as well as for the traditional production methods and the long life of the shoes.” 

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