Hanwag Banks Low GTX walking shoe review
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Hanwag is a brand perhaps unfamiliar in the UK but it is a well-established footwear company with centres in Germany and the Balkans, with over 100 years experience in designing durable, comfortable boots and shoes for all needs. All shoes are made in Europe – with materials manufactured in Europe, too.
The Banks Low GTX is designed for comfort. The cleverly designed Futura tongue is attached to the shoe on the outer side of the foot. Described by Hanwag as having a ‘bellows’ effect, it creates gives more flexibility and cushioning. It also makes this shoe easy to put on.
By combining a reinforced foam wedge with a high-quality insole and additional, soft heel reinforcement, the Banks Low offers particularly good cushioning – and I found no aches and pains even after a good 10-mile walk on varied terrain. There was some rubbing on the tops of my outer toes and there appears to be a small ridge at the toe end of the tongue.
The outsole is designed to be replaced if needed. I’ve found many walking shoes lack durability – or repairability – so this is important for those looking at a lasting investment. The outsole offers deep lugs and the only places they were not 100 per cent secure was on wet mossy or algae covered slabs.
This is a solid-looking, confidence-giving shoe with a muted selection of colours: dark grey with yellow details (‘Asphalt/yellow’), grey-black (‘Asphalt/Black’) and dark brown (‘Mocca/black’).
Facts at a glance:
- RRP: £175
- Weight: 400g per shoe (men’s size 9)
- Outsole: Hanwag Endurance Hike
- Midsole: Polyurethane foam wedge
- Upper: Nubuck leather, suede, textile
- Waterproofing: Gore-Tex
Danner Trail 2650 Campo GTX Walking Shoe
A stylish, super-light and super-comfortable walking shoe that is flexible enough to fit snugly without any excess space inside the shoe. Thanks to the well cushioned EVA midsole, walking is comfortable and feet are thoroughly protected by the rubber toecap and the lightweight TPU shank. The outsole performed exceptionally well on wet and slippery surfaces.
The Gore-Tex Invisible Fit membrane is waterproof but breathable, and is bonded to a leather and textile upper with a high quality finish. After long hot walks, the shoe interior has no unpleasant smell.
A comfortable walking shoe that is so light you barely feel it – and with very smart looks – offering an extremely pleasant walking experience.
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