All HANWAG boots and shoes are known for their exceptional fit and superb comfort. No other model demonstrates this more clearly than the HANWAG Tatra II. The comfortable trekking boot just fits perfectly. This is made possible by its high-quality materials, intelligent details – and wide range of fits. In fact, the HANWAG Tatra is made using eight different lasts: to fit standard, narrow or wider feet, and for people with bunions (–> Find out more: hiking boots for bunions)
The HANWAG Tatra has featured in the collection since 2008. “In designing the HANWAG Tatra, we made the entire construction all about comfort, without sacrificing stability,” explains Adam Weger, former HANWAG Head of Research and Development. “For example, we designed a special ankle section, to give it greater flexibility. This makes the roll-off smoother, but still ensures good support.”
Further stability is provided by the higher upper to prevent and protect from twisting an ankle.
From day one, the HANWAG Tatra was available in a women’s version. The design differs in a number of ways. In particular, it has a softer and lower ankle cuff. This is because women’s calf muscles end lower than men’s, so men’s models with a higher ankle cuff can cause pressure points. Naturally, HANWAG’s women’s footwear is made over special women’s-specific lasts that match the shape of the female foot.
In 2018, the original Tatra was reworked and updated. Hence the name: Tatra II and Tatra II Lady. An important part of this update is the Vibram AW Integral sole construction. The initials AW stand for Adam Weger, who developed the sole together with the Italian sole experts Vibram exclusively for HANWAG. “I worked on the design in the production workshop at our headquarters in Vierkirchen. I made a prototype out of polyester myself and then kept adapting it and sanding it down until it was just right…,” he recalls. “When it was finished, I made a drawing of the sole profile by hand.”
The HANWAG Tatra II is available with a choice of either leather lining or a fabric lining with an integrated Gore-Tex membrane (the ‘GTX’ in the model name). (–> 5 Reasons for Leather Hiking Boots)
What is a last? A last is a model of the foot that a boot is made around. It’s the shape of the last that gives a shoe its fit. Find out more: Videos about all the HANWAG lasts
The HANWAG Tatra II comes in a standard fit in a women’s and men’s version. In addition, it’s also available with three special lasts (for both women and men):
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Available in standard, narrow and wide versions, in different colours and with or without a waterproof membrane. However, the one thing all HANWAG Tatra II models have in common is their exceptional fit, outstanding hiking comfort, and stability for demanding trekking trips. See all the versions in our web shop.
Our former head of research and development, Adam Weger, is proud of the updated version of his original design: “The Tatra has a timeless silhouette – and now comes with the latest technical features.”
Many HANWAG customers feel the same way: They would prefer not to be separated from their well worn in and carefully looked after trekking boots. And there’s no reason why they should be. If the sole gets worn down, the HANWAG Tatra II can be resoled as required, the same as virtually all HANWAG boots and shoes. The sturdy leather upper lives on – as a sustainable and comfortable solution for future hiking and trekking trips.