2017 Approach Shoe Review: Hanwag Makra Urban

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The Hanwag Makra Urban approach shoe

The Hanwag Makra Urban approach shoe


28 oz per pair; men’s and women’s versions.


Our tester, who punished these low-cut shoes up in the Flatirons, noted their excellent fit and soft textile ankle cuff that let his feet slip right in on day one. “Super cushy uppers,” he commented on the suede and Cordura material. “It’s like putting your foot into a well-padded glove."


The shoes were supportive underfoot and our tester never felt any jarring, but the low-profile lug pattern on the sole had iffy traction on dirt, making the Makra Urban better suited to shorter or more scrambly approaches and wear around town than long hikes on steep or ball-bearing trails.


“These were a performance scrambling machine,” raved our tester. “The flat sole [Hanwag Lava Ultragip] made for great friction and smearing.” The shoe dialed in edges and cracks thanks to the rubber toe cap and sticky forefoot rand (fortification here would help).

$200, hanwagboot.com

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