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Hanwag Blueridge ES Boots | Review

This new model from the renowned German bootmaker is a resource-conscious, European-made boot that uses premium materials and eco-friendly technologies

Why We Chose It: Versatile, practical, recycled content, PFC-free

We’ve reviewed a wide range of Hanwag footwear over the years here at Outdoors Magic, from the mountain-ready Hanwag Ferrata II to the trekking-focused Tatra II and the consummate all-rounder that is the Banks. They’re all impressive – in the latter case, so much so that we selected the Banks GTX as our overall ‘Best Walking Boot’ for 2022.

Understandably then, we were pretty excited to get our hands on (and our feet in) the new Blueridge. This one is the latest addition to the esteemed German bootmaker’s range, pitched at a slightly lower level than any of the boots mentioned above. It comes in specific men’s and women’s fits, with mid-cut boot or low-cut trail shoe variants. In addition, all the different models are available as either ‘ES’ variants, featuring Hanwag’s EcoShell waterproof-breathable membrane, or as more traditional leather-lined (‘LL’) variants, without the membrane.

What Is The Hanwag Blueridge ES Best Suited To?

This particular model is the mid-cut boot with the EcoShell membrane. We think it is pretty much perfect for day hikes and walks in lower hilly ranges with a light pack, in wet or dry conditions.

Eco Credentials

The uppers are constructed from a mix of suede leather and fabric panels. The suede is Perwanger leather, sourced from one of the oldest tanneries in the South Tyrol region of the Italian Dolomites. Their high-quality hides come from cattle in the Alpine region which are reared for their meat, ensuring that no animal dies just for Perwanger leather. The tannery is also powered by electricity from 100% renewable sources. In addition, all Perwanger leathers are certified by Oeko-Tex, ensuring they are free of chemicals that are harmful to health.

The fabric panels are just as eco-friendly. These are made from 100% recycled nylon (polyamide), certified by the `Global Recycling Standard´. The EcoShell liner is Hanwag’s own PU-based waterproof-breathable membrane, which contains no PFCs. It is applied in a sturdy three-layer laminate, with the inner backer being made from 100% recycled polyester.

As for the rest of the boot, the insole is made of 100% recycled fleece, 100% recycled textiles and 10% recycled viscolatex foam. There’s a PU midsole (which is a more eco-friendly material than the widely used alternative, EVA foam rubber) and a ‘Terragrip Hike Pro’ outsole.

All these materials are sourced from European suppliers and the Blueridge range is entirely made in Europe, at factories in Romania and Serbia. Hanwag sees European production as the best way to produce in the most sustainable manner possible, whilst also ensuring the highest standards of quality. For buyers in the UK and Europe, it guarantees shorter transport routes, thereby minimising carbon emissions.

It’s worth noting that the company also takes a strong position on sustainability in a broader sense, which goes beyond their focus on the supply chain and raw materials alone. Hanwag is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), which uses the Higg Index to make sustainability quantifiable and transparent. The brand’s parent company, the Fenix Outdoor Group, is also a signatory of the UN Fashion Charter for Climate Action (UNFCCC). This is an international environment treaty that aims to prevent dangerous disruption of the climate system, slow down global warming and mitigate its consequences.

“Great for day hiking and weekend wanders.”

As a Swedish-based company, Fenix (which also owns Fjällräven and Primus) is also a member of the Swedish Textile Initiative for Climate Action (STICA), which strives to help apparel and textile organisations reduce their climate impact while strengthening their global competitiveness. Lastly, in the North American market, they cooperate with the Outdoor Industry Association’s Climate Action Corps, committing to measuring and reducing CO2 emissions annually.

Construction and Performance

Looks-wise, this is a modern and stylish boot. It feels light, well-cushioned and comfortable from the get-go, making it a versatile hiking boot for easy to moderate terrain.

OM tester James Forrest using the Hanwag Blueridge while hiking the Cumbria Way in the Lake District. Photos: Joe Whitmore

The midsole construction is worth a closer look, since this is what gives the Blueridge its excellent balance of cushioning and stability. It has a three-dimensional structure made from polyurethane (PU) foam to cup the foot, with a raised edge for greater all-round support, including at the heel. There’s more thermoformed PU foam in the tongue, which is designed to allow for the anatomically asymmetrical shape of the foot by providing similarly asymmetric padding that moulds to the individual shape of your feet.

Underfoot, traction comes from a non-slip ‘Terragrip’ outsole with a four-millimetre-deep tread, extra-large lugs and a wider contact area.


Being lighter and more flexible than most of their sturdier brethren in the Hanwag range, these boots are great for day hiking and weekend wanders.

Hanwag Blueridge ES

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