Get to Know: LOWA Locarno

Get to Know: LOWA Locarno

With over 90 years of experience in crafting and supplying outdoor boots, LOWA has earned a reputation for providing comfortable and durable footwear, ideally suited to an active outdoor lifestyle. We want you to love our footwear as much as we do, so our Get to Know series continues with our Locarno boot. Here you’ll learn more about the footwear’s design, what it can offer and which activity it is best suited to, allowing you to make an informed decision on which boot is perfect for you!


What Activities Does the Locarno Boot Suit?

The Locarno boots are the perfect hybrid between traditional walking boots and modern everyday footwear. They are stylish and comfortable, making them the ideal choice for a travel shoe when lots of walking is likely. However, if you are intending to go up mountains, then one of our other trekking models may be better suited.


Appearance of the Locarno Boot

In comparison to many outdoor shoes, the Locarno is more casual in appearance, making it perfect for both urban and country wear. A stylish shoe that finds the balance between lifestyle and outdoor footwear, the Locarno range has the look of a modern-day casual shoe with the abilities of a well-developed outdoor boot. The women’s boot is available in a forest green colour, whereas men can choose from forest green, brown or anthracite (a slightly cooler black).


What Materials Is the Locarno Boot Made From?

The upper is made from premium nubuck leather, offering a supple, yet highly supportive shoe. Providing comfort from the first wear, this leather will help the boot mould to the shape of your foot, helping to stop rubbing.

The boots feature Gore-Tex lining, which provides durable waterproof protection while also remaining highly breathable, helping to keep feet comfortable and dry during outdoor pursuits in any weather.

Locarno boots are made with LOWA’s own rubber sole, the Hybrid Trac Sole, which features a tread design that promotes good grip and stability when walking. The sole also features a medium stabiliser made from nylon, which works as a joint stabiliser to increase support during outdoor activities. Further support is provided by the inverted MONOWRAP support frame, which uses a higher wrap web construction to provide additional support to your feet, regardless of whether you are walking on paving or woodland trails!

Finally, one of the most exciting features for extra comfort is the DynaPU Midsole. Exclusively developed for LOWA footwear, these midsoles are made using two layers of optimised PU foam, which offers added cushioning to the feet as well as rebound properties.  

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Sizing of Locarno Boots

Here at LOWA, we understand that shoes certainly aren’t a one size fits all item and that there are undeniable differences between the shape and size of feet depending on gender.

As such, the women’s version of the Locarno boot is designed exclusively with women in mind. Certain features, such as the tongue and insole, will be tweaked. We also use a viscoelastic foam that forms to the woman’s foot, offering a better fit and support for the instep and shin. This all helps to increase comfort and reduce the risk of slippage. Due to the fact that women absorb a lot of the impact from walking in their joints and ligaments, the midsoles for LOWA’s women’s shoes tends to be softer and more cushioned.

The Locarno boot is available in a medium width fit for both men and women. The Locarno is also available as a shoe rather than a boot, depending on your preference regarding ankle support. For women, sizes range from 4-8, while men’s sizes range from 7-13. Half sizes are available within this range, for both men and women, allowing you to get the perfect fit for you. Here at LOWA, we appreciate how important it is to find the ideal size, as shoes that are too loose or too tight can cause problems such as blisters. As such, we offer a 30-day return policy for UK customers, provided they are in a re-sellable condition, so that you can ensure you’re getting the best fit from your boots.

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We hope this guide has provided you with the information you need to make a decision on the right footwear for your outdoor pursuit. If you’d like to learn more about other walking boots for wide feet in our range, check out our guide to the Renegade boot.

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