From the mountain to the streets.
A true mountain sneaker, the Danner Men's Mountain 503 Hiking Boot is versatile enough for light hiking and casual everyday use. The premium full-grain leather and suede upper conforms to your foot and provides tough durability, while the Danner Dry lining blocks precipitation from sneaking, and also manages to pull sweaty moisture away from your foot for dry, long-lasting comfort. Whether you're on the trail or city exploring, the DPDX last was designed to provide enough room for comfort, yet still maintain a sleek profile. Not to mention, you're able to step over rocky trails and uneven ground in cushioned comfort thanks to the Ortholite footbed and grippy Mountain 503 rubber outsole.
- Versatile mountain shoe that styles well in the city
- Full-grain leather upper offers rugged comfort
- Waterproof lining ensures a dry fit and feel
- DPDX last has low-profile and maintains versatility
- EVA midsole adds cushioning
- PU footbed stacks on even more cushioning
- Rubber outsole grips slick surfaces
- Q & A
I bought these for my dad and he had this to say: "Fit is pretty accurate. I have generally wide feet and would sometimes size up to 13th for this reason, but these fit really well width wise. So far the leather has been holding up in the ice and snow, and the boots are really warm and as you'd imagine not very breathable."
Exterior Looks Great! Interior issues...
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: 10
Great styling for a Danner boot! Shape is less clunky than other Danner styles and the sizing is like a boot (I bought a half size larger than my running sneakers size, do not use an extra insole as the Ortholite insole is fine especially after break-in). They call it casual, but label it "Mountain", I've backpacked in sneakers and dayhiked in sneakers, winter boots and Timberland Earthkeepers and these 503s handles city walking and a Big Sur dayhike nicely. I've read review about the lacing not allowing for a tighter fit, however, once the boot is broken the boot laces provide enough friction to tighten just fine. One flaw, the sewing joint where the tongue meets the Danner Dry lining is thick and pointy, imagine a 3/32" hard seam an inch long projecting into your foot posterior (just below the ankle). These makes the boot difficult to wear at times, takes bit of maneuvering to get comfy, and you must wear thick socks. Hopefully it will soften over time. Only time will tell if this will be better than adequate, but for now, I'm glad I bought them for my overall winter walking shoe / trail hiker.
UPDATE: (-) 1-star. The stiff seam is still annoying with thinner socks. These boots also get very warm. DannerDry lining does not breath well enough - heat and moisture builds up to oppressive levels! I can only wear these boots in 60 degree temps and lower.