Rampage Hansel Review

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Rampage is a humble company aiming to produce youthful styles owned by brand manager Iconix. Specializing in clothing and accessories, they are committed to putting hot styles at your fingertips. Since 1982, this brand has focused on making contemporary styles for young women. Their looks range from work appropriate wear to club-ready apparel and their reach knows no bounds; this Hansel boot is everything the brand strives for and more. A modest heel highlights a cool and casual knee-high style.  This model is a blast to style, so be ready to amp up your ensemble.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

1-Inch Heel

Lightweight Synthetic Materials

Cute Detailing

Incredibly Affordable

Timeless Style

Cons

Sizing Issues

Minimal Support

Comfort

Comfort

With elements specially designed to ensure that the Hansel is comfortable, Rampage made sure that these shoes would be as fun to wear as they are cute. It has light padding on the footbed. The sole itself is pretty rigid and will have to be broken in before regularly wearing. Most reviewers found that for an inexpensive fashion boot, this model performed well for comfort. Many were able to wear the Hansel for long periods of time without much complaint. Due to the round toe, there is no pinching when your feet start to swell from walking. There is room for the toe box to spread out to help balance and keep you unrestricted while walking and standing. The upper material was overall pretty soft and flexible and didn’t lack in those areas at all. For a higher boot, you’re going to need the flexibility to stay comfortable, and this definitely has that on lock.
Durability

Durability

Due to the materials being synthetic, you may think that they wouldn’t be as durable as a leather boot. For the value that you can get this pair of boots, however, the durability is actually surprisingly satisfying. Some reviewers were shocked that these boots stayed intact for a year after purchase. The hard rubber sole is extremely resistant to wear and tear from walking on a variety of terrains. Usually, a boot with features such as buckles and zippers has a risk of tearing or coming apart at a faster rate than more solid construction. On this model, the longevity is pleasantly surprising. The longest zipper is actually non-functioning. While this could cause issues in other categories, it actually makes the boot overall less likely to break due to such a long track of zipper running up it. Zippers can be really finicky and can cause problems when you’re trying to unzip them, like getting caught on one side or busting open entirely.
Fit

Fit

The jury is out on the fit. While many reviewers called it true to size and relatively easy to figure out their correct size, others claimed that it actually did not work for them at all. The boot appears to be a zip up but it is actually mostly a pull on, with only a short zip on the inner ankle which helps you to place the entirety of the foot and heel into the boot. While this may help with durability because it cuts back on moving parts, it can make it more difficult to get on if you don't have a super slim calf and ankle. Though this boot comes in wide-calf, which is awesome, the buyers of the Hansel had conflicting accounts of how it fits, and if it was really wide enough to accommodate a calf that had some more to love on it. Overall, it seems that the fit is something controversial. While it does have a large size selection, it is hard to pinpoint the correct sizing due to the disagreement about it running true to size or being cut generously enough for certain body types.
Heel

Heel

High-heeled boots can be a real nightmare. The height coupled with a stable and high upper can make for an unsteady feel when walking. A small one-inch heel is able to give the leg some lift to create the appearance of length but it doesn’t make the shoe any less practical for everyday wear. A slight heel increases the amount of edge in the design. Another benefit to a slight heel on a shoe that has very little support built into the footbed is that it lifts up the heel of the foot, which allows the boot to have some arch support that you may not otherwise expect from something with a similar style. A look that elongates the leg is always a must for sleek autumn and winter looks. A style that is easy to wear is always a must for a young person on the go, and this heel definitely makes these wearable.
Key Features

Key Features

They say the devil is in the details but sometimes what’s actually in them is something much sweeter. On this model, small style details come together with accessibility features that make it a real stand out from the crowd. It hits right below the knee, and the upper is adorned with buckles and zippers that add a dose of tough-girl chic. Double-wrapping buckles around the ankle are layered for a more casual weekend look. An inner ankle zipper makes this pull-on boot way easier to throw on to complete a layered outfit. The slight heel makes this a sleeker pick even when just dressing down. The rich color is on-trend and the material is lined with a super soft fabric to feel amazing on a night out. Every piece of this shoe really comes together to make an outstanding, casual option.
Price

Price

It can be nearly impossible to find an affordable knee-high boot. With the price of clothing, and shoes especially, climbing up and up, shopping for new items can feel like a total chore. Rampage is dedicated to making the process easier on the customer. With this, you will be shocked at the low price that will get this boot into your hands. Affordability is a huge factor in specialty and trend items, and the price of these boots is less than half what you would pay for a big brand version of the same style. Not only do these look fantastic on but they require no buyer’s remorse. A deal like this doesn’t come around often. The value was apparent; reviewers raved about how awesome this shoe was for the price. Most would expect this to be an item to be worn once or twice at the price that it is at. That couldn’t be further from the truth with the Rampage Hansel. This is such a sweet addition to anyone’s wardrobe. The price is so low makes it a must for those who want to experiment with the knee-high boot style but aren’t reading to commit to a high-end riding option. If you love some variety in your footwear and crave a lot of different boot options to add some diversity into your wardrobe, the Rampage Hansel is a perfect place to start.
Style

Style

One of the biggest trends in the last few seasons has been assorted riding boots and knee-highs. Though we saw a decrease in higher boots for a few years, when they came back, they came back in a huge way. Sleek and sexy, this boot strikes a unique balance between being ready to take on a day in the city, and being ready to go on an evening prowl at the bars. Gorgeous deep brown accents the rustic appearance of this knee-high Rampage boot. The zippers aren’t too much hardware that they detract from the simplistic upper of the Hansel. Boots such as this one are so in right now, and once you get these on your feet it won’t be hard to tell why. Pairing these with a crew neck or off-the-shoulder sweater and dark wash jeans would look absolutely divine but they work just as beautifully with a flowing mid-length dress or skirt. Whether you’re dressing to impress or just trying to stay cool and cozy on a short stroll around town, the Rampage Hansel reinvigorates the classic knee-high. You are going to love the flattering appearance of the Hansel on and you are sure to get compliments whenever you step out in it.
Support

Support

A huge bummer here is that despite the fact the company claims to have comfort elements in the shoe, there is very littler listed about how the shoe is made and how exactly they think it is comfortable. Reviewers found it comfortable but many still thought it really lacked support. If it weren’t for the mild heel, I could see these being a nightmare for people with both flat feet and pronounced arches. The inner zipper on the ankle does help to reinforce it slightly, so there is some overall support in the shoe’s construction. However, that isn’t really a substitute for an awesome footbed or insole. It might be possible due to the roomier cut of the toe here that a ball-of-foot insert may fit, but most people don’t want to buy additional pieces for a shoe to be healthy for them to wear. On the bright side, the shoe is really so affordable that even if you did buy ball-of-foot or arch supports, they would still cost far less than a more expensively made and produced shoe. The Rampage Hansel has its pros and cons, but the price itself really helps to justify some of the more negative aspects of the shoe.
Traction

Traction

Another problem that seems to arise is the level of traction. If you look to the bottom of the shoe, it does have traction on both the ball of the foot and the heel. This seems great, as many boots fail to put any traction on the ball of the foot at all, relying on the heel to pick up the slack. However, upon closer inspection, the texture on the sole of the shoe is really not all that deep. Not having deep traction means that it will wear rather quickly and only be able to grip some surfaces. While it is awesome that the hard rubber sole will last a bit longer than a softer sole is more susceptible to being ground down, this sole still will deteriorate with time. Because it doesn’t have much reliable traction, to begin with, that will be one of the very first facets of the Rampage Hansel to suffer. I would keep these for dry days where you won’t encounter a lot of mud or water. I would also refrain from wearing them for incredibly long hours on rougher pavement. If this shoe isn’t one that you’re looking to keep for a long period of time, they are made well enough that you don’t have to take many precautions. If you want to better preserve yours, however, definitely heed some general shoe care advice. If you do, you will have a long happy relationship with this dreamy brown boot.
Weight

Weight

Synthetic material generally steals the show in terms of weightlessness. While many natural materials, from rubbers to animal skins, are pretty heavy to wear as clothing, the synthetic material of the Rampage Hansel is incredibly light. In many athletic shoes, synthetic materials are used just for this reason. Though most people may turn their head away from synthetic, there is really no reason to, it has its merits just as much as leather does. If you keep this light material clean then it will rival some leather options in appearance, and will certainly be easier to walk in due to its barely-there feel.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Rampage Hansel doesn’t exactly shine in every single category but it doesn’t have to in order to be a great shoe choice. With light construction, a slight heel, and cute details, the Rampage Hansel is the kind of boot that will be your go-to for the fall season. If you’re concerned about functioning, there may be other picks with more traction or support, but for a cute boot that can be styled so many different ways, this is a total knock-out.