Approach Shoes

Brand

Salewa
Adidas
Garmont
La Sportiva
Scarpa
The North Face
Montrail
Vasque
Patagonia
Timberland

User

Men's
Women's

Price

less than $50
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 and above

Recent Approach Shoe Reviews

Five Ten Men's Camp Four

rated 5 of 5 stars Lightweight and great for bouldering and approach. An extraordinary bargain!!!! I went to the Five Ten outlet in Redlands, California, looking for a second pair of inexpensive climbing shoes, as I have started crack climbing.   They had a great selection of new Huecos, Stonelands Lace and VCS and Anassazi on closeout for between $20 and $40. Unfortunately, none of the sizes were right for me. But they also had some approach and hiking shoes in the warehouse for $20. So I tried on the women's Camp… Full review

Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Scarpa Zodiac Tech is a near perfect light mountain boot. Great sticky Vibram sole and a perfect fit makes for all day comfort. I’d love to see a toe welt added and the colour possibly tweaked a little. This boot would be best for glacial travel, light scrambling, non-technical peaks as well as winter hiking (both with traction devices or snowshoes). Opening Rant I’m not sure what category these boots fit in. And I don’t say that as a negative, as you can see from the star rating and (if… Full review

evolv Maximus

rated 4 of 5 stars These have been my favorite approach shoes so far. They're super sturdy and comfortable. I purchased these at a gear sale for $35. I have always had a misconception that approach shoes somehow lacked the stability and support of a hiking shoe. At $35 I wanted to try them out myself. Unlike hiking shoes, they do not provide the same amount of foot support. However, I quickly found my solution in custom orthotics I had lying around, making them the most comfortable boots in the world to me. I'm sure… Full review

Five Ten Men's Guide Tennie

rated 0.5 of 5 stars These are the worst shoes I have ever worn. They feel like blocks of wood duct taped to the bottom of my feet. My feet hurt so bad after. I have bought Five Ten shoes in the past and been happy. These caused blisters and a week of foot pain for two hours of use. A lot of money to spend on shoes I have to probably modify with arch supports. I took them to a rocky trail system to break them in. Wore them for two hours. Six miles of rocky assents and descents later I was limping my way back to the… Full review

evolv Men's Cruzer

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Cheap, versatile, great value. A great alternative to expensive burly approach shoes. the Cruzer is great for everyday use as it isn't flashy or bad taste. It climbs quite well, including edging. It is also pretty good for belaying as the heel folds down. Because it's so low profile and light it is perfect for descents while climbing with it on your harness. It does not last that long though, especially if you use it around town. Plus canvas isn't waterproof or anything and some people don't like… Full review

Salewa Women's Firetail EVO GTX

rated 5 of 5 stars Very durable and excellent grip for via ferrata and approach. I totally recommend it and I will purchase again when I break my first pair. I have been using these shoes for two years and I'm in love with them. I won these shoes in a competition organized by Salewa. There are excellent shoes. Tested in ferratas. The grip and pronounced shape on the toe is excellent on ferrata with stone support. The rigid sole is perfect for resting on steps. The possibility of change of included insole is very useful… Full review

Five Ten Men's Guide Tennie

rated 4 of 5 stars A good quality sticky approach shoe that allows you to climbs rocks well. This review is for the current 2015 model Guide Tennie Approach Shoe by Five Ten. A good quality sticky approach shoe that allows you to climbs rocks well. This review is for the current 2015 model Guide Tennie Approach Shoe by Five Ten. This model seems to be a little narrower and longer than earlier models. The toe box is very roomy, which concerned me on how well they would edge on small rock features. But after a good… Full review

Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is a robust, grippy, if heavy and stiff soled, shoe that is great for rocky off-track terrain with a backpack. This review is for the non-Goretex version, which is the same shoe as the Goretex model sans membrane. I bought a pair last year and they are great for scrambling on talus slopes + general backpacking. Fit The shoe is suitable for those with a wider and low volume foot, which can be difficult to shop for. They are wider than the wide fit version of the Asolo Fugitive, for example,… Full review

Garmont Men's Dragontail

rated 5 of 5 stars Best approach shoe I've ever used. I wore these on a trekking trip around the world: desert, swamp, forest, beach and mountains. They were once wet for six days straight after walking in rivers. I took them instead of heavy ankle-support boots and they were perfect the whole trip. Great traction on rock. Only one flaw – the laces kept coming undone so I cut them short. I've just bought a new pair for the next adventure. Full review

Top-Rated Approach Shoes

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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Salewa Wildfire Pro
$120 - $198
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Terrex Swift Solo
$58 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmont Dragontail MNT GTX
$200
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva TX4
$140
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Firetail EVO GTX
$58
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Zen Pro
$170
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Firetail 3 GTX
$110 - $158
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Mojito
$80 - $145
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Scarpa Cinque Terre
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Targa
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Montrail CTC Mid XCR
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Vasque Pingora
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Gandalf
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Talus Mid
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Finn
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Ganda
$215 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Talus Mid GTX
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa North Route
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Timberland Free Range
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lowa Triolet
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Nitro
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
evolv Stryker
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Asolo Distance
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
evolv Cruzer
$34 - $74
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Salewa Mountain Trainer GTX
$139 - $198
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Five Ten Guide Tennie Mid
$95 - $159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX Approach Shoe / Hiking Boot
$290
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Asolo Salyan
$142 - $189
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Rapid LT
$119 - $239
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Garmont Sticky Weekend
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Montrail D7
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
La Sportiva B5
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Five Ten Insight
$135 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Buildering
discontinued
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Nike Air Teewinot II
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
La Sportiva Exum Ridge
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Five Ten Exum Guide
$160 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Wildfire GTX
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
TrekSta Granite
$130 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Valhalla
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Exum Pro
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mad Rock Switchback
$80 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (12)
Five Ten Guide Tennie
$70 - $140
user rating: 4 of 5 (12)
Five Ten Camp Four
$113 - $149
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Scarpa Zen
$110 - $149
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
La Sportiva Boulder X
$35 - $110
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Scarpa Crux
$71 - $120
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salewa Mountain Trainer
$84 - $199
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
La Sportiva Cirque Pro
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Five Ten Mountain Master
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