Approach Shoes

Brands

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

Genders

Unisex
Men's
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Price

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

Recent Approach Shoe Reviews

La Sportiva Men's Boulder X

rated 4 of 5 stars More comfortable than the majority of other approach shoes and holds up to some strenuous wear. Let me start I by saying that even the thought of purchasing shoes online having not tried them on terrifies me.  Perhaps you know the feeling too. How many experiences have you had where you see a pair of shoes online, spring for them and anxiously await their arrival only to receive them and find out that the styling isn’t what you thought, the sizing is off, and the shape of the shoes doesn’t… Full review

Scarpa Women's Crux

rated 5 of 5 stars Great overall approach shoe. They do the job. Good for scrambling up rock, hiking and around town. I would highly recommend these shoes. I got back into climbing again after 15 years and was looking for a comfortable approach shoe. I was running marathons and so I'm always looking for light and roomy. My feet are pretty beat up over time. I love these shoes. They are light, comfortable, easy to scramble up rock, or just hiking and they look great for around town. They fit true to size and have… Full review

Garmont Men's Dragontail

rated 5 of 5 stars Fantastic build quality. The best approach show I have worn to date. I had been suffering with Plantar Fasciitis for a few months. Once I worked out that I needed some Superfeet insoles the combination of these with the Dragontails has worked wonders. The shoes are fantastic in terms of support, grip, comfort and quality. I have tried many approach type shoes over the years but these are by far the best. Within the first few weeks of ownership I took them for a week in the peaks and they proved… Full review

La Sportiva Men's Boulder X

rated 3.5 of 5 stars I really wanted to like these shoes, but had to return two pairs due to the inner-lining splitting/ripping. Maybe just bad luck? I really wanted to like these shoes, in fact when new I utterly loved them, for the first 50 miles. They simply started to wear too fast — not the sole, but the inner lining. My first pair the lining split open at the heal, and the second pair it started to go in the same place before I quickly gave up and returned them. Currently looking for a replacement, most likely… Full review

evolv Men's Cruzer

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a great casual shoe that also does quite well on the approach. It is very comfortable to wear all day, and very lightweight on harness or in the pack. I have used this shoe for two summers in Europe and for everyday casual use for two years. In that time I have gone through two pairs. I got this shoe to replace Sanuks, my previous casual shoes which the sole came off of in Vidin province of Bulgaria (ie the poorest/most remote/least industrialized region of the poorest/least industrialized… Full review

Five Ten Men's Guide Tennie

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a lightweight, comfortable, well made approach shoe that climbs extremely well. While great for approaches and descents, it also serves as a light hiker. I use this shoe as it was designed to be used: as an approach shoe for technical rock climbing. I've used it in sport, trad, and wilderness climbing areas with great success. As an example, I climbed the East Buttress of Middle Cathedral in Yosemite and they worked great, but by the end of the walk off my feet felt a bit pounded. Full review

Scarpa Men's Zen

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Comfortable shoe. Nice on the trail and look good with jeans. I wear these from trail to everyday. Nice for everyday hikes, but a little light for me for backpacking. I live in these. The only downside for me was the thin insoles. I went with an athletic insole and love them.  Full review

Scarpa Women's Crux

rated 4 of 5 stars Very comfortable. Great for approach. I really like this shoe. I usually wear an 8 and settled on a 39 which I think is a little bigger than a 7.5. I wear these shoes everywhere. I have a collapsed left arch and prominent navicular bones. This means my navicular often hangs over the edge of the sole of most shoes and it can get quite uncomfortable if there is any sort of arch in the shoe. These have no arch support and so work great for me. The toe box is roomy enough for my otherwise average width… Full review

Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer GTX

rated 4 of 5 stars The Salewa Mountain Trainer GTX is a comfortable, exceptionally-made if somewhat pricey all-around hiking shoe. Appearance, fit, comfort and utility combine to make this an ideal choice for active hikers with larger budgets. Fit: As with any shoe, especially hiking shoes that will take a beating and need to protect one's feet, the Salewa fits quite well. I wear a size 11 shoe, whether it's casual, work or exercise and the Salewa fit perfectly. When I walk I am always conscious of the fit across… Full review

Top-Rated Approach Shoes

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Adidas Terrex Swift Solo
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas
Terrex Swift Solo
$95
Salewa Mountain Trainer
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salewa
Mountain Trainer
$60 - $149
La Sportiva Ganda
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva
Ganda
$250
Salewa Firetail GTX
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salewa
Firetail GTX
$95 - $119
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Scarpa
Cinque Terre
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face
Targa
discontinued
Montrail CTC Mid XCR
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Montrail
CTC Mid XCR
discontinued
Vasque Pingora
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Vasque
Pingora
discontinued
La Sportiva Gandalf
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva
Gandalf
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque
Talus Mid
discontinued
Patagonia Finn
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia
Finn
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque
Talus Mid GTX
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa
North Route
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Timberland
Free Range
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lowa
Triolet
discontinued
Scarpa Nitro
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa
Nitro
discontinued
evolv Stryker
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
evolv
Stryker
discontinued
Salewa Wildfire GTX
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salewa
Wildfire GTX
$94 - $159
Asolo Salyan
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Asolo
Salyan
$166 - $184
Scarpa Rapid LT
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa
Rapid LT
$87 - $109
Five Ten Exum Guide
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Five Ten
Exum Guide
$115 - $164
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Garmont
Sticky Weekend
discontinued
Montrail D7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Montrail
D7
discontinued
La Sportiva B5
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
La Sportiva
B5
discontinued
Asolo Distance
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Asolo
Distance
$150 MSRP
Five Ten Insight
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Five Ten
Insight
$135 MSRP
The North Face Buildering
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
The North Face
Buildering
discontinued
Nike Air Teewinot II
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Nike
Air Teewinot II
discontinued
La Sportiva Exum Ridge
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
La Sportiva
Exum Ridge
discontinued
Vasque Valhalla
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vasque
Valhalla
discontinued
La Sportiva Exum Pro
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva
Exum Pro
discontinued
Mad Rock Switchback
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mad Rock
Switchback
$80 MSRP
Five Ten Camp Four
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Five Ten
Camp Four
$105 - $150
Five Ten Guide Tennie
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Five Ten
Guide Tennie
$65 - $130
Scarpa Zen
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Scarpa
Zen
$72 - $145
La Sportiva Boulder X
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
La Sportiva
Boulder X
$75 - $159
Scarpa Crux
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Scarpa
Crux
$75 - $99
evolv Cruzer
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
evolv
Cruzer
$75
Salewa Mountain Trainer GTX
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salewa
Mountain Trainer GTX
$139 - $179
La Sportiva Cirque Pro
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
La Sportiva
Cirque Pro
discontinued
Five Ten Mountain Master
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Five Ten
Mountain Master
discontinued
Garmont Dragontail
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Garmont
Dragontail
discontinued
Montrail Tamarack
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Montrail
Tamarack
discontinued
Vasque Catalyst
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Vasque
Catalyst
discontinued
Patagonia Huckleberry
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Patagonia
Huckleberry
discontinued
Scarpa Dharma Pro
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Scarpa
Dharma Pro
$169 MSRP
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vasque
Avanti GTX
discontinued
Montrail CTC
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Montrail
CTC
discontinued
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vasque
Avanti
discontinued
La Sportiva Trango Guide
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva
Trango Guide
discontinued
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