Approach Shoes

Brands

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

Unisex
Men's
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Price

less than $50
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 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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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Terrex Swift Solo
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discontinued
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Finn
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
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discontinued
 
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
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Firetail GTX
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Scarpa Nitro
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
evolv Stryker
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Wildfire GTX
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Asolo Salyan
$185
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Rapid LT
$110
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Five Ten Exum Guide
$160
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Garmont Sticky Weekend
discontinued
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 (4)
Asolo Distance
$150 MSRP
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 (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 (10)
Five Ten Camp Four
$105 - $150
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Five Ten Guide Tennie
$65 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Scarpa Zen
$145
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
La Sportiva Boulder X
$74 - $159
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Scarpa Crux
$69 - $99
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
evolv Cruzer
$45 - $74
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salewa Mountain Trainer GTX
$140 - $194
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
La Sportiva Cirque Pro
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Five Ten Mountain Master
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Garmont Dragontail
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Montrail Tamarack
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Vasque Catalyst
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Patagonia Huckleberry
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Dharma Pro
$169 MSRP
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vasque Avanti GTX
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Montrail CTC
discontinued
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vasque Avanti
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Trango Guide
discontinued
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