Approach Shoes


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$50 - $99.99
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Recent Approach Shoe Reviews

Five Ten Men's Guide Tennie

rated 5 of 5 stars I have never had a shoe like this. I was surprised when I got them, not only do they look good and feel good, I feel like a mountain goat when I go rock hopping. I grabbed these because I like to rock hop and run the rocks where I am. So I grabbed a pair of these because I had seen them a lot before I bought them. I didn't expect to like them or to find them comfortable. I was wrong. I love them! Nice and grippy, very well made. I wouldn't expect the tread to last long for daily wear on hard surfaces… Full review

Garmont Dragontail MNT GTX

rated 5 of 5 stars If you want a traditional approach shoe this probably isn't it. If you want a low cut boot with the stiffness and support of a heavy backpacking boot, you found it! Garmont calls this an approach shoe, and it's in the approach section of this website, but I wouldn't call it that. It's more like if you took a heavy, supportive backpacking boot, and just cut it down into a low cut hiking shoe. To me an approach shoe has sticky rubber with a sensitive sole, and the ability to really cinch it down hard… Full review

La Sportiva TX4

rated 5 of 5 stars The TX4 is a well-made approach shoe, probably the most comfortable shoe I have worn. It performed well on my 60 miles of hiking local hills and in climbing at two local areas. It might be a bit narrow for those with wide feet. The TX4 is best for people doing long approaches, including trail hiking and scrambling, along with moderate technical climbing. Background: At the top of the list of gear for anyone venturing into the woods and hills, whether a day hike, climbing, or backpacking is what… Full review

Salewa Men's Wildfire Pro

rated 5 of 5 stars This shoe is very comfortable, provides good support and traction, while maintaining an attractive appearance. Full review

Scarpa Men's Mojito

rated 5 of 5 stars This shoe has good grip. This shoe does fit very well. You can walk in them 24/7 without having foot /shoe problems. And no sweaty feet!! Overall, I'm 100% satisfied With this shoe. This is a perfect walking shoe, for walking long and short distances. I use them almost daily without any problems. Full review

Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer GTX

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Superb updated lightweight hiker from Salewa. Comfortable out of the box, little break-in required. Many adjustment options to fashion a perfect fit. This is the new updated 2015 Mountain Trainer Mid GTX from Salewa. Nice looking and distinctive. Color is brown nubuk with silver, yellow and red sole trim. The "to-the-toe"  lacing system is a plus not usually found in a regular hiking boots and allows you to dial in a perfect surround fit. There are two sets of double layer insoles (the extra set… Full review

TrekSta Granite

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Approach shoes are trail hikers that are also intended for diversions such as easier rock climbs and scrambling that require good traction, a secure fit, and durability. The Granite, with men's and women's versions, meets those needs with a comfortable, stable shoe built on a last that is best for people whose feet are wider at the ball of the foot. Some useful features include speed laces that run all the way to the toes, a reinforced toe area, and sticky high-traction soles. This mostly full-leather… Full review

Salewa Men's Wildfire Pro

rated 5 of 5 stars The Salewa Wildfire Pro is, as its name implies, an approach shoe. As such it bridges the gap between a hiking shoe and a climbing shoe. This shoe is the latest iteration of the Wildfire and it truly does hike like a hiking shoe and climb like a climbing shoe. This shoe is designed to go climbing when you get into an area where you need to go scrambling. It will take you from the parking lot to the summit. Salewa nailed it on this shoe! Recommended Use:  Salewa recommends the Wildfire Pro for use… Full review

Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer GTX

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I am a seasoned boot user, but after reading a number of opinion blogs I thought I would try a hiking shoe. The Salewa Mountain Trainer has turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. While not as comfortable on my foot as my Aslo boots are, they have proven to be a very solid shoe and I really appreciate the lighter footwear compared to my boots. The shoe fits great. While it did require a good deal of time to break in, the shoe is relatively comfortable now. I have about 100 miles on the shoes… Full review

Top-Rated Approach Shoes

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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
evolv Cruzer
$37 - $74
Salewa Heelhook
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
La Sportiva Boulder X
$42 - $169
Five Ten Aescent Shoe
$54 - $119
Scarpa Crux Canvas
$55 - $108
Scarpa Mystic Lite
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Scarpa Crux
$57 - $119
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Five Ten Guide Tennie
$59 - $140
The North Face Base Camp Approach
$60 - $64
Salewa Firetail EVO GTX
$67 - $149
Salewa Wildfire
$71 - $129
Mammut Ridge Low GTX
$74 - $148
AKU Rock Lite II GTX Approach
$74 - $179
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Mountain Trainer
$74 - $199
evolv Cruzer Psyche
Mammut Sloper Low LTH
The North Face Verto Approach II
$77 - $120
Salewa Wildfire Vent
$77 - $129
La Sportiva Mix
$78 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mad Rock Switchback
$80 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Mad Rock Fury
$80 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Mojito
$80 - $144
Salewa Capsico
$80 - $108
Five Ten Warhawk
$80 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Terrex Swift Solo
$81 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Rapid LT
$81 - $239
Garmont Sticky Boulder
Adidas Terrex Solo
$83 - $129
Salewa Speed Ascent
$83 - $139
AKU SL Approach GTX
La Sportiva Xplorer
$89 - $119
evolv Escapist
Adidas Slack Cruiser Shoes
Adidas Terrex Scope GTX Shoe
$96 - $159
Five Ten Guide Tennie Mid
$98 - $159
Mammut Chalk Shoe
$99 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Scarpa Zen
$100 - $149
Asolo Iguana GV
$100 - $129
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Finn
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Wildfire GTX
$103 - $158
Hanwag Rotpunkt Lady
$108 - $124
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Five Ten nie
$110 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Five Ten Exum Guide
$111 - $127
Salewa Ramble GTX
$119 - $149
Scarpa Zen Pro
$120 - $168
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Salewa Mountain Trainer GTX
$120 - $198
Hanwag Rotpunkt
$125 - $179
user rating: 0 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Quest
$125 MSRP
Asolo Cactus
$130 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
TrekSta Granite
$130 MSRP
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