Approach Shoes

Brand

Salewa
La Sportiva
evolv
The North Face
Scarpa
Five Ten
AKU
Garmont
Mad Rock
Adidas

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 Access

rated 3.5 of 5 stars The Five Ten Access is a lightweight, low cut approach shoe that offers superior traction, support and durability. The Access would be best for someone looking for an all around Access shoe (get it?), whether that is an approach for climbing, hopping on a flat pedal bike for the day or light duty scrambling (maybe up to low fifth class). They could make some improvements by adding a heel loop to clip them to your harness and extend the lacing to the toe. PREAMBLE First we need to address the question… Full review

Five Ten Men's Access Mesh

rated 3.5 of 5 stars The Five Ten Access Mesh is a lightweight, low cut approach shoe that offers superior traction, support, and breathability. The Access Mesh would be best for someone looking for an all around Access shoe (get it?), whether that is an approach for climbing, hopping on a flat pedal bike for the day, or light duty scrambling (maybe up to low fifth class). They could make some improvements by adding a heel loop to clip them to your harness and extending the lacing to the toe.   PREAMBLE First we need… Full review

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

Top-Rated Approach Shoes

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Salewa Speed Ascent
$43 - $138
Salewa Firetail 3
$43 - $139
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
La Sportiva Boulder X
$58 - $110
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Salewa Wildfire Pro
$59 - $198
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
evolv Cruzer
$60 - $74
The North Face Base Camp Approach
$65
evolv Cruzer Slip-On
$69
Scarpa Crux Canvas
$69 - $170
user rating: 4 of 5 (12)
Five Ten Guide Tennie
$70 - $129
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Scarpa Crux
$71 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Firetail EVO GTX
$71 - $148
AKU Rock Lite II GTX Approach
$74 - $179
Garmont Dragontail LT
$75 - $149
evolv Cruzer Psyche
$75
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)
Adidas Terrex Swift Solo
$81 - $99
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Five Ten Access
$84 - $139
AKU SL Approach GTX
$84
Five Ten Warhawk
$85
Scarpa Iguana
$88 - $120
The North Face Verto Approach III
$89 - $120
Salewa Wildfire Vent
$90 - $129
evolv Escapist
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Salewa Wildfire
$90
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Five Ten Guide Tennie Mid
$95 - $119
La Sportiva TX2
$97 - $130
Mammut Chalk Shoe
$99 MSRP
Five Ten Urban Approach
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Finn
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evolv Bolt
$100 MSRP
La Sportiva TX3
$101 - $135
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Wildfire GTX
$103 - $158
La Sportiva Mix
$105
Arc'teryx Acrux SL
$105 - $170
Hanwag Rotpunkt Lady
$108 - $224
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Scarpa Zen
$110 - $149
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Five Ten nie
$110 MSRP
Five Ten Aescent
$110 - $119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Asolo Distance
$110
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Mojito
$111 - $145
Garmont Dragontail N.Air.G
$112
Adidas Terrex Scope GTX Shoe
$112 - $124
user rating: 4 of 5 (12)
Five Ten Camp Four
$113 - $149
Five Ten Camp Four GTX
$114 - $179
Arc'teryx Acrux FL GTX
$115 - $219
Scarpa Cosmo
$115
Salewa Ramble GTX
$118 - $126
Hanwag Salt Rock
$119 - $199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Rapid LT
$119 - $239
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