Approach Shoes


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Recent Approach Shoe Reviews

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

Arc'teryx Men's Acrux FL Shoe

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Like the engineering ideas, flaws in liner design. As a big fan of Arc'teryx products I was excited to see how they would reinvent the approach shoe. I liked the weight, the seamless body, the airflow, they were very comfortable. BUT, the first short hike of about three miles with no-show socks revealed that the non removable liner keeps moving around in the heel area, cutting through the skin of both my heels until blistering and bleeding. Can't return since they have been worn and the blistering… Full review

Arc'teryx Men's Acrux FL Shoe

rated 5 of 5 stars A very impressive shoe with a design unlike any other shoe I have used previously because of the unique inner and outer construction. I would highly recommend this shoe for anyone looking for a durable, light, and comfortable approach/hiking shoe. I had the opportunity to test the Arc'teryx Acrux FL (originally Alpha FL) hiking/approach shoe during the winter of 2014-2015 in the White Mountains region of New Hampshire. Fit and Comfort: Over the years I have purchased a variety of footwear. These… Full review

Five Ten Men's Camp Four

rated 4.5 of 5 stars These are my go-to shoes for day hikes. I've done 1 or 2 light overnights (15-20lbs) in these when I knew it'd be dry and I would appreciate the traction due to rocky terrain. I have pretty average feet, so I'm not sure if that's why I didn't have the sizing problems the other reviewers had or not. These shoes were comfy out of the box with all the sock options I threw at them.  These shoes were also very comfortable during hot Joshua Tree summer days. They vented heat really well  but you sacrifice… Full review

Five Ten Men's Exum Guide

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great boot that fills the gap between Burly Backpacking Tank and Wispy Barely there Trailrunner. I'm going to get this out of the way first since it's ultimately not very important. My pair is a light gray, almost white color. The first time I wore them on a hike (16 miles up Icebox Canyon in the summer so lots of dust) they looked beat all to heck. This in no way effected their performance but it looked like they were old and beat up.  I've worn them for a little bit of everything, backpacking… Full review

Five Ten Men's Guide Tennie

rated 4 of 5 stars Got these in the Yosemite mountain shop and walked around the valley for two days taking pictures. A little scrambling to get in position for some shots of climbers on El Cap and walking the roads of the valley to get around. The salesman talked me into getting my regular size because I wasn't planning on doing any technical climbing and I'm glad he did. I strolled around and put probably ten miles on them in two days. It was a warm November 1st and 2nd (70 degrees daytime) and with summer weight… Full review

Millet Trident Guide

rated 4 of 5 stars The details put into the design of this approach shoe shout "quality." It can be difficult finding approach shoes that fit mid to wide feet and that won't be prone to the ever-problematic "ankle roll" issues that many approach shoes seem to have. The Millet Trident series approach shoes appear to solve these issues. Perfect as a multi-activity shoe...not just dedicated to the trails. The soles are thick and will last. Full review

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

Top-Rated Approach Shoes

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Five Ten Warhawk
$39 - $89
Kayland Comet
$44 - $64
user rating: 4 of 5 (11)
Five Ten Camp Four
$45 - $150
Scarpa Crux Canvas
$49 - $109
Salewa Capsico
$54 - $109
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Scarpa Crux
$55 - $115
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
La Sportiva Boulder X
$58 - $169
The North Face Base Camp Approach
$60 - $64
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
evolv Cruzer
$60 - $74
Zamberlan 107 Tucano GT RR Approach Shoe
Salewa Wildfire
$64 - $129
Adidas Terrex Solo
$66 - $120
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Five Ten Guide Tennie
$69 - $130
Scarpa Mystic Lite
$71 - $82
Salewa Heelhook
AKU Rock Lite II GTX Approach
$74 - $179
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Terrex Swift Solo
$76 - $94
AKU SL Approach GTX
$77 - $98
Salewa Firetail EVO GTX
$77 - $149
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: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Rapid LT
$82 - $115
Scarpa Mojito
$87 - $138
Five Ten Aescent Shoe
$88 - $109
La Sportiva Mix Shoe
$89 - $104
evolv Escapist
Adidas Terrex Scope GTX Shoe
$95 - $160
Adidas Slack Cruiser Shoes
Five Ten Guide Tennie Mid
$98 - $139
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Mountain Trainer
$98 - $169
Mammut Chalk Shoe
$99 MSRP
Asolo Iguana GV
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Finn
evolv Bolt
$100 MSRP
Salewa Wildfire Vent
$103 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Wildfire GTX
$103 - $159
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Five Ten nie
$110 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Scarpa Zen
$116 - $149
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salewa Mountain Trainer GTX
$116 - $198
Hanwag Rotpunkt Lady
$117 - $179
Salewa Ramble GTX
$119 - $148
Mammut Ridge Low GTX
$119 - $148
The North Face Verto Approach II
Garmont Sticky Boulder
La Sportiva Xplorer
user rating: 0 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Quest
$125 MSRP
Hanwag Rotpunkt
$126 - $224
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Five Ten Exum Guide
Scarpa Caipirinha
$130 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Five Ten Insight
$135 MSRP
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