Approach Shoes


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less than $50
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 and above

Recent Approach Shoe Reviews

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

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

Top-Rated Approach Shoes

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user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
La Sportiva Boulder X
$30 - $169
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
evolv Cruzer
$37 - $74
Five Ten Warhawk
$39 - $89
Salewa Heelhook
user rating: 4 of 5 (11)
Five Ten Camp Four
$45 - $150
Salewa Wildfire
$50 - $129
Scarpa Crux Canvas
$55 - $108
Scarpa Mystic Lite
The North Face Base Camp Approach
$60 - $64
Salewa Firetail EVO GTX
$60 - $149
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Mountain Trainer
$60 - $199
Five Ten Aescent Shoe
$60 - $109
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Scarpa Crux
$65 - $115
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Five Ten Guide Tennie
$69 - $130
Salewa Ramble GTX
$74 - $149
AKU Rock Lite II GTX Approach
$74 - $179
evolv Cruzer Psyche
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Terrex Swift Solo
$76 - $80
Five Ten Guide Tennie Mid
$77 - $139
Salewa Wildfire Vent
$77 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mad Rock Switchback
$80 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Mad Rock Fury
$80 MSRP
Salewa Capsico
$80 - $87
Mammut Sloper Low LTH
Adidas Terrex Solo
$83 - $129
Salewa Speed Ascent
$83 - $139
La Sportiva Mix
$84 - $105
AKU SL Approach GTX
$84 - $89
Mammut Ridge Low GTX
$89 - $148
La Sportiva Xplorer
$90 - $119
evolv Escapist
Adidas Slack Cruiser Shoes
Adidas Terrex Scope GTX Shoe
$96 - $159
Garmont Sticky Boulder
Mammut Chalk Shoe
$99 MSRP
Asolo Iguana GV
$100 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Asolo Distance
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Finn
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Wildfire GTX
$103 - $158
Hanwag Rotpunkt Lady
$108 - $179
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Five Ten nie
$110 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Rapid LT
$110 - $239
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Five Ten Exum Guide
$111 - $127
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Mojito
$111 - $144
The North Face Verto Approach II
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Salewa Mountain Trainer GTX
$120 - $198
user rating: 0 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Quest
$125 MSRP
Hanwag Rotpunkt
$126 - $224
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Scarpa Zen
$145 - $149
Asolo Cactus
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