Approach Shoes

Brand

Five Ten
Scarpa
evolv
Salewa
Garmont
La Sportiva
TrekSta
Arc'teryx
Millet
Asolo

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 Guide Tennie

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I purchased these shoes for fishing. The comfort and fit were outstanding. They have great traction on all the rock and soil types I have thrown at them. Imagine the comfort of a slipper with the grip of a climbing shoe. After a few trips I ordered a second pair. After burning through several pairs of high end hiking shoes, I decided to purchase the Guide Tennie. I figured any shoe produced for 30 plus years has to have something going for it. I found them on Amazon for about half the MSRP. Right… Full review

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

Top-Rated Approach Shoes

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user rating: 4 of 5 (13)
Five Ten Guide Tennie reviewed Feb 8, 2018
$84 - $120
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Five Ten Access reviewed Nov 4, 2017
$70 - $140
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Five Ten Access Mesh reviewed Oct 23, 2017
$130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX reviewed Apr 13, 2017
$290
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
evolv Maximus reviewed Apr 6, 2017
$140 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Firetail EVO GTX reviewed Nov 20, 2016
$61
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salewa Mountain Trainer reviewed May 18, 2016
$59 - $198
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Garmont Dragontail reviewed Apr 13, 2016
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Five Ten Guide Tennie Mid reviewed Mar 20, 2016
$80 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Zen Pro reviewed Mar 18, 2016
$175
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmont Dragontail MNT GTX reviewed Dec 9, 2015
$200
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva TX4 reviewed Nov 2, 2015
$140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Salewa Mountain Trainer GTX reviewed Aug 9, 2015
$139 - $198
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
TrekSta Granite reviewed Jun 14, 2015
$130 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Acrux FL reviewed Apr 18, 2015
$118 - $149
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Millet Trident Guide reviewed Jan 18, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Scarpa Crux reviewed Apr 13, 2014
$65 - $125
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Millet Friction reviewed Aug 23, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Asolo Salyan reviewed Aug 9, 2013
$95 - $125
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Five Ten nie reviewed May 31, 2013
$110 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Wildfire GTX reviewed May 15, 2013
$127 - $169
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Rapid LT reviewed May 10, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Terrex Swift Solo reviewed May 6, 2013
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Ganda reviewed Jan 18, 2013
$215 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Dharma Pro reviewed Dec 6, 2012
$169 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (12)
Five Ten Camp Four reviewed Jul 28, 2017
$43 - $112
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Kayland Crux Grip reviewed Sep 6, 2011
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user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
evolv Rex reviewed Jul 25, 2011
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mad Rock Switchback reviewed Apr 2, 2011
$80 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Firetail 3 GTX reviewed Oct 18, 2010
$159
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
La Sportiva Cirque Pro reviewed Jul 30, 2010
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Five Ten Insight reviewed Apr 22, 2010
$135 MSRP
user rating: 0 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Karakoram reviewed Jan 6, 2010
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Garmont Sticky Spin reviewed Dec 9, 2009
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Gandalf reviewed Dec 9, 2009
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
evolv Stryker reviewed Aug 21, 2009
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
La Sportiva B5 reviewed May 31, 2009
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user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Patagonia Huckleberry reviewed May 26, 2009
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Exum Pro reviewed Mar 16, 2009
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user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Merrell Jam reviewed Nov 19, 2008
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Finn reviewed Oct 15, 2008
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user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Five Ten Mountain Master reviewed Aug 23, 2008
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user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva SuperDrago reviewed Aug 6, 2008
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user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Habanero reviewed Jun 16, 2008
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa North Route reviewed Sep 20, 2007
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user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Millet Boulder reviewed Sep 14, 2007
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user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Kayland Trotter Low reviewed Aug 10, 2007
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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Scarpa Cinque Terre reviewed May 5, 2007
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Montrail D7 reviewed May 10, 2007
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Trango Guide reviewed Nov 7, 2006
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