Approach Shoes

Brands

Salewa
TrekSta
Five Ten
Millet
evolv
Scarpa
Adidas
La Sportiva
Kayland
Mad Rock

Genders

Unisex
Men's
Women's

Price

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

Recent Approach Shoe Reviews

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

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

Top-Rated Approach Shoes

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Salewa Mountain Trainer GTX reviewed Aug 9, 2015
$125 - $198
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
TrekSta Granite reviewed Jun 14, 2015
$130 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Five Ten Exum Guide reviewed Feb 22, 2015
$111 - $127
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Five Ten Guide Tennie reviewed Jan 24, 2015
$69 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Millet Trident Guide reviewed Jan 18, 2015
$150
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
evolv Cruzer reviewed Dec 30, 2013
$60 - $74
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Millet Friction reviewed Aug 23, 2013
$140
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Five Ten nie reviewed May 31, 2013
$110 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Scarpa Crux reviewed Apr 13, 2014
$55 - $115
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Wildfire GTX reviewed May 15, 2013
$103 - $159
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Terrex Swift Solo reviewed May 6, 2013
$57 - $80
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Ganda reviewed Jan 18, 2013
$200
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Dharma Pro reviewed Dec 6, 2012
$169 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (11)
Five Ten Camp Four reviewed Feb 25, 2015
$45 - $150
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Kayland Crux Grip reviewed Sep 6, 2011
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mad Rock Switchback reviewed Apr 2, 2011
$80 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Asolo Distance reviewed Mar 22, 2011
$150 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Firetail GTX reviewed Oct 18, 2010
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: 3 of 5 (4)
Garmont Sticky Cat reviewed Mar 21, 2010
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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: 0 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Quest reviewed Jul 23, 2009
$125 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
La Sportiva B5 reviewed May 31, 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: 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: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Valhalla reviewed Apr 25, 2008
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user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Vasque Catalyst reviewed Feb 29, 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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user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Mad Rock Fury reviewed Sep 17, 2006
$80 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vasque Ion reviewed May 23, 2006
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Nike Air Teewinot II reviewed Sep 16, 2005
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Timberland Free Range reviewed Jul 2, 2005
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user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Vasque Talus GTX XCR reviewed May 17, 2005
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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 Boulder reviewed Jul 9, 2004
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user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Nike Air Cinder Cone reviewed Jun 16, 2004
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user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Asolo Geo Low reviewed Jun 5, 2004
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
La Sportiva Exum Ridge reviewed Oct 22, 2004
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Nitro reviewed Mar 21, 2004
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Targa reviewed Sep 12, 2004
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