Approach Shoes

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Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 and above

Recent Approach Shoe Reviews

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

Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is a robust, grippy, if heavy and stiff soled, shoe that is great for rocky off-track terrain with a backpack. This review is for the non-Goretex version, which is the same shoe as the Goretex model sans membrane. I bought a pair last year and they are great for scrambling on talus slopes + general backpacking. Fit The shoe is suitable for those with a wider and low volume foot, which can be difficult to shop for. They are wider than the wide fit version of the Asolo Fugitive, for example,… Full review

Garmont Men's Dragontail

rated 5 of 5 stars Best approach shoe I've ever used. I wore these on a trekking trip around the world: desert, swamp, forest, beach and mountains. They were once wet for six days straight after walking in rivers. I took them instead of heavy ankle-support boots and they were perfect the whole trip. Great traction on rock. Only one flaw – the laces kept coming undone so I cut them short. I've just bought a new pair for the next adventure. Full review

Five Ten Guide Tennie Mid

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Very good shoe — great for use on climbing approaches, just replace the laces before using them. Love this shoe, very sticky sole. Not sure if I love the ankle height yet, feels a bit like it's cutting into my legs but probably just needs to be broken in. My one main complaint so far is that the laces are terrible — so slippery, hard to tighten. I will just replace the laces though, easy fix. I also was not able to find these shoes anywhere in AZ (Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff) to try them on before… Full review

Scarpa Men's Zen Pro

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent fit with minimal to no break in required. Comfortable and nice looking as well. I've only had these shoes a couple weeks, probably not more than 30 miles on them so far.  I got these shoes from Sierra Trading Post just a few days before leaving for a week in Big Bend National Park. On initial inspection they seemed very well made, with no dangling threads or seams that didn't appear finished.  After wearing them around the house for a couple days I decided that they were sufficiently… Full review

evolv Men's Cruzer

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great for what I wanted. Not terribly stylish, they look like TOMS. I'm replacing 5.10 Guide Tennies with these. There is a lot less shoe here than the 5.10. I ride my mountain bike to work and like to have a sticky sole to grab onto my bike pedals. But I also need something that doesn't look out of place in a tattoo shop. These are a simple shoe that are like a very comfortable version of my climbing slippers. They give me very good control on the pedals because there's not a lot between your… Full review

Five Ten Men's Guide Tennie

rated 5 of 5 stars I have never had a shoe like this. I was surprised when I got them, not only do they look good and feel good, I feel like a mountain goat when I go rock hopping. I grabbed these because I like to rock hop and run the rocks where I am. So I grabbed a pair of these because I had seen them a lot before I bought them. I didn't expect to like them or to find them comfortable. I was wrong. I love them! Nice and grippy, very well made. I wouldn't expect the tread to last long for daily wear on hard surfaces… Full review

Garmont Dragontail MNT GTX

rated 5 of 5 stars If you want a traditional approach shoe this probably isn't it. If you want a low cut boot with the stiffness and support of a heavy backpacking boot, you found it! Garmont calls this an approach shoe, and it's in the approach section of this website, but I wouldn't call it that. It's more like if you took a heavy, supportive backpacking boot, and just cut it down into a low cut hiking shoe. To me an approach shoe has sticky rubber with a sensitive sole, and the ability to really cinch it down hard… Full review

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

Top-Rated Approach Shoes

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user rating: 4 of 5 (11)
Five Ten Guide Tennie reviewed Jun 9, 2016
$55 - $140
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salewa Mountain Trainer reviewed May 18, 2016
$97 - $199
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
$140 - $159
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
evolv Cruzer reviewed Mar 9, 2016
$67 - $74
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmont Dragontail MNT GTX reviewed Dec 9, 2015
$189
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva TX4 reviewed Nov 2, 2015
$135
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Salewa Wildfire Pro reviewed Sep 19, 2015
$129 - $199
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Mojito reviewed Sep 5, 2015
$145
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Salewa Mountain Trainer GTX reviewed Aug 9, 2015
$169 - $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
$160 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Millet Trident Guide reviewed Jan 18, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
La Sportiva Boulder X reviewed May 7, 2014
$88 - $169
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Millet Friction reviewed Aug 23, 2013
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
$115 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Terrex Swift Solo reviewed May 6, 2013
$80
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 (11)
Five Ten Camp Four reviewed Feb 25, 2015
$150
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: 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: 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: 3 of 5 (1)
Merrell Jam reviewed Nov 19, 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 Habanero reviewed Jun 16, 2008
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Montrail Stratos XCR reviewed Dec 16, 2007
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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: 4.5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Buildering reviewed Nov 27, 2006
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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: 3 of 5 (4)
Garmont Sticky Cat reviewed Mar 21, 2010
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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: 2 of 5 (1)
Vasque Talus reviewed Jan 5, 2005
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Talus Mid reviewed Oct 27, 2004
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user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Boulder reviewed Jul 9, 2004
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