Approach Shoes

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Scarpa
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Genders

Unisex
Men's
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Price

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

Recent Approach Shoe Reviews

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

Garmont Men's Dragontail

rated 5 of 5 stars Fantastic build quality. The best approach show I have worn to date. I had been suffering with Plantar Fasciitis for a few months. Once I worked out that I needed some Superfeet insoles the combination of these with the Dragontails has worked wonders. The shoes are fantastic in terms of support, grip, comfort and quality. I have tried many approach type shoes over the years but these are by far the best. Within the first few weeks of ownership I took them for a week in the peaks and they proved… Full review

La Sportiva Men's Boulder X

rated 3.5 of 5 stars I really wanted to like these shoes, but had to return two pairs due to the inner-lining splitting/ripping. Maybe just bad luck? I really wanted to like these shoes, in fact when new I utterly loved them, for the first 50 miles. They simply started to wear too fast — not the sole, but the inner lining. My first pair the lining split open at the heal, and the second pair it started to go in the same place before I quickly gave up and returned them. Currently looking for a replacement, most likely… Full review

Top-Rated Approach Shoes

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Five Ten Exum Guide reviewed Feb 22, 2015
$88 - $159
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 (4)
Garmont Dragontail reviewed Mar 28, 2014
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user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Scarpa Zen reviewed Oct 17, 2013
$84 - $149
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Millet Friction reviewed Aug 23, 2013
$140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Asolo Salyan reviewed Aug 9, 2013
$185 - $189
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
$76 - $95
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Ganda reviewed Jan 18, 2013
$200 - $249
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 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: 2 of 5 (1)
Garmont Sticky Dragon reviewed Jul 21, 2009
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user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Trango Light Low reviewed Jun 18, 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: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Exum Pro reviewed Mar 16, 2009
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Garmont Sticky Weekend reviewed Jan 3, 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 (1)
The North Face Smedge reviewed Oct 9, 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: 5 of 5 (2)
Montrail CTC Mid XCR reviewed Aug 14, 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 of 5 (2)
Vasque Catalyst reviewed Feb 29, 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 (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 (7)
Montrail D7 reviewed May 10, 2007
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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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