Approach Shoes

Brands

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

Genders

Unisex
Men's
Women's

Price

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

Recent Approach Shoe Reviews

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

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

Top-Rated Approach Shoes

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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmont Dragontail MNT GTX reviewed Dec 9, 2015
$189
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva TX4 reviewed Nov 2, 2015
$135
available Spring 2016
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 (1)
Millet Trident Guide reviewed Jan 18, 2015
$150
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Scarpa Zen reviewed Oct 17, 2013
$100 - $149
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
$57 - $119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Wildfire GTX reviewed May 15, 2013
$103 - $158
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Terrex Swift Solo reviewed May 6, 2013
$81 - $99
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
$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: 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: 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: 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 (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: 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: 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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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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