Approach Shoes

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

Recent Approach Shoe Reviews

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

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

Top-Rated Approach Shoes

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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Firetail EVO GTX reviewed Nov 20, 2016
$71 - $109
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: 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
$119 - $168
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
$120 - $200
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
$70 - $110
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Scarpa Crux reviewed Apr 13, 2014
$115 - $120
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Scarpa Zen reviewed Oct 17, 2013
$150
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: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Wildfire GTX reviewed May 15, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Terrex Swift Solo reviewed May 6, 2013
$76 - $99
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: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mad Rock Switchback reviewed Apr 2, 2011
$80 MSRP
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: 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 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 (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: 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: 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: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Montrail D7 reviewed May 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 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 (3)
Montrail Tamarack reviewed May 25, 2006
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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)
Vasque Talus Mid GTX reviewed Jul 19, 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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