Approach Shoes

Brands

Millet
Five Ten
Scarpa
Adidas
La Sportiva
Salewa
Mad Rock
Asolo
Garmont
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Genders

Unisex
Men's
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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 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

evolv Men's Cruzer

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a great casual shoe that also does quite well on the approach. It is very comfortable to wear all day, and very lightweight on harness or in the pack. I have used this shoe for two summers in Europe and for everyday casual use for two years. In that time I have gone through two pairs. I got this shoe to replace Sanuks, my previous casual shoes which the sole came off of in Vidin province of Bulgaria (ie the poorest/most remote/least industrialized region of the poorest/least industrialized… Full review

Five Ten Men's Guide Tennie

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a lightweight, comfortable, well made approach shoe that climbs extremely well. While great for approaches and descents, it also serves as a light hiker. I use this shoe as it was designed to be used: as an approach shoe for technical rock climbing. I've used it in sport, trad, and wilderness climbing areas with great success. As an example, I climbed the East Buttress of Middle Cathedral in Yosemite and they worked great, but by the end of the walk off my feet felt a bit pounded. Full review

Scarpa Men's Zen

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Comfortable shoe. Nice on the trail and look good with jeans. I wear these from trail to everyday. Nice for everyday hikes, but a little light for me for backpacking. I live in these. The only downside for me was the thin insoles. I went with an athletic insole and love them.  Full review

Top-Rated Approach Shoes

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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Millet Trident Guide reviewed Jan 18, 2015
$150
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Millet Friction reviewed Aug 23, 2013
$130
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 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Terrex Swift Solo reviewed May 6, 2013
$95
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Ganda reviewed Jan 18, 2013
$199 - $249
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Dharma Pro reviewed Dec 6, 2012
$169 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Five Ten Camp Four reviewed May 24, 2013
$82 - $150
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Mountain Trainer reviewed Aug 5, 2011
$97 - $149
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
$80
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: 4.5 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 (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: 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: 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: 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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user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Five Ten Guide Almighty reviewed Jan 7, 2002
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vasque Avanti GTX reviewed Feb 17, 2001
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vasque Avanti reviewed Mar 19, 2000
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Lowa Freedome reviewed Feb 19, 1999
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