Approach Shoes

Brands

Five Ten
Scarpa
evolv
Garmont
La Sportiva
Salewa
TrekSta
Arc'teryx
Millet
Asolo

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

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

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

Top-Rated Approach Shoes

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Five Ten Guide Tennie Mid reviewed Mar 20, 2016
$160
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Zen Pro reviewed Mar 18, 2016
$84 - $169
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
evolv Cruzer reviewed Mar 9, 2016
$37 - $74
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Five Ten Guide Tennie reviewed Dec 21, 2015
$110 - $140
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
$113 - $134
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Mojito reviewed Sep 5, 2015
$72 - $108
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: 3 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Acrux FL reviewed Apr 18, 2015
$190 - $199
user rating: 4 of 5 (11)
Five Ten Camp Four reviewed Feb 25, 2015
$150
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Millet Trident Guide reviewed Jan 18, 2015
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
$130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Asolo Salyan reviewed Aug 9, 2013
$190
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
$95 - $119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Rapid LT reviewed May 10, 2013
$90 - $239
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Terrex Swift Solo reviewed May 6, 2013
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Ganda reviewed Jan 18, 2013
$250
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Dharma Pro reviewed Dec 6, 2012
$169 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Mountain Trainer reviewed Aug 5, 2011
$139 - $199
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: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Asolo Distance reviewed Mar 22, 2011
$110
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: 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: 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: 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: 2 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva SuperDrago reviewed Aug 6, 2008
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Valhalla reviewed Apr 25, 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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