These have been my favorite approach shoes so far.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $35
These have been my favorite approach shoes so far. They're super sturdy and comfortable.
- Great sale price
- Lace ups
- Heavier than some hiking boots
- Lace ups
- Little support
- Not the greatest to try random climbs (toe box too wide for small holds)
Unlike hiking shoes, they do not provide the same amount of foot support. However, I quickly found my solution in custom orthotics I had lying around, making them the most comfortable boots in the world to me. I'm sure you can find a nice pair of insoles to provide a quick fix for this problem. They also have a slightly larger toe box adding to the comfort.
Next, I love-hate the lace ups. Lacing prevents your foot from slipping around, making them hug your feet; however, they are a pain to take off when trying to put climbing shoes on.
They are sturdier than some hiking boots I've owned, making them ideal for unmaintained or off beaten trails. The high tops have never bothered me. I've never gotten blisters or rashes from friction. I have worn these on many hikes including Mt. Whitney. Some may argue they aren't hiking shoes, but I really like the stability and sturdiness of the shoe.
My only real complaint is that I've tried simple V1 traversing on these and sometimes fall due to the shoes' lack of flexibility and larger toe box. I sometimes cannot get my footwork to stick on smaller holds. Therefore, they are bad bouldering/traversing shoes... but great approach shoes!