I have never had a better all-weather approach shoe…
Price Paid: $40 outlet
I have never had a better all-weather approach shoe then that of the Nike Teewinot II. Price vs. Proformance no other shoe comes close. In fact I only stumbled on this web site review looking for another low price pair of these great shoes.
A very nice approach shoe from the folks at Nike.
Materials: sticky rubber soles, leather/mesh upper
Use: approaches, around town
Break-in Period: minimal
Price Paid: $55 on sale
A very nice approach shoe from the folks at Nike. They are relatively ligthweight, have nice sticky soles, are very comfortable and seem like good value for money. Frankly I've been a bit put off lately by some of the 'climbing shoe' companies asking upwards of $100 for a pair of approach shoes; then, running into quality problems with them!
To get a comfortable fit, I went up half a size with mine. They are super comfortable now; but, maybe a bit loose for serious climbing. So, for me, I'll use these more for approach hikes and kicking around in than I will for actual 5th class climbing. I've played around a little bit with these -- doing some easy bouldering -- and they aren't bad. Definitely not as good as my old guide tennies for actual climbing. But, my guide tennies aren't very good for the long hike in...
Teewinots offer a double lace system that lets you cinch down the toe area separately from the rest of the foot. It's kind of an interesting idea, but I didn't find it to be a big deal in actual usage.
Overall, a very nice shoe for getting you to the cliff, easy scrambling and kicking around.