Approach Shoes

The best approach shoes, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on June 6, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Approach Shoe Reviews

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
evolv Men's Cruzer Psyche

Well-made shoe that does the job and is super lightweight. Fits well. The Evolv Cruzer Psyche is a very conventionally-designed shoe that came AFTER the Evolv Cruzer, which has an unconventional upper in the heel area. Its one departure from classic shoe construction is an overlapping slit instead of a tongue. This non-tongue seems to work just fine, makes entry a touch easier, and is very comfortable.  I don't climb; I hike and backpack in this shoe with 30 pounds or less on my back, no poles,… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Asolo Cactus GV

Lightweight approach shoe with a Gore-Tex membrane. I'm on my third pair of these and use them daily. I get about a year and half of wear before I start looking to replace them. Their comfort, looks, and waterproofness keep me coming back, but I have to be careful when walking on wet surfaces. Unfortunately they are getting harder to find. I believe that Asolo has stopped making them.  The footbed is fairly thin and flexible and gets more so with wear. Ankle support is good. Laces are great with… Full review

rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Salewa Men's Firetail EVO

Solid with a good grip, but not particularly comfortable. I have mixed feelings about these shoes. I have the non-GTX version. Used them for several years now in the alpine also in lower terrain. But I bought them for alpine approach so that's how I will judge them. They have a pretty good grip on solid rock also on grassy slopes and scree. They are lightweight also and durable. But that's about the good parts. These shoes are not the most comfortable when covering long distances with a heavy load. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Five Ten Men's Guide Tennie

The Five Ten Guide Tennie is an approach shoe best suited to light hiking that involves scrambling on rocks. It has features common to many shoes that try to bridge the gap between hiking and rock climbing—lacing that runs almost to your toes to ensure a secure fit, durable leather material, and great lateral support. The midsole and sole are clearly intended for light rock climbing: stiff midsole, extremely sticky sole with shallow treads, and a rubber-coated toe for extra traction. While it… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Salewa Men's Wildfire GTX

Grip like no other shoe I've owned. A touch narrow, but still very comfy, and did I mention grip? A review in two parts Part 1 - My review after the first day: I just received these in the mail and put them on. They are very comfortable and very true to size. I always wear a EUR 43 (I've given up on US sizes) and these fit me perfectly (US size 10 in this case). They are darker black than I expected from the photo where they look more grey—but they are still pretty sharp looking. The red laces… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Five Ten Women's Camp Four

Beautiful wide footed shoe, feels very solid walking on rocks and trail terrain; excellent grip. Toes do not feel squished but can spread out while walking. Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Five Ten Camp Four Mid GTX

Hot, Hot, Hot. Even with the Goretex they do not breathe. I'm hoping that when the DWR on the upper wears off they'll breathe a little better. Besides that they're really tough, and the soles are great on rock, even wet lichen. Not comfortable for hiking, but they are approach shoes not hiking boots. I'll put them to the test this season, see how they hold up. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Five Ten Men's Guide Tennie

I purchased these shoes for fishing. The comfort and fit were outstanding. They have great traction on all the rock and soil types I have thrown at them. Imagine the comfort of a slipper with the grip of a climbing shoe. After a few trips I ordered a second pair. After burning through several pairs of high end hiking shoes, I decided to purchase the Guide Tennie. I figured any shoe produced for 30 plus years has to have something going for it. I found them on Amazon for about half the MSRP. Right… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Five Ten Men's Access

The Five Ten Access is a lightweight, low cut approach shoe that offers superior traction, support and durability. The Access would be best for someone looking for an all around Access shoe (get it?), whether that is an approach for climbing, hopping on a flat pedal bike for the day or light duty scrambling (maybe up to low fifth class). They could make some improvements by adding a heel loop to clip them to your harness and extend the lacing to the toe. PREAMBLE First we need to address the question… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Salewa Wildfire GTX
$105 - $169
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Salewa Wildfire Pro
$59
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Vasque Pingora
$150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Asolo Distance
$65
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
evolv Cruzer
$24 - $74
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Salewa Mountain Trainer GTX
$86 - $199
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Terrex Swift Solo
$39
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmont Dragontail MNT GTX
$150 - $199
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva TX4
$140
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Zen Pro
$140 - $179
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Firetail 3 GTX
$96 - $158
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Mojito
$159
user rating: 4 of 5 (14)
Five Ten Guide Tennie
$84 - $120
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
La Sportiva Boulder X
$90 - $120
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Scarpa Crux
$68 - $130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Five Ten Guide Tennie Mid
$90 - $169
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX Approach Shoe / Hiking Boot
$300
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
evolv Cruzer Psyche
$19 - $74
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salewa Mountain Trainer
$103 - $199
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Asolo Cactus GV
$120
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Five Ten Access Mesh
$49 - $90
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Five Ten Access
$49 - $99
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Arc'teryx Acrux FL
$70
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Five Ten Camp Four
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Five Ten Insight
$135 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Five Ten Exum Guide
$160 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Gandalf
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Firetail EVO GTX
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Ganda
$215 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Scarpa Zen
$129 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Asolo Salyan
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Rapid LT
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
TrekSta Granite
$130 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mad Rock Switchback
$80 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Dharma Pro
$169 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
evolv Maximus
$140 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Millet Trident Guide
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Mad Rock Fury
$80 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Five Ten Camp Four Mid GTX
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Millet Friction
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Salewa Firetail EVO
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Five Ten nie
$110 MSRP
user rating: 0 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Quest
$125 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Scarpa Cinque Terre
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Targa
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Montrail CTC Mid XCR
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Garmont Sticky Weekend
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Montrail D7
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
La Sportiva B5
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Buildering
discontinued