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Approach Shoes

The term "Approach Shoe" is very loosely bandied around, but ideally it should mean a lightweight shoe suitable for summer approaches to high crags and possibly for carrying up your climb to wear on the descent.

Some of the shoes list here fit this description more than others and this is generally indicated in the text but in many ways, Fell Running Shoes make better approach shoes than "Approach Shoes" do as they are lighter and have much more studded soles which give a far better grip on the steep wet grass of the British mountains, whilst the flatter soled of the approach shoes can be lethal in such conditions and are best used for such adventurous activities as going to the pub, which is indeed what they are mostly worn for.

However, these particular approach shoes will be ideal for hot rock trips to Spain, France, the USA etc where you are dealing with dry conditions and and need shoes that are a) reasonable thorn proof and b) can be worn around town and to the bar afterwards, as well as on the plane home.

Please note that sizes given are UK or Continental - not USA. Please note that sizes given are UK or Continental - not USA. Please click for a Boot Size Comparison Chart.

Sportiva - Ganda Guide

Special Offer £155.00!!

Part rock shoe, part approach shoe and part walking boot, this mid-cut scrambling boot is ideal for scrambling, via ferrata and walking in complex terrain - indeed, absolutely ideal for the Cuillin Ridge and similar long arduous undertakings. Extremely light weight and very comfortable but don't expect it to be the slightest bit waterproof or particularly durable (particularly if used extensively on Skye Gabbro!).

 

Sportiva - Boulder X

£99.99

The Boulder X is a proper climber's approach shoe - nice and stiff, sticky rubber sole, all leather uppers with a high toe rand and light enough for rapid ascents and descents.

 

Boreal - Flyer

£99.95

Designed as a technical approach shoe for easy climbs, this shoe is also suitable for paths, trails and and general off-road use, though not maybe on muddy hills and steep wet grass as the tread is fairly shallow.

 

Scarpa - Crux

£99.99

The Crux is a classic, low volume approach shoe that makes you want to get out on the rock. It has good lateral stiffness so that it will not twist much when edging and a reasonably cleated sole unit which should prevent you slipping on muddy ground. The sole also has a smooth section on the inside and toe making them suitable for scrambling. via ferrata and easy rock climbs.

 

Scarpa - Women's Crux

£99.99

The Womens Crux is a classic, low volume approach shoe that makes you want to get out on the rock. It has good lateral stiffness so that it will not twist much when edging and a reasonably cleated sole unit which should prevent you slipping on muddy ground. The sole also has a smooth section on the inside and toe making them suitable for scrambling. via ferrata and easy rock climbs.

 

Evolv - Capitan

£89.95

A sticky lugged sole, semi-mid cut approach shoe that gives good comfort and support. They are perfect to use as an approach shoe for cragging of for just wearing around the place. A deeper tread than may so-called approach shoes means that it should cope well with rock, scree, mud and steep wet grass.

 

5.10 - Men's 5/10 Dome

Special Offer £49.95!!

Essentially a hiking shoe on a trail running last, designed for multiple days on the trail/fast and light Alpine-style adventure, and can handle anything from running to fast packing to hiking with a heavy pack.

 

5.10 - Women's 5/10 Dome

Special Offer £49.95!!

Essentially a hiking shoe on a trail running last, designed for multiple days on the trail/fast and light Alpine-style adventure, and can handle anything from running to fast packing to hiking with a heavy pack.

 

5.10 - Men's Guide Tennie

Special Offer £84.99!!

Top end technical approach shoe designed for the walk-in to a route and then the climb as well. A new proprietary "Smedge Zone Toe" delivers precision edging power and additional durability and the new ErgoNomic last has an athletic-fitting heel, natural toe and a form-fitting shape for walking comfort and climbing power.

 

5.10 - Women's Guide Tennie

Special Offer £84.99!!

Top end technical approach shoe designed for the walk-in to a route and then the climb as well. A new proprietary "Smedge Zone Toe" delivers precision edging power and additional durability and the new ErgoNomic last has an athletic-fitting heel, natural toe and a form-fitting shape for walking comfort and climbing power.

 

5.10 - Guide Tennie (2013 model)

£84.99

Top end technical approach shoe designed for the walk-in to a route and then the climb as well - "better fitting, better performing and better looking than ever" - according to Five-Ten.

 

5.10 - Camp 4

£94.99

The new Camp 4 is a rugged multi-purpose/approach shoe with an external moulded PU heel cage for added rear-foot support and stability. It is light enough for everyday wear, but extremely rugged, and designed as an alternative to boots.

 

5.10 - Women's Camp 4

£94.99

A women's version of the Camp 4, a rugged multi-purpose/approach shoe with an external moulded PU heel cage for added rear-foot support and stability. It is light enough for everyday wear, but extremely rugged, and designed as an alternative to boots. Lace to toe closure can be worn relaxed for a long-distance fit, or tightened for climbing and scrambling.

 

5.10 - Freerider

Special Offer £49.95!!

The Freerider is one of 5.10s most popular bike shoes as it can be used for everything from BMX to trail riding to full on downhill action. Because it has super grippy Stealth C1 rubber it also makes an impressive approach shoe. This 2013 colour is now discontinued and so is vailable at a mega bargain price!

 

5.10 - Chase - Women's

Special Offer £49.99!!

The Five Ten Women's Chase shoe combines the spring and support demanded by free runners with a classic street-smart upper. The word Parkour means "The Path, or the Way Through." Freerunning and Parkour place very high demands on footwear. We don't, however, expect many of our customers are going to be jumping from building to building in these shoes. Almost Half Price!!

UK7.5 only.

 

5.10 - Impact 2 Low

Special Offer £69.99!!

A super beefy mountain biking shoe with stealth rubber to grip the pedals and a tough well padded upper to take the scrapes and knocks and protect your feet.

Only UK7 left.

 

5.10 - Dirtbag Low

£59.99

A tribute to the eponymous lifestyle, as approach shoes go, this shoe is more designed for approaching a driver for a lift, a stranger for a loan or a bar. Suede split grain leather upper and super comfortable - you'll never want to take these shoes off.

Only size 7 left at special offer price. Full size range in stock at full price.