• Five Ten Five Tennie

    MSRP: $125   BEST FOR: Scrambles and around town   The original Five Tennie—dreamed up by Five Ten founder Charles Cole back in the ‘80s—was the first real, modern approach shoe: a hybrid running-hiking-climbing shoe … Continue reading "Five Ten Five Tennie"
  • Butora Icarus

    MSRP: $129   BEST FOR: Long approaches   Butora has become one of the biggest players in the U.S. climbing shoe market over the past several years, but the Icarus is the first one of … Continue reading "Butora Icarus"
  • Garmont Sticky Cloud Approach Shoes

      MSRP: $159.95 BEST FOR: Approach and hiking  WEIGHT: 1 lbs 12 oz (per pair, men’s size 8.5)   These shoes were delivered to the Big Stone Publishing offices, where we produce Trail Runner and … Continue reading "Garmont Sticky Cloud Approach Shoes"
  • Five Ten Sleuth Slip-On

      MSRP: $80.00 BEST FOR: Cragging, Bouldering   Though marketed as a bike shoe, the Five Ten Sleuth Slip-Ons are perfect for a casual day at any crag with little to no approach. As someone … Continue reading "Five Ten Sleuth Slip-On"
  • Boreal Bamba

    Boreal markets the Bamba as a “street shoe” that also performs off road. That’s exactly right. But they might have undersold it. Yes, the generous amount of largely monochrome leather on the Bamba ensures it pairs well … Continue reading "Boreal Bamba"
  • Evolv Cruzer Psyche

    The Evolv Cruzer Psyche is betwixt. It’s built on a trail-running shoe last, but has a sticky rubber sole. The inside is lined with plush microfiber and has a memory foam insole, but the outer is … Continue reading "Evolv Cruzer Psyche"
  • Five Ten Approach Pro

      It has happened. I have become one of those people who wears approach shoes to the bar, even when not coming straight from the crag. The bar isn’t the only place I wear them: I … Continue reading "Five Ten Approach Pro"
  • Lowa Approach Pro GTX Lo

      You can’t tell yet, but I’m fawning over this shoe. Imagine a high- performing alpine boot cut off above the ankle, as if by guillotine. Viola, you now have a shoe, not a boot. This … Continue reading "Lowa Approach Pro GTX Lo"
  • Scarpa Iguana

    Iguanas can climb anything, according to the Green Iguana Society’s guide to iguana-proofing a home. Bookcases, stone fireplaces, even the chimney—and that’s just indoors! It is fitting, then, that these light and nimble approach shoes pay … Continue reading "Scarpa Iguana"
  • Women’s Evolv Cruzer Slip-On

      On-off, on-off. So it goes with climbing shoes at a bouldering or sport area, as you move among the blocks or from route to route. Friends of mine, sick of all that lacing, often arrive at … Continue reading "Women’s Evolv Cruzer Slip-On"
  • Five Ten Access

    We were running late for our friend’s wedding when I hopped in the back of the car to change. Putting on my nice suit, I went to grab my dress shoes when it hit me: I’d … Continue reading "Five Ten Access"