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Group Test Approach Shoes

Whether you're approaching a mountain crag or out on a scramble or via ferrata, an approach shoe will be lighter and more nimble than a boot, yet more supportive and technically capable than a running shoe. In this group test we check out ten models from big brands.


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Black Diamond Fuel Approach Shoe

It's light and cool for summer, but though the Fuel is Black Diamond's most capable approach shoe, it's not a great choice for scrambles or mountain crags in the slippery UK hills, says Dan Bailey. Best saved for less demanding days, or hot roc...

AKU Rock DFS approach shoe

The Rock DFS from AKU is an approach shoe with a twist: a unique double lacing system which enables you to quickly adjust the front of the shoe. How does this work in practice? How do they feel to walk in, and how are they for climbing and scrambling? Theo Moore...

Scarpa Kalipe

They are not the most technical approach shoe on the market, and their shallow tread could prove a worry on steep grass, but the Kalipe's combination of affordable price, and comfy and forgiving fit, makes them an easy approach shoe to get along with, says Dan Bailey.

Boreal Drom

It's a weighty workhorse rather than a lightweight thoroughbred, says Rob Greenwood, but as a result the Drom is one of the sturdiest and most...

La Sportiva TX Guide shoes

With a refined design that marries the confidence inspiring grip of a trail shoe, and climbing performance to match the best in...

Black Diamond Session Approach Shoe

With its funky flip-down heel and soft sock-like fit, the Session is a comfy and convenient slip on/slip off shoe for...

Scarpa Mescalito Approach Shoes

A robust and comfy shoe, the Mescalito should see you right for years of hillwalks, scrambles and crag approaches, says Martin...


Latest News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

AKU Rock DFS Approach Shoes

AKU launches new Rock DFS with new and exclusive Dual Fit System technology

DOLOMITE Crodarossa Lite GTX 2.0

The Crodarossa Lite GTX 2.0 is a lightweight mountain approach shoe, meant for those who looks for the maximum freedom of movement while accessing climbing.

DOLOMITE Velocissima

Dolomite presents the new entry for summer 2021: Velocissima. An Italian-made shoe that ably combines over a century of artisanal skills at Dolomite with the very latest construction technology, striking the perfect balance between climbing and trekking, tradition...

Black Diamond Approach Shoes

For Spring/Summer 2020 Black Diamond have introduced a range of Approach Shoes that cover all bases. Whether you're...

DOLOMITE Crodarossa Lite GTX Shoe

The Crodarossa Lite GTX is a lightweight mountain approach shoe which combines the distinctive features of the Crodarossa...

Five Ten Guide Tennies

The new Guide Tennie offers a refined classic fit and the unparalleled sticky rubber, it blends comfort and climbability to every...

The Hueco Range from Mammut

The Hueco range is a new range of approach shoes from Mammut which look as good on the street as they do at the crag. There's...


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