The approach … Some love it, some hate it. However, if you want to venture away from roadside crags and gyms, you must approach.

I say approach rather than hike because more often than not, this part of the adventure is not exactly a “hike.” Climbers trails are frequently not really trails at all, and instead, involve forging your way through fields of talus and scree, exposed 3rd or 4th class terrain, and/or countless other challenges that make climbing approaches far more technical than what your average hiking boot can handle.

So how do we choose a good piece of footwear that will get us to and fro our objectives in comfort yet with the technical performance to keep us safe? Fret not, for this guide will teach you everything you need to know about choosing the right approach shoe for any situation.

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