The La Sportiva Katana Lace is a good all-around shoe that excels at trad and crack climbing.
The redesigned Brewer has proven to be a simple, lightweight paddling shoe that offers just as much comfort as it does grip with Astral’s new G.14 rubber outsole.
The Adidas Terrex Solo is a cushy, comfortable shoe that occupies a position between light/breathable and stocky/durable approach shoes.
For bouldering or technical face climbing, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better shoe than the SCARPA Instinct VS.
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The Patagonia Rover is a versatile hybrid: part minimalist trailer runner, part approach shoe, even part water shoe. But read on to learn where it really shines.
It’s been almost two years since our Flip Flop Roundup, so we’ve given an update, and we’re currently reviewing several new models. What flips do you think deserve to top this list?
If you need an approach shoe to use year-round or to handle alpine conditions in the summer, the Five Ten Guide Tennie is a great choice.
If you’re looking for a packable, minimalist approach shoe that is also great for kicking around town, the Cruzer is very hard to beat.
The Astral Rassler is an excellent expedition paddling shoe, featuring a slimmer, lower profile design than its competitors.
The North Face Back-to-Berkeley Boot SE has a unique felted-wool upper that gives the boot a vintage look while incorporating modern materials and construction. It’s a great balance of tech and style.
The Freerider VXi Elements is a definite improvement over the old Impact, and works very well in wet, cold conditions.
In this head-to-head comparison between two top approach shoes, the La Sportiva Boulder X has the Guide Tennie beat when it comes to alpine climbs and quick peak attempts.
Thanks in part to its super sticky outsole, the Five Ten Guide Tennie is one of the best shoes on the market for cragging days, short approaches, and easy climbing routes.
The Salewa Raven Combi GTX has great out-of-the-box fit, a fantastic heel pocket, climbs well on rock and snow, and can handle long approaches. It’s a great all-around mountaineering boot.
For the countless occasions when a hardcore, technical boot would be overkill, the Merrell Reze Mid is a casual, comfortable option with a distinctive look.
The Salewa Mountain Trainer is a comfortable, well constructed approach shoe that falls closer a to low-cut hiker than a climbing shoe, and is ideally suited for long approaches or scrambling.