wamorris wrote:Alright so I finally need some new approach shoes and have no idea what to buy? I do everything from 20 mile backcountry approaches, bouldering, to big wall aide. So Im looking for a pretty versatile shoe. I've found that sportiva's fit me the best, but am open to any suggestions! Thanks
What concern is weight?
Do you want to be able to attach strap-on crampons (if so, what crampons do you own?)
Do you want the stickiest rubber?
Are you concerned about durability? Approach shoes with multiple types of rubber on the sole are more likely to fall apart. Those with one-piece soles tend to last longer, and can often be resoled.
Is there anything special about your feet -- e.g. low-volume, wide toes, narrow toes?
Do you need some heel/ankle support? (Most approach shoes are low-cut, but some have burly heel counters.)