7 Best Approach Shoes, 60+ Shoes Tested in 2022
We’ve gone through and put to the absolute test some 50+ pairs of approach shoes to give you our top picks.
Do you need a low-elevation climber that does it all, even on the trail? Perhaps you would like to own something light to breeze through your approach routes? Or a pair of affordable kicks, maybe? Whichever way you roll, our strong recommendations—each with a corresponding alternative—await you down below.
How we test approach shoes
We test and review approach hikers ourselves. Our opinions stay within the lane of objectivity and honesty. Here is how we do it:
- We spend our own money on every approach pair. This results in reviews without bias.
- We test approach shoes by hiking in them on both level and rocky terrain. Our testers also use these kicks for short ascents to gauge their climbing capabilities.
- To make our approach footwear reviews more comprehensive, we gather findings from gear experts and regular users and include their opinions in the mix.
And with all that, each reviewed approach shoe receives a CoreScore. We use this RunRepeat-exclusive grading system to determine which hikers deserve the approach limelight.