Verdict from 8 experts and 5 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The Evolv Cruzer Classic approach shoe is incredibly lightweight, says almost everyone who has purchased it.
  • According to several users, this piece of gear is absolutely comfortable.
  • It is quite the endearing product looks-wise, based on a decent number of reviews.
  • Less than a handful of verified buyers are impressed with the inexpensiveness of this high-quality approach shoe.
  • The Cruzer Classic shines in the area of surface traction, a few testers claim.
  • It fits well, a satisfied patron says.

2 reasons not to buy

  • An owner finds the stock insole of the Evolv Cruzer Classic too flimsy.
  • Based on a report, this approach-centric hiker is not very supportive.


Bottom line

To sport the Cruzer Classic means to be in a looker of a shoe that offers high mobility through rocky approach routes. Wearing this affordable pair of outdoor kicks also translates to comfy hikes.

That being said, the footbed that it comes with, by default, has a lot to prove when it comes to durability. Nevertheless, the Cruzer Classic is a recommendable tool for approach pursuits, all thanks to its excellence in both form and function.

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Good to know

-The Evolv Cruzer Classic blends minimalism and versatility in an urban-ready approach shoe. Lightness is a major part of its construction, making it easy to move around in, especially when tackling multi-pitch routes.

-It is one of Evolv’s transformable kicks in a sense. Indeed, from its usual supportive self while all laced up, it can be converted into a casual slip-on with its collapsible heel folded in.

-This shoe-slash-slipper is vegan-friendly. Yes, it is made with a combination of high-quality, animal-free components.

-It comes with VTR or Variable Thickness Rand. This Evolv-exclusive tech puts a protective overlay around the shoe’s toe box. As its name implies, it has varying thicknesses, with its front tip being burlier for additional bump protection.

Evolv’s Cruzer Classic is a unisex approach hiker with a low-top ankle clearance. For female buyers, sizing up one full size is key to achieving a precise fit in it. As it is built around the brand’s Lifestyle last, the shoe in question has a lower volume. A customized fit is courtesy of the Cruzer Classic’s lace-up closure and foot-conforming insole.

The Cruzer Classic’s sticking power underfoot is courtesy of the TRAX Enduro outsole, which is yet another Evolv exclusive technology. It comes peppered with hollowed-out circular lugs and hexagonal studs for multi-directional surface traction. Its climbing zone covers most of the big toe area to give hikers extra toeing adhesion.

Thanks to its soft microporous midsole, the Cruzer Classic can protect the foot from a variety of bumpy hazards and provide enough cushioning without weighing the user down. It is made of EVA or ethylene-vinyl acetate—a rubber- or foam-like material characterized by high resilience and shape retention.

Nested snugly right on top of the Cruzer Classic’s midsole is the shoe’s plush footbed. This removable component is made of memory foam, which follows the contours of the foot with regular use. Its surface is lined with soft canvas for added comfort.

The low-cut upper of the Cruzer Classic is mainly made of 100% cotton canvas. Access to and from its canvas-lined interior is a relatively easy experience thanks to its hard-wearing synthetic heel pull loop. Its flex points are reinforced with stitching.

Its heel has double the overlays for added support. The shoe’s toe box, on the other hand, comes with the Variable Thickness Rand for bump protection and edging traction.

The Cruzer Classic’s lightweight upper comes full circle with the hiker’s lacing system. It is made up of a sturdy flat lace and 6 pairs of eyelets, the top two of which are with metallic plating for extra durability.

How Cruzer Classic compares

This shoe: 87
All shoes average: 81
54 94
This shoe: £80
All shoes average: £150
£80 £280
This shoe: 218g
All shoes average: 376g
218g 610g