Who should buy the Salewa Wildfire

The Wildfire is an exemplary Salewa piece whose greatness covers both style and substance. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer an approach shoe that is engineered with components that help hikers navigate their way across rugged terrain.
  • Prefer an approach shoe that promises surefootedness on a variety of surfaces.
  • Prefer an approach shoe that delivers extra heel and ankle support without sacrificing flexibility.

Salewa Wildfire logo

Slip and skid resistance

The Wildfire has its provision of traction sourced from its grippy Pomoca outsole. It is based on a type of rubber compound that gives it adequate slip and skid resistance on different types of terrain, be they wet or dry. Diamond-shaped protrusions (also known as lugs) are scattered all around it to help travelers gain a secure footing over loose soil. 

Salewa Wildfire outsole

Excellent edging performance

Its designers furnished its front end with a climbing zone, making it capable of taking on light ascents—especially where edging is concerned.

Salewa Wildfire outsole 1

Comfortable underfoot cushioning

This approach shoe by Salewa uses a long-wearing midsole to grant wearers sufficient cushioning underfoot. It is engineered especially thick around the heel for increased shock absorption. 

Salewa Wildfire midsole

Breathable and supportive cushioning

Salewa engineers opted to pair it with a breathable footbed from Ortholite. This supplementary component provides not only adds comfort but also extra support.

Salewa Wildfire insole

Provides excellent support and improved abrasion protection

Mesh is what makes up the majority of the Salewa Wildfire’s low-top upper. Its inner liner is also made of mesh, making the shoe highly breathable. Both of its sides are engineered with 3D-injected EXA Shell overlays for support and improved abrasion protection. The 3F system with which the gear is imbued puts a sturdy covering around the heel zone for extra security.

Salewa Wildfire upper 1

Provides toe protection

The upper’s front end, on the other hand, comes with a protective cap to shield the toes from bumps and knocks during climbs.

Salewa Wildfire upper

Durable lacing system

Most of its lace holes are regular eyelets reinforced with hard-wearing overlays. The top-most pair of eyelets are plated for added durability. Set through them is a sturdy, flat synthetic lace.

Salewa Wildfire laces

Salewa Wildfire vs. Wildfire GTX

Salewa has been putting out high-quality approach-centric shoes for years, and the Wildfire is a testament to that. The featured shoe is a promising product, indeed, yet it is not the only one that gives the brand a good name. Enter the Salewa Wildfire GTX. These two kicks have a number of similarities—overall design, sole technologies, and vegan-friendly construction—to name a few. That said, it is the things that set them apart that can help the wearer choose which to keep between the two. These distinctions will be touched on in the aspects listed below.

Weight difference. Those who prefer to be as nimble as possible on their approach journey might find the Wildfire as the more viable shoe. Yes, it is lighter than the Salewa Wildfire GTX by an average of 15 grams.

Asking price. On this front, the Salewa Wildfire takes the cake yet again. Indeed, this approach shoe is cheaper than the Wildfire GTX by approximately 40 U.S. dollars.

Waterproofing technology. Between the two Salewa approach shoes, only the Wildfire GTX has proper water protection. It is imbued with Gore-Tex’s Extended Comfort technology to fence out virtually all sorts of wet elements while keeping its interior adequately breathable.

Salewa Wildfire: Basic care and maintenance

The Wildfire is built with quality components, and as such, is designed to last. That said, its lifespan can be extended by doing the following:

  • With a soft-bristled brush, scrape off any foreign substance off its surface.
  • If the Wildfire gets wet, leave it to dry (preferably without its footbed and lace) in a breezy yet shaded location.
  • When the shoe will not be used for a long time, store it somewhere cool and moisture-free. Do not leave it exposed to direct sunlight.

Facts / Specs

Features: Breathable / Heel brake
Technology: Ortholite
Material: Vegan, Mesh
Top: Low
BRAND Brand: Salewa
Randing: Forefoot only

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Teddy Dondanville
Teddy Dondanville

Teddy is a professionally trained Apprentice Rock Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association and a Wilderness First Responder with the National Outdoor Leadership School. Besides guiding outdoor rock climbing, Teddy also has years of experience in route setting and coaching climbing indoors. Through his guiding, route setting, and coaching, Teddy has experimented with climbing shoes for over a decade.