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The Approach

  • With the soul of a vintage climbing shoe and the bones of a technical approach shoe, enter "The Approach." Focusing on durability and flexible construction, we’ve taken our impossibly sticky "Dark Matter" rubber and built an all new cupsole.  On top of that, we constructed a throwback, mid-top approach shoe that transitions perfectly from the crag to the streets and back.

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Sizing • M = U.S. Men’s • W = U.S. Women’s

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Customer Reviews

Based on 66 reviews
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C.H.
Talk of the town

So many nice compliments on The Approach shoes. Fit true to size for me - usually wear a Women’s 9.

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A.B.
LOVE MY KICKS!

These are so amazing! Stylish and so comfortable! MAHALO!

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K.
LOVE these shoes

Runs a bit big so 9 worked for me. Normally I wear a 9.5. They are really nice shoes with personal touches and the soles are on point!

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D.L.
More than JUST an Approach

This shoe can really do it all. At first I used it just as a gym shoe, but now I find that it excels in more than just climbing. I now use it daily for walking around the city, weight lifting, skateboarding, and (obviously) climbing. The sizing is great and the perfect level of snug. The grey/black style is ageless and goes perfectly with my New Zero. The price is just killer. Already recommended it to the folks at the gym/ skate park.

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R.R.
great shoes thus far

Only worn for two trips thus far, but they feel great. They are true to street size. They keep my feet warm and are comfortable. I have had to fully unlace them to put them on or remove them but I think that will lessen with time.


THE APPROACH - VINTAGE MEETS MODERN

Inspired by vintage climbing shoes and featuring a "Dark Matter" cupsole, The Approach has what you need, to and from the crag.


  • So iLL Approach Shoe being put on by man
  • So iLL Approach Shoe being held in mans hand
  • So iLL Approach Shoe being worn by man outside of trailer
So iLL Approach Shoe insole details
So iLL Approach Shoe insole details

DARK MATTER RUBBER


The Approach boasts an impossibly sticky "Dark Matter" rubber cupsole, originally developed to ensure foot placement for the Navy Seals. The one piece cupsole enhances durability while maintaining flexibility.

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  • Approach Climbing Shoe So iLL on steps
  • Approach Climbing Shoe So iLL being used for skateboarding
  • Approach Climbing Shoe So iLL being worn by woman standing on a log


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