Written by @GurvinderSG
So you’ve decided to take up rock climbing. You’ve got your new climbing shoes ready to go. The rest of your gear is in the bag too. But wait, aren’t you forgetting something? How do you plan on getting from the car to the ascend point? It’s called the approach, and there’s a shoe for that. What, you didn’t think those J’s were going to cut it did you?
If there’s one thing we learned at Outdoor Retailer, it’s that 2013 is going to be a big one for approach shoes. As the interest in climbing continues to grow, so does the need for a decent, reliable pair of approach shoes–ones that are lightweight, durable, and have the proper traction to cover virtually any terrain in any weather. While many of the new approach shoes, like the adidas Terrex Solo Stealth, we’ll have to wait for until Fall, we decided it was necessary to do a round-up of the best ones currently on the market. These are The 10 Best Approach Shoes Available Today.