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Editors' Choice Award
Only snow and ice can stop these approach machines.
Top Pick Award
Specializing in heavy loads and big wall climbing, this model is also a well-rounded favorite.
If you find other brands run too wide, these may be the best choice for long approaches.
Best Buy Award
This workhorse of a shoe is good to go on everything from alpine scrambles to El Cap.
Top Pick Award
This shoe is the favorite of our testers for easy scrambles and climbs.
Though not the best climbers, these shoes keep feet happy on longer approaches.
The lightest shoe in our review and a good choice if you have to carry your shoes up a multi-pitch.
These narrow shoes are a good balance between sensitivity for climbing and support for hiking
While comfy on the flats, these are not what our testers wanted to wear in exposed, steep terrain.
These skate shoe style kicks are cool, but not our choice for big walls or big approaches.
A shoe for chilling at the crag between burns when it's too cold out for flip flops.
This isn't the shoe for climbing El Cap, but it does great keeping you comfy on the way to the sport crag.