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  • La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe - Men's Instep
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    Put on the Boulder X and avoid the easy, boring way.

    Make good time navigating miles of house-sized boulders when you wear the La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe. Even with a heavy expedition pack, the sticky rubber tread and Impact Brake System give you confidence on wet or dry rock. With two layers of soft EVA in the footbed and midsole, your feet can make it from the car to camp without bruising or blistering. On the most demanding approaches, the leather upper and rubber toe rand hold up to your foot dragging and stone kicking, and the mesh liner covering the tongue and rear-foot add some breathability to summer rock hops.
    • Item #LSP0152

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    Vibram Idro-Grip V-Smear
    Impact Brake System
    micropore EVA
    2mm polypropylene, 2mm LaSpEVA
    Claimed Weight
    [pair] 2 lb 1.9 oz
    Recommended Use
    approach hiking, rock hopping, scrambling
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Last forever

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:Runs small
    • Size Bought: 9

    I had my last pair of these shoes for almost 7 years. When the toe stitching blew, it was even repairable, but I figured it was time. This is my go-to shoe for anything in the mountains under 20 miles. They perform best for me above treeline--hopping over sharp rocks and talus is a breeze, as you can't even feel it through the very stiff and supportive sole. The leather is bomber, and the extensive around-the-ankle lacing really allows you to dial it in. The rubber is amazing, even wet--the pointed toes and toe rand allows you to climb hand cracks all day if you don't want to put your slippers on.

    I will be buying another pair of these to put in my closet for the next decade when I want another, just out of fear they will ever stop making them!

    A word of caution--they're definitely a good half size small, but do "pack out" a bit inside after some moderate use. They also get warm, but the benefits outweigh that my a large margin.

    Great Hiking and Approach shoe

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:True to size

    I have used this for 3 years hiking and a little climbing. I have hiked the rim to rim to rim, twice in it with no problems. I climb in them on easy terrain when in the mountains <5.8 but that will probably depend more on the comfort ability of the climber and the climb itself.

    great approach shoe

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:True to size
    • Size Bought: 42

    they walk and grip grip great. Slightly weighty, bulky for the class when harnessed. toe cap is way too thin/fragile for aid climbing....otherwise this would be the best big wall shoe on the market. i am going to buy a 3rd pair...because they hike so well...and just wear 5.10's when jugging is required..

    Sh#%y customer service & less than year

    • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
    • Fit:True to size

    The material feels brittle and continues to rip. should stand behind product issues like this, but they don't. This is my second pair which are almost 3 years old, no probs.

    Sh#%y customer service & less than year

    Hey Cory,

    Did you contact La Sportiva? This would be something to see if they can cover warranty as they actually make the product. Not a retail return policy. Either way shoot me an email at and I will see what I can do for you.

    Dan Gates
    Expert Gearhead

    Tough shoes 3 years of abuse still work

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:True to size

    I bought these about 3 years ago and have put these shoes through the wringer! Despite a small tear in the leather on top of the shoe and some of the leather eyelets coming apart, these approach shoes have stood the test of time. I've used these hiking up mountains in Afghanistan, on the trails at home and in everyday casual life. The Italians know how to make shoes last. Highly recommend these. Get them brand new, I bought mine after market on sale and I believe they may have been a defect (hence the tears in the leather).

    Tough shoes 3 years of abuse still work

    From the city to the slot canyon

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:True to size

    I use these shoes for everything. Super protective, super supportive, and super grippy! I have had them for 1 year and have put a beating on them. I have a rip at the toe of one but it does not go very deep. This is my first pair of approach shoes and I will always have a pair in the closet from now on.

    One interesting thing I have learned about approach shoes from a customer of ours is that they make a fantastic golf shoe!

    Eric Watford

    Expert Gearhead


    Ext. 6069

    Instagram: @ericwatford

    One Shoe Quiver

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:True to size

    The hike to Priord Lake involved spongy bogs, sketchy log crossings over swollen streams, rocky talus fields, and double-digit mileage. The Boulder X Approach shoe took it all in stride. I like the Boulder X for backpacking because it blends the light and agile feel you get in a trail runner with some of the support and protection you’d get in a traditional hiking boot. Plus, you get climbing-shoe-inspired elements like the sticky rubber sole and a super precise lacing system. In short, it’s a true one-shoe quiver.

    One Shoe Quiver

    Great heavy backpacking shoe

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:True to size

    I've used these on all kinds of hikes & backpacking trips, & even taught school in them most days for two years. They have been comfortable & dry & grippy as heck - true to running shoe size 12's. They did feel a little snug when i 1st got them (like a climbing shoe), but the leather naturally formed to my foot, & they've been a great fit for two years. Our last 9 day backpack the left toe rand finally developed a hole after a 26 mile day on the JMT (& a previous 24 mile day going up Whitney). Truly a great shoe! A little heavy & stiff, but that is what i wanted for carrying 50+ lbs of bear cannisters. The leather never gave out, but the lining around the heel finally wore through, tho was never uncomfortable.... & the toe rand eventually wore through also. i've done a fair bitof class 3 scrambling, where they grip wonderfully, but no technical climbing. I highly recommend this shoe for backpacking & all types of hiking!

    Solid Fit - Great Traction

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:True to size

    I wear these puppies all the time from approaches to the occasional hike (mainly for hikes that will have sort of technical sections.


    Over all the fit of these is pretty great. The heel sits nicely, the arch is supported but not too much. The lacing system works nicely but occasionally comes a tad loose.

    Toe Box:

    So the front of my feet are kind of squarish. Most climbing shoes are rather pointed in the from near the toe box which ain't fun. These approach shoes have a great fit to them and don't cramp my toes style.



    I get great traction on approaches and in spots where a little edging is necessary. The rubber is super durable. I've logged many miles in my pair and they're holding up like champs. Currently they don't look like they have that much wear on the outsoles. Makes me happy knowing these will last for some time to come.


    I had these a bit loose one day while we were descending the west ridge of Grandeur Peak and holy heck was that my mistake. Also sorts of fun painful bruising in my big toe due to the constant toe bang. This is my fault for letting the shoe get loose. So keep em tight.

    Jared D.


    800.409.4502 ext 4055

    Favorite shoes

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:True to size

    I use these shoes for light bouldering and mainly quick and light overnight to weekend long backpacking trips. They provide great support and I can comfortably carry a load with them. This is my second pair, and my first pair I use for work now. The first pair are almost 4 years old and still going strong.

    Favorite for wandering slickrock

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:True to size

    Very durable, great sticky rubber, and awesome lacing system. If I'm in the desert, and can keep my feet dry, this is the shoe of choice.

    Solid Construction

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times
    • Fit:Runs small

    So right now I'm living in the Hindukush system and I do a fair amount of walking. That said, I have only worn these for quick walks to and from...

    After mixed reviews about running small and fitting true, I decided to order a .5 size large (I average an 8.5 to I went with a 9 or 42) and thought that that would be fine.

    My initial impression when I first put the shoe on was that they were snug/narrow but the length was true. They were not uncomfortable and knowing that approach shoes should be just that...snug...I decided to keep them. After about a week or so and 8-10 hours a day in these shoes, my pinky toes hurt to the point that my entire foot felt like it was in a vice. I do not have a "high volume" foot at all. On the contrary, I have a pretty bony foot that is very prone to the cold at the slightest whisk of a breeze.

    So besides needing to return these for maybe another .5 size larger than I have now, the quality of these approach shoes are impressive. I definitely like them. The wrap around lacing system is genius and the sole and rand are solid. I fully recommend these, just go a size up.

    For sizing reference: A pet peeve of mine is when people complain about sizing and don't list there comparable sizes. I?m 5?8? and 155lbs. I comfortably wear a 9 in Lowa Zypher (my favorite boots-until they recently changed the design), a 9.5(42.5) in Salewa Snow Trainer Insulated, and an 8R in Belleville. I bought a 42 in these and plan to switch them out for a 42.5...pending approving my return, of course.

    Comfortable, sticky, good on scree

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:Runs small

    These are my favorite approach shoes. They lace snug, and the rubber rand comes in handy more than you would think. This is actually a "reserve" pair, in case LaSportiva changes them before my other one's wear out.

    Awesome shoe!

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:True to size

    The Boulder X is the best approach shoe I have worn! It fits true to size and the cushy liner makes it very comfortable for long walks. The rubber is very sticky for those class four scrambles and it edges well enough that I often find myself leading easy routes in them. Stick to your size if your typical approach is more like a hike. If you have technical approaches or often climb in your approach shoes then I would recommend downsizing half a size.

    I like them so much I bought a second pair to have a ready replacement when the first wears out.

    Great shoe, good price, very comfy, and performs well. I highly recommend this product!

    Not for me

    • Fit:Runs small

    the first few times that i used them it was fine, a bit stiff, but ok.

    but during the the third big aproach (8 hours) my achilles started hurting. i did a 30 hours climbing rountrip in patagonia using these for the aproach (16hs aprox) and had to rehab for a month because of them.

    it�s probably just me, but they didnt work.

    Hi guys!!Are these shoes supposed to adapt to the length and shape of the foot? I found a pair on sale but my toe slightly touch the tip of the shoe wearing a pair of hiking socks!!

    They will stretch a bit but not much. Be careful if you have wide toe base, the leather may stretch too far as mine did if too much pressure is put on them. Overall, I would suggest these pair because they are comfortable and great to travel with. One suggestion though, have a cobbler reinforce the leather eyelets so they don't come apart when climbing or using during every day situations. Hope that helps.

    Backcountry, Are the Boulder X's only...


    Are the Boulder X's only available in Grey/Blue or do you have any 42.5 still available in Grey/Orange?

    Hey C-RaigTheEl,

    Thanks for your question.

    Then inventory we have on hand at this time is only the 'Light Grey' which is grey/blue as pictured. The orange and grey in the 'detailed pics' is most likely an older color from a previous model.

    Sorry about that.

    Anyone feel like these need a break-in...

    Anyone feel like these need a break-in period or are they good out of the box?

    I have size 13 narrow, low volume, high...

    I have size 13 narrow, low volume, high arch foot. Is this a good shoe for me?

    Probably need an aftermarket insole. I'm 12.5 with a narrow heel and normal midfoot. I put superfeet in them from day one after noticing the stock inserts are pretty flimsy.

    The superfeet will give you that arch support you're looking for and should fill some of that volume.

    They do lace up really far, almost to the toes. so you can take some volume out that way.

    where are these shoes manufactured ?

    where are these shoes manufactured ?

    social mobility in China is made possible because they have worked hard to create an economic and political climate that welcomes foreign direct investment (like La Sportiva moving some or all of it's manufacturing to a factory in China from a factory in Italy) and literally millions of people have been lifted out of poverty, and the United States has been able to run a capital surplus as a result, keeping our government running.

    I am looking for a super sticky hiker for...

    I am looking for a super sticky hiker for scrambling and general hiking with a light to moderate weight pack. I normally wear a size 13. I have fairly wide feet. I bought a 47 and 47.5. The 47.5 will make it if I adjust the laces to their loosest configuration. BUT, the laces are then too short to ties securely. Does anyone know of a shoe that might be better for my use, or do you know the lace length on these, so I can simply buy longer laces. I don't want to pull these out to measure, because it looks like a hassle and I may be returning the shoes.

    How is the sizes on this shoes? I use 44...

    How is the sizes on this shoes? I use 44 in Nike and my old pair of La Sportiva is in 43

    hi, i have merell in 10.5 which are fine i...


    i have merell in 10.5 which are fine
    i got selwa mountain trainer in 10 and are a bit short. ( return them)

    what do you think i should get for this pair of shoes.

    i have long thin feet :(

    i wonder if i get 10.5 or 10.5+ or 11 but i fear to twist inside the shoes.

    thank you !

    Write your question here...I was considering...

    Write your question here...I was considering the 5-10 Canyoneer for hiking the narrows in Zion.I have read great reviews for that shoe. How does this shoe compare ? How will this shoe do in water ? Are there any other shoe recommendations for sticky in the water and hiking ?

    Where are these shoes made?

    Where are these shoes made?

    Is this shoe made on the same last as the...

    Is this shoe made on the same last as the EXUM? Fit-wise the EXUM is a perfect 10 on my feet, but I need something a little sturdier for a trip to NZ.


    I wouldn't know about the EXUM but let me just speak to the "sturdier" part of your question. In terms of sturdy. These things drop a bomb on anything easier than 5.10a. I will run up to 3 miles in them and I will crush over boulders, scurries and as far as low angle slab 5.7 shhhhhizaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam! I'm all about that.

    Do it! (read my review up above for more of my pent up emotions regarding this shoe!)

    Don't you have a stock size 42.5(us9.5)? Can...

    Don't you have a stock size 42.5(us9.5)?

    Can you ship this shoe to japan?