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  • La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe - Women's Back
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  • La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe - Women's Ice Blue
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  • La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe - Women's Side
  • La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe - Women's Top

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La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe - Women's

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    When the walk in is rough, the Boulder X makes it smooth.

    Expertly traverse the field of troll-sized boulders with your expedition pack when you wear the La Sportiva Women’s Boulder X Approach Shoe. Get a grip on any rock in any condition with the specially designed rubber tread outsole and Impact Brake System, even with forty pounds on your back. With that much weight, your feet will get a kick out of the extra cushioning in the footbed and midsole, so you can make it to base camp before all the light fades. The Boulder X’s tough leather upper and toe rand withstand a whole mountain range of abuse for the roughest approaches on the planet.
    • Item #LSP0156

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    Vibram Idro-Grip V-Smear
    Impact Brake System
    2mm polypropylene, 2mm LaSpEVA
    Claimed Weight
    [pair] 1 lb 12.8 oz
    Recommended Use
    approach, rock hopping, scrambling
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Good grip bad durability

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

    These shoes have good grip, but are only ok due to durability issues.

    I used these shoes both as approach shoes and light hikers for a year and a half in california. They have great grip for dry scrambley boulder situations as they should. I got a blister the first time I wore them, but after that they broke in very quickly and were quite comfortable.

    However the main problem with these shoes is the durability. The first time I wore them I broke one of the little leather flaps that is supposed to hold the laces in. I stitched it up and it held. And a few months later another one broke on the other shoe. After 6-9 months I found the support to have already given out, but I put a set of super feet in and that solved it. But in general, although the shoe is comfortable, I didn't find it to hold up as well as I had hoped.

    Plenty of Grip!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Excellent shoe with plenty of grip! Wore these on a hike in Canyonlands and they worked great over boulders, sandstone and slick-rock. Sole has perfect amount of grip, that saved me a few times. Shoe is easy to adjust too. I did size up a half size

    Favorite approach shoes!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 41.5

    You will not regret buying these approach shoes! The LS Boulder X's are the cushiest, most durable approach shoes I've owned in a while. I bought an Ice Blue pair last summer and I wear them as often as I can. The Vibram sole is pretty thick, but I still feel comfortable scrambling around on more technical terrain. They aren't the lightest or smallest approach shoes on the market, so they might be a bit bulky if you wanted to clip them to your harness. I wear a women's street shoe in a size 9 and I purchased these in a 41.5. I buy almost all my non-climbing La Sportiva shoes in 41.5 because sizing up slightly gives my feet room to swell a bit when I am hiking or running.

    Love this approach shoe!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 37

    I purchased the Boulder X shoes for Teton Climbing and Hiking as I live in the area. I was impressed with the way they broke in very quickly. I had no problem with the size of the shoe, but I did order a half size larger than I normally would have. The stickiness of the bottom of the shoe is better than any other approach shoes I have tried. Definitely would buy another pair!

    Poor Craftsmanship

    • Fit: True to size

    I ordered the Boulder X approach shoe for a trip to the Tetons. On my very first hike out West, a rip in the leather developed along the seam above the protective black rubber strip. The rip appears to be the result of stress to that particular area of the shoe. The left shoe is stressed in the very same place though there's no rip at this point. I have been in touch with La Sportiva about getting the shoes repaired. The shoes fit well and are quite comfortable but given the poor craftsmanship, I am very disappointed with my purchase.

    Nice approach shoes

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

    Haven't climbed in them really yet but hiked around Huaraz, Peru and walked around Lima.

    Toes sometimes become numb after walking a lot on flat grounds, which might go away after I break them in, so I'm ok with this.

    Definitely beats Scarpa Crux though. Scarpa Crux felt just like bulky climbing shoes, not good for loads carrying.

    Btw, my size is women's 10, 42 seems to be the right size for me although my pair of mountaineering La Sportiva shoes is 41,5.

    And I'm european, used to 41 size, so I think these run a bit small.

    Nice approach shoes

    just ok

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

    These shoes are great for shorter more techy approaches. They are very stiff and have great edging, because of the stiffness they took forever to brake in. On longer hikes they are heavy and my feet started to hurt. I have wide feet and they seemed to pinch a little. They are very bulky, and run a little small at first.

    Diggin these kicks

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    I blew my knee out and had it put back together over the winter. Since then, my balance is a little off and avoiding stumbling and re-injuring myself is high on the priority list. I've been looking for some really stable shoes for hiking and walking over scree and rocks (near Bozeman MT, lots of scree and rock hiking). These boulder x have been great for me, they are really "grabby" and very sturdy but casual (and dare I say, cute) enough to keep on at the bar. They also seem to be made of high quality material and like they will hold up, (but I have only had them for a month.) They are not "light shoes"and actually took me a minute to get use too, so if you are expecting something ultralight you might be disappointed. But if you want something a bit burlier but not a full hiking boot, these are great.

    Awesome Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Great shoe for scrambling, approaches and walk offs. More sturdy than a trail runner but lighter than a boot. I even wear this shoe for day hikes! I have yet to actually climb in them, but am guessing I could do some easy stuff in them.

    Simply Superb

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    After getting hosed by a few other approach shoes, this shoe made my year. I have used it for descents off some big climbs like El Cap, Half Dome, Bear Creek Spire, etc. in the Sierras and in the Tetons. It fits true to size. Incredibly comfortable with great support & cushioning, and superb traction on rock. Reliable and excellent shoe.

    Worked out well

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    I bought these for my girlfriend, who has a narrow foot, and she loves them. She has taken them out hiking and backpacking and has had good experiences with both. She has a narrow low volume foot so the extra adjustment and the lacing to the toe helps her to get the perfect fit. The sole is rigid enough to support a mid-weight pack and they stick to the rocks when scrambling.

    Sticky and comfy

      The best attribute of these shoes is that they are incredibly sticky. They are plenty comfy for long approaches and could probably work for low grade climbs in a pinch. I do find it a little tough to lace them just right, but when I do, they fit perfectly.

      I love this little shoe

        First and foremost, I have to emphasize just how difficult it is for me to find adequate footwear of any kind due to the extreme narrowness of my feet and heels. After trying nearly every other brand on the market, I looked for some online advice about outdoor shoes for women with very narrow feet and La Sportiva came up more than once. I am planning to hike Half Dome in Yosemite this August and want an approach shoe for the ascent and descent of Sub Dome and Half Dome. I've tested these on the highest, craggiest, boulder-strewn peaks of the southern Appalachians and I think they fit the bill - not to mention my ridiculously narrow feet. They are grippy, relatively light, and comfortable. I am currently trying to find a hiking boot in this brand as the fit has given me a glimmer of hope. Finally.

        Sticky Sweet Shoes

          Runs true to size for the most part..I wear 5.5-6.0 and in these 5.5 is right on. Super sticky soles, lightweight, low profile, nice smaller lightweight yet super sturdy shoe. Perfect approach shoe as they can be hiked in and bouldered in....used for scrambles as well as class IV..I love them.

          Hi can someone clarify that what size is...

          Hi can someone clarify that what size is 6.5 in the USA for this? I googled it but I get conflicting information, some sites say 37, some 37.5, some 41!! I need them for a canyoneering trip and need them in Oakland CA Monday AM - need to order today, thanks! 6.5 in women's USA size. thanks!

          I'm looking for a day hiking shoe for my...

          I'm looking for a day hiking shoe for my GF. Any thoughts on how water resistant they are? And as important, how do they perform on wet rock? We hike a lot of slippery Shale and nasty roots in the Catskills, and after our last adventure I don't think anyone is going to believe her "I fell off my bike" and "I slipped off a boulder" stuff. Yes, my gf is awesome!

          Best Answer

          She does sound like a catch! These should be adequate for the job, generally speaking approach shoes use climbing shoe rubber for more adhesion against rock scrambling. As far as wet rocks are concerned she'll have to be careful just as she would have to be with any shoe. But I've used dozens of boots for hiking in the Cats and Dacks and very familiar with the uneven terrain you're going to find there. I find Vibram makes the stickiest rubber even on slippery stuff and the lugs are pretty rugged on the sole so that'll help as well.

          does anyone know how these would fit men's...

          does anyone know how these would fit men's feet? would they be too narrow generally?

          I'm a man and where a women's size 6 shoe. My feet are also very narrow. With my narrow feet these feel good width wise, but if you have wider feet it might work to loosen the laces a little. Sorry I can't really help more than that. I do think the bottom of the shoe is a little hard though. I tried putting in my own broken in insoles, but that just made the shoe too tight, I guess I'll just have to break in the shoes the old fashion way... wearing them around with the original insole.

          I am looking for Wide women's gym shoes...

          I am looking for Wide women's gym shoes and do not see a wide size for any of them.