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Offers a close, sensitive fit and rugged performance for the trickiest approaches.

The Salewa Men's Wildfire Hiking Shoe is an ultra-sensitive but rugged approach shoe that can tackle a wide range of terrain from a rocky approach to the crag, to a day of boulder-hopping by the river, to the navigation of a large scree field in front of your trad route. The Wildfire's Exa Shell system features the 3F heel retention, Power Grid forefoot support, and Hexagonal Support Rand that are welded directly onto the ballistic mesh to give you a close, sensitive fit that provides feedback while you hike. Combine this with a durable but tenacious sticky rubber Vibram outsole and a flexible forefoot, and you're ready to tackle the roughest trail or the trickiest approach.

  • Anatomical last with a more rounded spherical heel conforms to your foot, supports your arch, and creates a blister-free fit
  • Ballistic mesh upper with padded microfiber tongue is breathable and highly durable
  • 3F System wraps around your instep and heel to offer unmatched heel retention so you enjoy a friction-free, blister-free precision fit as well as excellent ankle support
  • Power Grid exoskeletal support in forefoot offers two-way load transmission for optimal forefoot balance and support
  • Multi-Fit Footbed+ technology enables you to adjust the internal fit by switching the footbed, offering narrow and medium feet a custom feel
  • EVA midsole and PU Shock Absorber cushion your foot on descents
  • Hexagonal support rand protects the shoe from impact and abrasion and provides grip when you climb
  • Microfiber and rubber toe bumper adds protection
  • Silverized antimicrobial treatment inhibits the accumulation of odors
  • Climbing-style lacing extends further towards the front to allow you to dial in your fit
  • Proprietary Salewa Vibram Approach Evo outsole provides maximum grip and edging on rocks and helps you put on the brakes on steep descents

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5 5

Bomber Shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

I bought these for summiting Mt. Whitney this summer. I usually hike in old skate shoes but I ruined my toenails last summer while wearing skate shoes on Montana's Granite Peak. I didn't want a hiking boot because I didn't like clunky boots. I picked up a pair of Wildfire's from a friend's recommendation.

I'm really glad I took this shoe on that hike. The rubber was nice and sticky on the rocks. The comfort phenomenal. The foot bed kept my heel in place. The weather was bright and warm so I'm glad this shoe didn't have any Gore-Tex.

I usually wear a 9.5. I had to go to a size 10 in mine. I weigh 175, I had a 40 lb. pack on and these shoes handled it just fine. I'm excited to try it on some canyoneering trips.

Bomber Shoe
4 5

Comfy and true to size

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

Used these on several shorter day hikes. No break-in period needed. Very comfy, good fit and run true to size for me.

2 5

Not so much for fastpacking or long days

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

This very very stiff shoe killed my feet on my first 20 mile day with these, had to return them. Also I wasn't able to spread my toes out inside these shoes, even with the insoles set for a wide foot. Really wanted to like these but for long days on the trail I wouldn't recommend them, strictly for short approach hikes/scrambling. Buying Altra Lone Peaks for my thru hiking adventures instead. The Wildfire is very durable but not for me.

5 5

The perfect edw shoe

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

I love these shoes not only are they fantastic on the trails they are great all day in the kitchen. I ordered another pair for work. Definitely recommend them to anyone who is in their feet all day. Sizing is spot I'm on and the climbing style lacing is perfect for dialing the perfect fit for anything that gets thrown at you. My only complaint is I wish they were a little more waterproof.

5 5

Runs 1/2 size large

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large

That's it, that's all I've got for right now.

Are there any animal parts of byproducts...

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Are there any animal parts of byproducts in this shoe?

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From what I can tell, these are "vegan" shoes. No furry friends should have been harmed in the making of this shoe.

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Doing a 18hr run/scramble traverse in the...

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Doing a 18hr run/scramble traverse in the Rockies and looking for a shoe that is 'run-climbable' (think I just made up a new word!?). Wondering how these are for running? - Thanks

5 5

Very good mountain shoe

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

Best mountain shoe since the La Sportiva Exum died out. Fit was odd, I downsized a half size and also added montrail footbeds. Ive used these many many times on long 20+mile mountain days with peak bagging up to low fifth class. Ive carried many a heavy pack with them also. Top notch. Previously I tried the alp trainer, those were awful in every aspect from fit to comfort to durability and all points in between. These are much better on all fronts. The wildfires do show some surface wear a bit quickly, but if youre out in the mountains, climbing etc with them, this is true for any shoe. Much like the old exums, these show some surface/cosmetic wear at first, but it doesnt progress to damage. I am ordering my second pair for this season as we speak. I got a year of very hard use out of these, with 7 sierra peaks on them, plenty of snow use (not goretex) and some moderate rock climbing in there too. Lacing can be a bit fussy, my only real complaint, but am able to get them adjusted just right.

Will the red ones be available in a 13...

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Will the red ones be available in a 13 soon?

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I can't say for sure when but we are hoping to have that Grenatine/Red color in size 13 around the first part of April.

How come they dont make these in a Size...

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How come they dont make these in a Size 9?

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Hi,
These are actually made in the size 9.0, but unfortunately we are currently sold out of that size. We are expecting to have more come into stock, hopefully during the month of October!

5 5

Passes the pickey husband test!

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

My husband is super analytical and compares the specs on everything. After researching 20-25 shoes he settled on this one and LOVES it. He typically wears a wider shoe and strugles finding something that is comfortable but this rocked his world. He has used this on some easier hikes but is chomping at the bit to go scramble up some rocks.

4 5

Technical Shoe

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

This is not your everyday hiking shoe. The heel has good cushioning while the sole thickness tapers down fairly thin in the mid to forefoot. Excellent sensitivity for climbing approaches/ scrambling and the rubber is sticky. For extended hikes with heavy packs these wouldn't be my first choice though. The length runs true to size on these while the fit is fairly narrow.

5 5

So Far So good

I got the Wildfire after running into some issues with durability with the Fire Vent shoes. My Alp Trainers look new after a year of heavy use so I think the Fire Vent issue was a flop. I've hiked about 10 miles in these already with heavy Rock Climbing gear on my back (30lbs avg). They're holding up great, are more sensitive and grippy than the Fire Vents and even held up to 2 pitches of 5.6 on the way out of a climbing area. Great Shoes!

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How's the sizing on these ?

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They seem true to size. They fit a little snugger than the Alp Trainer, but I would expect that for a true approach shoe.

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Thanks for the heads up on sizing, they actually look wider than the Alp Trainers. How is the support compared to the Alp Trainers? Breathability vs Alp Ttrainers? (both Q's for non GTX)

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When laced tight they climb well, and they're more sensitive than the alp trainer. The Alp Trainer is far more a hiking boot in a shoe.