There's something to be said about premium design, especially when it's technical application largely relates to visceral outdoor experiences. So it should come as no surprise that the Arc'teryx Women's Acrux SL Leather Approach Shoe is designed to make unwieldy terrain buckle in its presence—or so it leads you to believe. In order to separate itself from the other approach shoes in the Acrux SL line up, this SL features a leather upper that's equal parts durable, lightweight, and hydrophobic. Not only that, but the leather is designed to mold to the contours of your foot to reduce pressure points and hot spots.
The Adaptive Fit Liner consists of a fixed internal stretch liner that promotes ample breathability and surrounds the foot for a sock-like fit and feel. The Ortholite footbed and EVA midsole maintain arch support, absorb harsh impacts, and promote day-long comfort. And, to bolster your defense against rocks, the laminated heel and toe cap assure protection, without endowing you with that lead-foot sensation at the forefront of the shoe. Meanwhile, a Y-Groove split heel is designed so it assures secure footing when navigating loose terrain, which further advocates for the use of this shoe in diverse conditions. And, because no approach shoe would be complete without tacky love, the Vibram Arc'teryx Light Approach sole features sticky climbing zones and smearing inserts for unimpeded grip, while the mountaineering heel tread assures traction when you need it most.
- A collision of technical performance and premium design
- Seamless upper is thermo-laminated for a pressure-free fit
- Abrasion-resistant leather is lightweight and water-resistant
- Adaptive Fit Liner is breathable and provides a sock-like feel
- Ortholite footbed provides arch support
- Cushioning midsole absorbs impacts and shock
- Laminated heel and toe cap defends against sharp obstacles
- Vibram Arc'teryx Light Approach sole ensures traction and grip
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- Q & A
Weird fit, stiff
I've been searching for the perfect approach shoes since LaSportiva stopped making their Mix shoes. These have sticky rubber and my feet felt firmly planted, but the overall fit was pretty terrible. Very tight in the instep, and I have pretty flat/thin feet there. Could barely wiggle my toes. Shoe was incredibly stiff and took 30 min to warm up enough to not be terrible, but no confidence they would break in if I wore them outside. The outside of the shoe jammed into my ankle bone and that actually got worse when they warmed/softened up a bit. Heel slipped a lot. The only thing I was happy about was finding their sizing guide on their site (not here). By measuring my foot I was able to order the perfect size. But I couldn't imagine walking 2 miles in these shoes much less several on a trail. Overall I was super disappointed in how these $180 shoes felt and am returning them.
Making my Girlfriends feet happy
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
All of the comfort and ability of an approach shoe, but the look of something a bit more casual. These shoes work great for walking around the city, or going for a hike, pretty sweet how versatile they are.