It may just replace your climbing shoes.
The Arc'teryx Women's Arakys Approach Shoe eliminates the need to bring along a pair of climbing-specific shoes when you go for lunch break gym climbs and quick after-work boulder missions. This innovative approach shoe is made for crossing technical terrain, but more than holds its own when bouldering, doing single-pitch climbs, or tackling quick routes on the gym wall.
The air permeable ripstop upper is tough, yet breathable, and a stretchy Adaptive Fit Lite liner conforms to your foot to eliminate hot spots, reduce break-in time, and provide a more secure fit. It also sports a collapsible heel so you can wear the Arakys as a laid-back slipper when you're on belay. The leather footbed allows barefoot comfort, while the EVA midsole cushions your step when you're hiking to a faraway crag for a bigger climbing mission. Vibram's Light Approach outsole provides sure-footed grip on muddy trails and granite walls alike, and the MegaGrip rubber compound offers the right blend of durability, flex, and rigidity needed to handle everything from quick climbs to long approaches.
- Seamless ripstop upper
- Collapsible heel
- Adaptive Fit Lite liner
- Leather footbed
- EVA midsole
- Vibram Light Approach outsole with MegaGrip rubber
- One-hand closure with memory buckle
- Item #ARC00HZ
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I originally bought these shoes to be approach shoes, but now I also use them every time I travel. The collapsible heel is soooo convenient for going through TSA or for slipping on and off at rest stops on road trips. When I'm wearing them for approaches, I love the sticky Vibram sole and how breathable they are. The collapsible heel also makes this shoe great for cragging as it's really easy to switch between these and climbing shoes.
The only thing this shoe is lacking is support. They're quite minimalist, which is great, but if you are looking for a shoe with extra support you won't find it in this shoe.