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Black Diamond
Mission Leather Low WP Approach Shoe - Men's

4.294117647058823 out of 5 stars
34 Reviews

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Why We Like The Black Diamond Mission Leather Low WP Approach Shoe

The Black Diamond Mission Leather Low WP Approach Shoe delivers plenty of comfort and hike-climb versatility. The Nubuck leather uppers and rubber rands provide plenty of protection on rocky and prickly approaches, and the toe cap and forefoot feature climb-focused traction for scrambling and some climbing routes. It's also hike-friendly with soft EVA cushioning for comfort, a waterproof and breathable membrane, and a mid-foot shank for support and rock protection.


  • Leather approach shoe gets us to our favorite climbs
  • BD.dry membrane is waterproof and breathable
  • Rubber rand adds toe protection and abrasion-resistance
  • Climbing forefoot and toe cap for grip on technical approaches
  • Midfoot shank adds rock protection and via ferrata support
  • Gusseted tongue keeps out debris and is padded for comfort
  • Item #BLDZ9KE
Upper Material
[face fabric] Nubuck leather, [rand, toe cap] rubber
Claimed Weight
[single] 11.7oz
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year
hiking, climbing

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 34 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 2 reviews
2 Stars - 1 reviews
3 Stars - 4 reviews
4 Stars - 5 reviews
5 Stars - 22 reviews

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3 out of 5 stars

March 23, 2024

Tight fit, waterproof-ish

Runs a little small, the waterproof is more like water resistant. I have used these in high rain weather and my feet have been wet a number of times. Good insulation, do keep the feet warm.


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5 out of 5 stars

March 23, 2024

Black Magic

Size 11. 15 oz per shoe Fit true to size and my feet are burgeoning on wide. The length is slightly shorter than other brands 11’s but have not been an issue. These shoes are so comfortable I wear them casually often. They have a great balance of rigidity and just enough cushioning. I’m able to carry heavy loads and still have strong balance and comfortable feet. The BD Dry lining breathes great. My feet don’t get hot even on hot sunny days. I recommend treating them with Nikwax or similar. They did completely wet out on me on a long hike in rain that became sleet and heavy snow as I ascended. The trail was about an inch deep of slush and running water for a couple hours. They persevered til I was on my way out and then wet out. I think if I had treated them first they would have made it. The conditions were as challenging as it gets for a membrane. The traction is excellent on every surface and descent in snow. The heel break will allow for a gaiter strap underneath the shoe. Overall these are fantastic! My second pair of BD shoes. I’ll be buying more as their shoes are one of their best products and I own a lot of this brands gear.


Originally reviewed on

3 out of 5 stars

March 18, 2024

Love the look, but fit needs careful consideration.

Love (love!) the look and style of these approach shoes. Wanted to love and keep them, but despite sizing up a full size (typical for many approach shoes) and trying to add an aftermarket insole which filled up the already full shoe interior, my heel would not stay locked in when moving around.

Patrick S.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

January 25, 2024

Get a full size larger

Definitely get a full size larger. I usually wear a Chuck Taylor 12. After sending back two pairs I'm hoping the 13.5 will work. Fingers crossed!

Jonathan H.

Originally reviewed on

1 out of 5 stars

January 10, 2024

Black Diamond shoes must be designed by elves

I wanted to love these shoes, and even after reading reviews that they were smaller than normal but would stretch over time, alas, they didn’t stretch enough (and I have already thrown out the packaging and worn them outside). I normally wear an 8.5-9 shoe. I ordered a 9 shoe. And when I wear them, my foot width is compressed so badly that the middle of my sole is in pain after I take the shoes off. I do not recommend these shoes unless you are an elf. And in that case, they will fit perfectly.

Trent T.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

December 23, 2023

Pretty rigid sole and confortable

Pretty rigid sole and confortable shoe, that's what i like!

daniel p.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

December 5, 2023

Comfortable shoe priced right

Comfortable and stylish. Functional and lightweight. Feet feel good at the end of the day.

Michael H.

Originally reviewed on

3 out of 5 stars

December 2, 2023

Stiff and Uncomfortable

Was looking for a good all around approach shoe. Hiking technical trails, rock scrambling, easy route clinbing, route setting, etc. Thought these would be good for the northeast fall-winter. Learher, gortex. But they just don't feel comfortable and there is almost no heel cushioning. The front feels bulbous and bigger than the back of the shoe. Clunky. Couldn't see wearing them and feeling agile and confident on technical trail and rock scrambling. Definitely wouldn't want to wear them for long and couldn't see wearing them around town. I gave 3 stars because they seem well made and good looking enough. The other major bummer is there is no free returns. So, customers have to pay if the shoe isn't a good fit. Waste of money. I'll stick with Backcountry and the other sites in the future that give the customer some break.

The F.

Originally reviewed on

3 out of 5 stars

November 7, 2023

Sizing is small

I have worn a 46 in multiple brand for 20 years. BD sizing is smaller based on the other brands I have purchased. Given that you have to pay for shipping if you return....buyer beware of shoe size....


Originally reviewed on

1 out of 5 stars

October 30, 2023

Not waterproof…

I wanted a light but tough shoe for NYC concrete jungle. Cannot handle even a light drizzle. Now I have to feel it all day. Super dissatisfied and disappointed.

andrzej m.

Originally reviewed on