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Black Diamond
Prime Approach Shoe - Men's

4.318840579710145 out of 5 stars
69 Reviews
Current price: $33.75 Original price: $135.00
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Why We Like The Prime Approach Shoe

A favorite of ours for its versatility, the Prime Approach Shoe from Black Diamond handles our active lifestyle as well as technical bouldering approaches with equal aplomb. The suede upper pairs respectably with our work attire yet holds up against fresh gym holds and technical approaches. The lightweight EVA foam and durable outsole comfortably carry us through our various roles, whether it be in the office, at the crag, or even the local pub.


  • Lightweight approach shoe takes you from work to the bouldering gym
  • Suede upper conforms to your foot and increases durability
  • 9mm drop for a more natural stride without fatiguing your calves
  • Cushioned midsole and footbed provides a smooth ride
  • BlackLabel Street sole withstands city streets and rocky approaches
  • Item #BLDZ9E3
Upper Material
lined suede leather (1.8mm), rubber toe cap
Relaxed Approach
die cut comfort EVA
low profile comfort EVA
BlackLabel Street
Claimed Weight
[single, size US 10] 11.5oz
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year
bouldering, casual, gym climbing

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 69 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 4 reviews
2 Stars - 3 reviews
3 Stars - 4 reviews
4 Stars - 14 reviews
5 Stars - 44 reviews

Fits True To Size

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5 out of 5 stars

May 16, 2024

100 miles Later

After climbing 6 14ers in these, I am thoroughly impressed. They held up very well to the abuse they took. They were great on low angle climbing and smearing, and felt secure on large holds during some easy 5th class scrambles. I wouldn't climb above 5.8 in these but up until that point and jogging on trails they were phenomenal. I did have a pair of trail super feet in them, which I would recommend if you will be hiking miles in these. Bought a second pair. 9.5/10 would recommend.

Elliot H.

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5 out of 5 stars

April 25, 2024

Surprised me

I ordered these online without ever trying any on. They fit true in size, and are comfy for me. I have a slightly wider foot and these have felt great while wearing them to work. I have not worn them out in the wild.

Matthew D.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

April 14, 2024

Great fit, colors and material

I've purchased three pairs of the Prime shoes so far. I love how they match most any outfit. The fit is great and they work well for both light-climbing and everyday wear. I usually wear a 9 to 9.5 and these fit best as a 9.5.

Patrick B.

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5 out of 5 stars

March 31, 2024

Comfy and cool

I went for the dark curry color combo, and I’m glad I did. They look great and felt really comfortable out of the box. I’m generally a 9.5 in most shoes but went with a 10 here, which fits nicely.

Benjamin O.

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1 out of 5 stars

February 12, 2024

Poor quality

The leather was punctured in two places after less than a year of use. I've only used them in town. They are very comfortable, though.


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5 out of 5 stars

December 27, 2023

The best pair of shoes

The best pair of shoes I have ever bought, lightweight, extremely comfortable and well built, excellent quality and perfect fit, I bought another pair immediately, although not directly from the website, as they were no longer in stock.

Herlinda A.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

November 16, 2023

Exactly what I was looking for

Great snug fit, with the flexibility to slip on and off. Definitely an everyday wear.

Abraham W.

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2 out of 5 stars

November 9, 2023

Poor fit

I had a pair of Men's Circuit shoes (size 9.5) for a few years and really enjoyed them. I wore them down and went with the Men's Prime shoes for a replacement. Given how well the 9.5 size fit me before, I ordered the 9.5 size again. The new shoes were tight on the sides of my feet and rather stiff. I wore them on/off for a week hoping to break them in, but still found them tight. Then after wearing them for 8 hours while doing work around the yard, I ended up with runners toenail. Not a fan of these shoes fit. Seems like good construction so 2 stars for that.


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5 out of 5 stars

October 19, 2023

Look great and super comfy

I sized up a half size from my regular street shoe size and am glad I did. Felt like pair of shoes I had already broken in the first time I tried them on.

Daniel C.

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2 out of 5 stars

September 10, 2023

No grip; kind of dangerous

I got these shoes because I thought they would be something like a comfy version of an approach or trail running shoe: super grippy, good connection between foot and surface, but maybe just a little bit more comfortable fit. Unfortunately, they're more like the opposite. The shoes are more comfortable than approach shoes but with a similar type of fit, which is good. But the fatal flaw is the only one you'd really care about if you're buying a shoe from a company like BD: using these shoes on anything except dry flat pavement is kind of dangerous. The material on the outsole is extraordinarily low-friction. I can't even wear these in the rain without worrying about slipping walking up stairs. The shoe is well-built, but just not functional. I'd consider buying these shoes again if the outsole were replaced with something closer to what you'd expect from BD.


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