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Black Diamond
Prime Approach Shoe - Women's

4.25 out of 5 stars
12 Reviews
Current price: $54.00 Original price: $135.00
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Why We Like The Prime Approach Shoe

Black Diamond's Prime Approach Shoe fits right into our active lifestyle. The premium suede upper moves seamlessly from work to the climbing gym. The grippy rubber endures city streets and gnarly approaches and still performs well on our warmup problems with the help of the climbing-shoe inspired toe shape.


  • Ultra-comfortable approach shoe that doesn't skimp on durability
  • Burly suede upper holds up against rugged approaches
  • Rubber toecap provides protection on unpredictable, rocky terrain
  • 9mm drop allows natural stride without fatiguing your calves
  • Fully lined for that soft feel on bare feet while you belay
  • Cushy midsole absorbs shock while moving quick from work to gym
  • BlackLabel Street rubber provides longevity and sticky performance
  • Webbing loop at heel and tongue for varying stowing options
  • Item #BLDZ9E4
Upper Material
suede leather (1.8mm), rubber toecap
fully lined
Relaxed Approach
die cut comfort EVA
low profile comfort EVA
BlackLabel Street rubber
Claimed Weight
[single, size 8] 8.5oz
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year
bouldering, casual, gym climbing, climbing

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 12 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 1 reviews
2 Stars - 1 reviews
3 Stars - 0 reviews
4 Stars - 2 reviews
5 Stars - 8 reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

January 15, 2024


Versatile shoe. Perfect for a little bit of everything. fits true to size

Erin L.

Originally reviewed on

2 out of 5 stars

July 7, 2023


I returned this product before using it
Size Bought:
5' 6"

I read that the shoe runs small, so ordered a 9.5 instead of my usual 9...but it was extremely small! Seemed more like an 8! Am going to return.

Victoria D
1 out of 5 stars

March 20, 2023

too narrow

Super uncomfortable, there is no room for the pinky and the foot overflows the shoe over the arc side. And, no... I am not a big heavy person, just boring average 59kg wearing a size 39Eu. The last thing I want when I am wearing regular shoe is to feel like I never removed the climbing shoe. The prime fails on that.


Originally reviewed on

4 out of 5 stars

January 16, 2023

Great approach shoes

First off, these shoes are awesome. They have great grip and are pretty thick, so they can keep your feet warm in colder months. Plus, they look great walking around town or hanging out in the gym. Only reason to give 4 out of 5 stars is because the white suede stains easily — the color is a weird choice for an approach shoe that will definitely go through mud at some point.

Halee S.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

December 8, 2022

Great fit

Like the fit a lot - very comfortable and feels true to size. Haven’t had a chance to test them outside yet but high hopes!

Elizabeth G.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

July 11, 2022

Comfortable, functional, and look great

I've used it several times
Size Bought:
5' 5"

I don't write a lot of reviews but these shoes warrant one. I was looking for something low-profile and casual but with good sticky rubber. I don't do a ton of gnarly approaches that require ankle support or a lot of protection. These took no breaking in and were comfortable from day 1. Secure on boulders, scrambles, and even on gravel-y downhill trails. I've gotten tons of compliments on them, they're functional but also look good--they kinda look like skate shoes which is more my speed. I've also been able to lace them in a way that I can slip them on and off without untying which is great for how lazy I am. They run slightly small, I'm usually a 7.5 womens but ended up with a size 8.

Ting X
4 out of 5 stars

June 10, 2022

Good comfortable fit. I was

Good comfortable fit. I was a bit nervous to buy shoes without trying them on, but these are a good fit. I can't wait to put them to the real test this summer!

Steph S.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

June 5, 2022

best shoes!

extremely comfortable shoes! i love them and they look sick

Eric T.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

May 26, 2022

OONI Fyra 12 Carry Cover

These shoes are stylish, comfortable, and perform incredibly well! I love the color and they grip on the trail surface (even mud!). Thank you Black Diamond!

Laurie C.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

May 3, 2022

Stellar shoes

I work as a canyoneering guide and was hoping for a comfy and reliable pair of shoes to wear on the trail every day. These shoes work perfectly! They felt a little tight at first, but after a day of wear, I'm stoked with the size I got. The lining of the shoe is really soft and comfortable as well. Love them!


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