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Black Diamond
Session Suede Approach Shoe - Men's

4.493150684931507 out of 5 stars
73 Reviews

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Why We Like The Session Suede Approach Shoe

We appreciate the durability of the Session shoe to take us from work to gym to bar. The suede leather upper looks at home in the office and while working your boulder project, and the harder wearing rubber will last for many approaches to the crag and commutes around town.


  • An approach shoe that can handle problems on and off the boulder
  • Suede leather upper provides durability and molded fit
  • BlackLabel Street Rubber is harder wearing to survive city streets
  • Slingshot stretch heel squeezes out dead space in your heel cup
  • Fully lined for comfort while working beta and while working 9-5
  • 9mm heel-toe drop provides relief for your calves after sending
  • Item #BLDZ9E5
Upper Material
[upper] 1.8mm suede leather [toe cap] BlackLabel Street rubber
relaxed approach
die cut comfort EVA
low profile comfort EVA
BlackLabel Street rubber
Claimed Weight
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 73 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 3 reviews
2 Stars - 5 reviews
3 Stars - 0 reviews
4 Stars - 10 reviews
5 Stars - 55 reviews

Fits True To Size

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2 out of 5 stars

June 11, 2024

Quite sad

I really like the look and comfort but after barely 2 months of regular usage they started to broke on the side. For the price I paid, I expected the shoes to at least last one season.


Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

June 5, 2024

Mens Session Suede Shoes

I am a huge fan of black diamond shoes. I have 6 pairs, for all occasions. The Suede session shoe takes the approach shoe to the next level of class, and can be worn out to fancy occasions. The craftsmanship is extremely high quality and the level of comfort is next to none. I hope BD keeps making all Session shoes, i will be a purchaser for years to come.

Eric J.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

June 1, 2024

Great Casual Friday Work Shoe

These are comfortable, easy to slip on and off and look great! I found they fit a little small, but given they're an approach shoe but I'm choosing to wear them with socks that makes sense.

Kevin T.

Originally reviewed on

4 out of 5 stars

May 29, 2024

Tight, but still amazing

These shoes are a bit tight, but I also have really wide feet. I love the look of the Suede! I had to take out the insoles because they were so tight on me. The previous generation were much looser, but they also didn't look as great.

Mike F.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

February 19, 2024

Comfort and style

I wear these session shoes mainly at work. We have a fairly casual dress code. I like these because they are extremely comfortable. I did buy a half size up to give my toes room as I typically wear no shoes or "barefoot/minimalist" styles. The fit is perfect for me. The style looks great compared to many minimalist styles. My feet do not hurt after a day in them. Many of my teammates have purchased for the same reasons. I recommend them to everyone that asks "are you working in climbing shoes?"


Originally reviewed on

4 out of 5 stars

January 6, 2024

Great but too narrow

I love everything about this shoe but wish the toe box was a bit wider.

Dimity P.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

January 2, 2024

Tyler W/ Black Diamond customer service is next level

Ordered these shoes for a Christmas present to myself and porch pirates swooped them right of my porch. Tyler sent me out a fresh pair with zero hassle. Truly incredible. Thank you Black Diamond for everything you do. Also these shoes are amazing. Incredibly light, perfect for function activities I have lifted in these, hiked in them, mountain biked in them, but they also look great for a night out or even with a business casual outfit.


Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

December 23, 2023

Stylin suede

Loving the look of the suede, and the fit is great too. Fold down back is a must. Definitely one of the better shoes I've had

Brayden J.

Originally reviewed on

4 out of 5 stars

December 6, 2023

Side Session Shoes

Pretty comfy. Like the soft back, super easy to slip on. I am a woman but like men's shoes party because they are often wider. They are width wise about as tight as I would like but soft materials so maybe will stretch out a little. I know rock climbing shoes are typically tight but I think these are aimed more at being a cozy approach shoe so if you are a dude with giant wide feet they might not fit great.

Jennifer M.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

November 3, 2023

Perfect Shoe

Checks all my boxes. Durable. Lightweight. Well-designed. For the most part they run true to size—perhaps on the snug side. If you have wide feet I probably would steer clear. I’ve tied these shoes once and will probably never have to tie them again. They slip on easy with or without the heal down. They look good with pants or shorts as a casual shoe or hike/approach shoe. I will most likely buy a second pair in another color.


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