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La Sportiva
Boulder X Approach Shoe - Men's

4.555555555555555 out of 5 stars
27 Reviews


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Why We Like The Boulder X Approach Shoe

Making good time navigating miles of house-sized boulders is a lot easier when we wear the La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe. Even with a heavy expedition pack, the sticky rubber tread and Impact Brake System give us confidence on wet or dry rock.

With two layers of soft EVA in the footbed and midsole, this shoe helps us make it from the car to camp without bruising or blistering. On the most demanding approaches, the leather upper and rubber toe rand hold up to your foot dragging and stone kicking, and the mesh liner covering the tongue and rear-foot add some breathability to summer rock hops.


  • Approach shoe with classic style and high performance
  • Impact Brake System and Vibram rubber provide confident footing
  • Footbed padding takes the abuse of the trail for you
  • Classic La Sportiva aesthetics and leather upper
  • Rubber rand protects those good looks from scree fields
  • Item runs small, so we recommend sizing up for best fit
  • Item #LSP0152
Upper Material
2mm polypropylene, 2mm LaSpEVA
micropore EVA
Vibram Idro-Grip V-Smear
Claimed Weight
[pair] 2lb 1.9oz
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 27 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 1 reviews
2 Stars - 0 reviews
3 Stars - 2 reviews
4 Stars - 4 reviews
5 Stars - 20 reviews

Fits Slightly Small

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5 out of 5 stars

March 12, 2024

Comfy and durable

I have worn many pairs of this shoe over many years. It continues to be a comfortable shoe for easy climbing, scrambling, and hanging out. I will definitely continue to wear it in the future.


Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

December 31, 2023

Perfect approach shoes

Best shoes I’ve ever owned. I’ve had them for 3 years and have walked to many crags and they are still going strong.


Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

February 1, 2023

Why are they still orange

The shoes are great! BUT for the love of all that’s good in the world please change the colour. I daily these shoes and nobody wants to wear an orange shoe everyday.

It’s always orange

Originally reviewed on

4 out of 5 stars

September 14, 2022

Great for narrow feet, but short.

I've used it several times
Size Bought:

Solid shoe, been wearing La Sportiva for years in 45.5. These are definitely a little smaller than normal length.

Jamison G
4 out of 5 stars

June 30, 2022

Scrambling and Rough Terrain

I live in CO and spend time in the Gore Range which has a lot of gnarly ridges and approaches. Lightweight approach shoes don't work for me. This shoe does what it is advertised to do. There is great support all around and it is a burly shoe, but not a cluncky old-school feeling. Sensitive enough to handle class 4 or 5 climbing. Like the sole and rubber is sticky, and yes it handles wet rock very well. I can manage smaller snow sections that don't require crampons. They don't breathe well with leather tongue but in the mountains that shouldn't be a problem, and it stays in place without flopping to one side. Once the laces are adjusted and tied they are set and don't need constant adjustment, like the lacing wrapping around the back of the ankle. Shoes will need a longer break-in time so wear them around town a little before heading up. One minor complaint is the rubber rand fully wraps around the shoe and this offers a lot of protection, but it is thin in the toe. It should be thicker in my opinion in the evolution of this shoe. Overall, nice work LaSportiva!

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Tony K.

Originally reviewed on

1 out of 5 stars

December 28, 2021

2 Month Review

I've used it several times
Size Bought:
5' 9"

I've only had these for 2 months and the right shoe is already falling apart. La Sportiva has been a disappointment the last few items I've purchased.

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Michael R
5 out of 5 stars

August 16, 2021

Worth its Weight

I have had this shoe a while. I actually have a lot of different shoes as I am one of those people that constantly look for something better. I am not sure there is anything better if you want good grip and protection, especially protection. If you are going to be on your feet for very long or on a lot of rough terrain getting to that technical climb, these shoes are worth their weight in spades. My only complaint is that I would like to see some of the colors they have in Europe!


Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

June 11, 2021

Super Support & Grip

I've had 4-5 pairs of these over the years and worn them until the soles are worn through. They are so comfortable (once broken in) I wear them for work or play. I've bought a pair for my 3 adult children and they all like them for hiking.

Metal Man

Originally reviewed on

3 out of 5 stars

January 21, 2021

Bad lace design

I love Sportiva and these are great shoes EXCEPT for the lace design which fails quickly if you jam any cracks and is a nightmare to try and repair. Bring back the Exum!


Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

November 22, 2020

Sturdy and Rugged

I've used it several times
Size Bought:
5' 11"

Upon first trying the Boulder X, the comfort and stability provided is near perfect. While the shoe is a little heavy for long vertical approaches, they exceed in durability and lasting long hard treks on approach to the crag. I would wholeheartedly recommend these to anyone looking for an approach shoe to provide stability on longer hikes.

John W