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    90 Reviews


    Put on the Boulder X and avoid the easy, boring way.

    Make good time navigating miles of house-sized boulders when you wear the La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe. Even with a heavy expedition pack, the sticky rubber tread and Impact Brake System give you confidence on wet or dry rock. With two layers of soft EVA in the footbed and midsole, your feet can 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.
    • An 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 #LSP0152

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    2mm polypropylene, 2mm LaSpEVA
    micropore EVA
    Vibram Idro-Grip V-Smear
    Claimed Weight
    [pair] 2 lb 1.9 oz
    Recommended Use
    approach hiking, rock hopping, scrambling
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Feels heavy and clumsy

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 41.5
    • Height: 5'5"
    • Weight: 132lbs

    I had a very old version of this shoe, it was light, comfortable and durable. I've used it almost everywhere, city, crag, mountain and liked it so much i bought the new version last year but it was a disappointment. It feels heavy and clumsy, like wearing a mountain boot.

    Sticky and rugged, loose shoe laces

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 44
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    This is a great pair of technical approach shoes. Sticky, stable, and burly. It fits slightly small but stretches with use. I am usually 45, the 44 I got gave me black toe nails at the beginning, but now it is fine. I climb 5.7 in these shoes.
    The one complain I had is that the shoe laces keep coming undone. Mostly it is because the texture of the laces is too smooth. It is an easily fixable problem, though.

    Comfy out of the box.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Size Bought: 42.5
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    I went up half size to accommodate my wider foot and the 42.5 was perfect! Normally a 9 shoe in everything but these run a little narrow in my opinion. However, the insoles in these are super comfy right out of the box my foot just felt right at home in these shoes. Another great feature i really like is the vibram sole bottoms are super tacky and grip slick rick rocks with ease. Get a pair and experience the stick for yourself.

    durable and comfortable

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    I gave these as a gift and my guy is stoked on them. supportive for those sketchy approaches. he is stoked on hiking and doing a little climbing in these as well.

    Great for multi use

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 42
    • Height: 5'6"
    • Weight: 140lbs

    I love these for about everything. They are burly enough to handle any light hiking yet comfortable enough to wear for an evening out. They clean up well and provide a secure fit when solid footing is required.

    Wish I'd bought two pair...

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 44
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    My initial impression is that these are well made, comforatble, and highly versatile. I got them to replace some Merrell Moab Ventilators that didn't hack it when things got technical and were loose in the heel no matter how tight I got the laces. Boulder X seem like a good solution. I got a 44 - I am a 10.5/11 (10.5 Merrell, Asolo/11 in Brooks) This fit will be perfect for me as a do-it-all approach/hike/ferratta shoe. Enough room to walk long distances and I can kick a toe if I need to edge on a small hold. Wish I'd bought two pair since they were 50% off...

    Wish I'd bought two pair...

    Orthotic friendly Orthotic friendly

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small

    These shoes where like iron and are orthotic friendly. Put your shoe insert under the foot bed, that's it. I wear mine every day at work, that means these shoes are " mean mothers". Shoes run narrow, buy what fits; especially with orthotics.

    Great Approach Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 152lbs

    This is my third pair of these shoes and my go-to shoe for hiking into crags. They are very comfortable and do a great job sticking to angled and loose rock. I actually climbe a 3 pitch route at Lovers Leap with them after accidently leaving my climbing shoes at home. I would highly recommend them!

    Scarpa No More

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 45.0
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    I have been a big fan of the Scarpa Crux for many years, in fact I have owned and destroyed 3 pairs. But after wearing the Boulder X Approach Shoes on my recent trip to California, I am leaving Scarpa behind for La Sportiva. Enough said. I wore the Boulder X every day during my "State of Gold" road trip (see the Backcountry homepage). They have more cush out of the box compared to the Crux due to the soft EVA in the footbeds and were super comfortable as my daily footwear. I also wore them bouldering, scrambling and rock climbing in Joshua Tree. The Vibram Idro-Grip V-Smear sole made me feel like a gecko through it all. I am a true 11.5 US and the size 45.0 were the perfect fit. I cannot recommend the Boulder X enough as an approach shoe, hiking shoe, or your daily driver.

    Feel free to contact me directly with any questions on approach shoes or La Sportiva products.

    Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - - 801-736-4337

    Scarpa No More

    Pretty good!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    These are pretty great approach shoes from La Sportiva, I've put around a hundred miles in my pair and they perform exactly how you'd expect them, super grippy and pretty decent for edging too. My only complaint is that the soles do wear down surprisingly fast and the rubber rand rand doesn't hold up to abuse especially well; mine are missing several patches of rubber. Otherwise they're a great pair of approach shoes at a good price.

    Great shoe, weird fit

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 45
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 195lbs

    These things are burly and you can haul a big load on a long approach with no problem. they are ok for climbing class 3-4 as well. They have the same problem as many European shoe, especially La Sportiva, they are too narrow in the midstep but otherwise are true to size if you have narrow feet and are generally just a smaller person. I had to size up to a 45, I normally wear a 10.5.

    Better for hiking, not so much climbing

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9.5
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 142lbs

    These are great approach shoes to get you to the boulder or sport crag, they are heavy so i would not want to carry them anywhere. they have a solid sole and fit. super comfy and great traction. scrambling in them is alright but easy climbing is not the best. overall better shoe for hiking and general use, not as a dedicated approach/scrambling shoe

    True Fit

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 42.5
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 145lbs

    These shoes feel great, since i work at a rock climbing gym i wanted a shoe that would be great for outside as well as inside. It is hard watching your friends climb and not be able to put on your shoes and join them. So i ordered these shoes and climbed with them all morning with no problems. Although i did order a size up because i got scared by other reviews it was a mistake, order your normal size and they hug your foot great! I can apply pressure where i want on the climbing cap and had no problems with gripping the smalllest hold on the wall. Next step is real rock but for now im 100% satisfied with this shoe.

    Great! But run small!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 43

    I was looking for an approach shoe that could scramble up some rocks but still be comfortable to walk in and these definitely fit the bill.

    In my opinion there are other approach shoes that would do a bit better on the rock scrambling side of things but these definitely do better on the regular hiking side of things.

    The vibram sole is great, super grippy (a little heavy). I haven't had them long so can't say much for durability but I think they will last a good long time.

    The toe box fit a little funky at first. There were a couple weird pressure points where the rubber meets the leather but once we went with a size up the shoes wore in well and the pressure points went away.

    My bro usually wears a 9-9.5 so we went with the bigger side of things and got the 42.5 but those were small so bumped up to a 43 and they fit great!

    All-purpose shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 10
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    I'll start off by saying that as a multi-pitch approach shoe, it's not ideal. The one big thing working against it is that it's bulky and heavy. It still grips super well and is very comfortable.

    With that said, I love this shoe because it can do just about anything. I've used it on long hikes, scrambles, and bike rides. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it has performed as a mountain biking shoe. I have experienced no issues with slippage on the pedals.

    The shoe you're looking for

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 10
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 125lbs

    I moved to western Colorado this summer and this was exactly the shoe I was looking for. The major critique seems to be the weight, but I did not mind at all. I was looking for a supportive, grippy shoe that I could scramble around rock formations but also load up with miles. I also have a fairly narrow foot. The Boulder is still very supportive and I imagine it will last for years to come. The toe box took a little while to break in but I wore ininji toe socks during this time and avoided any blisters. If you are looking for great hiking shoes for varied/rocky/mountian terrain that are quite affordable compared to the competition, I would highly reccommend the Boulder X

    Amazing Approach Shoes

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small

    Very sticky rubber, fits great, durable upper, and capable of sending easy 5th class climbs. This is my second pair and I don't plan on using anything different. They do run a tad small, so if you're in between sizes, consider sizing up. That being said, it depends on what you'll be using them for. If you plan on climbing in them, the smaller size is nice. If you're going to wear them to work and around town, size up.

    Note on sizing

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    I just received these beauties. Bought size 43 instead of 42.5 based on reviews and am mixed on weather that was the right choice. I think since I am now old and will be using these much more for hiking than climbing approaches the larger size will be good. However, if you plan to use these for technical approaches or rock climbing I would go with your normal size. If they stretch or pack out they may need to be sized down a little more. Anyway, just want to point out that they seem to be sized appropriately for their intended use if you have a normal to medium volume foot.

    Also, my first impression is that these are great and I wish I had them instead of the last 3 pairs of hiking boots/approach shoes I have owned. I will update once they get some real use.

    Update -
    After about a year I still like the fit and function of this shoe, and they are mostly in-tact. However, the tread is significantly worn and the liner is very torn up in the heels. Maybe a harder rubber in places and a leather liner would help. Still love wearing them, but will consider different shoes when they are done based on durability.

    Unanswered Question

    Fit and shoe tongue cushioning
    I usually wear a US 12 men's and prefer shoes that can be adjusted to wear somewhat loosely for non trail wear. My feet tend to lose some circulation with shoe tongues that don't have some padding and ability to adjust lace tension on top of my foot. How is the tongue on these and lace adjustment? I am thinking of sizing up to a to a 12.5 US to allow more room for my forefoot.

    Hi guys!!Are these shoes supposed to adapt to the length and shape of the foot? I found a pair on sale but my toe slightly touch the tip of the shoe wearing a pair of hiking socks!!

    They will stretch a bit but not much. Be careful if you have wide toe base, the leather may stretch too far as mine did if too much pressure is put on them. Overall, I would suggest these pair because they are comfortable and great to travel with. One suggestion though, have a cobbler reinforce the leather eyelets so they don't come apart when climbing or using during every day situations. Hope that helps.

    Backcountry, Are the Boulder X's only...


    Are the Boulder X's only available in Grey/Blue or do you have any 42.5 still available in Grey/Orange?

    Hey C-RaigTheEl,

    Thanks for your question.

    Then inventory we have on hand at this time is only the 'Light Grey' which is grey/blue as pictured. The orange and grey in the 'detailed pics' is most likely an older color from a previous model.

    Sorry about that.

    Anyone feel like these need a break-in...

    Anyone feel like these need a break-in period or are they good out of the box?

    Best Answer


    I don't have this exact same shoe but I have had similar approach shoes from La Sportiva. My experience is that very little if any breaking in is required. I would make their first outing only a mile or two, but beyond that you should be good.

    I have size 13 narrow, low volume, high...

    I have size 13 narrow, low volume, high arch foot. Is this a good shoe for me?

    Probably need an aftermarket insole. I'm 12.5 with a narrow heel and normal midfoot. I put superfeet in them from day one after noticing the stock inserts are pretty flimsy.

    The superfeet will give you that arch support you're looking for and should fill some of that volume.

    They do lace up really far, almost to the toes. so you can take some volume out that way.

    where are these shoes manufactured ?

    where are these shoes manufactured ?

    social mobility in China is made possible because they have worked hard to create an economic and political climate that welcomes foreign direct investment (like La Sportiva moving some or all of it's manufacturing to a factory in China from a factory in Italy) and literally millions of people have been lifted out of poverty, and the United States has been able to run a capital surplus as a result, keeping our government running.

    I am looking for a super sticky hiker for...

    I am looking for a super sticky hiker for scrambling and general hiking with a light to moderate weight pack. I normally wear a size 13. I have fairly wide feet. I bought a 47 and 47.5. The 47.5 will make it if I adjust the laces to their loosest configuration. BUT, the laces are then too short to ties securely. Does anyone know of a shoe that might be better for my use, or do you know the lace length on these, so I can simply buy longer laces. I don't want to pull these out to measure, because it looks like a hassle and I may be returning the shoes.

    hi, i have merell in 10.5 which are fine i...


    i have merell in 10.5 which are fine
    i got selwa mountain trainer in 10 and are a bit short. ( return them)

    what do you think i should get for this pair of shoes.

    i have long thin feet :(

    i wonder if i get 10.5 or 10.5+ or 11 but i fear to twist inside the shoes.

    thank you !

    Write your question here...I was considering...

    Write your question here...I was considering the 5-10 Canyoneer for hiking the narrows in Zion.I have read great reviews for that shoe. How does this shoe compare ? How will this shoe do in water ? Are there any other shoe recommendations for sticky in the water and hiking ?

    Is this shoe made on the same last as the...

    Is this shoe made on the same last as the EXUM? Fit-wise the EXUM is a perfect 10 on my feet, but I need something a little sturdier for a trip to NZ.


    I wouldn't know about the EXUM but let me just speak to the "sturdier" part of your question. In terms of sturdy. These things drop a bomb on anything easier than 5.10a. I will run up to 3 miles in them and I will crush over boulders, scurries and as far as low angle slab 5.7 shhhhhizaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam! I'm all about that.

    Do it! (read my review up above for more of my pent up emotions regarding this shoe!)

    Don't you have a stock size 42.5(us9.5)? Can...

    Don't you have a stock size 42.5(us9.5)?

    Can you ship this shoe to japan?