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La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe - Men's

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Boulder X Approach Shoe

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

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

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>Rating: 4

A bit heavy and run a bit small

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
43
Height
5` 10"
Weight
180 lbs

Coming off a pair of Salewa I trusted LaSportiva because I used them for years for Rock climbing. I am not disappointed. Very well made, comfortable but make sure to order 1 or 1/2 size up. Sole is sturdy and very grippy. I am using them for hard core mountain biking rides that require a lot of hiking and they are perfect because they offer a lot of support and protection (biking shoes manufacturer should take notes instead of selling expensive garbage that breaks and it's hard to walk in). Only downside, they are a bit heavy, like a high trekking boot. I actually bought a pair for my son too and he likes them but finds them heavy as well. Best bang for the buck when the price is below $100.

>Rating: 5

what an approach shoe should be

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size

Supportive, comfortable, sticky sole. Don't know about durability yet. Better then multiple other approach style shoes I've tried in the past. Caveat, I am not a climber but want a high performance shoe that provides some support. These fit the bill.

>Rating: 4

Not for climbing but good for approach

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

I got these in hopes they would be good for rocky approaches and easier climbing outside, but also for route setting, which I do full time and it involves a lot of climbing to test the moves while I am setting. From a bunch of other reviews, it seemed these would be pretty good for that, but not so much for me. I tried using them for easy climbs outside and they felt really bulky and clumsy. The rubber felt slippery compared to Stealth on the 5.10 shoes. But, for hiking and most rocky approaches they do feel comfortable, supportive and like they protect my feet from getting banged up. Good for hiking with a full pack of gear on my back. I tried using them to set climbs at the gym and again, it felt awkward trying to climb in them. But, I did enjoy walking around in the city with them, walking my dogs, etc. They feel good on my feet in general and I think they look really cool. So, for what it's worth here... If you want a good shoe for doing easy climbing in, outside or in the gym, I would recommend checking out some other shoes. But if you are more looking for a really comfy, supportive, durable feeling hiking/ approach shoe, these are great. SIZING! I fit approach shoes to be tight. I usually wear 9.5 in most sneaker brands (Adidas, Nike, NB, etc) and I first bought these in 9.5, but they were just too tight. I wound up getting the 10's and they fit perfectly snug but not annoying.

>Rating: 4

Most comfortable approach shoe

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Height
5` 10"
Weight
180 lbs

My Chacos handle 90 percent of my approaches here in Arizona, but I needed something to get me there on that 10 percent. These fit the bill. They get used more often than not taking the dog for a hike, and they are perfect for that as well. I have sensitive feet and these fit snug and nice, without being too soft. The tread is excellent, and the inner sock/liner is a nice touch. I sized them as if for normal boots originally, and found I had to go up a half-size to get the right fit, as they fit closer to a climbing shoe than a hiking boot. Recommended.

>Rating: 4

Approach for Days

Height
5` 2"
Weight
102 lbs

My boyfriend LOVES these approach shoes. After his Evolv Cruzers hit the dust (and stunk up to high heaven) he was looking for something that was more durable, supportive, had better traction, and was overall a nicer shoe. He finally settled on the Boulder X shoes and I swear he just looks for an opportunity to wear these! He's done several ridge scrambles in these and they're his go to approach shoe now.

>Rating: 5

solid

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
45 (US 11.5)
Height
5` 10"
Weight
170 lbs

These are sticky, durable, and on the hiking boot end of the spectrum. The longer I have them the more I like them. They were a bit snug in the forefoot to start, and consequently I got a slightly larger size. Great for hiking, great on slab and scrambling, but the extra room makes it difficult to really climb beyond 4th class, which suits me. Easy to transition straight to scrambling and slab, intuitive sticky boot. Sometimes I just go out in running shoes, but when there is a 1+ hour approach, weather, 4th class terrain, and etc. I wear these. May be finicky to fit, but I find this with all climbing and hiking shoes. They would be heavy on a harness. I have the previous version, I assume they are quite similar, beyond the color change.

>Rating: 3

Very beefy

Familiarity:
I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
44
Height
5` 10"
Weight
195 lbs

Nice boot but they didn't work, they are all leather and are very warm, the traction was great but in the end I felt they would be to warm for my feet hiking in warm weather.

agreed

>Rating: 5

Six Years and Still Going Strong!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Height
5` 11"
Weight
190 lbs

I have an older pair of these (exact same, different colors) that I have been wearing since 2012. These shoes are the antithesis of what I normally buy; they are heavy, stiff, and feel a bit bulky when you're wearing them. But I'll be damned if they haven't outlasted evey other pair of shoes I've owned and have become my favorite shoe to wear on a daily basis. It's also worth mentioning that I got them at a closeout sale for [I believe] $35 but they are a full-size too small for me because that's all the store had left. Because of that, I don't normally wear these on long hikes (10+ miles) because my toes, although perfectly matching the grooves they've formed inside, do start to hurt. I recommend them if you want something totally bomber and dont mind a stiffer shoe. I also recommend getting them in the correct size.

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Thats not the Boulder X ? is it?

>Rating: 4

Love them, but too hot for me

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
46
Height
6` 2"
Weight
175 lbs

I really love these shoes, but I'm going to have to sell them to someone whose feet run cooler than mine. In any temperature or activity level, my feet overheat in these things like crazy. Even sitting around the house. I gave them multiple tries on the trail, including hiking on a fairly cool day. I find these hotter than my goretex backpacking and mountaineering boots, which is hard to believe. It gets so uncomfortable I have to take them off mid hike. I do believe this is specific to me (hence the high rating), but I just want to warn anyone who also knows they have hot feet. The uppers seem practically impermeable to air and just don't vent. I'm going to give the La Sportiva TX3s a try, which look similar to these but have a lightweight mesh upper. Aside from the hot feet, these perform amazingly well. They hike and scramble fantastically. I'd actually get excited when I put them on, knowing I could go flying up some rock off the trail with confidence if I wanted. They look good too. I really wish I could have kept them. La Sportiva continues to impress me and these would be my fourth pair - I own Tarantulaces, Trango Cubes, and Nepal Cubes. No other mountaineering boot manufacturer seems to fit my feet well, so I'm pretty invested into the La Sportiva family. Sizing. Street and hiking boots, I am a size 12, sometimes going down to an 11.5 and almost never going up to a 12.5. La Sportiva is the only exception: I wear a 46 (12.5) in all of the above listed La Sportiva shoes, and the 46 Boulder X's fit me perfectly: fit was just a little snugger than my other hiking shoes, reducing slop for better performance on rock. Didn't negatively impact hiking. Any smaller and I'm sure I'd have issues on the trail.

>Rating: 4

Boyfriend Won't Take Them Off

Familiarity:
I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit:
True to size

My boyfriend LOVES these approach shoes. After his Evolv Cruzers hit the dust (and stunk up to high heaven) he was looking for something that was more durable, supportive, had better traction, and was overall a nicer shoe. He finally settled on the Boulder X shoes and I swear he just looks for an opportunity to wear these! He's done several ridge scrambles in these and they're his go to approach shoe now.

>Rating: 5

Great shoes

These shoes are great approach shoes

>Rating: 5

Excellent Approach Shoe

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
44

I can't believe what a difference this shoe makes. I can lace them up snug for a really stable foot without having soreness issues on the top of my foot. I have put over 30 miles of hiking on these shoes thus far and have much more confidence on technical terrain. Fewer issues with blisters as well given how much better the shoe holds my foot. The shoe can be a bit hot, but I wouldn't trade the great fit for moving to a lighter, less durable but cooler material.

>Rating: 5

Great Hiking and Approach Shoe!

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
9
Height
5` 8"
Weight
150 lbs

A partner and I hiked into the Cirque of Towers for a five-day trip, so we were carrying a lot of food and climbing equipment, which can be hard on the feet. However, I had just purchased these Sportiva approach shoes and they performed exemplarily. My old boots caused blisters when carrying a heavy load and the rubber didn't adhere to the stone well. These shoes caused no blisters, were light, and stuck like glue to the sometimes polished granite. The only characteristic I found less than what I wanted is their size. I love the support they provide while hiking; however, when loading a backpack for a multi-pitch climb, they're too large and heavy. On a mountaineering trip, they'd be great, but doing the Northeast Face of Pingora, I opted for my Teva sandals. The shoe run a little small to me. In a street shoe, I wear a 7-7.5 wide. These approach shoes were 9's and I had just enough room when wearing thick hiking socks.

>Rating: 5

Bomber approach shoe

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
11.5
Height
5` 11"
Weight
180 lbs

I have really enjoyed these approach shoes after being very dissapointed in some other brands. This shoe has enough support to be able to carry a heavy load over rocky terrain and the vibram rubber sticks to any thing. I have hiked miles and miles in these shoes and they barely look used. The stitching has held up great as well as the rubber. I don't think there is another shoe that compares in quality and durability, especially at the price.

>Rating: 5

Excellent Technical Climbing Shoe

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
42
Height
6` 1"
Weight
150 lbs

I spent a summer guiding with my Boulder Xs, often leading 5th class moderate terrain in them, and I honestly think these shoes are amazing for technical rock climbing. They fit snug and are perfect in the toe box, allowing smears and edging to feel much more secure than any other pair of approach shoes I own. They also are incredibly durable, which is a huge plus. I would mention that if you are planning to mostly hike/approach in these shoes rather than climb, I would recommend getting a size up for comfort. Love the Boulder Xs!

>Rating: 5

Rock Solid Shoes

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
43
Height
5` 9"
Weight
155 lbs

I tried these shoes on and I thought they were clunky, but then I went bouldering! They are awesome approach shoes. Great for hiking as well, scrambling is a breeze in these things. The rubber is super sticky and the rubber all around the shoes protect the uppers and your feet nicely. Highly recommend

>Rating: 5

Best shoes so far

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
45
Height
5` 9"
Weight
185 lbs

In my 61 years on the planet I’ve worn all kinds of shoes. These have been the best so far. I have skinny, long feet. Getting shoes to fit is ridiculous. These fit out of the box, comfortable and wear well (I wear them daily). As approach shoes they work well: good traction on many surfaces - even wet. As a daily wear they are perfect. Good all around shoe.

>Rating: 4

Jack of all trades master of none

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
44
Height
6` 1"
Weight
174 lbs

Classic shoe, great performance, and snug fit. The boulder x is a perfect balance of an approach shoe and hiking boot. This shoe hikes well, and can carry weight stabily while backpacking or on long approaches. A little bulky and clumsy at times, the high platform can take some getting used to. Not ideal for multi pitch due to the weight. I have also done a number of DRY canyons in these and have been superbly impressed with the grip. I would never take these in a wet or semi wet canyon as they would take forever to dry. I got the 44 and am typically a 44.4/45 in other sportiva boots and running shoes, I wanted a more technical fit for scrambling and mellow climbing. I am disappointed the mid version was discontinued due to production issues, as they were great for summer mountaineering as well. This is my second pair of the boulder x and they actually feel lighter than the original version I had years ago, maybe that’s because I am used to the guide tennie (which also has been discontinued in its previous iteration). Overall a well constructed shoe, handles most conditions well (other shoes may perform better but don’t handle so much so well) and can even be used on snow and ice unlike many other approach shoes.

>Rating: 4

Technical Fit

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
42.5
Height
6` 2"
Weight
150 lbs

This shoe is spectacular. I have now used it walking my dog around town, bouldering, hiking, trail running, as a camp shoe, sitting, and hiking peaks. This shoe can do it all but it does have limitations because of it's tight and technical fit. This shoe excels in class 3 to low class 5, and by excels I mean it's absolutely amazing. It holds toe and inside edges on very small holds, downclimbing is a dream, and they look the nines, the lacing system is amazing and really locks my heel and toes in. The problems I've experienced with this shoe aren't bad, but worth noting. The super tight and technical fit can be uncomfortable when descending really steep trails but gets better with time as the shoe breaks in, I don't recommend thick socks which is a bummer 'cause they do great in snow, I have high arches and the factory insoles don't offer much so pick up a pair of super feet. Overall I think the fit allows this shoe to do a lot of things based on the size you get. If you size a half size up it will be a very comfortable and somewhat capable approach shoe that you could hike comfortably in for distances. If you go with your standard street shoe size, the fit will be very technical and will excel in the outdoors but maybe not for walking your dog or dinner with your lovers' parents.

>Rating: 2

Feels heavy and clumsy

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

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.

>Rating:

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.

>Rating:

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.

>Rating:

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

Backcountry, 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.

>Rating:

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?

Dan, 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 agree with Mike there is really no break in required, as long as you buy the right size.

>Rating:

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.

>Rating:

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.

This shoe is going to be super sticky but if you are doing more time hiking, get a hiking boot/shoe these are great shoes for (approaching) crags .

>Rating:

How is the sizes on this shoes? I use 44...

How is the sizes on this shoes? I use 44 in Nike and my old pair of La Sportiva is in 43

These shoes run true to size, although it you have wider feet you may want to size up a 1/2 size so you have enough room.

>Rating:

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

hi, 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 !

I've tried on a few of these trying to get the sizing right. I recommend you try some one to get it right. You want them a little tighter than a typical hiking or running shoe, but not as tight as climbing shoes.

>Rating:

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 ?

I think the Cayoneer is the best shoe for what you're talking about. The Boulder X shoe is a good approach shoe, or so I've been told.

>Rating:

Hi there, what size of this shoe would You...

Hi there, what size of this shoe would You recommend me to buy? My foot is rather slim and its 27 cm long.

The 43.5 is the closest fit

>Rating:

Where are these shoes made?

Where are these shoes made?

La Sportiva is made in Italy

Vietnam

>Rating:

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. Thanks.

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!)

>Rating:

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?

Though we do ship to Japan, due to vendor trade agreements we can only ship La Sportiva to North America. 42.5's have sold out. Sorry, we are not expecting any more at this time.

Hey Ichita Jo, I've got a pair of 42.5's that are a little too small for me that I've worn twice. Brand new really. Would you like to buy them from me if you haven't found a pair yet?

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