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La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe - Women's


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    32 Reviews


    Ease the approach.

    Expertly traverse the field of troll-sized boulders with your expedition packwith the La Sportiva Women’s Boulder X Approach Shoe. Get a grip on any rock in any condition with the specially designed rubber tread outsole and Impact Brake System, even with forty pounds on your back. With that much weight, your feet will get a kick out of the extra cushioning in the footbed and midsole, so you can make it to base camp before all the light fades. The Boulder X’s tough leather upper and toe rand withstand a whole mountain range of abuse for the roughest approaches.

    • Navigate boulder-strewn approaches with these shoes
    • Durable leather upper withstands abrasion from rock
    • Wear-resistant Vibram sole ensures grip on talus slopes
    • Extended lace closure for climbing shoe-like fit
    • Item #LSP0156

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    2mm polypropylene, 2mm LaSpEVA
    Vibram Idro-Grip V-Smear
    Claimed Weight
    [pair] 1lb 12.8oz
    Recommended Use
    climbing, hiking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Great approach shoes

      These shoes are great for hiking in and wearing to the crag. They are a little warm so if you're concerned about your feet getting too hot don't get these. I've been very impressed with their ability to hold up to mud and water. I've trudged through plenty and I've never had any problems with my feet getting wet and the mud seems to just come right off without any need to wash them.

      Go-to Approach Shoe

        My lady friend liked these shoes so much that she wore them out after a few seasons and replaced them with the same shoe. They were flawless when climbing the Complete Exum up the Grand and have proven to be a workhorse around the Wasatch. On hot days, they are a little warm, but being sure-footed is way more important to her.

        Approach plus easy climb

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

        I bought this shoes mainly to approach the climb and be able to climb easy 5.6-5.8 on guiding trips. I love it! Has amazing grip. I am 39.5 European and I bough 39 and fits perfectly. Very comfy too.

        Terrible for ankle rolling

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 36.5
        • Height: 5'4"
        • Weight: 115lbs

        While these shoes are comfortable, cute and fit well on my narrow feet, they were terrible for the approach. They stuck beautifully to rock, but the foot bed is extremely tall (1/2" maybe?), causing me to roll my ankles several times over the course of the long approach. I do not have the same ankle rolling issue with sneakers (my standard approach shoe) because they tend to have a foot bed that sits closer to the ground. New England is teeming with root beds and leaf litter hiding small rocks, so these shoes won't work well here. Maybe they're better for the smooth but steep slickrock of the Southwest....?

        Winner of many approach shoes ordered

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
        • Fit: True to size
        • Height: 5'4"
        • Weight: 130lbs

        This shoe is excellent! Comfy right out of the box. I like that they use euro sizing (37, 38.5 etc) because it gives a better fit. I got a few sizes that were considered 7.5 USA size, and found the best one.

        Best Approach Shoe!

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

        Bought these for my wife (I also have a pair), and she absolutely loves them. Not only do they make great approach shoes, but she's climbed 11's in them. They are super sticky and make surprisingly good climbing shoes! If you're in the market for some solid approach shoes, you won't regret buying these. Highly recommended!

        Best Approach Shoe!

        Great Shoes!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 7.5
        • Height: 5'9"
        • Weight: 120lbs

        I originally bought these shoes for canyoneering, so I would be able to trust my feet while down climbing. The first time I wore them I took them on a 10+ mile canyon and by the time we got back to the car my feet were still happy (tired but happy). There was no break in process and they only seem to be getting more comfortable the more I wear them. I highly recommend these shoes— great comfort and grip.

        Great approach shoe

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

        I gave these to my girlfriend for a trip to the Tetons that we had planned and they exceeded our expectations. First off, they required almost no break in period, which made them really great for use right off the bat. Secondly, with the Vibram sole with the "climbing zone", she was able not only to approach in these, but to do a fair bit of easy climbing in them before having to switch to actual rock climbing shoes. Finally, she found that they worked well and comfortably not only for shorter days (5 miles) but also kept her feet happy on the longer hauls as well (10+ miles). Overall, these shoes are great, fit true to size, and will keep your feet from hurting whether you are hiking on dirt or rock hopping boulder fields.

        Love this shoe

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 8
        • Height: 5'6"
        • Weight: 115lbs

        Use these shoes for canyoneering and am really happy with them. I was worried that with leather material, I'd trash them moving through potholes, etc., really quickly. But they are holding up great. Super grippy, and finally an approach shoe that doesn't cut off circulation to my toes after being in them all day. Great shoe!

        Good grip bad durability

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

        These shoes have good grip, but are only ok due to durability issues.

        I used these shoes both as approach shoes and light hikers for a year and a half in california. They have great grip for dry scrambley boulder situations as they should. I got a blister the first time I wore them, but after that they broke in very quickly and were quite comfortable.

        However the main problem with these shoes is the durability. The first time I wore them I broke one of the little leather flaps that is supposed to hold the laces in. I stitched it up and it held. And a few months later another one broke on the other shoe. After 6-9 months I found the support to have already given out, but I put a set of super feet in and that solved it. But in general, although the shoe is comfortable, I didn't find it to hold up as well as I had hoped.

        Plenty of Grip!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Excellent shoe with plenty of grip! Wore these on a hike in Canyonlands and they worked great over boulders, sandstone and slick-rock. Sole has perfect amount of grip, that saved me a few times. Shoe is easy to adjust too. I did size up a half size

        Love this approach shoe!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: Runs small
        • Size Bought: 37
        • Height: 5'4"

        I purchased the Boulder X shoes for Teton Climbing and Hiking as I live in the area. I was impressed with the way they broke in very quickly. I had no problem with the size of the shoe, but I did order a half size larger than I normally would have. The stickiness of the bottom of the shoe is better than any other approach shoes I have tried. Definitely would buy another pair!

        Poor Craftsmanship

        • Fit: True to size

        I ordered the Boulder X approach shoe for a trip to the Tetons. On my very first hike out West, a rip in the leather developed along the seam above the protective black rubber strip. The rip appears to be the result of stress to that particular area of the shoe. The left shoe is stressed in the very same place though there's no rip at this point. I have been in touch with La Sportiva about getting the shoes repaired. The shoes fit well and are quite comfortable but given the poor craftsmanship, I am very disappointed with my purchase.

        Nice approach shoes

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: Runs small

        Haven't climbed in them really yet but hiked around Huaraz, Peru and walked around Lima.

        Toes sometimes become numb after walking a lot on flat grounds, which might go away after I break them in, so I'm ok with this.

        Definitely beats Scarpa Crux though. Scarpa Crux felt just like bulky climbing shoes, not good for loads carrying.

        Btw, my size is women's 10, 42 seems to be the right size for me although my pair of mountaineering La Sportiva shoes is 41,5.

        And I'm european, used to 41 size, so I think these run a bit small.

        Nice approach shoes

        just ok

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: Runs small

        These shoes are great for shorter more techy approaches. They are very stiff and have great edging, because of the stiffness they took forever to brake in. On longer hikes they are heavy and my feet started to hurt. I have wide feet and they seemed to pinch a little. They are very bulky, and run a little small at first.

        Diggin these kicks

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: True to size

        I blew my knee out and had it put back together over the winter. Since then, my balance is a little off and avoiding stumbling and re-injuring myself is high on the priority list. I've been looking for some really stable shoes for hiking and walking over scree and rocks (near Bozeman MT, lots of scree and rock hiking). These boulder x have been great for me, they are really "grabby" and very sturdy but casual (and dare I say, cute) enough to keep on at the bar. They also seem to be made of high quality material and like they will hold up, (but I have only had them for a month.) They are not "light shoes"and actually took me a minute to get use too, so if you are expecting something ultralight you might be disappointed. But if you want something a bit burlier but not a full hiking boot, these are great.

        Awesome Shoe

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Great shoe for scrambling, approaches and walk offs. More sturdy than a trail runner but lighter than a boot. I even wear this shoe for day hikes! I have yet to actually climb in them, but am guessing I could do some easy stuff in them.

        Hi can someone clarify that what size is...

        Hi can someone clarify that what size is 6.5 in the USA for this? I googled it but I get conflicting information, some sites say 37, some 37.5, some 41!! I need them for a canyoneering trip and need them in Oakland CA Monday AM - need to order today, thanks! 6.5 in women's USA size. thanks!

        I'm looking for a day hiking shoe for my...

        I'm looking for a day hiking shoe for my GF. Any thoughts on how water resistant they are? And as important, how do they perform on wet rock? We hike a lot of slippery Shale and nasty roots in the Catskills, and after our last adventure I don't think anyone is going to believe her "I fell off my bike" and "I slipped off a boulder" stuff. Yes, my gf is awesome!

        Best Answer

        She does sound like a catch! These should be adequate for the job, generally speaking approach shoes use climbing shoe rubber for more adhesion against rock scrambling. As far as wet rocks are concerned she'll have to be careful just as she would have to be with any shoe. But I've used dozens of boots for hiking in the Cats and Dacks and very familiar with the uneven terrain you're going to find there. I find Vibram makes the stickiest rubber even on slippery stuff and the lugs are pretty rugged on the sole so that'll help as well.

        does anyone know how these would fit men's...

        does anyone know how these would fit men's feet? would they be too narrow generally?

        I'm a man and where a women's size 6 shoe. My feet are also very narrow. With my narrow feet these feel good width wise, but if you have wider feet it might work to loosen the laces a little. Sorry I can't really help more than that. I do think the bottom of the shoe is a little hard though. I tried putting in my own broken in insoles, but that just made the shoe too tight, I guess I'll just have to break in the shoes the old fashion way... wearing them around with the original insole.