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La Sportiva
Boulder X Approach Shoe - Women's

4.6 out of 5 stars
5 Reviews


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Boulder X Approach Shoe

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

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 5 ratings

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3 out of 5 stars

June 21, 2023

Beware, narrow toe box!

If you have a narrow toe box, these are the shoes for you. They’re a bit heavy but well made, and have a nice stiff and grippy sole. Unfortunately for me, the toe box was wayyyy too narrow and I don’t even have a wide foot. I even sized up a half size and they’re still too narrow. I have the TX4’s as well and that toe box has plenty of room, they’re almost too wide. I’m not sure why la sportiva makes such a huge variation in their shoes.They were so painful I had to take them off in the middle of a long class 5 scramble since the circulation in my toes was completely cut off. I wish they fit as they are much more rugged and durable than the TX4 (the TX4 lace system is extremely delicate and frays/breaks) and I really like the stiff platform. Maybe the next version of the boulder x will have a little more width in the front (hint hint la sportiva). So for now they get three stars for having an unusually narrow toe box that makes them unwearable for me.


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5 out of 5 stars

December 1, 2019

Love these shoes

I am on my third pair of BoulderXs. I try other approach shoes in between, but keep coming back. They are comfortable right out of the box and are a surprisingly good rock climbing shoe. They do well in cracks and can edge. When I was in the Bugaboos I actually ended up ditching my mountain boots some days and climbed in the BoulderX instead (they took strap on crampons pretty well!). I love these shoes, but gotta say...I wish they put more rubber around the toe cap! Over time I wear a hole in the toe on every pair over. Otherwise, it is a super durable shoe!

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5 out of 5 stars

February 19, 2016


These approach shoes are really comfortable and durable. The soles provide the right combination of traction and grip, so they perform great on trail and rock. They are supportive enough for long alpine approaches, while still being lightweight. They are super well constructed and long lasting shoes.

Amanda P. - Boulder, CO

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

August 26, 2015


Best approach shoe I've ever owned. As a climbing guide, I'm really hard on my shoes. Come winter time, I spend my time traveling and climbing. These shoes come with me everywhere I go. They are comfortable enough for all day wear, super durable and long lasting, incredibly supportive and sturdy, and they perform really well on technical approaches and even easy slab/crack climbs. I'm on my third pair now, and I strongly reccomend these shoes if you are looking for one approach shoe that does it all.

Les T. - Thornbury, ON

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

March 4, 2012


After years of trying to find an approach shoe that fits well and performs, I finally found one! This shoe is super supportive on long approaches and durable too. Ive also been amazed at how well they climb! I sized them to fit like a glove with just enough length so my toes are fine on long descents. I feel like theyve molded to my feet perfectly. (I've got narrow feet) I almost always wear them when Im route setting in the gym and am constantly impressed with the moves I can pull off while wearing them. The rubber is super sticky and they edge really well too. Im definitely getting another pair of these soon the treads are almost gone. You can even wear them with gaiters since theres space on the sole for the bottom strap! Love!

Kim K. - Vancouver, BC

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