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La Sportiva
TX3 Approach Shoe - Women's

4.636363636363637 out of 5 stars
11 Reviews


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Why We Like The TX3 Approach Shoe

Guide books have a way of making the approach sound pretty straightforward, but after multiple creek crossings, backtracking, and sketchy scrambles, we're glad to have prepared for the unexpected by lacing up the La Sportiva TX3 Approach Shoes.

With a quick-drying polyester mesh upper, protective rubber rand, and super-sticky Vibram rubber sole, the TX3 is a veritable all-terrain crusher with the chops to tackle just about any rocky surface you encounter. La Sportiva pulled out all the stops with this one by adding a torsionally rigid STB system, MEMlex underfoot cushioning, and non-slip mesh lining for a cool, comfortable, and secure fit for the approach.


  • Versatile approach shoe for technical and mixed terrain
  • Mesh uppers deliver breathable comfort on warm approaches
  • Rubber toe rand defends against rocky trail encounters
  • Traverse injection Memlex midsole offers all-day comfort
  • Sticky rubber soles keep your footing secure on slick rock
  • Lace closure ensures a secure, personalized fit
  • Impact Brake System enhances downhill grip to keep you steady
  • Item #LSP00A6
Upper Material
[main] polyester mesh, [rand] rubber
non-slip mesh
Women's Traverse
MEMlex compression-molded EVA & SBR, STB Control System
Vibram Megagrip rubber
Claimed Weight
[pair] 1lb 4oz
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year
hiking, climbing

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 11 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 0 reviews
2 Stars - 0 reviews
3 Stars - 1 reviews
4 Stars - 2 reviews
5 Stars - 8 reviews

Fits True To Size

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5 out of 5 stars

November 11, 2023

Cool & didn’t tear!

I made it through one season of non stops hiking & scrambling at red rock canyon In Nevada. This shoe has took it well- I’ve changed the insoles only & they still have tread & have not torn. All other shoes I’ve had out here either get cut on the rock or tear from the cactus. Cool shoe -great approach shoe in hot weather.

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5 out of 5 stars

August 5, 2022

My go-to for all hikes

I own these in two sizes -one for short day hikes and one size up for long hikes and thru hikes. They are light, super sticky, and fit my long narrow (but not n width) feet perfectly. My only complaint is that I need a US W11 for thru-hiking and they are rarely in stock. I don't mind that the sticky soles mean that I need to replace them quickly because they work so well for me -even when carrying a heavier pack on a hike like the JMT. I will be extremely sad if these are ever discontinued and my local gear shop knows to hold any size 11 shoes they get in for me because they are as rare as hens teeth it seems. I've been lucky to get my hands on three pairs so far and my fingers are crossed that they will be in stock again since my summer adventures on granite have really worn down the tread on my current pair. The only time I had any issues with their durability was with the laces getting damaged easily on some rocks once -and those have also been out of stock for years it seems.


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5 out of 5 stars

September 16, 2021

Awesome approach shoe

I've used it several times
Size Bought:
5' 2"

This shoe has amazing support, a nice roomy toe box and excellent sticky rubber! Great for scrambling easy mountain terrain, much better than my running shoes! I bought my normal size and they are perfect. I really like the fact that they are not too narrow in the toe box, that makes for a much more comfortable shoe especially on long mountain days! I highly recommend this shoe!

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3 out of 5 stars

September 12, 2020

High Arch

I returned this product before using it
Size Bought:
5' 8"

Shoe looks of good quality, however, has a high arch which rubs causing blisters

5 out of 5 stars

September 12, 2020

A must have for hiking on rocks

I've used it several times
Size Bought:

I'm a novice climber (mostly gym, still trying to climb outside more), so I didn't necessarily need approach shoes. But I just finished my 8 day Utah national parks trip and am so glad I talked myself into getting these. We walked more than 10 miles everyday on rock faces and boulders; these shoes helped me hike confidently and were very comfortable. We also ended up hiking in some slot canyons, which I wouldn't have wanted to do without these grippy shoes. I could basically walk vertically down rocks with so much grip. The sizing of these shoes might slightly be off. I got a 40.5 and wear a size 9 in my altra road running shoes, but an 8 in chacos. I probably could have ordered a 40.0 and been happy, but I didn't have many issues with a 40.5. There were only a few times when I thought maybe a half size smaller might have helped. Overall really love these shoes!

Kelli S
4 out of 5 stars

July 18, 2020

Women size 8 =

Size Bought:
5' 7"

Ordered this off the bat after doing research ! Have not tried them but will def update this review ! Just wanted to leave the size here because it took me over 2 weeks to convince myself to get em. I was going to go off the reviews as people stated it was bigger than advertised. Let me tell you ... it?s true to size at least for me . So if you are looking for a size 8 women -39.5. I usually wear a 6.5 in men?s if that helps! I had told my bff about this shoes and she bought them before me! And I seen how great they are! They help and are comfy considering we hike over 6 miles. They stick very well to rocks and the colors are just so vibrant!! Must have shoe

Susana A
4 out of 5 stars

July 3, 2020

Runs small

Size Bought:
5' 3"

These reviews said they run large and to order down a size. I completely disagree and also so does Zappos - their site says size up! Super disappointing because I love the shoes and i need hiking boots but now it is 4th of July weekend and I can?t get a pair in time so I?m stuck with nike running shoes with zero traction.

hilary R
5 out of 5 stars

November 18, 2019

Comfy, sticky, and stable!

I wore my old Expeditions to the bone and was excited to upgrade. LaSpo did not disappoint! The sticky dot rubber is incredible, even on polished slabs. They are light enough to carry on a harness and breathable so they dont get stinky. They have a stabilizing sole to prevent rolling (I'm accident prone!) and fly details that look like back to the future...

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5 out of 5 stars

November 14, 2019

Great shoe for easy summer approaches

These are my go-to summer/warm weather approach shoes: they are light-weight and the synthetic upper is breathable and quick drying. The vibrant sole is stiff and great on trails and fourth class scrambles. The toe box is pretty square and roomy, so good for people with a wider forefoot. They are also durable—I destroy shoes and have not broken these yet! While these are great for long hikes and scrambling, I leave them at home if my approach involves more technical, 5th class climbing. The square shape and soft upper do not lend to edging or crack climbing. If you are looking for a more technical shoe would suggest the BoulderX.

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5 out of 5 stars

November 8, 2019

Go to summer hiker

This is my go to summer hiker, when i don't need the ankle support. The sticky rubber is excellent for slabby scrambles, but if you want to do more technical moves would recommend a tighter tx2 as the toe box is a little dense. It is reasonably waterproof, without the added heat of goretex and dries out quickly when wet.


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