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La Sportiva
TX4 Approach Shoe - Women's

4.352941176470588 out of 5 stars
17 Reviews
Current price: $103.35 Original price: $159.00
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Why We Like The TX4 Approach Shoe

Sometimes the climb itself is only half of the adventure. Built with leather uppers, a PU rand, and shock-absorbing midole, the TX4 Approach Shoe is the most structured and long-lasting boot in La Sportiva's Traverse X series. The Mega-Grip Vibram soles hold fast on slick boulders or steep scree fields, and they're designed with specific climbing zones to assist on both uphill and downhill travel.


  • A rugged trail shoe for lengthy approaches to climbing routes
  • Durable leather and PU uppers can endure miles of rough trail
  • TechLite rand grips well and defends against toe-bruising encounters
  • Mesh lining provides breathable comfort on warm summer days
  • STB Control System delivers torsional stability and support
  • Sticky Vibram outsoles get you to the crag with steady footing
  • Trail Bite Heel enhances downhill grip when you're headed home
  • Lace-up closure delivers a secure, personalized fit ideal for hiking
  • Item #LSP00A4
Upper Material
suede, 1.5mm PU rand
non-slip mesh
4mm Ortholite
Traverse Injection MEMlex, STB Control System
Vibram Mega-Grip, Trail Bite Heel
Claimed Weight
[single, size 42] 11.6oz
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 17 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 0 reviews
2 Stars - 1 reviews
3 Stars - 3 reviews
4 Stars - 2 reviews
5 Stars - 11 reviews

Fits True To Size

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3 out of 5 stars

April 4, 2024

Narrow foot dream?

I returned this product before using it

These seem like they could be really comfortable, for people with a narrow and relatively flat foot. I have a wider foot and a high arch, and found that I had to loosen the laces so much to just make these somewhat comfortable that I could barely tie a bow with the remaining laces. Even then, there was consistent pressure on the top of my foot and no laces left to give... so I'm giving them a pass.

Beth S
5 out of 5 stars

December 9, 2023

HIgh Quality Shoe Great for WInter Wear

I love La Sportiva approach shoes! Just bought my second pair of these. I got my last pair of approach about 8+ years ago and the new ones are still high quality. They haven't skimped on quality of materials like other brands have over the years. My last pair went through trail hikes, winter weather, and were a life saver during the Texas winter storm. We had no power for a week and there was a gas station blocks away that got power before us. I wore my approach shoes through the thick icy sidewalks to that gas station several times without any falls. These are a good winter shoe and keep your feet warm compared to a normal pair of shoes like Vans. They are not as warm as a Sorel winter boot, but somewhere in between winter boots and regular shoes warmth wise. I wore my last pair until the soles have started to wear down and I still use the old pair for messy jobs outside in the mud. You can definitely get some long mileage out of these shoes compared to other brands.

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5 out of 5 stars

November 9, 2023

Khooshe A
3 out of 5 stars

June 6, 2023

They do the job but could be better

I purchased about 6 months ago and they are holding up fairly well. The lace loops wear and fray quickly but are holding steady. The wide toe box was appealing for long approaches but is a bit too wide where the shoe feels a little clunky. They are also heavy compared to maybe trail runners that do a similar job. They are big to pack in your backpack, clunky to attach to outside and take FOREVER to dry if they get damp/wet because of the leather. They are sturdy and have done the job well for getting up/down difficult approaches but probably won't buy again once these wear out. I'll go for a lighter pair that are not leather so it's more breathable and comfortable to wear.


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5 out of 5 stars

April 20, 2023

Lightweight and supportive

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Size Bought:
5' 4.5"

I haven't worn these on or near a mountain yet -- they just got here. But they fit perfectly and seem comfortable. The soles seem sturdy but not stiff to me (though they're clearly not foamy, bouncy runners). I appreciate the fitted arch and roomier toe box. On my kitchen scale, the size 7s are 10.2 oz each.

Molly I
4 out of 5 stars

September 4, 2022

Use them for trad

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:

My partner and I climb in Eldorado Canyon, CO every weekend, and these have been my exclusive approach shoe for a full season. These are also my first pair of true approach shoes, as I used to approach in trail runners. Long review made short: I do recommend them! Pros: Approach shoes make me feel safer for sometimes sketchy trad approach terrain, with difficult class 4 moves, or the random V0 move needed to get to some distant crags. I definitely trust the rubber toes by now. They are very comfortable shoes for me- and I have wide feet. I wear a women's 8 wide in street shoes, and bought a size 39 (same size I wear in TC Pro's). There was no break-in period. They can become uncomfortable in a few scenarios. Hot weather- the upper is made of leather, so it's to be expected that they are not super breathable. I don't find this to be an issue because my feet don't get smelly, and there are other versions that they create to be more breathable such as the TX3. Downhill- These babies are a dream when approaching. Although I have climbed some multiple mile approaches, with lots of elevation gain, going downhill can become a bit unpleasant, especially after a full day on the wall in climbing shoes. I find that my toes knock the front with every step on steeper descents. I did not experience this in some of the trail shoes I've worn from La Sportiva or other brands. Perhaps I need to size down, up, or this is just the way that approach shoes are. I understand that feeling the toe is valuable, but sometimes I feel like my toes are getting bruised by the end of a big day. Which brings me to the laces- I have worn through the orange sheath, but the core is still intact after a year. They still have some life in them, so I'm going to get new laces. (I hear you can re-sole these as well, which I may try). With the current laces I find myself being reluctant to crank down on them. This would be useful during more technical sessions, or as mentioned above during steep descents.

Rachel P
3 out of 5 stars

June 28, 2021

Good shoes but design flaws

I have had these shoes for about a year. I made the switch after exclusively using the Boulder shoe for more than a decade. I appreciate how it’s lighter than the Boulder, but still has a stiff sole, but as the other reviewers point out, the shoe runs warm and the orange cord easily breaks. These are two major design flaws that need to be fixed before I’ll purchase another pair. I’ll be going back to the Boulders in the meantime.


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5 out of 5 stars

June 20, 2021

my favorite

these are my favorite shoes, I wear for walking and working daily


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5 out of 5 stars

September 3, 2020

Get em!

I've put it through the wringer

My boyfriend convinced me to make the switch from my normal trail runners to the TX4s after I slipped off a sloping ledge at Smith Rock last spring! After a season of use, I can say that I love these approach shoes! They're grippy, sturdy, and inspire confidence on gnarly approaches. I just put in 20+ mile days in them trekking through the Enchantments! While I wouldn't say they are the most comfortable, they are my new go to!

5 out of 5 stars

July 27, 2020

Amazing Straight Out of The Box

My husband told me to purchase these approach shoes for hiking/climbing near our home in the Tetons. So glad I listened to him! I wore these for the first time straight out of the box on an almost 14 hour day climbing the Middle and the South Teton- WITH ZERO BLISTERS OR HOT SPOTS. That is amazing to me for a brand new shoe. They are so comfortable, have amazing grip on rocks, provided enough support for such a long day, and are still great once your back on the trail. I would highly recommend these shoes to anyone!


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