Approach shoes are brilliant, in varying degrees for general walking, scrambling, maybe even some easy trail running and there’s now a huge choice of options all with different fits, strengths and weaknesses. In particular shoes that are best for, say, scrambling and easy climbing, tend also be less good for all-day walking due to their closer fit and stiffer soles.
Meanwhile, trail-running shoes – we’ve included one in our round-up of new 2015 shoes – can also double up for walking use, but tend to be too cushioned and flexible underfoot to stand on smallish rock ledges while climbing.
In our round-up of some of the best new shoes from spring 2015, we’ve tried to give you an idea of what works best for what, but as ever with footwear, you need to make sure the shoe fits your foot for optimum comfort and performance and that means trying before buying.
For our most up-to-date version of this article head over to this article on the best approach shoes for this season.
In all we’ve mini-tested eight shoes and you can either scroll through the images in order or jump straight to the review you’re interested in using the links below:
Arc’teryx Acrux2 FL GTX | Ecco Biom FL Trail | Haglöfs Rocker | Meindl X-SO 30 GTX | Merrell Capra Sport Gore-Tex | Millet Switch Low GTX | Salewa Speed Ascent Gore-Tex | Scarpa Zen Pro
If you’re looking for a shoe weighted towards the scrambling end of the spectrum, you might also want to check out our look at Five of the Best Scrambling Shoes for some more options.