When the approach is the crux.

Getting to crag isn't as always easy as it sounds, so Arc'teryx designed its Men's Arakys Approach Shoe to be as comfortable navigating steep, rocky scrambles as it is at the crag. Arc'teryx made the Arakys with a lightweight ripstop nylon upper with laminated TPU film overlays for extra protection from wear, and integrated a sticky rubber toe cap for extra bite on small edges and chips. Switching between climbing shoes and the Arakys is easy, courtesy of the one-handed memory buckle closure and the collapsible heel that quickly converts the shoe into a comfortable slipper when you're on belay. The Arakys is built on a TPU chassis to keep it stiff and stable when the terrain is anything but mellow, and has a lightweight Vibram sole with a Megagrip compound for sure and solid footing during those more questionable approaches.

  • Seamless ripstop nylon upper
  • TPU film overlays
  • Sticky rubber toe cap
  • One hand memory buckle closure
  • Collapsible heel
  • Leather footbed
  • Injected EVA midsole
  • TPU chassis
  • Vibram Light Approach sole with Megagrip
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Love these shoes!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 9.5

Easy to put on and crazy comfortable with great traction. Great to wear around town and for light hikes. I bought these for a trip to Kauai in November and they’ve become my favorite shoes.


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 11

Amazing pair of shoes for approach and hiking. No socks needed!

I see that these shoes have a “lifetime warranty”. What does this mean? When the rubber toe peels away in 5 years, I can send these back for new ones?????


What's up I am one of our Arc'teryx ambassadors. As far as the lifetime warranty goes let me clarify a little. Warranty directly correlates with any product faults (i.e. construction issues, arrives in bad condition, or falls apart prematurely)

As far as wearing them and loving them, then returning them once they are worn out from constant usage- the lifetime warranty will not cover that. Let me know if you have any other questions at cekblad@backcountry.com


These shoes are very comfortable.

  • Fit: True to size

Good package!Comfortable!Light!

good shoes

i like it so much!

good shoes

Comfortable, clean looking shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 10.5

Very light and the strap encloser works very well. The collapsible heel is great for camping; quickly slip on the shoe when getting out of the tent on a bathroom run. Traction is great on rock surfaces, but absolutely useless in the snow

Approach shoe

    Everything Arc'teryx makes is well done,well thought out and well engineered.Period.That said,they didn't do their best job on these shoes,although I have another pair from them that are amazing.I would just say that you need to wear a pair of shoes for their intended purpose for a week at least before making a decision on whether or not they will work for you.

    Great all round 3 season shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10 (US)

    This has been on the want list for about two years and I finally pulled the trigger. The reason was simple: had to work as a normal shoe with a tight/normal fit but ALSO have a collapsible heel. This nails both uses.

    And a "really want" was carabiner loops. Why don't all shoes have this?

    These look quite sharp, in fact I wear them to work regularly. They're great in Spring, Summer and Fall. I have not tried them in winter yet. I imagine they may be a bit too cold when the temps really drop.

    They're good for around town, good for light hiking and approaches. They'are also light which is good when clipping to your harness on multipitch.

    Would they work well do light climbing in? Haven't tried but my impression is sure, the same as any other sneaker or basic approach shoe.

    Ultimately, the collapsible heel was what sealed the deal. I'd wanted the Sportiva TX2's but no heel =( I also have the Arc'teryx hiking boots which are fantastic all around. Would absolutely recommend.

    Great all round 3 season shoe

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