These are not approach shoes
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I purchased these shoes in the never-ending quest for gear that performs at both outdoor pursuits and urban living. Unfortunately, while these shoes look sleek, they don't work great as approach shoes. If you google for top approach shoes and pick any of them you'll end up with a better shoe.
The heel of the shoe is an elevated sneaker style, which doesn't suit delicate foot moves in scrambles. The upper mesh fosters a sense of mistrust since it's stretchy and allows your socks to slide around within the shoe during the most insecure parts of your scrambles. I tried wearing the shoes without socks to address this issue, but my bare foot still slid around. This also makes the shoe bad at trail running, which is the other activity I tend to subject my footware to. The mesh lets dust and sand in (if you're doing a desert walk).
If you want a nice looking pair of shoes, consider these shoes. If you want to do approaches, do not get these shoes.