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La Sportiva - Boulder X Approach Shoe - Men's

La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe - Men's

$120.00$120.00
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Tech Specs

Upper Material:
leather
Closure:
lace
Footbed:
2mm polypropylene, 2mm LaSpEVA
Midsole:
micropore EVA
Sole:
Vibram Idro-Grip V-Smear
Claimed Weight:
[pair] 2 lb 1.9 oz
Recommended Use:
approach hiking, rock hopping, scrambling
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Boulder X Approach Shoe

Make good time navigating miles of house-sized boulders when you wear the La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoe. Even with a heavy expedition pack, the sticky rubber tread and Impact Brake System give you confidence on wet or dry rock. With two layers of soft EVA in the footbed and midsole, your feet can make it from the car to camp without bruising or blistering. On the most demanding approaches, the leather upper and rubber toe rand hold up to your foot dragging and stone kicking, and the mesh liner covering the tongue and rear-foot add some breathability to summer rock hops.

  • An approach shoe with classic style and high-performance
  • Impact Brake System and Vibram rubber provide confident footing
  • Footbed padding takes the abuse of the trail for you
  • Classic La Sportiva aesthetics and leather upper
  • Rubber rand protects those good looks from scree fields

Not impressed

  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 45

Made in China, and way too small. I wear an 11.5 (45 size) in La Sportiva GTX boots, and ordered the same size. I need a 1/2 to one size larger in these shoes, and at $7 per reuturn to Backcounty, I'm not doing that expensive dance.

Sturdy and Rugged

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 44.5

Upon first trying the Boulder X, the comfort and stability provided is near perfect. While the shoe is a little heavy for long vertical approaches, they exceed in durability and lasting long hard treks on approach to the crag. I would wholeheartedly recommend these to anyone looking for an approach shoe to provide stability on longer hikes.

Comfortable and Sturdy

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

This my second pair of these shoes. My last pair lasted for 6 years, and then I stepped on a skunk. Otherwise they would have lasted longer. They grip well and I wear them comfortable for hours.

A bit heavy and run a bit small

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 43

Coming off a pair of Salewa I trusted LaSportiva because I used them for years for Rock climbing. I am not disappointed. Very well made, comfortable but make sure to order 1 or 1/2 size up. Sole is sturdy and very grippy. I am using them for hard core mountain biking rides that require a lot of hiking and they are perfect because they offer a lot of support and protection (biking shoes manufacturer should take notes instead of selling expensive garbage that breaks and it's hard to walk in). Only downside, they are a bit heavy, like a high trekking boot. I actually bought a pair for my son too and he likes them but finds them heavy as well. Best bang for the buck when the price is below $100.

what an approach shoe should be

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

Supportive, comfortable, sticky sole. Don't know about durability yet. Better then multiple other approach style shoes I've tried in the past. Caveat, I am not a climber but want a high performance shoe that provides some support. These fit the bill.

Not for climbing but good for approach

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 10

I got these in hopes they would be good for rocky approaches and easier climbing outside, but also for route setting, which I do full time and it involves a lot of climbing to test the moves while I am setting. From a bunch of other reviews, it seemed these would be pretty good for that, but not so much for me. I tried using them for easy climbs outside and they felt really bulky and clumsy. The rubber felt slippery compared to Stealth on the 5.10 shoes. But, for hiking and most rocky approaches they do feel comfortable, supportive and like they protect my feet from getting banged up. Good for hiking with a full pack of gear on my back.
I tried using them to set climbs at the gym and again, it felt awkward trying to climb in them. But, I did enjoy walking around in the city with them, walking my dogs, etc. They feel good on my feet in general and I think they look really cool.

So, for what it's worth here... If you want a good shoe for doing easy climbing in, outside or in the gym, I would recommend checking out some other shoes. But if you are more looking for a really comfy, supportive, durable feeling hiking/ approach shoe, these are great.

SIZING! I fit approach shoes to be tight. I usually wear 9.5 in most sneaker brands (Adidas, Nike, NB, etc) and I first bought these in 9.5, but they were just too tight. I wound up getting the 10's and they fit perfectly snug but not annoying.

Most comfortable approach shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

My Chacos handle 90 percent of my approaches here in Arizona, but I needed something to get me there on that 10 percent. These fit the bill. They get used more often than not taking the dog for a hike, and they are perfect for that as well. I have sensitive feet and these fit snug and nice, without being too soft. The tread is excellent, and the inner sock/liner is a nice touch. I sized them as if for normal boots originally, and found I had to go up a half-size to get the right fit, as they fit closer to a climbing shoe than a hiking boot. Recommended.

Approach for Days

    My boyfriend LOVES these approach shoes. After his Evolv Cruzers hit the dust (and stunk up to high heaven) he was looking for something that was more durable, supportive, had better traction, and was overall a nicer shoe. He finally settled on the Boulder X shoes and I swear he just looks for an opportunity to wear these!

    He's done several ridge scrambles in these and they're his go to approach shoe now.

    solid

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 45 (US 11.5)

    These are sticky, durable, and on the hiking boot end of the spectrum. The longer I have them the more I like them. They were a bit snug in the forefoot to start, and consequently I got a slightly larger size. Great for hiking, great on slab and scrambling, but the extra room makes it difficult to really climb beyond 4th class, which suits me. Easy to transition straight to scrambling and slab, intuitive sticky boot. Sometimes I just go out in running shoes, but when there is a 1+ hour approach, weather, 4th class terrain, and etc. I wear these. May be finicky to fit, but I find this with all climbing and hiking shoes. They would be heavy on a harness. I have the previous version, I assume they are quite similar, beyond the color change.

    Very beefy

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 44

    Nice boot but they didn't work, they are all leather and are very warm, the traction was great but in the end I felt they would be to warm for my feet hiking in warm weather.

    agreed

    Six Years and Still Going Strong!

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

    I have an older pair of these (exact same, different colors) that I have been wearing since 2012. These shoes are the antithesis of what I normally buy; they are heavy, stiff, and feel a bit bulky when you're wearing them. But I'll be damned if they haven't outlasted evey other pair of shoes I've owned and have become my favorite shoe to wear on a daily basis. It's also worth mentioning that I got them at a closeout sale for [I believe] $35 but they are a full-size too small for me because that's all the store had left. Because of that, I don't normally wear these on long hikes (10+ miles) because my toes, although perfectly matching the grooves they've formed inside, do start to hurt.



    I recommend them if you want something totally bomber and dont mind a stiffer shoe. I also recommend getting them in the correct size.

    Six Years and Still Going Strong!

    Thats not the Boulder X ? is it?

    Thats not the Boulder X ? is it?

    Love them, but too hot for me

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 46

    I really love these shoes, but I'm going to have to sell them to someone whose feet run cooler than mine. In any temperature or activity level, my feet overheat in these things like crazy. Even sitting around the house. I gave them multiple tries on the trail, including hiking on a fairly cool day. I find these hotter than my goretex backpacking and mountaineering boots, which is hard to believe. It gets so uncomfortable I have to take them off mid hike. I do believe this is specific to me (hence the high rating), but I just want to warn anyone who also knows they have hot feet. The uppers seem practically impermeable to air and just don't vent. I'm going to give the La Sportiva TX3s a try, which look similar to these but have a lightweight mesh upper.

    Aside from the hot feet, these perform amazingly well. They hike and scramble fantastically. I'd actually get excited when I put them on, knowing I could go flying up some rock off the trail with confidence if I wanted. They look good too. I really wish I could have kept them. La Sportiva continues to impress me and these would be my fourth pair - I own Tarantulaces, Trango Cubes, and Nepal Cubes. No other mountaineering boot manufacturer seems to fit my feet well, so I'm pretty invested into the La Sportiva family.

    Sizing. Street and hiking boots, I am a size 12, sometimes going down to an 11.5 and almost never going up to a 12.5. La Sportiva is the only exception: I wear a 46 (12.5) in all of the above listed La Sportiva shoes, and the 46 Boulder X's fit me perfectly: fit was just a little snugger than my other hiking shoes, reducing slop for better performance on rock. Didn't negatively impact hiking. Any smaller and I'm sure I'd have issues on the trail.

    Boyfriend Won't Take Them Off

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size

    My boyfriend LOVES these approach shoes. After his Evolv Cruzers hit the dust (and stunk up to high heaven) he was looking for something that was more durable, supportive, had better traction, and was overall a nicer shoe. He finally settled on the Boulder X shoes and I swear he just looks for an opportunity to wear these!

    He's done several ridge scrambles in these and they're his go to approach shoe now.

    Great shoes

      These shoes are great approach shoes

      Excellent Approach Shoe

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 44

      I can't believe what a difference this shoe makes. I can lace them up snug for a really stable foot without having soreness issues on the top of my foot. I have put over 30 miles of hiking on these shoes thus far and have much more confidence on technical terrain. Fewer issues with blisters as well given how much better the shoe holds my foot. The shoe can be a bit hot, but I wouldn't trade the great fit for moving to a lighter, less durable but cooler material.

      Great Hiking and Approach Shoe!

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 9

      A partner and I hiked into the Cirque of Towers for a five-day trip, so we were carrying a lot of food and climbing equipment, which can be hard on the feet. However, I had just purchased these Sportiva approach shoes and they performed exemplarily. My old boots caused blisters when carrying a heavy load and the rubber didn't adhere to the stone well. These shoes caused no blisters, were light, and stuck like glue to the sometimes polished granite. The only characteristic I found less than what I wanted is their size. I love the support they provide while hiking; however, when loading a backpack for a multi-pitch climb, they're too large and heavy. On a mountaineering trip, they'd be great, but doing the Northeast Face of Pingora, I opted for my Teva sandals.
      The shoe run a little small to me. In a street shoe, I wear a 7-7.5 wide. These approach shoes were 9's and I had just enough room when wearing thick hiking socks.

      Bomber approach shoe

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 11.5

      I have really enjoyed these approach shoes after being very dissapointed in some other brands. This shoe has enough support to be able to carry a heavy load over rocky terrain and the vibram rubber sticks to any thing. I have hiked miles and miles in these shoes and they barely look used. The stitching has held up great as well as the rubber. I don't think there is another shoe that compares in quality and durability, especially at the price.

      Excellent Technical Climbing Shoe

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 42

      I spent a summer guiding with my Boulder Xs, often leading 5th class moderate terrain in them, and I honestly think these shoes are amazing for technical rock climbing. They fit snug and are perfect in the toe box, allowing smears and edging to feel much more secure than any other pair of approach shoes I own. They also are incredibly durable, which is a huge plus. I would mention that if you are planning to mostly hike/approach in these shoes rather than climb, I would recommend getting a size up for comfort. Love the Boulder Xs!

      Rock Solid Shoes

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 43

      I tried these shoes on and I thought they were clunky, but then I went bouldering! They are awesome approach shoes. Great for hiking as well, scrambling is a breeze in these things. The rubber is super sticky and the rubber all around the shoes protect the uppers and your feet nicely. Highly recommend

      Best shoes so far

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 45

      In my 61 years on the planet I’ve worn all kinds of shoes. These have been the best so far. I have skinny, long feet. Getting shoes to fit is ridiculous. These fit out of the box, comfortable and wear well (I wear them daily). As approach shoes they work well: good traction on many surfaces - even wet. As a daily wear they are perfect. Good all around shoe.

      La Sportiva

      Adult Footwear
      US MENEUUS WOMENMONDO
      4 35.5 5  
      4.5 36 5.5  
      4.5+ 36.5 5.5+  
      5 37 6  
      5.5 37.5 6.5  
      6 38 7  
      6.5 38.5 7.5 24
      6.5+ 39 7.5+ 24.5
      7 39.5 8  
      7.5 40 8.5 25
      8 40.5 9 25.5
      8.5 41 9.5 26
      8.5+ 41.5 9.5+  
      9 42 10 26.5
      9.5 42.5 10.5 27
      10 43 11 27.5
      10.5 43.5 11.5  
      10.5+ 44 11.5+ 28
      11 44.5 12 28.5
      11.5 45 12.5 29
      12 45.5 13 29.5
      12.5 46 13.5 30
      12.5+ 46.5 13.5+  
      13 47 14 30.5
      13.5 47.5   31
      14 48   
      15 49   
      Note: La Sportiva shoes are built on European half sizes which are smaller increments than US half sizes. This gives us four extra sizes per size run which gives you a better fit!