MilletTrident GTX Approach Shoe - Men's

Lightweight shoes for hiking to classic climbing routes.

The historic Grand Teton is host to plenty of classic climbing routes with miles separating it from the road. Millet designed its nimble, lightweight Men's Trident GTX Approach Shoe to keep your foot comfortable on the trail so you're ready for the alpine ascent right when you get to the base of the mountain. This waterproof version of Millet's Trident Guide shoe features a Gore-Tex membrane that will keep your foot dry on wet, muddy trails. The 3D Aeromesh upper lets the shoe breathe so your foot isn't pooled in sweat halfway through the hike. Climbing-style extended lacing lets you dial in a precise fit so you're not slopping around in the shoe on uneven terrain.

The Trident's Heel Frame Trident heel stabilizes your foot and absorbs shock, and the heel counter provides support as you billy-goat up uneven trails. Impacts are further softened by the EVA midsole, and the dual-material insole that also features a Hygiene antibacterial treatment to keep the shoe fresh. Your foot is well-protected by the rubber-reinforced toe and side rands; the carbon synthetic reinforcements on the upper add abrasion-resistance. The high-traction Vibram outsole has Climbing Zone grippers to keep you on your feet when the trail takes a steep and rocky turn. This shoe has an anatomic shape for comfort. And an unrestrained flex means you can move up the trails fast in this sensitive shoe.      

  • Gore-Tex membrane
  • 3D AeroMesh upper
  • Heel Frame Trident and Hygiene insole
  • Micro-EVA midsole
  • Rubber-reinforced toe and heel stiffener
  • Vibram outsole with Climbing Zone
  • Ergonomic Approach fit
  • Unrestrained flex
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Wow amazing footwear

    By far the best shoes for me out there, fits true to size(9.5). Very comfortable, it took 2 solid weeks of walking/ hiking to kind of break them in but no complaints whatsoever! If u have a chance grab a pair because they are allot better than some of the other “Brand names” out there.....and you’ll get to save a buck!

    Great low top hiking boot

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

    My use: I have used these for the past 9 months and put a few hundred miles on them. I've used them mostly for hiking on hilly and somewhat uneven (but relatively soft) forest trails with less frequent use on trails with rocky surfaces. Probably about half of those miles have come with a ~35lb pack.

    Sizing: I find them to run slightly short. I do have my standard size (11.5), but my toes are touching the front of the toebox. I use them most frequently in the morning. When I wear them later in the day, they're almost too small. I recently ordered a second pair (non-GTX) half a size larger as these are sized well for scrambling but longer backpacking with extended downhills wouldn't be ideal. I do like the bluntness of the shape of the forefoot. They aren't wide, but they fit my somewhat straight across toes well.

    Performance: I have loved these shoes. Previous to buying these, I was wearing trail runners/light hiking shoes and was getting pain from plantar fasciitis. I hike every day and increased pack weight over time, but once it got over 30lbs or so, my feet didn't like the trail runners, particularly on more uneven ground. I got these and the plantar fasciitis disappeared and hasn't returned.

    These are simply a different class of shoe from a lot of running and hiking shoes. They're essentially low top boots. The stole is much stiffer than most other shoes and the Mulaz sole is more heavily lugged than the trail runner class of hiking shoe. They provide great foot support (which I find more important than ankle support) and great traction on loose surfaces to rock. The stiffness allows for precision when you're using the toes and edges on small holds, though you lose some sensitivity. They're pretty light for the burliness.

    I have found them to be very comfortable in the heat for a Gore Tex shoe (though I'm interested to see if the non-Gore Tex version is even better). I have no complaints about the waterproofing.

    I'm not tempted to break out into an impromptu trail run in these. They just don't feel like that kind of shoe. They're very much a low cut boot, which is exactly what I want when I'm carrying a pack on uneven ground.

    The most comparable show i've tried is the Salewa Mountain Trainer low. I like the looks of the Mountain Trainer better and they appear to be very well made (though I have no complaints on the Millet). I couldn't get the fit to work for me though and I like the Millet's lacing system with the final eyelet being a speed lacing hook, so I sent those back in favor of a second pair of these and can't give a more in the field comparison.

    Durable, comfy after breaking in.

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

    I bought these as winter approach shoes for hiking through snow on the way to a crag this winter. The Gore membrane is nice for tromping through snow and shallow streams, my feet stay dry. The shoe is more solid than it is light-weight, but again, I got this for approaching and scrambling, not running. The climbing zone rubber in the outsole of the toe is a bit denser than the rest of the outsole, which adds durability and makes for easy hiking and scrambling on slabs. The shoe was a bit stiff at first, but broke in after 4 or so hikes, now they roll easy and are very comfy. If you are going for a summer hiking shoe in dry zones I'd go for the non-Gore version as the Gore can make them a bit hot, but not so bad they I won't take them out in the summer. Overall, I'm a big fan and have been impressed with the durability of the upper and the outsole.
    Picture shown is after about 8 months and maybe 60 days out in these. Still going strong and no blowouts. True to size, I'm an 11 in most shoes, same with these.

    Durable, comfy after breaking in.

    Millet Trident GTX Approach Shoe - Men's

    Have used these shoes for a little less than a year. Walk my dog on rough tracks two to three hours daily. The shoes are now worn out with fabric failure, on both shoes, on the outside of the widest part of the foot. The sole has also worn down. Took a week to wear them in, after that they were very comfortable and secure. At the price they cannot be recommended.

    Useful, but only to the bipedal

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

    Selling these as 'lightweight' is kind of silly. You're not going to mistake these for minimalist running shoes and you're not going to catch yourself mid-ascent marveling at how lightweight your boots are. When you lace these up on your man hooves you will note two things: (1) these are some pretty ugly shoes on my feet, and, (2) these are lighter than those waxed boots that Dad still dusts off before he climbs Mount Tallac on his annual mid-summer getaway to Tahoe with Mom. If those observations qualify these boots as lightweight then so be it.

    Stiff sole, excellent traction, and the gore-tex works to keep water out [and in] as is the material's nature. You'll be grateful for the shock absorption when you see your friends bellyaching down the granite in cross trainers, but I wouldn't wear these unless traversing some serious stone for an extended length.

    But for maybe being a little narrow in the toe box the footwear fits as expected. For reference, I wear the exact same size in these shoes as I do in your everyday Nike, Asics, and Puma [shoes].

    I've owned these ankle baring boots now for five or six months now; worn 'em wet and dry; and put in some good miles. That being the case, I'm confident in the construction of the clodhoppers and I think the pair of 'em will last me more than a few seasons as long they're used for appropriate adventuring.

    Whether these are a good buy for you will ultimately weigh heavily on the purchase price. There is nothing about these shoes that make 'em standout among the competition, so if you find a cheaper alternative that checks all the same boxes then go for those shoes. I'd recommend these but not at the MSRP.

    Useful, but only to the bipedal

    So far I'm stoked with this purchase!

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

    I was not able to try this shoe on before I purchased it. But got turned on to Millet by trying on a similar shoe from this brand, the Rock Hopper. It fit so well I took a chance. Been on 6 full day excursions with this shoe. From long hikes to light mountaineering. Fits true to size and breath well for a gore-tex shoe.

    How does this shoe size? I've read conflicting reviews on sizes. Some say it's right on with typical shoe sizes and some say to order a full size bigger because they run small. I normally wear a 10m and don't normally wear very thick socks. Would it be safe to order a size 10?

    Hey Walt,

    Sorry for the confusion- unfortunately it kind of depends on your foot size and shape. It sounds like you would be fine trying the size 10.0 out, they should work!

    Feel free to contact me with any further questions at any time-

    Will you be getting 10.5 men's size any...

    Will you be getting 10.5 men's size any time soon?

    Hey Dalvay,

    Unfortunately we currently do not have any more size 10.5 ordered to come in at this time, sorry about that!

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