When the mountain is your playground.

When your hike starts in lush old growth forests along switch-backed trails, then quickly transitions to steep scrambles up scree and granite, rely on the Salewa Men's Wildfire GTX Approach Shoe to see you through both ecosystems. The shoe has a low-cut design to keep it light and comfortable in more technical terrain, but it is still fitted with a Gore-Tex waterproof insert to keep your feet dry when you're hiking along muddy trails or navigating wet and brushy exits from the alpine.

Salewa gave the Wilfdire climbing-style laces that extend to the toe box to deliver a precise and comfortable fit, and then added its 3F system to lock the heel and ankle into the shoe for added surety when you're scrambling up steep and rocky ridgelines. The Wildfire is built on a Vibram Tech Approach shoe for solid grip and hard-wearing performance that will last year in and year out and stick like a gecko to all types of terrain.

  • Gore-Tex Extended Comfort membrane
  • Ballistic mesh upper with Exa shell 3D Cage
  • Cleansport NXT antimicrobial lining
  • MFF+ Multi-Fit footbed
  • Climbing-style laces
  • Vibram Tech Approach EVO sole
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Would buy a second pair!

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

I have owned these for a bit now. Took them through the wringer on a daily hike. They handled fantastic on flat trail, rocks, and wet crossings. I would say they fit true to size, but if you like a little more room in the toe box go a half size up. I love wearing them around as I get asked often about what I am wearing. Will more than likely buy these shoes for my dad and brother in law.

My favorite part so far is the waterproofing is bomb proof. Haven't had issues in we conditions at all. ( just don't let the water seep in over the top obviously)

Good shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 10

These are my second pair of this style. I purchased my first pair about two years ago and I just loved them. I used them as approach shoes only, their not hiking boots. I normally wear a 9.5, but the first pair had my toes touching the ends slightly so I used a half size on my new shoes. When I opened the box a couple days ago I could tell they weren’t quite the same. The foot bed is just a thin piece of plastic, where on my first pair there was gel padding under the ball and heel of my foot. Maybe the manufacturer thinks everyone is going to purchase a new foot pad. If you purchase these you better think about it. They do seem to run just a little small. I put 10 miles on them the first two days I had them.


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

I use these not just as approach shoes, but as low hikers as well as general outdoor shoes. I have two pairs; I bought the black in size 11.5 first and they fit like approach shoes, slim and good for edging at the front.
I later got a pair in size 12 that give me a bit more toe room and work well for longer treks.
They aren't too heavy (especially compared to my LaSportiva Boulder X) and the waterproofing is usually helpful. Last month I got caught out in a huge summer thunderstorm that was truly a downpour. Water easily flowed in from above (stepping in large puddles and just coming in around the ankle and tongue). I took out the footbed and let them dry for a day and they were fine.

Doesnt last

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

Enjoyed the shoe, however my pair had a critical seam failure at the heel on both shoes at the heel. I sent them in for warranty and they told me it was normal wear and tear. My sportiva gandas have 2x the mileage and have been resoled, no such "wear and tear".
Steer clear.

Awesome Shoes

    I bought these shoes looking for a low top hiking shoe that was waterproof. I first tested them at Desoto falls near Blood mountain. I trekked up to one of the shelves and walked out onto it with running water underneath my feet. They grip amazing on wet rock as well as dry rock when attempting to climb up steep terrain.

    Great shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9.5

    The size is spot on no need to worry about going up or down based on if they run small or large. The look is great. Very warm with only one pair of socks in cold weather. Nice and spongie to walk on. I will purchase another pair in the future. Take a shot and try them you will be happy you did.

    wouldn't recommend

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 12

    Gore-tex was no longer waterproof within 3 months of use. Plastic/rubber cage started breaking and soles separating within 6 months. These are fair weather shoes as grip is good on dry/sandy rock and decent on damp. Nonexistent grip in any type of mud/snow.

    That's too bad... I was looking to pick up another pair of these as my two year old one's are finally getting close to the end of their life. I've put hundreds of miles on those and they've held up wonderfully. I was just standing in a shallow creek this past weekend for about 10/15 minutes and still had dry feet. Looking at these, it seems as though there have been some major changes (for the worse) and cost savings measures have yielded a lack of quality that Salewa shoes once were.... What I would do to find a brand new 2014 version of these in a size 13

    From these to Brooks to Inov to Saucony to the rest....there seems to be an overwhelming disapproval of newer models...so who's the ONE making new shoes up to old standards? Does any body know?! Because I need new shoes!