Approach Shoes: More grip & hold on the approach
To reach a climbing spot, you'll often have to master rough, stony terrain beforehand. Approach shoes are specially designed for approaching the rock. These hybrid shoes combine the advantages of mountaineering and climbing shoes. They're usually very comfortable, low-cut shoes that can be quickly recognised by their so-called 'Climbing Zone'. This is a treadless, robust and non-slip area on the forefoot, that works for easy climbing passages. Compared to a mountaineering shoe, they're lighter, the sole is more flexible and less profiled, and the upper material is more breathable. They also have a robust upper material that protects the foot from impact and a non-slip outsole. Approach shoes that are at least water-repellent would be an advantage, so your feet won't get wet so quickly.