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  • Approach-shoe design features technical solutions typically found only in climbing shoes: stickiness, precise fit and a feeling only leather and microfiber uppers can provide
  • Overlap construction is inspired by rock boot design: precision and sturdy, reliable closures—even on difficult moves
  • Advanced climb lacing system lets you adjust the fit to guarantee enhanced comfort and maximum precision
  • Excellent comfort and even more precise heel cradling and hold thanks to the rear bands
  • EXA shell grid structures enhance the containment of the uppers and improves forefoot balance
  • Breathable mesh uppers ensure fresh feet and ventilation, even when ascending under a scorching sun
  • Tech Approach EVO soles by Vibram with Megagrip compound add 25% more real climbing-shoe grip without compromising elasticity or durability


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Best Use Hiking, Climbing
Upper Ballistic mesh/leather/microfiber
Lining Gore-Tex waterproof membrane/synthetic
Midsole Unavailable
Outsole Vibram Tech Approach Evo
Footwear Height Ankle
Footwear Closure Lace-up
Average Footwear Weight (Pair) 1 lb. 15.4 oz.
Gender Men's
Waterproof Yes

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding performance and comfort! I purchased these shoes from REI online based on the description and reviews. I used these shoes for a week long hiking trip in Moab,Utah. I needed a technical approach shoe with a great fit and superior grip for hiking in steep slickrock. These shoes did not disappoint! They requires little to no break in time. Felt great right out of the box. The lacing system is the best I have ever used. They truly live up to their no blister promise. These shoes had no hot spots whatsoever. Super comfy and gave me 100% confidence on the step slickrock trails. hands down the best desert hiking shoe I have ever owned. Another member of our hiking trio had these same shoes and was equally impressed with these shoes. I HIGHLY recommend these! I will never buy another brand. Well worth the price tag. Get them!!!!!
Date published: 2016-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Shoe for Hiking/Climbing Combo I recently purchased this shoe for climbing Grand Teton in Wyoming. In preparation, I wore the shoes while training with a 50 lb. pack on steep terrain (Mt. Mitchell and Blood Mountain) and they are extremely comfortable. The shoe worked great for climbing steep pitches when summiting Grand Teton (class 4 and 5 climbing). Having jammed my feet into several rock cracks over the course of 4 days of rock climbing, the shoe held up very well - no rips or tears to the outside. The rubber on the shoes provided excellent traction while climbing 5/6 to 5/8 pitches. The day prior to climbing Grand Teton, I wore the shoes fishing and completely submerged them in water over the course of 6 hours. Once home, I pulled out the liners and they were dry by the next morning, in time for our hike to base camp. My feet were very sore after descending from the top of Grand Teton all the way to Lupine Meadows (approx. 10 miles and 7,000 feet of elevation loss), but no blisters. If I was not going to be rock climbing, I would probably choose a shoe with more protection and stifness in the sole. These will work great for backpacking in the Southeast where it is not as rocky and there are stream crossings involving rock hopping, especially if you pack light. One other positive is that the Gore-Tex keeps your feet dry in the rain, assuming your rain pant is long enough to cover the opening.
Date published: 2015-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best low hiker This is my second pair. Wore the first out wearing them constantly. They are a great shoe for hiking and every day use. Unlike other gortex shoes I have owned, they do not get hot, even in warm weather. Very comfortable and fit true to size.
Date published: 2016-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scandinavian Adventure I bought there may of 2016. My review is coming now, waned to give them a proper outing before I put in my two cents. Without getting to deep into it, I researched endless looking for a shoe to take with me on a trip to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. The trip including hiking for days, lots of Birding, and scrambling rugged mountain tops in the rain. The shoes are very cozy, the lacing system is strong and holds tightly once laced. They are light enough to jog in if need be, no break in period, and not one blister with mainly wearing 1 pair of socks ( a lot of people like to wear two...) I highly recommend this shoe. They dried out overnight when they got wet, which was a huge bonus. The shoe tongue at the top of the shoe is structured so when you pull tight your laces it does not cut into your ankle. A lot of shoes have a soft tongue. The laces are a bit long, even when double knotted. They are light, my feet never tired or were sore. It came with two sets Of insoles for different arch types.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Salewa Wildfire GTX I use these shoes for everything from casual to gym to hiking and scrambling over rock. They are the ultimate all around shoe. The to the toe lacing is very hard to find in combination with gore-tex. This lacing along with the insoles allow you to get a custom fit and the gore-tex allows you to laugh at puddles and mud. Minimal heel to toe drop is extremely advantageous in the gym for lifting and crossfire training. The cushioning other manufacturers are putting on their shoes today has gone way too far and is to the point of being unsafe in my opinion. Great for protecting your foot if you're running in a straight line. The minute you start introducing off balance moves you're almost guaranteed an injury in such shoes. Just keep in mind these are not long distance running shoes unless you've built up your feet to use minimum cushioning. Give them a try you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2016-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent hiking shoe I've owned a lot of hiking shoes and these rank right at the top of the list. Great gripping on wet terrain and feet felt great after long hikes. On the sizing, I went one size up from my normal size and that was a good decision. I tried to find one complaint and all I can come up with is the laces are too long! Great product.
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a wonderful shoe that fits my feet. Do I like it? This is my 5th pair. I had so much trouble finding a shoe to fit my foot but this was the one that works for me. I can wear this shoe all day and not have any foot issues.
Date published: 2017-04-18
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There are a couple of different insoles that come with the SALEWA Wildfire S GTX. One insole is for a regular width foot, the other is for a narrow foot. My narrow foot insoles are wearing out. Do you sell the insoles separately?

Asked by: heytk
We do not sell the stock insoles that come with the Wildfire S GTX Approach Shoes. We recommend contacting Salewa directly.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-07-26

I have a slightly wider right foot then left (size 10-10.5). Have Keen hiking boots and low cut Salomon GTX . What kind of room is there in the toe box? Should I size up? Thanks for your feedback.

Asked by: Gary NH
Based on reviews, these shoes run true to width and length and are a D width.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-07

I'm looking for a shoe that has decent treads to prevent me from slipping while walking around icy city streets in the winter. Would these shoes fit the bill?

Asked by: redskullduggery
​These shoes excel in rocky/technical terrain. They are decent on ice but not truly intended to help you not slip on ice.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-20
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