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For rock climbing shoes: Choose soft shoes two to three sizes smaller than your street shoe size. We recommend you fit your trad shoes one to two sizes under your street shoe size. Remember to factor in stretch. Unlined slip-lasted shoes tend to stretch about one full size. Lined shoes stretch about a half size. Remember: a well-fit comfortable shoe will work better than an ill-fitting tighter shoe.

For boots: Add one half size to your street shoe size. You should be able to slip one finger behind your heel when you are standing up with the boot unlaced and your toes touching the front. If the boot is too short, your toes will get smashed walking downhill. Too long and your heel will slide up and down and give you blisters.

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome shoes These shoes were awesome, used them in 2 slot canyons (Hog 3 and Leprechaun East Fork), they were outstandingly sticky for the sandstone. They were comfortable right out of the box, size was in my opinion true to size, so far they have been tough and show very little wear. The mesh top didn't let in as much sand as I though they would when walking through the river bottoms, surprised they kept out as much as they did. I am very excited about these shoes, granted it been 2 canyons. I plan on buying another pair as a back up pair. Both my buddy and I bought them at the same time and used them in the same canyons, he's a fan also.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great hiking shoes I was wearing trail running shoes on longer hikes in the north Georgia mountains and were finding my feet were getting beat up. Did not want a mid/high top boot, but wanted something with great traction and stability but with a lower profile. Enter the TX3. Great support, underfoot protection and a huge toe bumper protect my feet from amazing ability to kick every root, rock, stump on the trail. Very sticky outsole provides great traction wet or dry. It is not an aggressively lugged shoe, so if you do a lot of hiking in mud, these may not give you the traction you need. I've had two pair and have logged some 30+ mile day hikes with no issues. Getting ready to buy a third!
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great on the ascent...descent could be better. I really dig almost everything about this shoe. The comfort is first rate for an approach shoe. The sticky sole is very sure footed and it ascends steep slabs and rock like a goat. That's thanks in part to its big heel. But the heel that's great on ascents and mud, dirt and scree is tricky on a steep slab descent. I would like to have this same shoe with less heel to toe drop and a flatter sole. I used them on a multi day ski trip into Mt Shasta and they excelled. Carrying lot o gear with them is no problem. On a muti-pitch walk off with steep exposed rock , better watch your step.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Big Hug Just got these shoes a few days ago. Initial feeling is that they're going to work great. Less bulky than the Boulder X and more breathable. Unfortunately more expensive as well. The feeling is more like a hiking/running shoe than of an approach shoe. They have a noticeable heel and feel maybe a little more stiff. They'll work great for longer approaches. Tons of protection around the toes,heel and sides of the foot. I have a pretty narrow foot and cranking these guys down was simple and took little effort. Hugs the foot nicely without cramping my toes. I wear a size 10 in street shoes and went down to a 9.5 which was a little too snug. My suggestion is to order your street shoe size. The sole is super sticky and I've already tested them extensively on wet rock and boy were they grippy. They also have a rigid midsole compared to what I'm used to. (Boulder X and Scarpa Crux) Time will tell how long the soles last and I've already made a few calls to find out how easy they can be resoled. Seems possible but the shoe guys wanted to see them first.
Date published: 2016-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfortable and grippy The first pair of true approach shoes I have owned. In the past I have been loyal to the Salomon XA series trail running shoes but I finally decided to bite the bullet on a shoe meant for approaching climbs. I have owned these for about a week and used them on my recent extended weekend trip to Squamish. The TX 3 breathes well with a comfortable toe box that is roomie but still tight enough to edge with the toe using the "climbing zone" region of the sole. I tested these puppies on low angle slab and large hand-fist cracks and found them comfortable to cam although the profile of the toe was harder to wedge in to smaller hand cracks. My one wish for the shoe was that it had the nifty strap system that the TX 2 has for strapping the shoes together.
Date published: 2016-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shoes Bought these for hiking, but haven't been able to use them much for that yet. They have been getting a lot of use this winter, as I don't like wearing my snow boots all day. The soles are sticky, which comes in handy when walking from snowy parking lots onto slick surfaces at a store. The shoes overall are very comfortable. Great grip on snow and ice. Sorry no tales of rock jumping/mountain traversing from me, but these are already a favorite shoe of mine for my needs.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Approach Shoes I purchased these as a lighter weight alternative to my Ganda Guides for warmer weather approaches and hikes. *Note: Sizing, use the size chart! I ordered the same size as my Gandas the first time then checked the chart and ordered an entire size down. Function: Pretty sweet; the heal sits lower in the heal cup than the Gandas which makes them feel more stable, they also have a wider toe box which makes for a more comfortable approach. The overall feel is a bit narrow (Minus the toe box). These are well built but I wouldn't push them into guiding service because of the mesh uppers, they just wont last as long as an all leather upper. -The eyelets at the front of the shoe do worry me because they function just like boat shoe laces; if you pull the heel hook it will constrict the lace eyelets which makes me worried about breaking the cordage. But all things considered these are a great shoe!
Date published: 2016-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good I'm buying a backup pair Just used my pair of TX3s for solo approach and climb of the granite Northwest Ridge of North Peak, Yosemite. Approach shoes are often too narrow for me. I'm a size D. The mesh breathes, has some give, but can be laced both tight and loose. I assume they should dry out fast. The sticky rubber's great and tread pattern trades off well between smearing and hiking scree. Super light for an approach shoe but decent foot protection.
Date published: 2017-10-07
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Questions & Answers

I am walking the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain in July. Would these be good hikers for walking 15 miles a day for 30 days?

Asked by: Heidi
These are hiking shoes with a primary design focused on rugged terrain and approaches. We believe you will find more suitable footwear for your adventure by viewing the selection available in the following link: https://www.rei.com/c/mens-hiking-shoes
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-27

My wife and I are going to Utah and will be hiking in Zion along creeks, also going to Capitol Reef and Moab. Will these be good shoes for all this kind of hiking? How do they respond to getting wet in creeks? Thanks

Asked by: TimB
​This shoe offer great traction. It can be used in water environments and, since it's not waterproof, it should drain fairly easy.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-02

Does anybody have experience with resoling these? The rubber seems super sticky, so I'd be worried about fast wear. I know the store in Bishop does it, but for $60 which isn't worth it IMHO. So I'm wondering if local stores might be able to do it for less

Asked by: lvrzhn
These shoes can be resoled. We recommend checking with our repair partner Dave Page who is an authorized La Sportiva repair agent. http://www.davepagecobbler.com/
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-10
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