Approach shoes are a hybrid shoe with some characteristics common to both
hiking bootsand rock climbing shoes. Like a shoe or boot designed for hiking, a properly fitting approach shoe can be worn comfortably while walking for long distances. And, like a climbing shoe, an approach shoe generally has a specialized sticky rubber sole which maintains traction on steeper grades of rock. It does neither responsibility perfectly, and more specialized footwear should be worn on more extreme terrain, or when carrying heavier loads.
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