This story originally appeared in the November 2014 issue of our print edition.
“A solid pair of approach shoes is essential,” Dougald MacDonald said of his weeks in Sardinia, Nepal, and the backcountry of Wyoming. “Something comfortable enough to walk in all day on city streets but can perform on approaches and scrambles when you go off trail, meaning sticky rubber and enough support to protect your feet and ankles in talus. Plus, they should be light enough that you can carry them up a multi-pitch.” The Guide Tennie has long been a testers’ favorite for technical approaches and easier alpine climbs, and the canvas version is more breathable for summer and shoulder seasons. “From town to trail to talus, these kicks are my go-to quiver of one for traveling,” another tester said.
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