Packing a shoe style for every single vacation possibility can often ensure that you’re not traveling carry-on only. Sure, if your trip is limited to pool and beach and the occasional fancy dinner, you’re good. But what happens when you need more than a pair of flip-flops and a pair of sandals?
The Arc’teryx Arakys Approach Shoe is designed for scrambling into crag and bouldering terrain, with a grippy sole that’s ideal for climbing both outdoors and indoors.
But don’t let the intended use and word “approach” make you think that you can’t use it for straight-ahead travel. Grippy soles are good on wet sidewalks, cobblestones and slippery surfaces around the world.
The outsole is designed in collaboration with Vibram, using the Vibram Megagrip compound for superior grip on wet and dry surfaces, great durability, and a bland of flexibility and rigidity that keeps the wearer sure-footed whether strolling city sidewalks or climbing the nearby cliff face.
I like wearing these shoes on the airplane when I know I’ll have to hit the ground running once I land. The one hand closure and memory buckle feature allows for easy on and off, whether I’m in a TSA line or kicking off my shoes for the long-haul flight.
The leather footbed is barefoot friendly, and the air-permeable, laminated upper is comfortable in warm to cool conditions. Especially useful, the collapsible heel turns the shoe into a comfortable slipper.
A lamination process that integrates the Arc’teryx Adaptive Fit technology with the seamless one-piece upper reduces weight and volume while providing an adaptive fit in important areas of the shoe.
By forming to the foot, this helps eliminate hot spots, reduces break-in time and provides improved support. It also helps seal out debris and increases air permeability for better comfort in warm, dry conditions.
I’ve worn these shoes out on hiking trails, around town, for light bike riding (when I don’t have clip-in pedals), and on the plane. They’ve allowed me to pack lighter. Maybe they’ll do the same for you.
The Arc’teryx Arakys Approach Shoe comes in black/black, genepi/venom (a yellow combination), patina/seabreeze (a green combination), and pebble/flint (a gray and red combination).
The pair list for $150 on the Arc’teryx site, and are also available at Amazon and Backcountry.