Stay Grounded (in a Good Way) with Black Diamond Session Approach Shoes

Whether you’re traveling to your dream climbing destination, going out for an early morning scramble in the nearby mountains, or headed from the gym from the coffee shop, it’s important to have the right climbing shoes. The Black Diamond Session Approach Shoes combine comfort with performance for a climbing inspired urban approach shoe that are good for all-day, everyday use.

The shoes are extremely easy to slip on and off, thanks to a stretch-fit heel that also folds down. Once it’s on, the shoe fits like a sock, thanks to its internal bootie. The breathable knit upper regulates temperature and stretches where you need while you’re on the move—and the locked-down lacing keeps the laces out of your way.

The shoe’s molded EVA midsole has enough cushion and stability for comfortable all-day wear, and the rubber toe protection is optimal whether you’re climbing or walking in the city. The Black Diamond BlackLabel-Street sticky rubber on the sole keeps you grounded no matter your adventure: city, trail, gym, or crag. The webbing loops on the heel are ideal for clipping to your pack, or tagging when you need to stash them for later use.

My absolute favorite thing about these shoes is the fold-down heel. It’s perfect when you need to get the shoes on quickly for a jaunt from house to car to gym, or walking through a TSA checkpoint. Generally, unless they’re slippas, I’m extremely casual and have trouble committing to my shoes until I really have to pull them on all the way.

The Session Approach Shoes for women are available in black and list for $119.95 on the Black Diamond site. The men’s version of the shoe is priced the same, but available in black as well as eclipse blue/amber.


Jill Robinson is a freelance writer who lives in a small California beach town near the big wave surf spot, Mavericks. She divides her time between writing about travel, running a kayak business and trying to wring awe-inspiring adventure out of every day. Her articles have been featured in the AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more. Catch up with her adventures on and IG/Twitter at dangerjr.

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