The Zen blends the comfort of an approach shoe with the support of a light hiking boot. This is ideal for hikers who like to venture off trail. The athletic last makes it comfy on approach, and the outsole features a honeycomb tread pattern in the center for grip with lugged treads on the outside for traction. This hybrid outsole maximizes traction and durability but also supports more technical scrambling. All-leather uppers mean durability for the alpine or word traveler.
Measure your foot with a ruler, using cm or inches; convert to Euro or US using this chart. If you need mondo sizing, please refer to the SCARPA chart on this page/tab. We recommend you purchase two sizes, the size you think you are plus one .5 size bigger for fit testing at home. As long as the products are in like new condition and the packaging is 100% intact, we will credit you for the returned product.
General fitting rules depend on the product's intended use... follow the appropriate guidelines below for best results.
**Approach shoes may be sized smaller for performance purposes but beware... small shoes are really uncomfortable on the trail.
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I bought my first pair of these shoes almost six years ago and I still have them. They've survived everyday use, climbing trips, alpine scrambles, 5.10 cracks, and now see use in my workshop. I bought a second pair and they are going strong as my everyday do it all shoe. They are super comfortable and wear really really well! I would recommend them to anyone!
I bought these shoes 3 years ago. They have taken all sorts of abuse and are still in amazing shape. They are incredibly comfortable and highly functional; if scrambling is involved, I grab them for sure. These are a very high quality piece of gear.
I was told these are the preferred shoe/boot by Delta Force operators by someone I trust who was in Special Ops.
This is the shoe that I compare all other approach shoes with. I have worn them for more than two years and they are still in very use-able condition. There are no holes (not even wear spots on the edge of the tongues!) on the inside of the shoe and the soles still have sufficient traction. The only thing I don't like about the shoe is they don't breathe as well as a trail runner, but for 9 months of the year they are perfect. I use them to do any climbing approach for that lasts longer than 20 minutes, like Trout Creek. These shoes are well worth the money. Pros: Keep your feet close to the ground (zero rolled ankles!) Sticky rubber that lasts Climbable (5.10-) Most Durable shoe on the market (that I've tried, the Geko looks like the next best thing, which I just bought my wife) Shoelace broke after only 26 months of wear Cons:Not very breathable (better than a lot of other approach shoes thanks to the mesh material tongue, where a lot have leather) Heavy for carrying on routes with nasty descents As you can read I love these shoes and will buy another pair if these ever wear out.
This is Rob Pizem. The Zen is the best approach shoe that I have worn. The Zen has a strong base which allows you to walk on uneven terrain and not lose stability. The upper is leather and will not fall apart while bushwacking or scraping it on boulders and finally, it breaks in immediately and it is totally comfortable out of the box. These things don't just last one season like the other brands. They last for seasons. If you like this shoe and want a water-proof version check out the Mystic GTX. For those mountain days with wet grasses and afternoon rains your feet will stay dry!