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SO ILL The Approach

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The So iLL The Approach is a, you guessed it, approach shoe inspired by vintage climbing shoes and constructed like a modern, technical outdoor approach shoe. This is the first approach shoe by American brand So iLL, who recently entered the climbing shoe market with the first shoe with sticky coloured rubber, The Runner. Show more >
RRP: $108.99
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SO ILL The Approach

So iLL's The Approach is a bit different from your regular approach shoe. With its vintage inspired look, it's more comfortable in urban settings than a shoe like the Five Ten Guide Tennie. Its foundation is a still built on the blueprints of a technical approach shoe though. So iLL have focussed on flexibility to make The Approach as comfortable as possible. The padded canvas upper with suede accents is highly durable, and So iLL have constructed the cupsole with their high-friction, versatile Dark Matter Rubber compound, the same as the rubber found on their climbing shoes. The Approach is a hipster shoe, but one that performs, on the crag or the streets.

Tech specs

MATERIAL(S)Padded canvas upper with suede accents
SOLE MATERIAL(S)Dark Matter Rubber (cupsole)


The Approach


• Made in the U.S.A.
• Iconic urban design
• Flexible, lightweight construction
• Padded dual density insole
• Sticky Dark Matter Rubber cupsole
• Vintage rubber toe cap
• Mid-top ankle support
• True to size + room for comfy socks
• Hiking boot metal eyelets

The Approach

Dark Matter Rubber

Dark Matter Rubber was originally formulated for the US Navy Seals, who required a rubber compound that would reliably get them out of un-sticky situations. So iLL acquired the compound and adapted it for their climbing shoes, calling it Dark Matter Rubber. It's the world's first coloured rubber to retain all of its friction and grip properties.

2 product reviews

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The Approach
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SO ILL "The approach "

SO ILL "The Approach"
Une paire de chaussures sympa, ordinaire. Avec un look vintage et urbains. elles sont en plus confortables avec une souplesse en se déplaçant à la fois dans la rue quand forêt ou sur des falaises.... note: A++++++

dark matters

great looking, light and comfortable shoe with sticky and durable rubber ... but just too soft and not supportive enough for difficult and steep approaches...there are better shoes for this kind of terrain. Great shoe for cragging at the roadside or just all day round the house .D
so just happy with this pair.

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