The North Face Mens Smedge Approach Shoe excels on rock-strewn routes and craggy terrain. Toe and heel rands, along with rubber-covered lace eyelets, let climbers jam their feet in fissures and not damage toes or the shoes. Sticky outsole lugs on the Smedges help you to hold your footing in a precarious spot. Breathable uppers let your feet vent heat, and midsole shanks placed underneath cushy EVA midsoles protect your soles from stone bruising. TPU support cages stabilize your feet on uneven terrain, and gusseted tongues stops dirt, twigs, and pebbles from getting in your shoes. The lacing on these approach shoes extends to the toe box to give you a climbing-shoe feel of control.