I also remember that he was incredulous that for all the time I spent in the mountains, both out West and in New England, I had never owned a pair of proper approach shoes. These unique shoes offer a unique way of approaching—a unique way of being with—the landscape. Feet and the ground they meet and the sticky rubber that plays the part of Cupid in that relationship! My approach shoes have helped me fall deeper in love with this infinitely textured planet. No offense to greasy Green Mountain schist, but Sticky Rubber Heaven must be the High Sierra’s immaculate white granite, eh?