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Did Arc’teryx Accidentally Make the Perfect Travel Shoe?

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Yes, the Kragg is an approach shoe by design — but we see ourselves approaching the Uber, airport security and our campsite in them as much as the crag.


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If you’re a multi-hyphenate outdoorsperson, city slicker or just someone interested in functional footwear that doubles as your daily driver (er, walker) I’m willing to bet your interest in Arc’teryx’s latest footwear drop will be piqued, to say the least. Among the brand’s new batch of adventure-ready shoes, one particular pair jumps out, but maybe not for the reasons you’re imagining.

The Kragg isn’t limited to the crag

Arc’teryx recently released three new styles: the Vertex Alpine, the Sylan and the Kragg. The Vertex Alpine was designed for approaches on steep, technical alpine terrain, the Sylan was crafted with performance mountain running in mind, and the Kragg was created for approaches, belay wear and maybe most notably, comfort after the climb.

The Kragg can go from the airport to… wherever this is, and do it with style and ease. Arc’teryx

While I expected Arc’teryx to shoecase showcase some majorly technical styles to complement its tried-and-true apparel and outerwear, the Kragg has gotten me thinking: If this shoe was made for comfort yet qualified to handle the rigors of constant movement on variable terrain, why couldn’t I wear it as a travel shoe? Why shouldn’t I? Short answer: Aside from the price, there’s no reason these can’t become your go-to travel and approach shoe at the same time. But if it’s a two-for-one we’re talking here, then isn’t the Kragg an even better deal than advertised?

The Kragg is simple in its design, but packs a punch on the trail (or trolley). Arc’teryx

The Vibram Megagrip outsole will come in handy in plenty of environments. Arc’teryx

It’s not just the Kragg’s potential alter ego that excites me; it’s also its technical details, and of course its style. The slip-on silhouette is a reprieve from the chunky, exaggerated aesthetics of the past few years. The Black and Arctic Silk colorways would fit into any wardrobe, no matter how refined, while the Euphoria/Black and Edziza/Black options definitely scream, “I’m heading outdoors!” Whatever your sartorial leanings, Arc’teryx has you covered.

Meanwhile, on the technical side, the Kragg is crafted from a breathable, single layer of stretchy Spacermesh, while TPU and Vibram rubber provide zonal protection in high-impact areas like the toecap. A Vibram Megagrip outsole provides traction at the crag or the airport, depending where you roam. At 22 ounces for a pair, the Kragg isn’t the lightest option on the market, but it is probably not much heavier than whatever sneakers you’ve been wearing to travel (and then lugging around once you get to your destination).

The Kragg is built for recovery and comfort in extreme alpine conditions, but if you’ve traveled recently, you know getting through TSA and actually making it to your (delayed) flight is an adventure in itself — one that might go a little smoother wearing a pair of stylish slip-on (and off) shoes you can count on.


Arc’teryx Kragg Shoe

The Kragg is a lightweight, technical slip-on intended as approach and belay footwear. Designed with comfort and recovery in mind, the Kragg can also function as a no-frills travel shoe.


Intended Use

Recovery and comfort; belay wear; travel


Spacermesh upper, TPU and Vibram midsole, Vibram Megagrip outsole


22 ounces (pair)


Easy to get in and out of

Multi-use design


Uncomfortable without socks