An abbreviated history of canvas in performance athletic shoes:
1917: Converse introduces the “All Star,” later to become Chuck Taylor All Stars.
1976: Rocky Balboa trains for fight with Apollo Creed, wearing Chuck Taylor All Stars for his morning runs through the city of Philadelphia
2009 (or so): Outdoor footwear companies begin to introduce canvas approach shoes for climbing and scrambling.
Scarpa introduced the Crux Canvas in spring 2013, a development not at all related to Rocky Balboa’s training regimen or the predominant footwear choice of American basketball players from the 1920s through the 1970s. But they are some damn solid approach shoes, if my testing this summer is any indication.
The Crux Canvas is a bit lighter than the leather Crux (12.4 ounces per shoe compared to the leather Crux at 13.9 ounces per shoe), and breathes better than leather approach shoes. It’s got a low profile, which is great for times when the approach hike goes from Class 2 to Class 4 to low 5th Class and you have to make a couple of moves on small footholds. The Vibram Vertical Approach outsole stuck on smears and small features on granite. Some reviews of the Crux have claimed the sole is a little thin, but I did a handful of short approach hikes and two 5-mile-plus approaches in them, one with a 40-pound pack, and had no noticeable issues.