Im going to Australia and New Zealand in October, and plan to do some hiking. It wont be anything to tough, but id like to explore. Ill also be doing a lot of walking and Im wondering what type of shoes to bring? Ill definatly have a couple pairs of thongs and a my converse or a nicer pair of shoes (still debating) but for my everyday basic shoes for walking around town and doing hikes what do u suggest?
Although I must say first that I have never been to Australia, it sounds like you want to be going for a nice pair of not-too-heavy hiking boots. In terms of Meindl's classificatory system, a B- or C-boot would be sufficient. I'd buy something C-like; when treated with some care, they'll last forever, and the comfort good shoes bring cannot be expressed in money. So, definitely worth the investment
I'm from NZ, and have done a lot of hiking there - mostly north island i.e. Tongariro crossing and bush walking in the Waitakere ranges. But also more challenging down south in the Abel Tasman National Park which is amazing and a slice of heaven on earth!
I only ever needed a decent, well made pair of cross trainers or walking shoes. Mine are just Nike's but quite an expensive pair that were fitted to my foot using that treadmill thingee in-store!
October is not the hottest time of year either, so I would stick with a full closed in shoe when in NZ to keep your tootsies warm. NZ tends to be quite humid and wet even during summer months, so make sure you have a couple thermal tops that dry easily and breath well (I'd suggest an Icebreaker from Kathmandu shops - designed and made in NZ for outdoor activities). Oz is a bit hotter than NZ. You might even get away with walking in your "jandals" (kiwi for flip flop) in the more low key walks and flatter terrain as there are definitely no creepy crawlies or snakes to worry about in NZ. As for Oz......shoes would be recommended!
Hope that helps a bit.
I personally wouldn't need more than just a standard pair of comfy runners. WHen I did my RTW trip I only had one pair of shoes and that got me through, mountain climbing, walking at ski fields, bush walking, walking on average about 15-20km a day, walking along the beach, you name it and they survived until the end of my 7 month trip. By then they were so warn out that I had to buy a new pair. You could bring a pair of bush walking shoes and a pair of runners to be more on the safe side but as long as you have your trusty pair of comfy runners you'd be right.