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11. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 401 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

I think many people associate ONLY hiking boots with decent ankle support. Many people associate boots with poor ventilation, too.

If you're of that mind and do not want boots, look into trail-running shoes.

Ankle support (which is crucial over certain terrain) doesn't come so much from a boot - instead it comes from a properly designed piece of foot wear....even a hiking shoe or a trail running shoe.

With a trail shoe the design (the inner heel cradle and the outer sole) STILL offers ankle support. Test this by trying to "roll" your ankle as you are trying on a pair of trail shoes at the shop. With trail shoes the rear outer sole is flared out a bit, or the entire sole is a bit wider - THIS is what provides the support against rolling or twisting your ankle.

Of course price, weight, style and color will affect your decision, too. Manufacturers figured out breatheability several decades ago, so it's possible to get a proper boot or even a shoe suitable for hiking (ankle support) AND ventilation if you know what to look for.

Momma said "shop around"

[ Edit: Edited on 10-May-2019, at 02:36 by road to roam ]

12. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 851 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

I don't know if this helps but last year I did a 16km walk across Fatu Hiva and it was hot and humid and I too sweat a lot in my feet so on a friend's recommendation I got a pair of Xero Shoes. They have hiking boots but I thought the shoes I could use as an everyday wear compared to the boots. Anyway the shoes seemed to ventilate pretty well, and worked on the rough track plus I didn't get any blisters also I chose a darker colour so as everyday wear you couldn't see any of the dirt on it if there was any but they washed easily and suprisingly dried quickly. Personally I do tend to travel with two pairs of shoes usually some sort of sneaker style shoe and a pair of slip ons that are light and don't take up too much space in the suitcase. I do also carry thongs/flip flops but I have them to use in the shower because I am paranoid about the shower floor.

13. Posted by Stefmuts (Respected Member 167 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

My vote: hiking boots and something small like sneakers or sandals in the bag
I managed to break (yeah really break) my hiking boot on my Aussie trip and finished the rest of the planed hikes on my sandals so Always a good idea to have some back-up

14. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Full Member 169 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

Thank you all for your answers! They were really helpful and gave me lot of good points to think about!

Quoting road to roam

Momma said "shop around"

Yeah, that exactlty what I need to do! And it is part of the reason I started this thread! I have good running shoes and good winter shoes but I don't have good shoes for walking with backpack. I don't want to buy expensive shoes and end up using them only this one trip becouse of a one thing or another

R, Henna

15. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Full Member 169 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Stefmuts

My vote: hiking boots and something small like sneakers or sandals in the bag
I managed to break (yeah really break) my hiking boot on my Aussie trip and finished the rest of the planed hikes on my sandals so Always a good idea to have some back-up

Auch! How did that happen?

Back-up is a great idea! And also one which make me end up always packing way way too much stuff

I have tried to think that if lose something or it breaks I always can buy new one if I really need one but maybe good boots are not something you should buy in a hurry

R,
Henna

16. Posted by wardog (Budding Member 9 posts) 35w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Stefmuts

My vote: hiking boots and something small like sneakers or sandals in the bag
I managed to break (yeah really break) my hiking boot on my Aussie trip and finished the rest of the planed hikes on my sandals so Always a good idea to have some back-up

I agree! I am always walking with my hiking boots, but in addition it is good to have simple and light shoes for short walks in the city or smth.

17. Posted by SummitsPete (First Time Poster 1 posts) 35w Star this if you like it!

I think you are balancing a few different variables here:
1. What level of trekking or technical climbing do you want to be doing?
2. What climate are you planning on hiking into?
3. How light-weight do you want to travel?

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Basically, if you're doing dayhikes on easy trails, just bring good sneakers. If you're doing longer hikes, on more uneven trails, then bring hiking shoes. If you're scrambling, or trekking long distances on uneven trails, then consider some lighweight hiking boots. If you're doing serious alpine mountaineering, then I'm guessing you wouldn't be asking this question.

Either way, you might want to put more thought into what socks you're wearing, and whether to wear gaiters.

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18. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Full Member 169 posts) 35w Star this if you like it!

Quoting SummitsPete

Basically, if you're doing dayhikes on easy trails, just bring good sneakers. If you're doing longer hikes, on more uneven trails, then bring hiking shoes. If you're scrambling, or trekking long distances on uneven trails, then consider some lighweight hiking boots. If you're doing serious alpine mountaineering, then I'm guessing you wouldn't be asking this question.

Either way, you might want to put more thought into what socks you're wearing, and whether to wear gaiters.

I will mostly do dayhikes but there will be some hills. And it will be hot so gaiters are out of the question for me. :)

I bought (hopefully) good Salomon walking shoes today, they have high ankle so I think they will be fine for me even little bit more uneven trails :)

19. Posted by daviddawson (Budding Member 2 posts) 30w Star this if you like it!

I have observed that you will be visiting both the hilly areas as well as the plains. It is always a dilemma to select the ideal shoes during travel. One can have access to basic and simple clothing, but one cannot compromise on shoes as they are the main support if you are going on a trek.

I always try to have comfortable shoes with me, whether it is hiking or walking. You can have both in your backpack, in a few places you will need to simply walk normally to explore the local market for which you can prefer walking shoes. On hilly areas, you should have hiking boots as they do well in slippery areas and uneven terrain.

Also, try to shop from a local store and test them by walking in the store with both types of shoes. Hope this will be helpful to you.

20. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Full Member 169 posts) 30w Star this if you like it!

Quoting daviddawson

Also, try to shop from a local store and test them by walking in the store with both types of shoes.

Thanks David! I didn't have quite as much selection in our local store as I would have liked but I managed to buy these Salomon supportive walking boots which I have been "walking in" for past couple of weeks, they have been great without the weight on my back so lets keep our fingers crossed that they will be as good with the backpack on too! :)