I never wear hiking boots on long distances and always stick to “trail runners”. They might not offer the same support or protection as a boot but trail runners make so much more sense. Trail runners are far more comfortable than any boot and there’s a hundred more reasons why the vast majority of hikers on the Appalacian Trail or similar wear them.
By the way…
Hiking boots are designed to carry big loads and have more support that comes up above the ankles. They tend to be the most durable type of hiking footwear and have stiffer midsoles.
Trail Runners are designed to cater for a lot of foot rotation. They are made with reasonably strong material that can withstand abrasion and they are especially light which can be good for mid-long distance walking.
Hiking Shoes are low-cut and usually come with flexible midsoles and a balance between the features you might find with a hiking boot and trail runner.
Here’s why I love them so much…
- They are the most comfortable walking show that I have ever worn.
- The wide toe box helps prevent shoe rubbing on side of toes (blisters).
- Ultralight and nowhere near as heavy as shoes/boots.
- They feel quick and nimble in general.
- Reasonable durable outer.
- Insoles don’t last long but can be replaced.
- Decent grip.
- East to attach lightweight gaiters.
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