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Light-weight sneaker-style footwear seems to be the thing these days. Makes sense to me.
Also, I do not want waterproof. It does not work.
Also, I am never hiking with a 40+ lb. backpack.
I do enjoy bouldering and that sort of rocky thing where the old-style heavy leather boots work well, grip like ticks, but I see kids around me bounding like Mountain Goats on boulders in sneakers from Target. Probably not necessary.
For walking on established and maintained trails, you can get away with light footwear. But for scrambling-type rough climbing I'll take the heavy vibrams, Norwegian-welted boots any day. I've never seen the point of water-proof shoes either. What for? If they're only 2" to the top anyway, water proof ain't gonna help anything.
Hope you and the missus enjoy your trip - please let us know what you decided for a personal cargo solution!
And waterproof also means it is harder for transpiration to get out, making shoes uncomfortable on hot days and your feet more prone to blisters.
The sturdy ankle-enclosing hiking boots are of great value on gravel or loose rocks, where the additional support prevents injuries, esp. at the end of a tiring day.
Sneaker style hiking shoes can still come with a very sturdy sole, for use on rocky paths, or with a more flexible sole and inlays for regular paths.
My latest pair of hiking shoes is optimized for the low lands. Climbing a mountain trail wasn't an issue, but on the steep descent the tongue and laces were not able to prevent my foot from sliding forward in the shoe and my toes hitting the front, make for an uncomfortable afternoon.
All in all, if you know what terrain and weather you are likely to travel a knowledgeable sales person should be able to direct you to the proper style of shoe.
Picked up North Face shoe/hiking boot combo in the spring that have many miles on them.
Water resistant but not H20 proof.
I'm sure it is a WOKE company but sandals made from old tires just won't get it done.
One of the best hikes in the NE is the Gulfside Trail
from Madison Hut to Lakes of the Clouds (either way).
If you have the energy you can get Madison, Adamses,
Jefferson, and Mt. Washington, or more likely not.
After school starts in the fall the availability goes up
and you can usually get in on short notice after you see
the big H moving east on the pressure maps. If you
don't have spare car and driver there is the AMC shuttle.
I did Lakes to Madison in as much as 3/4 in. of fresh slush
on a July 22 -- never saw more than 10 feet ahead the
entire day. I learned from this that committed schedules are anathema for hikers and that high boots keep the slush out.
If you get to Lakes and are burned out, you can take the
Cog Railway down from the Mt. Wash. summit.
We all wish BD and the Mrs. best of luck on their trip.
Articles like these always interest me as I would really like some good walkers, but after looking at 6 of the different shoes, most are not available in wide at my 10-10.5 size level. When available I always go for 4E width, but this is not easy to find.
One important thing to keep in mind. Hiking in wet weather has a risk where you find clay or silt on the road and it is especially treacherous going up or down hill. A good reason to carry a hiking staff and to be careful. What often happens is a mile or two of safe footing and then unexpectantly a slippery section sneaks up on you. So be aware of every step. If you want to look at the scenery stop first.
Looking forward to your after hike reports and pictures. And since I'm a foody as well as a hiker I am looking forward to seeing your meals. Watch out those sneaky Brits eat some strange things LOL.