Do you prefer boots or shoes?


#1

Their are strong arguements for both, but it usually comes down to personal preference. The safety and hard-wearing reliability of boots, or the light, breathable happy-feet of trail shoes What do you prefer?

  • Boots
  • Trail shoes

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#2

This depends very much on the nature of the hike for me. If I carry a heavy backpack on difficult terrain (mostly 3+ day hikes) , then sturdy leather boots. A half-day walk up the hill with a day-pack only then lightweight shoes.
I would rather wear heavy boots than end-up in trouble because my comfy shoes broke-down - if in doubt, going for the stronger shoe. Have seen people having to tape what’s-left-of-their-shoes to their feet on the GR20 and Torres del Paine - not nice!


#3

Used to be sandals :smiley:


#4

Ah yes, the all-terrain sandal with adaptive grip and unmatched breathability. Stuff of legends! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


#5

Until this happens. I cut my toe to the bone, luckily Willem could help me patch it up.


#6

eina! :persevere: have not tried hiking in sandals yet but after seeing that,I’ll stick to my boots,thanks:laughing:


#7

I like to go as minimal as possible.
Vibrams and sandals.
Elevated heels can cause rolled ankles.
Zero footwear all the way.
It’s my opinion that ankle support is a bandaid for other biomechanical problems.


#8

Do you prefer flying or driving? Do you prefer visiting the doctor or the dentist? Do you prefer eating lunch or supper?

Neither is always the answer - you most certainly don’t want to spend 3 days in knee deep snow in trail shoes, and you don’t want to complete a speed traverse of the Drakensberg in hiking boots.

For me - shoes are generally the right answer for anything South Africa has to throw at you. Shoes are lighter and give you more mobility (plus your wallet thanks you) - but I rarely carry more than 10kg total pack weight, which makes boots very impractical.