Looking for hiking boot recommendations

Are beefy hiking boots worth the extra weight or are trail running shoes good enough? Which do you prefer?

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  • I've been hiking for years, and if you're hiking on anything but flat terrain, I definitely recommend boots with ankle support. (The one time I wore running shoes, I ruptured my Achilles tendon!) They make lots of light-weight boots these days. The brand is very personal -- different boots fit different feet differently, so you'll have to go to a good outdoor gear store and try them on. (Or, to possibly save some money, order them online with the intention of returning them if the fit isn't good. But don't just go for cheap boots -- you'll regret it when your little piggies start to squeal on the trail!)
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  • I've been hiking for years, and if you're hiking on anything but flat terrain, I definitely recommend boots with ankle support. (The one time I wore running shoes, I ruptured my Achilles tendon!) They make lots of light-weight boots these days. The brand is very personal -- different boots fit different feet differently, so you'll have to go to a good outdoor gear store and try them on. (Or, to possibly save some money, order them online with the intention of returning them if the fit isn't good. But don't just go for cheap boots -- you'll regret it when your little piggies start to squeal on the trail!)
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