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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  • Another thing to keep in mind, if you are new to hiking boots, in addition to the day hiker/ backpacking boot distinction, is that you may find a boot with an upper made of a leather/synthetic combination easier to break in than all leather. There are some made of nubuck type leathers and synthetics that you can wear practically from the first day. Some all leather boots may take a while to break in and in some unfortunate cases may never be broken in (it has happened to me), usually when it's too late to return them.

    Also make sure you have proper hiking socks and, if you are going to be doing a lot of hiking in conditions where your feet may sweat, consider a wicking liner sock, which will also help prevent blisters.
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  • Another thing to keep in mind, if you are new to hiking boots, in addition to the day hiker/ backpacking boot distinction, is that you may find a boot with an upper made of a leather/synthetic combination easier to break in than all leather. There are some made of nubuck type leathers and synthetics that you can wear practically from the first day. Some all leather boots may take a while to break in and in some unfortunate cases may never be broken in (it has happened to me), usually when it's too late to return them.

    Also make sure you have proper hiking socks and, if you are going to be doing a lot of hiking in conditions where your feet may sweat, consider a wicking liner sock, which will also help prevent blisters.
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