Are beefy hiking boots worth the extra weight or are trail running shoes good enough? Which do you prefer?
My Salomons work great for me because they have a big toe box, BUT your your boots must work for YOU! Try them on at REI or wherever you are shopping and keep them on for an hour or so while shopping. If your hike will have hills, make sure the place you are buying the boots has some device where you can put your foot on an incline and decline (most important). Whatever socks you use (I love Thorlo), have them on when you try on your boots. Wear them daily for 2 - 6 weeks before your trip. Starting a trip with blisters on day one will ruin the entire trip. Then, HAVE FUN!!!