Scaling New Heights
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
What do your feet like? My rule of thumb is to be picky about footwear. I have yet to find a pair of trailrunners as comfy as my full boots, and so I do most of my hikes in boots. That and my trailrunners even though well ventilated develop a horrific stench on a mild day while my leather boots with odour eaters tend to fare better even on a hot one. When my boots stopped being waterproof, I ended up ordering from Europe just to get the same brand and style again.
While I haven't done the WTC I've done many similar trails here on the island, and when mud happens, you want to be prepared. So yea, unless you wear goretex high cut trailrunners with good gaiters expect to have muddy wet feet. And even then, sometimes that's not enough.
Work on your dayhikes, really test your boots. You should know how your feet fare before you go on a big hike. And sometimes the boot doesn't matter, it's all about how your feet handle the trip. That said, my partner always had problems with footwear until getting super picky buying footwear and is much happier now. Footwear shouldn't kill your foot, you just might not have found the right shoe yet. Don't accept less than perfect footwear. Sometimes you also have to bite the bullet and go up a price category in footwear.
Last edited by Lythe; 04-18-2017 at 02:51 AM.
Reason: Edit: and sometimes it isn't the boot but the insole.. if you need orthotics, then that is what makes or breaks your feet.