Personally, I like hiking in a good pair of work boots ...
Seems funny, but they are sturdy, have a primo Vibram lug sole (that would do great on skree, btw), and have the ankle support I want and need. And provided they fit well, they are comfortable to wear walking all day long. They are a bit heavier than many hiking "bootlets" you will see nowadays, but I can handle it.
Oh, and with a bit of Obaneufs or some such thing, they are waterproof for wading through mud, streams, and the like.
... One note: if you intend to be hiking on wet rock rather than dry, get the Vibram Gumlite lug sole ... much better traction on slippery wet surfaces (but wears out much faster.)
Be there or be square. Only I can do both!
"My lord, I will use them according to their desert."
"God's bodykins, man, much better: use every man
after his desert, and who should 'scape whipping?"
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