If you are planning a hiking trip, you should choose waterproof footwear that offers foot support and isolates your feet. Good hiking shoes are comfortable, prevent blisters, and offer rock-solid ankle support. The truth is that most injuries are preventable and aren’t from getting mugged by a drifter, lost in the woods, or eaten by a grizzle bear. The most common type of injury while in the mountains is broken or twisted leg or ankle.
Sneakers are great and comfortable on the foot, but they are not suited for long distances. It is better to get a pair of light hiking shoes that are designed for long-distance journeys. Opt for a low-cut model instead of high- or mid-cut footwear. The latter lack the durability and support of low-cut footwear and are designed for trips with break-in time. Another option is to get a pair of backpacking boots that come with stiff midsoles and are suitable for off- and on-trail travel. They are supportive, comfortable, and durable. Generally, the type of shoes to pack depends on whether you are planning a backpacking or hiking trip or light hiking. Go for light footwear if you are going to carry a light load.