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What is the difference between Trekking & Hiking Boots and Shoes

Check this article. Before Buying a Trekking or Hiking Boot or shoes


WHERE TO USE Mountaneering, Heavy Backpacking, Walking in dry snow Hiking through a rough terrain, trekking with a light backpack. Best for daypacking too.
BREATHABILITY the breathability is really poor,If made out of leather but with newer waterproof materials used nowadays, it has significantly improved. The ones made out of leather will keep the moisture and sweat from your feet inside. Make sure to use oils to keep the feet from blisters. Depending on the shoes, the breathability is pretty good, but again that would depend on the model you pick. There are some models, which are better at allowing fresh air inside and keeping your feet dry. If there isn’t a special linen to keep the moisture from getting out, you should be fine.
DURABILITY Trekking -Hiking boots are obviously the better choice if you are looking for durability and when compared side to side with the hiking shoes from the same manufacturer with the same name, they would last approximately 25% more or an average of 1000+ miles. Hiking shoes might have a lot of advantages over boots, but with about 750 miles less of a lifespan, they are not the right choice for you if you’re gonna be hiking a lot. If you buy footwear for trekking often, then the costs could really add up, but that being said, you’ll probably have a pair of both shoes and boots if you do a lot of hiking so it’s more of a choice that depends on the type of outdoor person you are.
UNDERFOOT PROTECTION Excellent Good or moderate in most models, excellent in others models.
AGILITY & SENSITIVITY Sensitivity of hiking boots is not great and that’s something that you can expect, considering the amount of underfoot protection and ankle support you get. Imagine the agility of a tank compared to the agility of an everyday car. Well it’s pretty much the here except for the tanks and cars. The higher the weight, durability and support you have, the lower the sensitivity and feel you get. Sometimes you simply have to trade whichever one’s least valuable to you. The hiking shoes provide much more movement to both your ankle and their out sole is also usually also more agile and allows the your feet to move more naturally while you’re out on the trail. It’s not like you are wearing one of those monkey like shoes, with the outlined toes, but still you get plenty of feel that lets you move with more confidence on trails which demand more from you.
WATER RESISTANCE Some leather hiking boots are so well waterproofed that you can basically walk in water and not get your feet wet. That really depends on the maker and the linen used to waterproof them if the boots are not made from leather. Obviously hiking boots are no submarines, so you should avoid getting in ankle deep waters and allowing it to flow in. The water resistance of hiking shoes is moderate and you should really consider getting in water with shoes that you aren’t really sure of. The quality you can expect is greater with some brands though. Merrell, Asolo and Keen are known to make fantastic waterproof hiking shoes.
SUPPORT Couldn’t be any better. I don’t think there are boots that offer better support than the ones for hiking. May be snowboarding and skiing boots, but that’s another subject. Could be better, the people that choose shoes instead of boots are using them for a different type of hikes and trekking.
QUICK RECAP The hiking boots are best if you do heavy hiking and need extra support for your body, which is wearing a heavy backpack. They are also better for colder weather and will let you hike an average of 25% more. or 250 miles more. For the people of Europe that translates to about 400km, which is a significant difference. Hiking shoes are better for light trail walking, they’ll serve you really well if you like camping, but so will any other type of boots for that matter. They are really comfortable though and offer a better overall breathability compared to the boots. They also offer better feel and work well for hiking in rain.