Not all hiking boots are the same.
And finding boots designed for a specific type of hiking can go a long way toward making the experience pleasurable.
Here are some brief guidelines to the types of hiking boots available.
Trail shoes: Made for hiking in dry weather and on well-established paths. High quality trail shoes are best suited for day-hikes and carrying a light day pack.
Trail hikers: Designed for sturdiness, trail hikers are good for tackling inclines and muddy paths. Higher-cut waterproof boots offer further support and protection from unexpected surprises on a trail, such as protruding limbs and rocks.
Mountaineering: With rugged wear and tear in mind, this type of strong boot provides solid ankle support when taking on difficult terrain — whether vertical or horizontal.
Source: L.L. Bean