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I need some new footwear. I have a pait of army issue boots (got them from my friend who is in the army) and went on a 5 day backpacking trip in Big Bend. It was great, but those boots weighed me down, big time. I need something much, much lighter.

I've read many websites and books and watched youtube videos saying that some people just use a regular pair of tennis shoes from wal-mart for their backpacking trips, and they work just fine. I like this, but I think they would get pretty torn up after a while. I've also looked at some midweight to lightweight hiking boots, and they're pretty expensive.

I'm seriously leaning towards the tennis shoes, but I want to know if they really work. Obviously for winter backpacking I would use insulated boots, but with spring here and summer coming up, maybe the tennis shoes aren't a bad choice? Has anyone here ever used tennis shows on a trip? How did they hold up?

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. I've also looked at some midweight to lightweight hiking boots, and they're pretty expensive.

I'd say if there is one place you don't want to skip on equipment (actually, there are a lot of places) it would be footwear. Buy the best you can afford but make sure it fits right. Even the best boot is worthless if it doesn't fit.

As for what type, I wouldn't recommend tennis shoes although I'm sure lots of folks use them with no problem whatsoever. Much depends on your weight, the weight you're carrying and the terrain your hiking in. Many folks find a leather/fabric hiking shoe a good compromise between a regular hiking boot and an extremely lightweight shoe such as a tennis shoe.

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Depends on pack-weight carried, terrain traveled, miles per day...individual preference.

PCT hikers - trails, high miles, and small packs - usually wear Trail Runners - tennis shoes specifically designed (read cost extra) for such manly endeavors. Many choices, most of the good ones costing ~$150. When carrying under 30 pounds and on trail - these do work well. Is this what you alluded to?

Some carry more weight and/or do X-country. Here the extra support (a higher boot) may help prevent rolled ankles, thus lightweight boots preferred...$150 +.
IMHO, The costs are actually comparable.


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Depends on pack-weight carried, terrain traveled, miles per day...individual preference.

PCT hikers - trails, high miles, and small packs - usually wear Trail Runners - tennis shoes specifically designed (read cost extra) for such manly endeavors. Many choices, most of the good ones costing ~$150. When carrying under 30 pounds and on trail - these do work well. Is this what you alluded to?

Some carry more weight and/or do X-country. Here the extra support (a higher boot) may help prevent rolled ankles, thus lightweight boots preferred...$150 +.
IMHO, The costs are actually comparable.

My pack generally weighs between 25-35 pounds. I'm not going anywhere to rugged anytime soon. I'm talking places in the Texas Hill country, Lost Maples, a couple places in Arkansas, nothing too bad. I don't think the terrain I usually backpack in would tear them up too bad. Plus I'm not doing long treks or anything. A week maximum on the trail.
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i've toyed around with several lighter weight shoe options but always come back to boots. but where i backpack rough and rocky trails and countless creek crossings and puddle jumps are the norm. im my experience tennis shoes just ain't comfy on rocky terrain and in trail runners i'm constantly twinkle-toeing to get keep from getting wet feet ... PITA.

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My pack generally weighs between 25-35 pounds. I'm not going anywhere to rugged anytime soon.

For me, in that kind of terrainand  with that kind of load, I'd go with trail shoes.  But that's just me.  Like has been mentioned, it's an individual preference.  No right or wrong. Whatever works for you.

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I like the ankle support of boots. I have the vasque breeze gtx and love them, pretty light weight too.
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I'd say if there is one place you don't want to skip on equipment (actually, there are a lot of places) it would be footwear. Buy the best you can afford but make sure it fits right. Even the best boot is worthless if it doesn't fit.

As for what type, I wouldn't recommend tennis shoes although I'm sure lots of folks use them with no problem whatsoever. Much depends on your weight, the weight you're carrying and the terrain your hiking in. Many folks find a leather/fabric hiking shoe a good compromise between a regular hiking boot and an extremely lightweight shoe such as a tennis shoe.

JMO.

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Jer nails it. I'd suggest going to a brick and mortar store and trying a bunch of different stuff on to see what works for you. Maybe you won't pick anything up. But you'll eventually try something that just feels right.

Good luck
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If you want to wear tennies I say go ahead. If they don't work out you will have learned something new and can move on to something that may work better.
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