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Hello. Those might be boring questions for regulars but despite my best efforts, I am *overwhelmed* by the amount of information regarding hiking shoes. I have always done my hiking with plain running shoes. Never had any serious problem with it, sure my feet may feel tired at the end of the day, and I may have blisters at time, but I always assumed that it comes with walking constantly for 12-18 hours.
Since I have two planned "expedition" coming up, I read up on hiking shoes, and now I am completely lost. Most makers have 20+ models for various use and I'd like to be able to narrow down a little before I head to the shop.
Expedition 1: Mt Fuji:
Going up will involve stepping on big rocks, while going down will involve a lot of scree / gravel. The round trip is only about 12km, although the elevation is about 1500m. I will try to keep my load within 8kg.
Expedition 2: Shikoku Pilgrimage:
I will not undertake this for another 3 months, so to be honest, I do not have all the details. But I know that the distance for this one is about 1200km. It won't be all flat, but I believe it should all be paved road. This expedition will take over a month and though I will never be too far from civilisation, I will still need to carry more clothes, food etc. at any time.
I'd like the lightest shoes I can get away that provide enough support for the two expeditions. In neither case, I should not need to walk in large puddle of water, but I can expect rain. My feet is on the wide side.
Based on the provided information, could I get away with trail shoes, or should I aim for mid-cut hiking boot? Since I am not doing any wild off trail trekking, I am assuming that I will not need anything "heavy duty".
I have come across various brand during my research (Meindl, Asolo, Lowa, La Sportiva, Raichle, Kayland, Vasque, Scarpa and Salomon). I understand they have their characteristic when it comes to foot shape, but I can not find information on all of them. Which ones are favoured for wider feet, and could anyone short list a couple of models for me to try?
I am also not sure whether Gore-Tex is worth it or not. Cost is not the issue, but as I understand, they do have their pros and cons.
Which brands are reputable for jackets? I am particularly interested in something that is strong against the wind with minimum bulk. I quite lazy when it comes to carrying a jacket (I can usually get away with it due to well above tolerance to low temperature), so it is important that the jacket is both light enough that I have no excuse not taking with me, while providing the best performance within it's limitations.
Thanks in advance :)