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I possibly need a new shoe/boot for a 3 month backpacking trip through Europe. I say possibly as I already have a pair of Merrel Pulse light trail shoes which have served me well on previous trip, although they have been 98% suburban walking.
Here's the deal: I start in Turkey in their spring and go through Eastern Europe then across Scandinavia to Iceland. I predict that about 60% of my trip will still be surburban and the other 40% on light trails and cross country with potential for stream crossings and some easy to moderate rock hopping.
Temps should be moderate for the first two thirds of the trip (10C-25C) and possibly anywhere from 0-25 in Iceland. A lot of the countries Ill be visiting are known for a wet spring season - so I will need something that can withstand prolonged heavy downpours.
I am travelling as light as possible (for a photographer) with a 35L pack - max 10kgs. Carrying two pairs is not an option so I kinda need a compromise between something that will be comfortable for sustained flat terrain walking (suburbs) and something that will keep my dry and offer some grip and stability going cross country.
With these in mind - would you reccomend a high cut light hiking boot, the trail shoes I already have - or something in between. I would also prefer something that is understated and possible to wear to a restaurant without looking too ridiculous - although this is the last consideration - comfort and function come first.