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I haven't done as much hiking this summer as I'd hoped. With my heart condition, it's become unsafe for me to hike alone, up in the high mountains, and the number of weekends my partner has been available has been pretty small.
Still did enough hiking, between dozens of hikes in the foothills and several high altitude hikes, to come to some conclusions on footwear choices. I've pretty much ruled out trail runners and low cut hikers. Might be fine for you younger guys or parts of the country where the trails aren't so rocky (They're called the Rocky Mountains for a reason), but I just feel better in boots.
Weight is still a factor. Need light boots. I'm figuring out that there are more height choices than just low, mid and high. A number of the light boots I'm looking at are in between low and mid. Ankle height? Is this enough? Don't know.
A couple brands are on my radar that weren't before. I've worn Asolo in the past, but had the impression they only made heavier backpacking boots. Not so. Adidas makes some boots that rank pretty high in most boot reviews, and the descriptions of how they fit mirrors my own opinion of what makes a good fitting boot. I've had good luck with Salomon and LaSportiva and they are still top choices. I have a couple pairs of Teva hiking boots, that I'm pretty happy with, but seems that they have gotten out of the hiking boot market.
I think I'm going to have the break down and actually buy boots in a store, where I can try them on. I'd never recommend buying footwear on line, the fit is too critical, but that is what I've been doing for quite a while. Need to follow my own advice.