Whenever I head off to more popular mountains for a day hike, I always spot people wearing proper mountaineering boots (B2 rated alpine boots) on terrain which clearly doesn't require it.
Is there something particularly romanticized about the thought that should you feel like it, you can go up Mont Blanc anytime? Are sales people just really good at pushing these expensive and fancy looking boots to unsuspecting buyers who want to make sure they get "the best they can afford"... even though it is inevitably the entirely wrong boot for the job.
For the most part, B2 boots are really uncomfortable for long distances, and unless you need to cover difficult terrain (and not difficult because it makes you tired, but actually technically demanding), you are better off with a lighter, more flexible mountain boot (B0). I get by just fine doing winter mountaineering in the UK with stiff B0's and flexi crampons when I know I have a long walk-in, yet I see so many people slogging up easy snow covered trails wearing stuff I would only take into the alps.
To be fair this seems to be more of an issue in the UK than from what I have noticed in North America.... perhaps UK sales people are just really good!
Or am I missing something/doing something wrong???!!!!
Rant over :)