@YogiAT08 I agree!  I never used boots until I started doing serious backpacking.  With my small frame and a heavy weighted pack in order to carry enough food to last, boots provide much better stability.  Plus I like dry, warm feet!  Still love trail runners for day trips or maybe low boots depending on weather when the load is lighter. @Freewalkin you definitely have to try the boots on before purchase and I if you can try them on a set of stairs, etc. even better.  I find that there's no need to break boots in these days if they fit well.