@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.