Hi REI Employees!
So all my life, I've been an urban city type of guy. I've only started hiking recently - and by that I mean I've hiked maybe exactly 2x - Mt Washington (didn't reach the top) and in Dolly Sods (West Virginia). Both times I was grossly unprepared - I didn't have the right shoes and hiking in running sneakers made it downright difficult.
I'm in the market for a pair of hiking shoes - ones that are appropriate all year round for most parts of the AT - but particularly NY & NJ areas which to my understanding are rocky. My budget peaks at $200. I am a size 8 in normal shoes, and primarily walk with weight going to the ball of my foot. My podiatrist has said that I have high arches.
What shoes would you recommend?