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Not sure if the hiking you're doing requires a boot or a shoe? Consider the length, terrain, and weight you'll be encountering on your journey. Bigger jobs require sturdier footwear. A short day hike will only require the solidity of a firm hiking shoe. Longer hikes -- and hikes over rockier and uneven terrain -- will need boots that offer more support, particularly for the ankle. Also, if you will be carrying a heavy load such as a backpack or firewood, etc., boots are probably your best bet.