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If your boys are young, and won't be spending a lot of time actually walking on the trail, you can invest in a good pair of sneakers and forgo the boy's hiking boots. However, as your boy's get older; don't scrimp when it comes to boy's hiking boots.
Buy the best boots you can, because they need the support and stability, especially if they are carrying packs. Hiking boots have soles that grip rocks and ripples in the trail, while most sneakers slip, which could injure your child.
Many of the top manufacturers offer the same boots for adults and children, so find a brand that fits your family and you can even all have boots that match!