Good hiking boots are important for an enjoyable hike. It's difficult to say what boots are best for who. The thing to do is to go to your local outfitter and try some shoes on. Hiking boots will always fill stiff for quite awhile (maybe 20 miles) and then they will finally soften up. I prefer full leather, water proof, and high ankle boots. Also, getting a good pair of hiking socks is a just to avoid blisters. SmartWhool has been great for me.