Hiking shoes... last minute decisions...
Then there were a few times where I had to cross low-level streams or rock-hop, or just be in the rain... and that's where my shoes mostly let me down... they weren't waterproof so of course my feet+socks got wet, and depending on the itinerary they might have just been wet again the next day.
In less than a week I'm headed to do a bunch of camping around the Jasper+Banff area, and I'm wondering about upgrading my shoes. The ones I'm looking at are the X-Ultra Trek which have a high ankle and goretex. I've never had waterproof shoes before, and very rarely have worn high ankle boots.
I don't know how much rain/water we'll encounter, or how much snowmelt or even snow higher up on the mountains we'll be dealing with.
My feet already sweat enough as-is, I'm worried if I get a pair of goretex boots it'll be that much worse. And I still worry about them getting wet in i.e. rain where I've heard once water gets IN a goretex shoe, it'll take that much longer to dry out. And I might encounter very little rain/puddles/snowmelt. Of course, it would also be great to comfortably walk a trail or off-trail and just walk through any sorts of puddles or mud without worrying about ruining my hiking experience.
There will be days of multi-day camping, so it's not like I could swap out a pair of wet shoes or dry them in town or something like that, if they got wet.