What...have you been a die-hard heavy leather boot freak? Me, too!
Ok, I can tell you my experience with this venture so far. I got that free pair (via my volunteer work) of Merrell Moab Ventilators, a lowcut hiking shoe. The longest hike I have done so far in one day in them is 17 miles, and that was after I told everyone they weren't much good after 10 miles.
And, I was right: 10 miles is really about the edge of their capability. They have NO support. My left foot still hurts, and that was a week ago, so all this week I have not hiked, I have only biked.
So, unless I can find some insoles with arch support, or perhaps a better brand, such as Salomons, I am going to have to stick to the leather clodhoppers when hiking that far. I am looking at some Vasque Breeze boots that Campmor had in my size (a very rare size to find--narrow width) and hope they still have them in stock when I get my student grant money in August. I am going back to clodhoppers, but need a lighter pair.
There is a point of no return unremarked at the time in most lives. Graham Greene The Comedians
A clean house is a sign of a misspent life.