CAN IT BE DONE?
Is it even remotely possible to find a nice looking pair of hiking boots?
It's not like walking on the sidewalk, usually specialty hiking shoes are for people who hike as a hobby and travel rigorous terrain. Better quality shoes improve the distance you can travel, and mitigate the risk of injury over rough terrain. Safety is very important, especially when you're in a remote area.
If you have a backpack on you will need hiking boots. If you are bushwacking you will need hiking boots. If there is inclement weather you will need hiking boots. If you are walking on a street you will not need hiking boots.
Not this guy, but there are plenty of people who hike long distances with packs and no hiking boots. I've covered a lot of ground on the Appalachian trail and have seen lots of people that use running shoes. Check out the writings of Ray Jardine, he's an expert and suggests running shoes with the tongues cut out.
honestly i think hiking boots look pretty dope in a normcore sort of way. like if you paired them with skinny jeans and a nice tee or sweater or anything really it'd look cool. basically as long as the rest of your fit is good, the hiking boots will look more intentionally unaesthetic instead of making you look like an autist who's wearing fucking hiking boots
Yes, I've wanted to cop pic related for years now and put together a trainhopperpunkcore fit but I haven't yet. Almost bought them so many times.
>I've covered a lot of ground on the Appalachian trail
The highest point on that trail is a little over 6,200ft, that is literally nothing compared to what you would face out west. How can you honestly expect to give advice based on your limited experience.