I'm looking for some suggestions or direction as far as buying a pair of shoes or boots for hiking. Mostly looking for something that works well in the pacific northwest, for both on and off-trail hiking through the Cascades.
I don't really know what I'm looking for beyond that, other than all my current footwear options no longer work.
I have a pair of lightweight Bates boots, but the soles fell off. They also had horrible traction when climbing up fairly steep dirt/mud trails. Decent boots otherwise, just not for hiking.
My running shoes were ok. Traction was much better than the boots, and the cushioning was kind of nice. The soles eventually fell off of these too, and they didn't have much for ankle support when going across a hill.
The best shoes I've used were actually a pair of napa leather driving shoes. They were very flexible, and gripped very well. They just sometimes rotated around my foot, and caused my ankle to roll a bit. Eventually the rubber wore through, and now they leak water.
And I have a pair of Mickey Mouse boots, which are great in the snow, but definitely not for hiking any other time.
Given all that, it seems like what I want is something very flexible with minimal cushioning, like the driving shoes, but with the durability and ankle support of boots.
But really, I know basically nothing about hiking boots or shoes, so, suggestions?