I shoot folks in ankles. Wear boots.
Bare feet hurt too much damn thorns.
Honestly, Its the protection and the support. I find the boots will save your bacon, ankle speaking. Derek has good points about recovering from an ankle injury, it really sucks.
The treads are different too than a hiking boot. Ops boots are better at flinging mud out from them like a snowtire, the hiking boot traps a lot of goo in them. I actually use my "Gucci Magnums" for long hikes when I go thru England and Europe on walking tours. They are also lighter than my merrels or solomons. Plus sooo much more comfy after 8 hours and 45kms.
hope this helps.
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