A lot of hikers believe that you need to wear leather hiking boots when you carry a heavy backpack because they provide more support for your ankles and help prevent ankle sprains. But I’ve never found any research or scientific studies that proves this to be true.
In fact, common sense holds quite the opposite, that wearing a hiking shoe, trail runner or minimalist shoe with a lower center of gravity should lead to fewer ankle rolls because your foot is closer to the ground. Unlike rigid hiking boots, hiking shoes with softer soles are more likely to provide better tactile feedback about the ground you’re hiking on, so you can adjust your stride more quickly and avoid misplaced footfalls that lead to ankle sprains.
What do you believe?