There is a difference between the hiking shoes and hiking boots which many of us are not aware of. They differ in their looks, feel, touch and of course the materials they are made from. Hiking shoes or casual hiking sandals are generally preferred by people for short trails and small treks and hikes because they are not heavy like the boots and hence serve the purpose of short trips. These sandals just cover only the foot part and look just like normal shoes that are worn by us every day for other regular purposes. While boots are a little heavier and bigger when compared to these sandals or hiking shoes. They look a little extended and extend to cover even the ankles and hence keep them protected from external forces.
But these short-lived shoes do not compromise in any of the features offered by the hiking boots. They come with strong soles, hard touch on the ground and hence serve the hiking purpose to an extent like the tough hiking boots. So I would recommend getting the best lightweight hiking boots or sandals that would not only help you walk or hike for long but also keep it light and soft for your toes and foot. These sandals also come in stitched materials and they come as a better option in place of the others because they help the legs breathe easily at the same time keep them safe and soft.
The word boot generally means a shoe that is a little heavy and sturdy than the other normal shoes. These are made to be tough and rough to help the user in walking a long distance without disturbing or affecting his trip and helps him reach the destination without any troubles to his foot or toes. So always go for the ones that would help you have the best hiking experience.