2015 Editors' Choice: La Sportiva Synthesis Mid GTX
Waterproof/breathable shoes get a lot more breathable.
Midcut hiking boots offer the freedom of low-cut without sacrificing all of the ankle stability that comes with high-cut. They are an excellent choice for day hikes and short backpacking trips, and an ideal entry-level hiking shoe. Plus, they don't take nearly as long to break-in as traditional backpacking shoes do.