Water socks or slippers (available cheap at discount stores) are better than sandals for river crossings because gravel can't slip between foot and sole. Besides, they're lighter to carry, and slippers also work well as camp shoes.
Is there a trickier piece of gear to buy than hiking boots? Pick the wrong shoes, and you could find them rubbing you raw deep in the wilderness. Avoid common footwear-buying mistakes and find your perfect pair with our buyer’s guide.