A leather boot for sure.
Pay for boots, it's worth it.
In my mind, there are two schools of thought.
Some like tons of support, almost mountainering boots. These excel at steep climbs and lots of sidehilling. This isn't my preferred style, but look at something like Kenetrek or Crispi western hunting boots.
Other school of thought is more nimble, but less supportive. Beefy hikers. Imo these are perfect PA mountain boots. i don't like the super stiff soles here. You lose some support, but can navigate rocks and logs better. Quality hikers like Lowa Renegades or Salomon Quest are examples I have experience with.
Last edited by elk yinzer; 11-24-2019 at 09:21 PM.