Hiking sandals are a must for every woman’s wardrobe, but it is a good idea to add a pair of walking shoes for women who like being outdoors and also a pair of boots or hiking shoes for women who like to hit the trails on the weekends.
The main difference between walking shoes for women and women’s hiking boots is in the ankles. Hiking shoes for women don’t offer ankle support or protection against scratches, whilst these are big features of hiking boots in Australia.
Considering hiking sandals again, these are ideal for a day at the beach or for a short jaunt through the bush. For a day trekking in the bush you either need a good quality pair of hiking shoes for women or hiking boots for women (these are great if you are backpacking).
The best idea is to have one pair of hiking sandals, a pair of walking shoes for women and then decide if you want to add hiking boots to your hiking gear when you start to tackle really rough terrain.