Ok, for years I've been reading about the lightweight hiking movement and many people hiking in trail shoes and trail runners. I've always thought it fine for those lucky sods that live in California or hike the Pyrenees, but for the UK, the wet ground and regular rain, it seemed daft and you'd just end up with wet feet all the time, which is miserable. Well, having been seeing so many people on here espousing the benefits of them, I've been giving it a try by taking the dogs for their morning walk round the fields in my trail runners. Every morning my shoes, trousers and feet get soaked and I'm spending the morning with cold wet feet which is, as I've always found, miserable. A pair of lightweight boots and gaiters just seems so much more sensible for places like dartmoor or anywhere else in the UK unless the weather's been dry for a few weeks. Of course, you might end up with wet feet once in a while if you fall in a bog or have to cross a deep stream but, at least for me, that's always been a fairly rare thing, even on dartmoor, I've normally been able to keep my feet dry for days on end. Am I missing something about hiking in shoes or do you all just put up with having cold wet feet all the time in exchange for a bit less weight on your feet?