(As you might know) Still a boot wearer. Tried trail shoes last year on a fairly tough hill walk but my legs weren't too keen. Probably just a case of needing to adapt, but asmy body is going thru a few changes I'm playing it safe atm. Very impressed with what I've heard about the dexshell socks, very tempting for future purchases. I've been using the army goretex liners in my boots (in very wet conditions) with good results. Dry feet after hours of rain, sodden grass and bog. I have to wear a halfsize too big, which means there's a bit of excess which needs to be tucked in just right or blisters might form. Because this works (for £5) I'm a little reluctant to spend money on yet more socks (besides I 'need' other things ). The trail shoes will hopefully get more outings this year but not with a pack (yet). @Shetlandbreeder: decent gaiters should help.