If you are at hiking or you are changing routines and are going for new backpacking experiences, then you are looking for a new set of hiking footwear.
Usually, most people will go to a store, figure out what would look cooler to wear, shoes or boots, and then find one that fits. Unfortunately, unless you get really lucky, you probably just bought something that is going to cause you blisters, hot spots and other unpleasant things to your feet.
Rugged feet and pain is not part of hiking
Some hikers, especially the ones with the least experience, may think that it only natural to get blisters on your feet after walking for miles. Actually, it is only natural for it to happen if you are wearing shoes and socks that don't fit either to you or your trail.
Simply put, just as you would get tired and your feet filled with blisters if you wore boots on a beach during a summer day, or you would get frostbites if you wore flip-flops in the snow, you have to know that not every footwear is designed with the same purpose in mind.
And here comes the most important question when it comes to choosing your footwear. What are you going to use it for. There are no best hiking boots in general, but there can be for specific adventures. You will have to consider the terrain you are going to expect, the weather and the temperature you are going to face, how long is the hiking trip is going to get and of course how much are you going to carry.
If you lack the experience, or you want to try something better fitting, you can always ask the store owner for input and advice. If he is able to ask you all of the above questions, then he probably knows what he is doing and will help you pick the best choice.
Experience also plays a role in the footwear you use
Experienced hikers have well, more years of walking on rough terrain under their belt. So they have feet stronger and better adjusted to it. People new to hiking, should always consider getting boots with additional support to the ankles and the rest of the foot.
Of course that means the boots are going to be a little stiffer, so it would be wise to break the in before you wear them on a hike.
Other time your body is going to get used to the strains of hiking and adapt to it. So as you gain more experience you will want to change the kind of boots you are using. However, all in due time.