I am considering foregoing hiking boots for the first time on our YS trip in June. They are heavy and hurt my feet especially my toes on the downhill after a couple of hours even though they definitely fit. We will fly, and they take up too much room in our luggage.
Last year, I wore my hiking boots and brought my tennis shoes in my backpack while hiking in Zion. I ended up mostly wearing my tennis shoes and carrying my hiking boots. I was so much happier and lighter on my feet.
What do you think?