I'm very new to/inexperienced at hiking, and I got invited to an impromptu, 7-mile hike tomorrow at Alamere Falls (places online say it's "intermediate difficulty"). I've only gone on what I think are really easy hikes before. I'm not a runner either. This might be relevant as well: I do walk barefoot rather frequently (e.g. I don't wear shoes in the house, and often not at my desk job either).
My problem lies in my footwear: I somehow misplaced my hiking boots when moving. This leaves me with a few options, and I'm wondering what is best.
For a camping trip a month or so ago, I bought some Vibram FiveFingers (the outdoors kind, http://us.vibram.com/shop/fivefingers/men/outdoor/trek-ascent/M47.html). I wore them for the whole weekend, and it was very comfortable. I did a tiny bit of a trail, but generally walked quite a bit (and danced a little too).
I also have some non-hiking boots (http://www.j75shoes.com/mens/boots-chukkas/d-day-black-black/).
Finally, I have some old tennis shoes, but the soles are pretty messed up and they have very little traction.
Assuming I can't find any hiking boots to borrow by tomorrow, should I:
- just wear the regular boots
- wear the vibrams, but bring the regular boots
- wear the vibrams, but bring the tennis shoes
- not go
- something else