The Sky Kaha boot by Hoka is my new favorite hiking boot. There was no break in period necessary. Right out of the box they were comfortable and after my first hike I didn’t have a single blister or rub spot on my foot or ankle. That is unheard of! I took these boots through several water crossings and the water just beads off. My foot was in the river for extended periods of time dozens of times during a hike and my feet stayed completely dry. They are so comfortable and the traction is great. I can scramble and maneuver over loose dirt without any fear of slipping.
These boots also have a great lacing system that allow you to get it nice and tight around your ankle with enough padding so it is still a comfortable fit. These boots run a little big which I thought would be a problem but it has been a huge plus. It leaves space for your feet to expand on long hikes and the extra room also keeps my toes from hitting the front of the shoe on descents. From short hikes to long, I won’t hike in anything else!