I got the LL bean boots ...the uh. forget what they are called, but they cost me $175 and they were the best money I spent on footwear in my entire life. Footwear can make or break your trip. STAY AWAY FROM RUBBER BOOTS... imho. I hated them when I was in Costa, and I did A LOT of hiking. They don't stay dry anyway because it is raining and your are crossing streams and slipping and everything else. Get a good pair of backpacking boots.