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Shoes for round the world trip - suitable for hiking and running?

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I am in the early stages of planning a round the world trip and am in desperate need for some advice re shoes.

I am not much of a hiker but will be doing the Inca trail in South America which I understand is a 3/4 day moderate hike (I plan on hiring a porter so will only be carrying day supplies). The trip might also take in some of the mountain regions of northern india and some exploring in New Zealand. There is likely to be only 1-2 weeks worth of hiking in total for the whole year. On this basis I am reluctant to buy bulky and heavy hiking boots and carry them round with me all year long.

I also plan on doing some running, just on regular concrete, to try to keep fit whilst away. What I am hoping is that I can get away with one pair of shoes to serve both hiking and running purposes. I was thinking of something along the lines of trail running shoes?

Does anyone have any experience of trail runners and how they feel on flat, concrete surfaces? Would this type of shoe be suitable for hiking ie, the Inca trail?

I realise one pair of shoes cannot be perfect for both, but am hoping something exists that is "good enough" for both purposes.

It also seems like something waterproof would be a good idea (some trail runners I have seen are gore- tex) but maybe I am pushing my luck with this.

If anyone has any suggestions, advice, personal experiences to share I would be very grateful!

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