I recently picked up a pair of these - Merrell Phaser Peak Hiking Boots. I decided to go with a leather boot, which is a little heavier, but better for cold weather camping (which is what I will be doing mostly). Pair these with some nice Thorlo Socks, and I will be able to cross streams and still have my feet be warm and dry.
It is always a good idea to get your boots (and socks) in advance, and break them in together well before a hike.
Next post we will discuss cookware, stoves, and cuisine.