Eric Boettcher Survivalist always teaches his students that there is no replacement for good footwear. It can make or break your adventure and quite possibly cost you your life as he recounts a story of a youth he encountered many years ago that went on a camping trip with their youth group.
Paying little attention to footwear, this youth found themselves stranded on the top of a mountain. Her toenails had been pressed up against her shoes for so long due to excessive walking in ill fitted shoes. The toenails were actually lifted off her toes crippling her from making the descent back to camp. Luckily on one of Eric's horseback riding trips he had spotted her and was able to carry her by horseback down the mountain.
What might have happened to her had she not been found by someone? This should only drive home the point of how important good footwear is. You are only as capable as you prepare for.