Light hiking boots are usually meant for the novice or the hiker with some previous experience. Light weight hiking boots are ideal for light hikes where you may not have to carry heavy equipment or stuffed backpacks. Due to their light weight, these hiking boots are flexible and with limited support.
Usually, light hiking boots have an upper leather mesh and are breathable. Some book makers also provide whole leather, waterproof uppers.
The more experienced hiker who attends multi-day hiking trips over various terrains and who carries a heavy-weight backpack containing supplies for the length of the trip is advised to wear more complex hiking boots. These boots generally boast a waterproof leather upper and offer support, stability and cushioning. These boot are technically sound and may be a touch expensive.