I will be in Costa Rica for 3 weeks in June and I really can't decide whether to buy hiking boots or not. The only places I understand I may need them are in Arenal/Monteverde and Corcovado. How essential are they? I have some good walking shoes (karimor) and shall be taking some old sneakers so will that be enough?
As it will be the wet season, I hear it takes a while for your shoes to dry so maybe I should have 2 pairs of sneakers as a backup, aswell as my karimors.
I've read people's suggestions of buying a pair of solomans/keens/tevas/gore-tex hikers but I'm not keen on splashing out $50+ on a pair if I only wear them a few times.
My walking shoes don't cover my ankles so I may buy some rubber boots (Campesinos) to be on the safe side whilst in Corcovado, where I hear you can get a nasty snake bite!
Also, any advice on walking socks? Due to the heat I guess I don't want to buy really thick/warm socks so was thinking of getting a cool/light pair. I have plenty of sports socks but I guess they won't be as comfortable if I go for longer hikes.