We will be cruising Alaska on 9/1/18. What is the best type of footwear to bring if the weather is rainy/muddy? Are hiking shoes enough or should we look into hiking boots (that come over the ankle). Not planning on strenuous activity, just whale watching, clam bakes, White Pass train, walking around town, etc. TIA
Best footwear for Alaska
Sounds like you will be doing shore tours similar to the ones we did. I wore my "rubber duck" shoes because of the mud and found them quite adequate. There wasn't any need for over the ankle support. Enjoy your cruise!
I was comfortable in a well-worn pair of hiking boots, while my wife was perfectly happy with a pair of tennis shoes (it was dry and not muddy during our port days).
If you don't plan on any rugged hiking (and know there is no chance you will want to) then tennis shoes would probably be good enough. If you think you may decide to try and hike up the side of that mountain after all, you may want to have a good pair of boots.
I would check weather forecasts when it's time to pack and then decide. If you aren't going on any hikes, a couple of pair of good walking shoes would be fine if the weather is going to be dry. The ones AuntPinkie posted a picture of will not take up much extra room in your luggage for any rainy days you may encounter.
Now, in the event you are coming on up to Central Alaska and going to entertain some trail or mountain type hike adventures, particularly when streams are to be crossed, then by all means bring and use hiking boots. Here is a shot of mine that I have been trying to break in for three years (The older you get the harder it is to break them in and don't ever try to use them before that.) Anyway, these are the light weight variety and about all I can use anymore, except for my already broke in years before more heavier ones, that have hard toes on them for the chain sawing; but they certainly don't look as pretty as these do. Also my older ones have features for heavy ice climbing clamps.
I agree with Kennicott. I usually just my Reebox or Sketchers. The only thing I might add is maybe some water resistance would not hurt. Enjoy Alaska it is a beautiful place.
Do what the grizzlies do.......go ( get ready for it ) Bear foot !
Oh stop groaning !