I wrote and article this morning that is a summation of all my thoughts on footwear for hiking in the "other" three seasons. Not the summer and then some definition, but spring, fall, and milder winter conditions (ie no skiing, mountaineering, or extreme cold). Ie what most of us do.
The text is not short, but will I hope be useful to some. It can be found here: http://bedrockandparadox.blogspot.com/2010/10/backcountry-footwear-for-other-three.html