ill post from the "young person" point of view haha, im 23 aswell with a super high arch - ive walked/bushwacked in everything from redwings ( custom fit leather work boots ), massive rubber boots with steel toes (great for walking in muskeg all day till you get in farther then the boot covers haha), to normal high boots, and into running shoes.
while wearing Boots, ive rolled my ankle 5-6times fairly bad, just due to weight and rocks/logs. while wearing running shoes i have never even come close, ( if i could wear them at work i would )
i recently bought a pair of mt 101s, i wear them trail running, walking my dog, snowshoeing in -30c weather, and im also working up to Longer distances, ( purchasing gear for longer trips right now ) They are my new favorite shoes, i wear them all day everyday doing everything, they are currently outside letting the mud dry from a walk today haha.
i have never had a blister since switching shoes,
If some one gave me gortex boots they would be up for sale the next day, i would never use them.
If the pain is really bad, go see a proper orthotic doctor and get your feet looked at, better to fix it now then to slowly kill your feet/knees/back.
Hopefully that helps somewhat, i had a few bad experiences in scouts carrying massive packs/boots that almost put me off backpacking, untill i got into surveying in northern BC, brought back the woods for me and taught me alot about proper footwear, and having fun outdoors.