Hey guys, this spring (2013) I'm going to be hiking the length of the AT that resides in SNP. We are starting March 9, and planning on hiking 15 to 18 miles a day. My only concern right now is the cold weather and shoes. Right now I'm using New Balance All Terrain running shoes, I used these on a 5 day hike in Dolly Sods (October 5-9 Fall 2012), and they were comfortable and didn't cause any soreness in the feet.
The only thing is that we experienced constant rain, snow, sleet, and hail, and constantly hiking through mud and a couple of stream crossings. They held up great, except for when we stopped moving, my feet instantly became cold, which made camp chores a pain, especially trying to relax around camp when it wasn't raining. Although the cotton socks didn't help and I'm getting 2 pairs of smart wool socks for this hike.
So do you guys think these shoes and socks will be ok for the weeklong trip, with the cold weather? Do you guys have any other recommendations for shoes or how to help keep them dry in cold weather?