Since the weather is starting to get nice out again, I want to start hiking. So I'm looking for some hiking shoes but not sure what brand would be good. I don't want something cheap but nothing real expensive either, probably around the $75 range. I'm overweight so something that will hold up to the extra weight also. Then, should I get shoes or boots? I'm thinking boots for ankle support in case I step wrong. Any insight would be great. Also, what would you bring in a pack? I'll start out with short walks so I won't need much, but what are the necessities besides an ESEE? lol. I appreciate any info. Thank you.