I've been on hikes where you have to rent special shoes to tread knee deep in water for miles with huge rocks underneath. They offered great traction and protection. Beside those extreme conditions does one really need to wear hiking shoes on ordinary trail hikes? I went hiking couple of days ago in my running shoes and they felt way better than my hiking shoes. Plenty of support and response, not to mention energy saving due to better ease of walking. What do hiking shoes supposedly offer? What's your experience?