If i am wearing a diminished profile road shoe i will on average choose for ankle socks, but otherwise mid/crew length are my preference. Taking off your hiking boots and dipping your feet in a cool stream can feel amazing after some hard hiking. Put some outfits or pillow along with in order to avoid damage of the shoes. Also, ensure the cleaning solution you are using is gentle on the fabric. Otherwise, it might damage along with or put a mark on the shoes. If you don't desire to cut the shoelaces, there's an alternative solution way.