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I wear low-cut mesh trail runners and so far have had no issues with getting poked, even when off-trail. I do carefully watch where I step.If you'll be on a trail, you should be fine if you watch where you step. That said, a good pair of tweezers is invaluable for the occasional spine.
I found myself stationed overseas on an island in very warm waters. Being a surfer, I loved it and it was my fist experience surfing over reefs with sharp edges and lots of urchins. I went and bought some rubber wading booties and found that although they blocked a lot, I would still get urchin thorns in me. One day I forgot my booties and found that I was A LOT MORE careful when I fell in making sure I touched bottom as little as possible. When wading out, I made sure I put my foot on flat reef, not down in cracks where the pokey things were. I would occasionally still get an urchin thorn but it was actually less than when wearing booties. The booties made me feel invincible and I'd stomp around getting more thorns.I say this because of the whole boot vs trail shoe conversation. Those that say they wear trail shoes (I'm one) are quick to point out they are much more careful in watching where they tread.
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