My own shoes are a poor example… Old wooden beavertails made by the Chestnut Canoe Company. They should be wall hangers, but I love them! Now my wife, however, I got her some fancier ones from GV. Steel crampons, heel steppers, sick ano finish. She likes them. But ya can’t glissade on hardpack with crampons! Makes climbing much better, though. Go brand name, mid range, I would say. Try it out, but like a bike, the cheapest could leave a bad taste in your mouth and turn you off of tramping.