Greater comfort and freedom of movement is required when walking across lowland.
On the contrary, when mountain hiking, you will also need the support of a warm shoe
The duration of your hikes is often linked to level:
For a short period (less than 3 hours) heel cushioning is adequate
Medium to long hikes
For medium to long periods (over 3 hours) you will require built-in cushioning.
Some people plan outings dependent on good weather, others are more daring. Which category do you generally fall in?
If you only hike in good weather, you will require breathability.
If you are hiking in all weather, you will require waterproofing.