HE, if you just want to keep leaves and sticks out of your shoes, try cutting down a pair of panty hose to fit over your socks and the tops of your shoes. Much lighter than about anything else you can use and you don't need the strap under your heal b/c they're elastic. And you could even carry a second pair for lighter than a regular gaiter if you're worried about durability. Multi-use as a facemask in case you run out of money.
I haven't tried this...think I saw it on WB a while back.
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