Jul 30, 2016 - 11:46 PM
in reply to offside
Welcome to the forum. Nice hikes.
<<"What footwear is best for these hikes either mountain /trail shoes or hiking boots"">
Either one. I like boots. The Eiger trail has a lot of scree, and ankle support is very desirable. ( I like to hike it downhill, by the way. The stretch above Alpiglen is a bit of a climb at that altitude).
If you are young and athletic, with no concern for your ankles, sturdy shoes with lugged soles will likely be OK.
Ankle support is good. I'd make sure to have at least one "Spazierstock'" (hiking staff) per person.
There are Swiss websites with detailed information on this issue. Do you want the links?