Often when I do a day walk I just wear a pair of low cut hiking shoes. Only problem is that dirt, water mud etc often makes its way into the shoe and once that happens your on a fast track to discomfort.
Anyway, thought I'd look around for a small pair of gaiters and came across the Sea to Summit Tumbleweeds. They are inexpensive and work well. I compared them to a few other brands in the shop and they appeared to be better quality. They have a simple boot clip, using cord which can be easily replaced and also a sturdy lace hook. The gaiters have a large wide strip of velcro to fasten the front and two press studs to make sure that they stay closed. They also have a draw cord at the top to keep them tight on the calf.
I just managed to get the back of the gaiter over the top ankle section of the upper and it stayed there over the duration of a descent walk.
So if you after a light weight pair of gaiters check these out.