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Boots or Trainers?

Discussion in 'Equipment Questions' started by CaminoJohn, May 19, 2011.

  1. CaminoJohn

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    I am preparing for my 3rd camino. Previously I have worn leather boots. This time I thought I would lighten my load and possibly increase my comfort by wearing trail sneakers or trainers. The pair I bought are partly leather with a mesh type weaving between....Here's the problem, I live in a desert and I have noticed as I walk that the mesh is acting like bellows...each step is sucking in dust!!! At the end of 5 hours walking my feet inside a liner and then a sock are filthy!
    Has anyone walking in trainers on the camino experienced such problems? Is it just my home environment?! I can always wear my boots again!

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    falcon269 No commercial interests Donating Member

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    You could walk only in the mud on rainy days. Voila. No dust problem.

    The dirt is the downside of sandals and mesh footwear. There are a lot of lightweight hiking shoes/boots that are not so prone to letting in dirt. You could consider them, or just plan on having dirty socks, which may not be a huge problem; they often are washed daily by pilgrims. Leather boots have their own problems, so you likely are faced with choosing between two non-optimum options.

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    Thanks Falcon! I have extremely wide feet and am limited to mostly New Balance for shoes and boots. I think I will be ok with the cross trainers... I think it is my environment..but I was just wondering if any one else on the camino had experienced this "bellows" effect. My feet,not just socks, are getting filthy!

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    My husband and I both wore trail running shoes on the camino. The only day that I remember having really dusty feet was the long day on the roman road.

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    I wore New Balance Trail Shoes on all my walks.
    I loved them.
    No breaking in.
    And even if it got VERY rainy, they were always dry by next morning.

    I LOVE NEW BALANCE SHOES! :lol:

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