Hiking Shoes, or Hiking Boots?

The question was:

I have read a lot of conflicting information – some say a good pair of hiking boots is required, especially if you are going in the Winter or Spring. Other sites say that hiking boots are overkill and that hiking shoes, or even a good pair of running shoes are sufficient. What do you think?

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Do I need to book ahead?

The question was:

I am going to be doing the Camino from SJPP from 21st September 2011 to Santiago (allowing myself 40 days) and I was wondering if it is essential to book accommodation in advance. Your comments on this would be appreciated as I’m not sure how far I will manage each day so don’t quite know where or when I will be at certain destinations. Any suggestions?? :?:

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