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  1. L

    Distinguishing “Normal Pain” from Potential Injury

    Hi all! I am five days into my first Camino. I did not train (but am in my 30s and in decent shape — can easily walk or hike 15 km and run 8 km). However, my feet — especially my right one — are very sore after a day of doing 20-30 km on the Camino. It’s generalized pain — outside, arch...
  2. BrianLCrabtree

    How many pairs of shoes did you go through?

    Did you walk your entire Camino in the same pair of shoes? I generally get about 500 km or so from a pair of running shoes. Should I expect the same from the shoes I use on the Camino? If you bought new shoes along the way, did you have problems with a break-in period? I'm planning for 2023...
  3. J

    Gore tex shoes or boots?

    Do you think that shoes or boots with Gor Tex is necessary? What is you experience on the Camino?
  4. trecile

    Great lightweight slide sandals for albergues at Dollar Tree

    I found some great, super lightweight slides perfect for albergues at the Dollar Tree Store today! The pair that I bought in women's size large (40-41) only weighs 4.7 ounces/131 grams! As a comparison, I have some knockoff Birkenstock EVA sandals which weigh 7.5 ounces/212 grams for the pair...
  5. F

    Vasque boots

    It seems a lifetime ago, but prior to my first camino I was dealing with the question of footwear and a friend had a pair of high end Vasque boots that were too small for her. Before she took them back to REI she suggested I try them as an option for my coming Camino. The size seemed correct...
  6. woody66

    Brooks Glycerin.

    Hi everyone! Well three of us have just been to a small local running shop where the guy(the owner) was so knowledgeable and so patient;we were there for two and a half hours all of us found and brought shoes. I had walked about six and a bit miles before going,it was stinking hot,carried my...
  7. Rebequa

    Has anyone tried Silverlight hiking socks?

    I love my Icebreakers, Smartwools, Wrightsocks, and Darn Toughs, but I just ran across a hiker's review of these Silverlight socks: Has anyone tried them? This graphic is from their website:
  8. davebugg

    Test and Assessment of Armaskin Socks as Blister Protection

    ArmaSkin Socks for Blister Prevention Entering Blister Discussion Season, there are a couple of reposts of what I had previously written which may be helpful. I will also post my assessment of Engo anti-blister patches later in a separate thread. First, let me say that I have no vested...
  9. Eve Alexandra

    Hot weather camino questions

    Nervously venturing into planning, and hoping for the best, but no plane tickets purchased yet. My last camino was in March, and the one that got canceled in 2020 was also scheduled for March. Now I'm considering an August-September walk, SJPP-Finisterre, and I am trying to determine what to...
  10. C

    Policeman’s Heel / Foot Pain

    Hi there! I have a very swollen heel by my Achilles’ tendon, it gets more swollen as the day goes on but only hurts at the beginning of the day / after a break. I think this is called Policeman’s heel. All online advice says best way to heal is Resting, elevating and icing the heel. Does anyone...
  11. kirkie

    A new take on shoes

    I have just read an article on the (current) ultimate in green running shoes. Not totally relevant, but an interesting approach to recycling wearable items. Could come to walking shoes yet! I attach a link to the shoe company, not the article.
  12. lt56ny

    Best shoe for Planter Fasciitis

    I came across this story about the best shoes to wear for people who suffer from this. I don't. Just posting it as a service. It came up on my News app called Flipboard. I had never heard of this website so I went to MediaBias Fact Check. An excellent site that tries to be as objective as...
  13. peregrina2000

    Is this a new type of shoe? “Hybrid hiker”

    Or is it just a “trail runner on steroids”? Do our shoe gurus have any first hand knowledge? If you don’t want to read...
  14. F

    Checked the “toe issues” threads... this one is not addressed (so far)

    So... I generally wear Keen boots, Keen hiking sandals, and Altra Lone Peak trail runners. I never, ever have an issue with the sandals, even with the hard toe-cap. I do not have an anatomically challenging foot. My toes are all of the usual orientation; the second is not longer than the rest...
  15. Robo

    Video: How to Avoid Blisters - It Can be Done

    OK, this should create some 'Healthy' debate. :) This is what works for me. 3 Caminos, 2,000 kms or so and about 100 days on Camino. Not ONE blister. Same for my wife Pat. (I'm tempting fate just saying that) Not saying it's the only approach of course, just one that I have found works...
  16. Robo

    Trail Runners I'm Looking at

    Hi Everyone. After 3 Caminos in Salomon Boots, I'm going to convert to Trail Runners. I love my boots and have never had a blister in them, but sadly I need to change. Due to bad knees, I need to reduce the weight on my feet. I've been along to a Professional Sports Footwear store for some...
  17. davebugg

    Considerations about Gear and Clothing Recommendations

    Foreword Note: I know this is a wordy post. :-) For those who want to avoid the entire read, and get right to the conclusion, you can skip down to where you see +++ Many of you know that a large part of my life has been as a so-called 'expert' who is hired by backpacking gear and clothing and...
  18. William Garza

    Barefoot training

    When i was a young person, i would go everywhere unshod in all weathers and conditions. And my feet were like what a cave dudes would have been..rough,calloused and tough. I read about blisters and wondered if a tough foot would not hold off blistering? Been mulling bare footed walk training to...
  19. FRM

    Altra Lone Peak All-WTHR mids - first impression

    The new Altra Lone Peak All WTHR mids are available. Lone Peaks are a popular shoe/boot on the Camino both for their light weight and the zero drop soles. This is the water resistant version. They replace the Lone Peak RSM mids and continue Altra’s aversion to vowels... Mine arrived a few days...
  20. C clearly

    Why do my feet hurt? Metatarsal tales

    I am focusing these days on keeping up or increasing my regular walking - whether for health in general or for another Camino. On another thread, I was struck by the following comment, which I think many of us can identify with. I've had some foot issues over the years and want to encourage...