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  1. Lhollo

    3rd - 9th September: boots or trail runners?

    We’re walking the first section, from SJPP to Los Arcos, and aren’t sure whether to use the waterproof leather boots we own or get something new and more breathable. Our boots are great for UK weather but I expect it’ll be a lot hotter in Spain in September. What do you recommend?
  2. caminoresearcher

    Are custom inserts worth it?

    Hi everyone! I am planning my second Camino, and seeking to right some of the wrongs I made last time, for which my body paid the price. I had some pretty serious knee issues last time, and I’m thinking that an orthotic insert might help to mitigate some of that knee pain. (I’m also training...
  3. S

    Mid/Low Hiking Boots

    Hi all I am a little stuck with my footwear choosing - high or low hiking shoes.... I know there are a lot of threads, forums and blogs on footwear, but somehow hearing from people with experience will help. I won't be getting trainers or sandals as it doesn't really work this side of the...
  4. Dadhairday

    Waterproof walking shoes or not for early Spring?

    I plan to walk in trail shoes, nothing heavier. Expecting lots of rain March and April. What are experiences of gtx and similar waterproof or non-waterproof alternatives? I don’t want feet to overheat but don’t want to walk in soggy socks all day?
  5. KJFSophie

    It's Not About The Shoe...

    New pilgrims planning their trek resort to asking the age old question of what to wear for footwear. Hiking boots? Runners? Sandals? Waterproof? etc... Bottom line is what your body & feet will be comfortable in ON THE MANY TERRAINS. While a good fit, a size up is near always recommended...
  6. andywild

    footwear question for april 2018

    Hi, I am planning on walking Camino Frances in mid April 2018.. This gives me about 12 weeks to get my equipment together. My main concern is footwear for the type of terrain at that time of year, (I'm assuming there will be a fair amount of wet weather). I'm hoping to get away with spending...
  7. KatjaA

    Teva sandals in October?

    Hey all! I'm preparing for my first Camino (end of Sep. through Oct. ) and I'm getting such different advise on footwear. I'll bring my hiking booths for the road, but then it gets tricky. Tevas or light running shoes for the afternoons and evenings? How cold does it get? Thank you for all the...
  8. Gillyweb

    Sandals and rain ? Do I wear socks..... Portugues in two week's time !

    So....I feel ashamed to not know the answer to this after doing the CF twice but.....am I supposed to wear walking sandals in the rain ? With socks ? Without socks ??? What ??? I've always walked in my Berghaus lightweight high top hiking boots and they have only ever given me one blister. For...
  9. Debbye Jean

    Got My First Blister Training; Should I Get Different Shoes

    Hi All, I bought a pair of Vasque hiking boots from REI a couple of weeks ago. I have been wearing them to hike in almost every day and the last two times I hiked 10 miles with 24 pounds in my backpack I started to notice my toes were hurting. I bought some moleskin and applied that today...
  10. snowcone

    Walking in Sandals in Spring on Camino Frances

    Has anyone walked a Camino in sturdy sandals? I'm headed to SJPP in mid-April and am considering making my alternate shoe something substantial enough to walk in, should I want to change out from my normal (and admittedly, heavy) backpacking boots. I'm looking at Tevas, Chacos, etc. I see some...
  11. Jan_89

    CF - shoes

    Hello friends! I know there are a lot of threads about shoes.. Last time I used Mammut Tatlow GTX, but after a couple years I destroyed them, so now I'm looking for a new shoes! Still don't know if I should buy the same ones (because I was quite satisfied) or buy something different.. I would...
  12. Jakke

    Notes to self after my Camino

    Background: I walked the Camino Portugues in September/October of 2016. It was dry all the way. In Pedron the doctor stopped me ("Please, do come back next year -- with better shoes!"). So I bought new shoes and broke them in by going by train to Coimbra and seeing that city. No success. So...
  13. R

    Clothes needed in october

    Hi My mate and I will be cycling the Camino Frances during October. 1. Can I just use comfortable trainers, given that we'll be cycling with open pedals, or would you recommend something more specialised? 2. We'll be travelling throughout October. What clothing would you recommend we should...
  14. evanlow

    Replacement for my Crocs

    My pair of Crocs finanlly high tailed (no puns intended) and died during my last Camino in May. For over 4 years it had served me well. I use it for cycling back home when the roads are a bit wet. On the Camino they are also great for showers and evening wear (with or without socks). I even...
  15. Susan B Johnson

    2nd pair of shoes

    Hello! I'm going to be hiking the Camino Ingles in a few weeks. Does anyone ever carry a 2nd pair of shoes? I thought it might give one pair a chance to dry out. Also, if the pair on one's feet start to cause problems while hiking from one point to the next, it might be useful to have a back...
  16. Malcolm

    Different footwear for different caminos?

    There seem to be some quite strong opinions out there on the footwear question, but I wondered if anyone has used different footwear for different routes to Santiago. For example, you might have worn running shoes on the Camino Portugues, but walking boots on the Primitivo. Any comments?
  17. M

    Footwear on the Portuguese

    I went to a presentation last night and the young woman wore sneakers aka running shoes for the Camino Frances as well as the entire Appalachian trail! She firmly advised against hiking boots as heavy and blister-prone. I'd like advice given we will be doing the Portuguese and I am a 65 year old...
  18. kessey11

    Teva women's sandals

    I will be walking my first Camino on the Norte route mid June through the end of July. I am hoping to get a pair of quality sandals for the evenings, using as shower shoes, and wearing for a period during the day to give my feet a break. I have heard a lot of good things about Tevas and am...
  19. W

    Last minute footwear dilemma!

    The final countdown is on...with 6 days to go before I leave, I am having doubts about my footwear! I have been training on Salomon Comet 3D, a low rise boot. It has been cool here (below zero) and they have been good for training in Toronto. With the weather warming, my feet have been sweating...
  20. auldies

    Happy feet?

    So this morning we set off for a 28km training walk in the 30 degree celsius Brisbane heat. I had donned my toe socks and merino socks over the top and set out in my newly relaced trail runners (courtesy of my podiatrist). At about the 7km mark as my feet were starting to swell a little from...

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