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I see that many people use trail runners on the Camino Frances. Are they just as suitable for the Aragones or is a hiking shoe/boot better? Planning on a late Sept. start.


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LePuy, Frances, Aragones, Ingles, Vezelay, Toulosana, Muxia, Fisterra, Portugues, Sanabres
The Camino Aragones is the same blend of trail and road as the Camino Frances, so use the same footwear.


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Hi, I've recently being walking on the Camino Aragonese and would definitely recommend a harder hiking boot, there are lots of tracks with rocks and loose stones on this camino which are much harder to negotiate with a softer shoe. Thanks
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Agree with Ronan on this one. There are some detours on the Aragones that are definitely 'off piste'. For example, the route up to the monastery is quite rough. I always wear boots and have never used trail runners so can't (and wouldn't anyway) give advice, but it is something to bear in mind if you choose to avail yourself of the detours.


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2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
Walked it twice with my wife and we both wore trailrunners each time, through rain, mud, snow, and heat. Yes, some portions are a bit rough but I’d rather wear a shoe that really works for 95% of the trail rather than a heavier boot designed for brief sections.

However, as most things on the Camino, your personal comfort and past experience really dictates the choice.
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Vacajoe, I totally agree with you on this. I walked it this summer in blistering heat as well as rainy days. In shoes. I also took the monastery detour. Yes it was rough and steep in some places but I didn't miss my boots for one second. Neither did my partner who also used good quality shoes. We also used poles to reduce the risk of tripping over with sprained ankles or worse as a result. That combination worked well.
So it's about personal preferences. In my opinion the only day that could warrant boots is the day one can take the detour and walk up to the monasteries. But only if it was in spring or autumn where the weather can be wet and cold and the path slippery. Or if you walk that detour without poles.
There are also some places further on where the path is narrow and slightly overgrown with grass. There you will get wet shoes in rainy weather or in the early morning until the dew disappear. But I wouldn't wear boots just for that. Instead I would consider gaiters for walking in the spring or autumn, or if the weather forecast predicts a rainy week.
But again, that's just my opinion, others might think differently.
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CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
I wore trail runners twice on the Aragones with no problems.


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I wore trail runners twice on the Aragones with no problems.
Annie, I agree with you. The military says that 1 pound on your foot equals 5 pounds on your back. Watching people on 2 caminos and many years in the cascades,it would seem that wearing boots are a thing of the past. Maybe 1 out of 50 are wearing boots,and these are usually older people who wear what they have always worn. As always,this is a personal choice,and we are all free to do and wear what pleases us.

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