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Boots? How to select the right ones for you

Discussion in 'Camino Frances' started by almis, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. almis

    almis New Member

    Apr 11, 2012
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    sydney, australia
    Camino(s) past & future:
    Camino Frances, Le Puy to Conques, Via Francigena
    Well, they have been such good friends along with my feet.
    300 odd kilometers along the famed Camino from Leon to Santiago, as well as two previous years of good walking. Boots are so important for a good walking journey.

    It was only when we were walking up to O Cebreiro that we encountered snow and some slush. My boots started taking on water, there must have been some cracks in the soles that allowed this. It didn’t improve, so I made the decision that Santiago would be their resting place. My boots were great in the dry, but Galicia is renowned for its wet weather.

    Now, speaking about buying boots which I’m about to, it’s both a simple and complicated matter.

    Simple part: The thing is to get a pair of boots that fit comfortably. So, first off put on your inner socks – the wicking socks, then put the cushioning socks over them. Then, if you use orthotics you need to put them in the boots underneath the inner sole (some people prefer them on top of the inner sole).

    Now you’re ready to try your boots. There are three types – walking shoes, mid-cut boots and full boots. My preference is the mid-cuts, however you should choose what suits you.

    Put your boots on and make sure they’re comfortable, but not tight. Try boots and shoes on in the afternoon when your feet have expanded. Leave some wiggle room for your toes.

    The complicated part: is that you may have to try a number of boots before you find the ones that are right for you, and this may take some time and test your patience. Nevertheless, stick at it and you should get the right boots for you. Remember to only leave the shop with your new boots if they feel comfortable. Also you can wear them around the house (inside) for a few days to make sure they're right for you. If you find that they aren't, then you should be able to return them as long as the store can resell them - that means no marks, wear or tear, and leave the labels on.

    We did arrive in Santiago and I donated my boots for a better cause. I've now got to follow my own advice and get a new pair of boots.....cheers, Almis.

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