Have you walked in February and March? I love my shoes but am a bit worried about getting wet feet and twisted anklesBoots or shoes? Either, or sandals. It really is personal preference.
Personally, I've never felt the need for boots. I have walked the Frances twice in trail running shoes, and I have done several other Caminos, with more difficult terrain than the Frances exclusively in sandals.
I understand your concern about the time of year.Have you walked in February and March? I love my shoes but am a bit worried about getting wet feet and twisted ankles
It has been a pretty wet winter in northern Spain too. 30 year averages here http://www.aemet.es/en/serviciosclimaticos/datosclimatologicos/valoresclimatologicos?l=9263D&k=nav the last few years have seen higher rainfall.I am actually finding it hard to remember Spain won't be so wet!
Thanks that's extremely helpful! Boots it isIt has been a pretty wet winter in northern Spain too. 30 year averages here http://www.aemet.es/en/serviciosclimaticos/datosclimatologicos/valoresclimatologicos?l=9263D&k=nav the last few years have seen higher rainfall.
Those slippy / sticky clays of Navarra & Rioja will be a test this time of year. If you love your well-broken-in boots then wear them. And take a mud-scraper with you too.
Thanks Annie. Basically I love my shoes better but given that my left ankle is so weak i think I should go with my boots. It also sounds like it will be wet underfoot in places which is helpful to know so boots are better for me. Both are really well worn I think my shoes from 2017 and my boots from 2014 so it doesn't matter from that point of view. Thank you It is helpful to see what others thinkHi @Curly Cath
I guess you’ve got both on hand and it’s a last minute choice ?
Have you been ‘test driving’ both choices ..
ie your ‘boots’ and ‘trail walkers/runners’.??
Which felt most comfortable? Or your gut feeling ?
There is your choice ..!!
The terrain on most of the routes in spain can be comfortably walked in trail shoes.
I’ve walked many of these routes ; the first 7 years I used boots but always had some ‘different ‘ problem.(especially with the waterproof or goretex lined versions). Last year I walked in my ‘Brooks Ghost 11 trail shoes. I will always walk in trail shoes now. Much better ‘for me’..
I’m heading off (in a week) to Italy and after that the last section of Vdlp; but the tread on the Brooks is worn, so this time I’m trying my Hoka one one’s. Bondi6. Trail shoes.
Choice depends on your feet - but if it’s just the terrain you’re querying. It’s fine for shoes , sandals , or your boots if they are your favourite for comfort.
I would suggest people read the whole thread to get a better understanding of the complexity of these discussions.I don't know that there's much evidence that boots really support the ankles.
This is a good thread about the topic. Especially davebugg's post.