Search 62305 Camino Questions

A donation to the forum removes ads for you, and supports Ivar in his work running it


Boots or walking shoes in September?


New Member
I bought a new pair of Scarpa boots last November to ensure they were fully walked-in before setting off in September. the problem is - my right foot always aches after I have worn them for a few hours! This does not inspire confidence!
What is everyone's opinion about optimum footwear?
Do you think that I could manage with a pair of very comfortable walking shoes instead?
Un saludo!

[Moved by Minkey]
Camino Jewellery
A selection of Camino Jewellery
Create your own ad
€2,-/day will present your project to thousands of visitors each day. All interested in the Camino de Santiago.

John Hussey

Active Member
Foot Ache

How long did you try to break them in?

if you are comfortable they are broken in, and they still make your feet ache, and you want to salvage the purchase, an obvious suggestion would be to change out the insoles for another, different pair. If this does not work, start over. At least consider that the tread of the Camino is not so severe as to demand much beyond a pair of low-cut hiking, or even jogging shoes. So, wear what you are comfortable in. many even do it in hiking sandals. many do it in heavy, stiffer boots. Go with what makes you comfortable, but whatever you take-even for sandals, make sure they are well broken in.


New Member
boots or walking shoes?

Thanks for your advice, John.
My left boot feels well broken-in, so it must be the shape of my right foot!
I have given up on my boots for the camino and am bringing my walking shoes instead.
Thanks again,
Un saludo!

Most read last week in this forum

Hello, I’m planning on walking the CF next April I currently have Verizon for my cell service,I’m not overly concerned with not having cell service while on the Camino but was wondering if using...
Hi all, I recently got a HOKA Anacapa for the Camino Frances which I'll be doing in October. After walking around in them for a few days, my toes are hurting, not sure if it's because the shoes...
I know the subject of 'walking sticks' has been covered innumerable number of times but I have never seen a certain aspect of these aids discussed: How long to make adjustable poles relative to...

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Camino Updates on YouTube

Camino Conversations

Most downloaded Resources

This site is run by Ivar at

in Santiago de Compostela.
This site participates in the Amazon Affiliate program, designed to provide a means for Ivar to earn fees by linking to Amazon