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Borrow shoes and backpack

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Henmar

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Never tried
Hello,

I am in Spain for a couple of weeks and I’m curious of doing Camino de Santiago. Nevertheless I only have a suitcase and would need to borrow (eventually buying) a backpack and walking shoes. Is that posible somewhere around the starting points of one of the routes?

/Henning
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Hello,

I am in Spain for a couple of weeks and I’m curious of doing Camino de Santiago. Nevertheless I only have a suitcase and would need to borrow (eventually buying) a backpack and walking shoes. Is that posible somewhere around the starting points of one of the routes?

/Henning
Who do you propose borrowing from? You could spend all your time trying to locate them. I would consider borrowing a backpack if it fits you well, but I'd definitely want my own shoes.
Ho to a Decathlon store. You can find what you need at good prices.
 

sugargypsy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2019
In progress: CP 2020 and/or CI
There are enough shops in SJPdP, Pamplona, Burgos or Leon to buy a backpack, probably also for buying shoes though I wouldn't even start to consider that - at least the latter.

You need to break in your shoes before you start walking the Camino, since you'll be probably be walking more kilometers / miles a day plus more days in a row than you're used to. Your shoes need to fit perfectly, you should also check which socks you're going to wear.

Taking care of your feet is the most important, if you want to enjoy your Camino and don't want to suffer consequences like hot spots, blisters or, even worse, an infection.
 

SabineP

Camino = Empathy + Compassion.
Camino(s) past & future
some and then more. see my signature.
Like @trecile wrote = Decathlon!
You can save money in different ways but please buy decent footware.

Btw I would never let someone else use my walkingshoes.
 

kelleymac

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017, April 2019.
Many pilgrims buy shoes (sometime with a better fit!), along the camino. Buy a pack that fits well, and some shoes too. The shoes don't have to be hiking shoes/boots, but make sure they fit!

-- Take the liner out of the shoe you're trying on, and put your foot on it. If your foot overlaps the liner, the shoes are the wrong shape. Try a wider or longer shoe. You should be able to use all your toes while walking! If the liner is longer or wider get a smaller shoe. Room in the toe box is key.

You can mail your suitcase to Casa Ivar in Santiago. :)

That's about all there is to it. Just follow the yellow arrows!

I wish you a buen camino.
 

C clearly

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), VDLP (2017), Mozarabe (2018), Vasco/Bayona (2019)
If your foot overlaps the liner, the shoes are the wrong shape. Try a wider or longer shoe.
I am curious about how many people and shoes would pass this test (Which I agree seems logical).

I am very fussy about comfortable shoes and almost never wear anything other than sports shoes. I wear about a size larger than I measure and often get the wide version. My feet are somewhat short and wide but nothing extreme. However, I have never had a pair of shoes that would pass this test for width, except crocs.
 

kelleymac

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017, April 2019.
I am curious about how many people and shoes would pass this test (Which I agree seems logical).

I am very fussy about comfortable shoes and almost never wear anything other than sports shoes. I wear about a size larger than I measure and often get the wide version. My feet are somewhat short and wide but nothing extreme. However, I have never had a pair of shoes that would pass this test for width, except crocs.
I think that most people wear shoes that are too narrow for their feet. I use this method to check my scouts for shoe fit before we go for a hike or a backpacking trip. Their teen-age feet are growing quickly and they often have shoes that they've outgrown.

I know I had become accustomed to shoes that "supported" my feet by squashing them, and I didn't use one side of my foot (the outer side) as my little toe was squashed under my foot by the shoe. -- Then came my first camino! I had blisters on one side, then I bandaged, and then I had blisters in other places. I damaged the nail bed on both big toes (toenails fell off months later).

I found out that US women's shoes normal width is a "B", while a Men's normal width is a "D". I find that a men's 8 or 8.5 fit me, and sometimes a women's 9W. But often the women's shoes' toe box is pointy and doesn't work for me. Currently I walk in Teva Kimtah Mens' shoes. They don't make them any more, so I'm not sure what I'll do when they wear out. (Keen perhaps?)

My feet are two sizes bigger than pre-camino size. I have strong feet!!
 

C clearly

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), VDLP (2017), Mozarabe (2018), Vasco/Bayona (2019)
I think that most people wear shoes that are too narrow for their feet.
I agree. But I am still curious if this guideline is really appropriate. Are you saying that your feet don't overlap the inner sole at all?
 

kelleymac

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017, April 2019.
I agree. But I am still curious if this guideline is really appropriate. Are you saying that your feet don't overlap the inner sole at all?
Ok. I went and checked. I can see the inner sole (liner) all the way around my foot -- The place up near the metatarsals, where my foot is near the inner liner, is a place I sometimes get blisters. This photo is without socks-- and I wear thin liner socks and cushy wool socks usually.

Here are two photosIMG_3407.JPG: IMG_3406.JPG
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Ok. I went and checked. I can see the inner liner all the way around my foot -- The place where my foot is near the liner is a place I sometimes get blisters. This is also without socks-- and I wear thin liner socks and cushy wool socks usually.

Here are two photosView attachment 70151: View attachment 70150
How did you get a picture of my feet???!!!
 

kelleymac

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017, April 2019.
How did you get a picture of my feet???!!!
hey, I trimmed my toe nails before I took that photo! The scary thing is that I can see how my two smallest toes grew squashed, and are permanently tucked in from wearing women's and girls' pointy shoes.
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Hello,

I am in Spain for a couple of weeks and I’m curious of doing Camino de Santiago. Nevertheless I only have a suitcase and would need to borrow (eventually buying) a backpack and walking shoes. Is that posible somewhere around the starting points of one of the routes?

/Henning
Hi, Henmar. wish I could lend you my rucksack but I am not in Spain right now! If you want to give a camino a go, you need to get your own shoes. if you are in a city, there will be at least one good outdoor shop where you could try on some shoes, to check fit. Good socks as well. It isn’t easy to suggest what you could do, as you don’t say where you are, but if it is just for a few days, you might manage to walk, bus back, bus next morning, walk and so on. And then - next time, you will know a lot more than you know now! Buen camino.
 

C clearly

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), VDLP (2017), Mozarabe (2018), Vasco/Bayona (2019)
I have never had a pair of shoes that would pass this test for width
Ok. I went and checked
So did I. And I take back my comment, somewhat. Here is my foot, standing on the size 7.5 Wide inner sole from my very comfortable Brooks Ghost 11. (I have just bought my second pair.) You can see that I almost pass the test, but not strictly.
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KJFSophie

My Way, With Joy !
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014 & 2015 ),Via San Francesco(2017) Camino Portugese (2018 )Camino Ingles(2019) CF
I think that most people wear shoes that are too narrow for their feet. I use this method to check my scouts for shoe fit before we go for a hike or a backpacking trip. Their teen-age feet are growing quickly and they often have shoes that they've outgrown.

I know I had become accustomed to shoes that "supported" my feet by squashing them, and I didn't use one side of my foot (the outer side) as my little toe was squashed under my foot by the shoe. -- Then came my first camino! I had blisters on one side, then I bandaged, and then I had blisters in other places. I damaged the nail bed on both big toes (toenails fell off months later).

I found out that US women's shoes normal width is a "B", while a Men's normal width is a "D". I find that a men's 8 or 8.5 fit me, and sometimes a women's 9W. But often the women's shoes' toe box is pointy and doesn't work for me. Currently I walk in Teva Kimtah Mens' shoes. They don't make them any more, so I'm not sure what I'll do when they wear out. (Keen perhaps?)

My feet are two sizes bigger than pre-camino size. I have strong feet!!
You'll need to try OBOZ...nice wide toe box and narrower heal...on purpose. Go to their site and read all about them. I walked in the Luna and Juniper. A young lady with troubled. wide feet always wore mens and made the switch. Just a suggestion :)
 

Moorwalker

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Saint's Way, Cornwall
I am in Spain for a couple of weeks and I’m curious of doing Camino de Santiago. Nevertheless I only have a suitcase and would need to borrow (eventually buying) a backpack and walking shoes. Is that posible somewhere around the starting points of one of the routes?
Another vote for visiting a Decathlon shop. They can sell you a pack and shoes at very reasonable prices, and then you can be sure that both fit properly. Shoes in particular are critical, when you're walking day after day it really matters. Modern shoes don't need a lot of wearing in but don't try unless they feel good when you put your feet into them, no tight spots, no pressure points, plenty of room for your toes, heel doesn't slip.
 

RRat

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning 2017
Hello,

I am in Spain for a couple of weeks and I’m curious of doing Camino de Santiago. Nevertheless I only have a suitcase and would need to borrow (eventually buying) a backpack and walking shoes. Is that posible somewhere around the starting points of one of the routes?

/Henning
Borrowing a backpack reminds me of friends and relatives that would borrow my suitcases. I paid good money for my suitcases and expected them last for a considerable amount of time. But instead showed their age quickly because others who borrowed them wore them out.
 
Camino(s) past & future
in fall 2017
I find that if i get a 38 or 40, depending on style, 'youth' (boys) shoe it fits, is wide enough etc. Id never find a mens small enough in Canada. I think it is about a 7 1/2 womens. Also for hiking do the cross country ski test. I crouch in my boots if my toes hit the top hard or the front at all i try a different size or style. Feet expand and move when walking.
 

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