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2019
Hi - I am planning on starting the Camino Frances in mid- April next year and thinking of wearing Columbia Women’s Conspiracy Outdry Walking Shoes. Has anyone any experience of these on the Camino? Also do you know if they are a generous fit or not? I usually wear size 38 but buy size 39 walking boots. I’m not sure if I should buy larger size 40 for the Camino. Any feedback would be welcome.
 

C clearly

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), VDLP (2017), Mozarabe (2018), Vasco/Bayona (2019)
Sorry, I can't be specific about these shoes. I am curious why you have narrowed down your search to this model, if you haven't even tried them on to determine what size is appropriate. I always search for the right shape (that feels "right" on my foot) and then buy the largest size that is not "too large" to walk in. Here is another recent thread that you might find interesting.
 

rorerich

CaminoLifer
Camino(s) past & future
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, (2019)
So glad you are working on footwear ahead of time. I can't tell you how many times I thought I had figured out the "right" pair of boots - but you can never tell until you put them on. I ordered and returned quite a few pairs of boots over an embarrassing number of months. (checking return policy before ordering was a must) Finally I did find a pair that worked for my feet. But it was a frustrating slog for sure. Wishing you good luck and happy feet!
 

Michael-FL

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Caminho Portugues (2017)
Frances/Salvador/Primitivo (2021)
Hi Barbara, I’ve come to believe shoe/boot selection is a highly personal discernment process. What works for one may be wrong for another. I saw a wide variety of footwear on my last Camino; boots, trail runners, even sandals. Good thing you’ve got some time. Recommend you check the forum for shoe reviews/recommendations and visit every sporting goods/outdoor equipment store in your area. My local REI outfitter has some knowledgeable people on staff. Take your time and buy the best socks you can find. They made all the difference for me. Buen Camino
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
Check out @davebugg on this site. He has tons and tons and tons of information. He is far and away the Guru of this forum when it comes to all things foot related. He is a wonderful guy and if you have more specific questions he will happily answer you if you PM him. Right now he is walking and taking a romantic interlude afterwards with his lovely wife. I would wait a while to write him until he returns. If you follow this site you will begin to see his postings again in a few weeks.
 

dougfitz

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011 (2019)

rorerich

CaminoLifer
Camino(s) past & future
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, (2019)
I agree that visiting a store with competent assistance is part of the process in getting advice about fit and options. Even at the *** flagship store - the product line and sizes were limited and the department was severely understaffed. So it was helpful in eliminating certain choices, but I also needed to shop online.
Be diligent and patient to find the footwear that provides the protection, support, and comfort your feet will need for long distance walking!
 
Camino(s) past & future
This will be my husband and my first Camino at age 68!
Hi - I am planning on starting the Camino Frances in mid- April next year and thinking of wearing Columbia Women’s Conspiracy Outdry Walking Shoes. Has anyone any experience of these on the Camino? Also do you know if they are a generous fit or not? I usually wear size 38 but buy size 39 walking boots. I’m not sure if I should buy larger size 40 for the Camino. Any feedback would be welcome.
Be sure to allow for some foot swelling. It happens and can cause probs especially in the down hill situations. ❤Buen Camino
 
Camino(s) past & future
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
Nobody can tell you whether or not a shoe will fit.
You must (literally) try it on.
Everyone's feet are different.
I would never order shoes online unless I had tried them on physically somewhere first.
You need to be able to wiggle your toes with heavy socks on, but they shouldn't slip up and down on the heel.
 

GingerHaddad

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
September (2018)
I agree with the idea you should go to an REI or similar store and talk to a knowledgeable salesperson, and try on several options. I have walked twice, first with Merrill Moab Ventilators and then Altra Lone Peak trail runners. Each had their own benefits: Merrill’s had firmer soles (no sore foot soles after a rocky day) and more ankle support, Altras were lighter and had great tread for slippery downhills. Definitely at least one size or 1 1/2 sizes bigger, thin wool socks (I wore two pairs Smartwool sock liners), put lambs wool in the toes if your big toe slides on the downhill, stop at any sign of a hotspot and tape it with Leukotape. Buen Camino!
 

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