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CWBuff

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
in Planning stage: Frances (SJPdP --> SdC) & Finisterre "2021" ... (GOD WILLING!)
Iowa Camino Hiking boots

So... I saw couple of previous posts that mention Iowa boots, IIRC there was only 1 short blurb about "Camino" model
first of... REALLY? Camino? :rolleyes: But then....
second of.... $325.00 (at least in REI) REALLY? :eek:

Thus my questions are:
Does anyone have an experience with these boots and this model? (Please, if not - there are enough posts on the forum as to what everyone's favorite shoe\boot\sandal is - with all respect due!)​
Does the price justifies the product? That is a lot of tapas and cafe-con-leches! Will they last the training period (I plan to hit the trails in earnest within a month or so and as stated prior - Camino is slotted for May 2021) and the CF?​

Thanks in advance!
 
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
I don't know about those specific boots, but there are threads and threads and threads on boots vs trail runners. My personal opinion is that this year will be my 20th-something Camino and I've worn trail runners on every route with no problems. Unless you are USED to wearing hiking boots, or have weak ankles there is no stretch on the Camino that warrants boots. There is one section coming down from Alto del Perdon that people mention, but I've never had a problem on it. I just watch where I step and I'm perfectly able to avoid loose rock. It's a very short stretch. The REST of the Camino is pretty much flat track with occasional rolling hills.
 

CWBuff

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
in Planning stage: Frances (SJPdP --> SdC) & Finisterre "2021" ... (GOD WILLING!)
Hi Annie
Yeah... I am one of those peoples who prefer hiking boots.... and I am actually somewhat 'mellowing out' by even looking at mid-boot vs. full (which is what I wore hiking Camino Inca). maybe an overkill or just 'set in meways' I don't know...but its like I sucked it up with mother's milk - protect your ankles no matter WHAT! and I've been hiking since I was 7 or so. And I am prone to twist them every so often therefore like some protection
Never felt comfortable in low shoe; chances are not going to happen here
 

O Peracha

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago (2014)
Annapurna Base, Nepal (2014)
GR 5 - Holland to Pompey, France (2015)
Lisbon to Finesterre (2016)
Back when I used to wear ankle boots, I only wore Lowa Renegade because they had the best fit of the wide boots that I tried. At the time, they were also the lightest boots that I could find. There are lighter ones, now. Compared to the Camino, the Renegade is a mid length but I thought that it covered my ankles pretty well. I tended to roll my ankles, also. The Renegade is also $85 less and about one lb lighter.

Several years ago I switched to trail runners. Surprisingly, I no longer roll my ankles. Of course, YMMV.
 

CWBuff

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
in Planning stage: Frances (SJPdP --> SdC) & Finisterre "2021" ... (GOD WILLING!)
You do realise that Camino is just the name of this particular Lowa model of a trekking and hiking boot, just like their other models are called Tibet, Yukon or Cevedale (a mountain in Italy)?
LOL
Of COURSE - which is why my "rolling eyes" on the original post. I thought it amusingly funny
Lets quote the most highest authority of English language, namely The Bard himself:
What's in a name? That which we call a Camino by any other name would smell as stinky..... 😳 .... wait...something is off....
;)
Again, to some extend I am trying to see if the cost is justifiable and if the boot stands up to the task
 

Kathar1na

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago and beyond (own way - voie de Tours - camino francés - Biskaya - Manche)
Again, to some extend I am trying to see if the cost is justifiable and if the boot stands up to the task
I find the price high but not unusual for this kind of trekking/hiking boot made by Lowa, Hanwag, Meindl. I can't add anything else because that would be expressing my opinion about whether to walk the Camino Frances (as you are planning to do) in high trekking/hiking boots, low trekking/walking shoes or some kind of soft trail runners. :)
 

peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
This is just a little off topic, sorry, but the post reminded me of the Kia ad that puts its SUV Mojave on the Camino.

Back when I used to wear ankle boots, I only wore Lowa Renegade because they had the best fit of the wide boots that I tried. At the time, they were also the lightest boots that I could find. There are lighter ones, now. Compared to the Camino, the Renegade is a mid length but I thought that it covered my ankles pretty well. I tended to roll my ankles, also. The Renegade is also $85 less and about one lb lighter.

Several years ago I switched to trail runners. Surprisingly, I no longer roll my ankles. Of course, YMMV.
That would not surprise many of the people who have posted here, because they have reported on studies that conclude that boots do not keep the ankle from twisting, counter to popular belief. Only full fledged braces do that. Full disclosure — I am a trail runner convert, only took me 16 caminos to discover that just because the camino is a hike does not mean that hiking boots are the appropriate footwear. The difference in comfort is simply astonishing.
 
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
Full disclosure — I am a trail runner convert, only took me 16 caminos to discover that just because the camino is a hike does not mean that hiking boots are the appropriate footwear. The difference in comfort is simply astonishing.
Welcome to the LIGHT side! :::😀::
 

CWBuff

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
in Planning stage: Frances (SJPdP --> SdC) & Finisterre "2021" ... (GOD WILLING!)
@wjohnk
That is the $100,000.00 question and I guess I do not know the answer since (obviously) I am somewhat apprehensive about spending $300.00+ ☺

yes of course I understand (and it has been stressed enough on the Forum in general) that equipment is 'personal' for lots of various reasons and this is no exception. Within reasons here is my situation:
For eons I used to wear size 9 regular width (said Camino Inca boots are just that) with no issues at all. yes, here and there I would get an occasional blister but those were few and far in between; nothing to worry about.
As The Good Lord would have it - as I got older, one of quite pesky (may I add) maladies that decided to attach themselves to me namely - gout caused my right foot to expand considerably!
Last I measured my left foot was about 9.5 and my right - a solid 10. I also had to go to Wide which is what my current cross-runners are.
Needless to say the Camino Inca boots are completely out of question (which is a total shame - I LOVE them, they are well broken and still in absolutely PERFECT condition after 15 years of being all over) hence I am looking for something new with the Camino Frances in mind.
As I quip often- too many choices is not good as it can get overwhelming. One of the solid suggestions is to get them 1 full size larger...but if I go 11 - then its probably too big for my left foot and I have a nagging feeling that it will 'swim' in that shoe\boot, so I want to stick to 10.5 W which is not a very easy thing to find, especially "on the shelf" so i can go into the store and try them out and see how it all fits (at least for the 1st try)
The quest shall continue....
 
Camino(s) past & future
Past? Not enough.
Future? Sure!
I am using the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid since 15 years.
For me, a very comfortable shoe, keeping dry and not too hot in summer.
Only one drawback: they are used quite quickly on the tarmac (~700 km).
I have already tried others, but I'm still returning back to them.
One advantage: as they fit really well to my feet, no need to broke them.
During my 2017 Vezelay to Santiago Camino, I got a new pair in St-Jean-Pied-de-Port and walked directly to Espinal without a glitch.

Buen Camino, Jacques-D.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés 2020 - Planned
This is just a little off topic, sorry, but the post reminded me of the Kia ad that puts its SUV Mojave on the Camino.



That would not surprise many of the people who have posted here, because they have reported on studies that conclude that boots do not keep the ankle from twisting, counter to popular belief. Only full fledged braces do that. Full disclosure — I am a trail runner convert, only took me 16 caminos to discover that just because the camino is a hike does not mean that hiking boots are the appropriate footwear. The difference in comfort is simply astonishing.
I walked 500 miles of the Appalachian Trail wearing Lowa Renegade mid-high boots without a single fall or ankle twist. I then switched to a low version of the boot and fell/rolled my ankle three times the first day, with very similar trail conditions. Therefore, I am a mid-high boot wearer to this day. Your experience may very, but the "studies" that say higher boots do not help prevent ankle rolls doesn't hold true for me.
 

jozero

Been there, going again...
Camino(s) past & future
CF x 3
Based on their website description of the boot and reviews, I believe these boots are targeted for a rougher terrain and would be overkill on the Camino. As others have above, I have used the Lowa Renegade GTX for two winter Caminos and found them exceptionally comfortable, supportive, weather proof and accept my ice trekkers well during the snow/ice situations. They are lighter than the 'Camino' boot you referenced and can't imagine why one would need something heavier. My only beef with Lowa is the wrapped sole which once wears out cannot be re-soled. For me at my size/weight, I get one Camino out of them and then they go into the bin at home. I guess that is the trade off for a very soft, grippy and cushioned sole...
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
This is just a little off topic, sorry, but the post reminded me of the Kia ad that puts its SUV Mojave on the Camino.



That would not surprise many of the people who have posted here, because they have reported on studies that conclude that boots do not keep the ankle from twisting, counter to popular belief. Only full fledged braces do that. Full disclosure — I am a trail runner convert, only took me 16 caminos to discover that just because the camino is a hike does not mean that hiking boots are the appropriate footwear. The difference in comfort is simply astonishing.
As two of our most veteran pilgrims you and AnnieSantiago, I too am a confirmed trail runner walker. I am a rookie compared to you guys and have only walked 5 Caminos. All in trail runners. I have read in more than one place and having worked with doctors for many years and visiting Orthopedic doctors/surgeons they would also say that high boots and boots in general do not keep ankles from twisting. They said it is all the placebo effect. I am about 99% sure I have also read from our number 1 foot and all things foot related guru @davebugg has also stated this somewhere on his many posts. But the overwhelming evidence of course comes from me who has noticed that people who wear boots have more blisters and more severe blisters then people in trail runners. This research comes from me sitting on the edge of my bed or walking to the shower or bathroom and seeing people taking care of their feet. You have to admit my research methods and study is indisputable :)
 
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lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
Iowa Camino Hiking boots

So... I saw couple of previous posts that mention Iowa boots, IIRC there was only 1 short blurb about "Camino" model
first of... REALLY? Camino? :rolleyes: But then....
second of.... $325.00 (at least in REI) REALLY? :eek:

Thus my questions are:
Does anyone have an experience with these boots and this model? (Please, if not - there are enough posts on the forum as to what everyone's favorite shoe\boot\sandal is - with all respect due!)​
Does the price justifies the product? That is a lot of tapas and cafe-con-leches! Will they last the training period (I plan to hit the trails in earnest within a month or so and as stated prior - Camino is slotted for May 2021) and the CF?​

Thanks in advance!
My answer would be if you have no blisters and you feet feeling like they are light and floating on air then they are worth it. I buy trail runners for 1/3 of the price and love them. I have had 4 blisters in 5 caminos, none severe and my feet always feel light from my trail runners. It is all up to you.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Hi Buffy,
I don't think any boot is worth $300+ to me. They either would not last three times as long as other decent boots, or I'd get sick of them eventually anyway...I'd prefer a one hundred dollar pair even if it has a shorter lifespan as it's like buying them on the installment plan.😊
That said, I prefer trail runners!
 

Glenshiro

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy - León, Camino Frances (2012 - 2019)
I'm a confirmed boot-wearer, although I agree that much of the CF (unlike, say, the Puy route) is fairly easy underfoot. However, I also hike in Scotland where the going is usually rough (and frequently boggy) and boots are essential.

I'm a recent convert to Lowa Renegades (£129.99 from Decathlon, inc p&p, as opposed to £185 in a hiking outlet which shall be nameless.) They fit and feel like carpet slippers.
 

CWBuff

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
in Planning stage: Frances (SJPdP --> SdC) & Finisterre "2021" ... (GOD WILLING!)
They said it is all the placebo effect.
Perhaps, but IT'S MY CAMIN...... er.... placebo ;)

Seriously, I hear what you are saying. And i do know about 'placebo' and I have seen my share of folks who 'rap themselves' into a situation (One memorable ocasion was a Harry Potter ride in universal where someone I ws with kept on repeating to herself while in line that she WILL get sick! Guess what? :p)
So its firmly implanted in my head that ankles must be covered. I guess its just a question of finding footwear thats right for me

But lots of good points all around
 

CWBuff

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
in Planning stage: Frances (SJPdP --> SdC) & Finisterre "2021" ... (GOD WILLING!)
I do believe that within reasons I can conclude that spending in upwards of $300.00 is a bit too much
I agree that one can probably get couple of pairs for the duration
I also have noticed that some hiking outlet which shall be nameless' prices are quite more than other places.
I'll take a lot of whats been said here into consideration
thanks

🙏
 

dougfitz

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011, 2019. CP (2020)
That would not surprise many of the people who have posted here, because they have reported on studies that conclude that boots do not keep the ankle from twisting, counter to popular belief. Only full fledged braces do that.
Where these the studies conducted on college basketball players? Or those on soccer players? I have previously pointed to a US Army study that showed improved stability wearing high top boots in conditions much more like the Camino. We are not all under 25 year olds treating the Camino like a basketball court or a soccer pitch.

But the overwhelming evidence of course comes from me who has noticed that people who wear boots have more blisters and more severe blisters then people in trail runners.
My observation is pretty much the opposite. The worst blisters that I saw in my first camino were suffered by shoe wearers. Same observational technique! I think we see what we want to see, and I certainly don't walk a pilgrimage to consistently and reliably collect statistical information about the incidence of blisters. Or anything else for that matter.
 
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Pscarmen

My Way is better than any highway!
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Santiago (2019)
@wjohnk
That is the $100,000.00 question and I guess I do not know the answer since (obviously) I am somewhat apprehensive about spending $300.00+ ☺

yes of course I understand (and it has been stressed enough on the Forum in general) that equipment is 'personal' for lots of various reasons and this is no exception. Within reasons here is my situation:
For eons I used to wear size 9 regular width (said Camino Inca boots are just that) with no issues at all. yes, here and there I would get an occasional blister but those were few and far in between; nothing to worry about.
As The Good Lord would have it - as I got older, one of quite pesky (may I add) maladies that decided to attach themselves to me namely - gout caused my right foot to expand considerably!
Last I measured my left foot was about 9.5 and my right - a solid 10. I also had to go to Wide which is what my current cross-runners are.
Needless to say the Camino Inca boots are completely out of question (which is a total shame - I LOVE them, they are well broken and still in absolutely PERFECT condition after 15 years of being all over) hence I am looking for something new with the Camino Frances in mind.
As I quip often- too many choices is not good as it can get overwhelming. One of the solid suggestions is to get them 1 full size larger...but if I go 11 - then its probably too big for my left foot and I have a nagging feeling that it will 'swim' in that shoe\boot, so I want to stick to 10.5 W which is not a very easy thing to find, especially "on the shelf" so i can go into the store and try them out and see how it all fits (at least for the 1st try)
The quest shall continue....
Just a thought, not knowing your travel dates, I ordered 3 pair shipped to my house to try out. It’s so easy to send things back now & due to working hours getting to the appropriate stores Wasn’t easy.
Greatest of luck to you on your footwear quest & Buen Camino!
 

CWBuff

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
in Planning stage: Frances (SJPdP --> SdC) & Finisterre "2021" ... (GOD WILLING!)
@Pscarmen
thanks
My travel dates are not for a whole year - by all means click on my Camino Countdown in my signature and Ye shall be Enlightened :)

Some vendors clearly state that they will accept returns ONLY if the product is unused and relatively new
So... I can see getting a pair, putting them on, not feeling any Love and returning them. Taking them out for a week of trial hikes - they will look used

It does look like I will wind up getting whatever I get via Web, some of the prices just cannot be beaten.
I hope everything will fall in place and with God's Help - I will chose the right one for me

¡Santiago, y cierra, España!
 

CWBuff

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
in Planning stage: Frances (SJPdP --> SdC) & Finisterre "2021" ... (GOD WILLING!)
LOL
click on my ➡ Camino Countown 🚶‍♂️** in my signature :)

yes The Holy Year and ALL THE POSTS here about what madhouse it shall\will\may\may be not be....
But then as someone replied to one of my posts way-back-when in the beginning when I just started posting
Do you want to Miss The party
And no I do not 👍

I just got my backpack (Gregory Zulu 35L) and have been taking small hikes with it (5-8 miles long), so I guess footwear is next important purchase on the list
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
LOL
click on my ➡ Camino Countown 🚶‍♂️** in my signature :)

yes The Holy Year and ALL THE POSTS here about what madhouse it shall\will\may\may be not be....
But then as someone replied to one of my posts way-back-when in the beginning when I just started posting
Do you want to Miss The party
And no I do not 👍

I just got my backpack (Gregory Zulu 35L) and have been taking small hikes with it (5-8 miles long), so I guess footwear is next important purchase on the list
446 days to go...it's practically around the corner! You will be an expert before you leave home. 😀
My backpack is a 36L Osprey. I think you will like the size...just about perfect.
 

RRat

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning 2017
Iowa Camino Hiking boots

So... I saw couple of previous posts that mention Iowa boots, IIRC there was only 1 short blurb about "Camino" model
first of... REALLY? Camino? :rolleyes: But then....
second of.... $325.00 (at least in REI) REALLY? :eek:

Thus my questions are:
Does anyone have an experience with these boots and this model? (Please, if not - there are enough posts on the forum as to what everyone's favorite shoe\boot\sandal is - with all respect due!)​
Does the price justifies the product? That is a lot of tapas and cafe-con-leches! Will they last the training period (I plan to hit the trails in earnest within a month or so and as stated prior - Camino is slotted for May 2021) and the CF?​

Thanks in advance!
Iowa Camino Hiking boots

So... I saw couple of previous posts that mention Iowa boots, IIRC there was only 1 short blurb about "Camino" model
first of... REALLY? Camino? :rolleyes: But then....
second of.... $325.00 (at least in REI) REALLY? :eek:

Thus my questions are:
Does anyone have an experience with these boots and this model? (Please, if not - there are enough posts on the forum as to what everyone's favorite shoe\boot\sandal is - with all respect due!)​
Does the price justifies the product? That is a lot of tapas and cafe-con-leches! Will they last the training period (I plan to hit the trails in earnest within a month or so and as stated prior - Camino is slotted for May 2021) and the CF?​

Thanks in advance!
$59 Hitec that fit my feet Seem separating at the toe after SJPDP to Santiago. Shoe glue fixed it.
 

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lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
Perhaps, but IT'S MY CAMIN...... er.... placebo ;)

Seriously, I hear what you are saying. And i do know about 'placebo' and I have seen my share of folks who 'rap themselves' into a situation (One memorable ocasion was a Harry Potter ride in universal where someone I ws with kept on repeating to herself while in line that she WILL get sick! Guess what? :p)
So its firmly implanted in my head that ankles must be covered. I guess its just a question of finding footwear thats right for me

But lots of good points all around
Whatever the effect if you are happier with boots than wear boots! No if ands or boots about it!!!! It is definitely your Camino and your feet.
 

Kathar1na

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago and beyond (own way - voie de Tours - camino francés - Biskaya - Manche)
I don't think any boot is worth $300+ to me.
Lowa produce their shoes in Europe and not in Asia, as some competitors do. It may be one reason for their higher prices.
 

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