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Del Norte (July 2016)
De San Salvador (August 2017)
After having an amazing time on the Norte and Primitivo last summer, I'm hoping to walk the Salvador this August. Thanks for all who have posted route options etc.! It has been really useful!

I haven't read much about footwear for this route. Is the terrain much different from the Primitivo? I have read in the guides that boots are recommended and I'm wondering if they are necessary? I've done the other Caminos and other walks in hiking shoes (water-proof merrells) and am hoping they will suffice for this route as well.

Thanks in advance :)
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Camino Frances (2011 April, 2014 March) San Salvador, Primitivo, Finisterre, Muxia (June 2015) Del Norte (Sept/Oct 2016)
Hi Kirsty,

I wore light weight mid boots when I walked the Salvador. They were fine.

In my opinion, your hiking shoes would be fine too (sort of like the Hospitales option on the Primitivo). There was a fair bit of mud on the 3rd and 4th days so maybe consider some light gaiters to keep the mud out of your shoes!

The Salvador was beautiful! Enjoy!

buen camino


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Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
You'll be fine in hiking shoes. Even sandals if you're so inclined.


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May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
Hiking shoes were not suitable for me on the Primitivo. If you suffer from plantar fasciitis or tendinitis I'd recommend you look at light weight hiking boots. Loved having waterproof shoes, though. They saved me from wet feet on many days along with my nylon gators.
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