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JulesCAinMA

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I am having a really hard time finding the "right-fit" shoes for my over pronating gait. I am a 65 year old woman, with mild rheumatoid arthritis (hands/feet), 65 year old knees 😒and TBH could lose about 15 lbs.😇 With that said, I am very active...cycle, hike, kayak, travel, etc.!

Shoes I have tried are: Altra trail runner suite, (comfortable, LOVED the wide toe bed, and uncomfortable, heel and calf, at the same time!!??) Merrell hiking shoe (very uncomfortable) and Hoka Speedgoat (very narrow toe bed) . Before I order more and take them back to REI...(I'm pretty sure they see my car pull into the car park and announce over the loud speaker..."Attention return department, Julie is back AGAIN!")...can over pronating folks share what has worked for them? Maybe a new brand/style, or even a brand I've already tried, but a different style. We start our Camino from Sahagún to Santiago the last week of April and we expect to average about 22ish kilometers per day.

TIA!!!!
 
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Have you been assessed by a podiatrist or similar?

Custom orthotics are expensive, but for me they are critical. With those orthotics I can pick any shoes that meet my other needs. I have mobile forefoot, overpronate, but have high arches. Currently I wear New Balance Fresh Foam Mores in a woman's wide width, with a nice roomy fit.
 

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When you say “order more”, are you actually ordering footwear online? A better plan would be to go into an REI store, or similar, try them on in the store, walk around in them, go up and down the incline board ( I assume every reputable store that sells hiking footwear has this?) and take advice from staff. It takes me a minimum of an hour or two of trying on, walking around in store, before I would even consider taking a pair home.
 

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When you say “order more”, are you actually ordering footwear online? A better plan would be to go into an REI store, or similar, try them on in the store, walk around in them, go up and down the incline board ( I assume every reputable store that sells hiking footwear has this?) and take advice from staff. It takes me a minimum of an hour or two of trying on, walking around in store, before I would even consider taking a pair home.
Unfortunately, for some of us, REI does not carry all sizes/styles in store.
 
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I am having a really hard time finding the "right-fit" shoes for my over pronating gait. I am a 65 year old woman, with mild rheumatoid arthritis (hands/feet), 65 year old knees 😒and TBH could lose about 15 lbs.😇 With that said, I am very active...cycle, hike, kayak, travel, etc.!

Shoes I have tried are: Altra trail runner suite, (comfortable, LOVED the wide toe bed, and uncomfortable, heel and calf, at the same time!!??) Merrell hiking shoe (very uncomfortable) and Hoka Speedgoat (very narrow toe bed) . Before I order more and take them back to REI...(I'm pretty sure they see my car pull into the car park and announce over the loud speaker..."Attention return department, Julie is back AGAIN!")...can over pronating folks share what has worked for them? Maybe a new brand/style, or even a brand I've already tried, but a different style. We start our Camino from Sahagún to Santiago the last week of April and we expect to average about 22ish kilometers per day.

TIA!!!!
Hi there - I have walked a couple of caminos and over pronate and have had a couple of foot surgeries- Altra I have tried and they don’t work for me because of zero drop and Merrill’s men’s seemed wide enough but were too hard and uncomfortable for me (my husband love’s them) - I ended up with a ruptured plantar fascia. I have trialled numerous running and hiking shoes and found hoka tor summit are great with either superfeet or my podiatrist inserts (I swap around) they don’t sell these anymore and for summer I am trialling hoka Toa GTX Running Shoes (mid ankle height) these have a wide toe (compared to speedgoat) and seem to be comfortable so far - although I prefer the lacing on the tors - good luck with your search - we are all individual but I understand it helps to see others experiences.
 

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I am having a really hard time finding the "right-fit" shoes for my over pronating gait. I am a 65 year old woman, with mild rheumatoid arthritis (hands/feet), 65 year old knees 😒and TBH could lose about 15 lbs.😇 With that said, I am very active...cycle, hike, kayak, travel, etc.!

Shoes I have tried are: Altra trail runner suite, (comfortable, LOVED the wide toe bed, and uncomfortable, heel and calf, at the same time!!??) Merrell hiking shoe (very uncomfortable) and Hoka Speedgoat (very narrow toe bed) . Before I order more and take them back to REI...(I'm pretty sure they see my car pull into the car park and announce over the loud speaker..."Attention return department, Julie is back AGAIN!")...can over pronating folks share what has worked for them? Maybe a new brand/style, or even a brand I've already tried, but a different style. We start our Camino from Sahagún to Santiago the last week of April and we expect to average about 22ish kilometers per day.

TIA!!!!
I would visit a podiatrist, and then a specialist sports footwear store. Tell them that you plan to walk a Camino, and that you'll be wearing a ??/kg pack as well.
It may not be the cheapest option, but in the long term Ive found it to be the most satisfactory.
My orthotics require space in the shoe, and may need fitting to the shoe afterwards as well, so if you need orthotics, be sure to build in enough time for the adjustments needed as well as some training time in the shoe before you go.
 

JulesCAinMA

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When you say “order more”, are you actually ordering footwear online? A better plan would be to go into an REI store, or similar, try them on in the store, walk around in them, go up and down the incline board ( I assume every reputable store that sells hiking footwear has this?) and take advice from staff. It takes me a minimum of an hour or two of trying on, walking around in store, before I would even consider taking a pair home.
Yes, excellent idea! I did go into the store, but unfortunately they didn't have many of the shoes in my size. The REI service member suggested ordering online and taking them for a test drive at home. I am an REI Coop member so I can return even after worn for up to a year.
 

JulesCAinMA

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Have you been assessed by a podiatrist or similar?

Custom orthotics are expensive, but for me they are critical. With those orthotics I can pick any shoes that meet my other needs. I have mobile forefoot, overpronate, but have high arches. Currently I wear New Balance Fresh Foam Mores in a woman's wide width, with a nice roomy fit.
Thanks for responding. I like the idea of visiting a podiatrist and getting the lowdown on my specific feet.
 
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Sometimes, trying on a shoe in a size or width that isn't quite right can still help narrow down the models that are generally the right shape for your foot.
I'm sure that strategy could work for some, but it didn't work for me. It was to hard to tell if the shoe was going to be ill-fitting when the one I was trying on was a size+ too small.
 

JulesCAinMA

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I would visit a podiatrist, and then a specialist sports footwear store. Tell them that you plan to walk a Camino, and that you'll be wearing a ??/kg pack as well.
It may not be the cheapest option, but in the long term Ive found it to be the most satisfactory.
My orthotics require space in the shoe, and may need fitting to the shoe afterwards as well, so if you need orthotics, be sure to build in enough time for the adjustments needed as well as some training time in the shoe before you go.
Thanks for responding. I am definitely going to make an appointment with a podiatrist!!
 

JulesCAinMA

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Hi there - I have walked a couple of caminos and over pronate and have had a couple of foot surgeries- Altra I have tried and they don’t work for me because of zero drop and Merrill’s men’s seemed wide enough but were too hard and uncomfortable for me (my husband love’s them) - I ended up with a ruptured plantar fascia. I have trialled numerous running and hiking shoes and found hoka tor summit are great with either superfeet or my podiatrist inserts (I swap around) they don’t sell these anymore and for summer I am trialling hoka Toa GTX Running Shoes (mid ankle height) these have a wide toe (compared to speedgoat) and seem to be comfortable so far - although I prefer the lacing on the tors - good luck with your search - we are all individual but I understand it helps to see others experiences.
Thank you so much. I was hoping someone who had some similar foot issues would reply with what works for them. I do understand that all feet are unique, but it's nice to have a starting point. Thanks again!
 

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I am having a really hard time finding the "right-fit" shoes for my over pronating gait. I am a 65 year old woman, with mild rheumatoid arthritis (hands/feet), 65 year old knees 😒and TBH could lose about 15 lbs.😇 With that said, I am very active...cycle, hike, kayak, travel, etc.!

Shoes I have tried are: Altra trail runner suite, (comfortable, LOVED the wide toe bed, and uncomfortable, heel and calf, at the same time!!??) Merrell hiking shoe (very uncomfortable) and Hoka Speedgoat (very narrow toe bed) . Before I order more and take them back to REI...(I'm pretty sure they see my car pull into the car park and announce over the loud speaker..."Attention return department, Julie is back AGAIN!")...can over pronating folks share what has worked for them? Maybe a new brand/style, or even a brand I've already tried, but a different style. We start our Camino from Sahagún to Santiago the last week of April and we expect to average about 22ish kilometers per day.

TIA!!!!
Have you tried the Wide Speedgoat? DH loves them, I take the regular width.
On the "ordering" line, we ordered them from the local running store. The fellow was worried that we didn't know our sizes, brought out other Hoka shoes for us to try, and some other things, then noticed that my old Speedgoat was worn and said, "oh, you know your size!" Still, on that visit, DH decided to go with the Wide and he's very happy with it.
Local running stores can be very helpful!
 

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Hi there - I have walked a couple of caminos and over pronate and have had a couple of foot surgeries- Altra I have tried and they don’t work for me because of zero drop and Merrill’s men’s seemed wide enough but were too hard and uncomfortable for me (my husband love’s them) - I ended up with a ruptured plantar fascia. I have trialled numerous running and hiking shoes and found hoka tor summit are great with either superfeet or my podiatrist inserts (I swap around) they don’t sell these anymore and for summer I am trialling hoka Toa GTX Running Shoes (mid ankle height) these have a wide toe (compared to speedgoat) and seem to be comfortable so far - although I prefer the lacing on the tors - good luck with your search - we are all individual but I understand it helps to see others experiences.
Have you thought of trying a different insole? When DD had problems with her feet--expressed as hip pain--the answer turned out to be the Dr. Scholls Women's Gel Work Insoles.
 
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A podiatrist could get you close, but often the only successful approach is do your best in getting good fitting shoes, insoles and socks - "the triumvirate" of a Camino. It is rare for other peoples' best shoe to be your best shoe.

And then walking in them, starting many months before your Camino, then accept they might not be quite right (close enough is not good enough & frugality is not a good idea) so rinse and repeat - different shoes, insoles and socks, many combinations. Accept you might end up owning quite a few pairs of shoes, and insoles and socks. Perhaps consigned to lower duties such as going shopping or given to a charity shop.

Perhaps it even might take a few Caminos to get a solution you are happy with. We have all seen the blister ritual morning and night at Albergues.

Shoes and insoles could ending up being your biggest expense after accomodation and food on the Camino itself. Some are lucky and have robust adaptable feet, many people are not so fortunate.
 

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Definitely get the professional opinion of a podiatrist who is familiar with distance walking issues. Also try New Balance brand as they specialize in different widths. You mention only trying athletic shoes. What about hiking shoes? They might be a little heavier, but the extra support might help.
 

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I would visit a podiatrist, and then a specialist sports footwear store. Tell them that you plan to walk a Camino, and that you'll be wearing a ??/kg pack as well.
It may not be the cheapest option, but in the long term Ive found it to be the most satisfactory.
My orthotics require space in the shoe, and may need fitting to the shoe afterwards as well, so if you need orthotics, be sure to build in enough time for the adjustments needed as well as some training time in the shoe before you go.
Agree entirely with visiting the Podiatrist and getting fitted orthotics
 
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I am having a really hard time finding the "right-fit" shoes for my over pronating gait. I am a 65 year old woman, with mild rheumatoid arthritis (hands/feet), 65 year old knees 😒and TBH could lose about 15 lbs.😇 With that said, I am very active...cycle, hike, kayak, travel, etc.!

Shoes I have tried are: Altra trail runner suite, (comfortable, LOVED the wide toe bed, and uncomfortable, heel and calf, at the same time!!??) Merrell hiking shoe (very uncomfortable) and Hoka Speedgoat (very narrow toe bed) . Before I order more and take them back to REI...(I'm pretty sure they see my car pull into the car park and announce over the loud speaker..."Attention return department, Julie is back AGAIN!")...can over pronating folks share what has worked for them? Maybe a new brand/style, or even a brand I've already tried, but a different style. We start our Camino from Sahagún to Santiago the last week of April and we expect to average about 22ish kilometers per day.

TIA!!!!
We just finished. Started in Saint Jean and finished in Muxia. September 8th through October 24th. We’re older. 🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️Keen boots with custom orthotics. Loved them. Bought two sizes larger than my larger foot.
 

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Definitely go and see a podiatrist.

I over-pronate and have high arches and walking was giving me both hip and knee pain. I'd already found that Scholl orthoheel sport insoles helped a bit. Someone (probably on here!) suggested seeing a podiatrist. So back in 2013, before my first camino, I visited an 'old fashioned' podiatrist. He took my insoles and added a 3mm tilt to the heel and it was like a miracle! Hip and knee pain just disappeared. And an added bonus was that lots of shoes were now comfortable.

Unfortunately, he has since retired and the replacement podiatrist wanted to make me custom orthotics which are way more expensive and much harder on the sole of the foot.
 
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I am having a really hard time finding the "right-fit" shoes for my over pronating gait. I am a 65 year old woman, with mild rheumatoid arthritis (hands/feet), 65 year old knees 😒and TBH could lose about 15 lbs.😇 With that said, I am very active...cycle, hike, kayak, travel, etc.!

Shoes I have tried are: Altra trail runner suite, (comfortable, LOVED the wide toe bed, and uncomfortable, heel and calf, at the same time!!??) Merrell hiking shoe (very uncomfortable) and Hoka Speedgoat (very narrow toe bed) . Before I order more and take them back to REI...(I'm pretty sure they see my car pull into the car park and announce over the loud speaker..."Attention return department, Julie is back AGAIN!")...can over pronating folks share what has worked for them? Maybe a new brand/style, or even a brand I've already tried, but a different style. We start our Camino from Sahagún to Santiago the last week of April and we expect to average about 22ish kilometers per day.

TIA!!!!
MERRELL hiking trail runners (not hiking shoes) have a wide toe bed with better support than Altras. Also, look up InStryde insoles.
 

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I am having a really hard time finding the "right-fit" shoes for my over pronating gait. I am a 65 year old woman, with mild rheumatoid arthritis (hands/feet), 65 year old knees 😒and TBH could lose about 15 lbs.😇 With that said, I am very active...cycle, hike, kayak, travel, etc.!

Shoes I have tried are: Altra trail runner suite, (comfortable, LOVED the wide toe bed, and uncomfortable, heel and calf, at the same time!!??) Merrell hiking shoe (very uncomfortable) and Hoka Speedgoat (very narrow toe bed) . Before I order more and take them back to REI...(I'm pretty sure they see my car pull into the car park and announce over the loud speaker..."Attention return department, Julie is back AGAIN!")...can over pronating folks share what has worked for them? Maybe a new brand/style, or even a brand I've already tried, but a different style. We start our Camino from Sahagún to Santiago the last week of April and we expect to average about 22ish kilometers per day.

TIA!!!!
Check out Danner 2650 they have 3 models, one water proof, o e really vented, I did middle one. I wear orthotics so room for them. Check out superfeet if orthotics not affordable. I also have plantar facititis. Just did Sarria to Santiago no foot issues. Also use bicyclists chafing cream on feet. Morning and mid day.
 

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I am having a really hard time finding the "right-fit" shoes for my over pronating gait. I am a 65 year old woman, with mild rheumatoid arthritis (hands/feet), 65 year old knees 😒and TBH could lose about 15 lbs.😇 With that said, I am very active...cycle, hike, kayak, travel, etc.!

Shoes I have tried are: Altra trail runner suite, (comfortable, LOVED the wide toe bed, and uncomfortable, heel and calf, at the same time!!??) Merrell hiking shoe (very uncomfortable) and Hoka Speedgoat (very narrow toe bed) . Before I order more and take them back to REI...(I'm pretty sure they see my car pull into the car park and announce over the loud speaker..."Attention return department, Julie is back AGAIN!")...can over pronating folks share what has worked for them? Maybe a new brand/style, or even a brand I've already tried, but a different style. We start our Camino from Sahagún to Santiago the last week of April and we expect to average about 22ish kilometers per day.

TIA!!!!
Go to a big box and purchase a very inexpensive pair of hiking shoes. A thrift store would be also OK. Make sure they are a full size too big. They will look and feel like clown shoes. Wear them for a few days. How do they feel? Might give you clue on what comfortable shoes should feel like. Do you live by a Red Wing Company store? Not a store that sells Red Wing. Red Wing company stores cater to corporate customers that send their employees to obtain safety shoes that must be properly fitted. They will determine your true size. They don't have a selection of casual hiking shoes, so make sure to at least purchase some socks for their assistance.
 
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gittiharre

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I am having a really hard time finding the "right-fit" shoes for my over pronating gait. I am a 65 year old woman, with mild rheumatoid arthritis (hands/feet), 65 year old knees 😒and TBH could lose about 15 lbs.😇 With that said, I am very active...cycle, hike, kayak, travel, etc.!

Shoes I have tried are: Altra trail runner suite, (comfortable, LOVED the wide toe bed, and uncomfortable, heel and calf, at the same time!!??) Merrell hiking shoe (very uncomfortable) and Hoka Speedgoat (very narrow toe bed) . Before I order more and take them back to REI...(I'm pretty sure they see my car pull into the car park and announce over the loud speaker..."Attention return department, Julie is back AGAIN!")...can over pronating folks share what has worked for them? Maybe a new brand/style, or even a brand I've already tried, but a different style. We start our Camino from Sahagún to Santiago the last week of April and we expect to average about 22ish kilometers per day.

TIA!!!!
I have similar issues and am now only using Brooks Ghost Gortex with a special insole. They are instantly super comfortable. No foot pain, no blisters.
They last 800 to 900 km.
 

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I am having a really hard time finding the "right-fit" shoes for my over pronating gait. I am a 65 year old woman, with mild rheumatoid arthritis (hands/feet), 65 year old knees 😒and TBH could lose about 15 lbs.😇 With that said, I am very active...cycle, hike, kayak, travel, etc.!

Shoes I have tried are: Altra trail runner suite, (comfortable, LOVED the wide toe bed, and uncomfortable, heel and calf, at the same time!!??) Merrell hiking shoe (very uncomfortable) and Hoka Speedgoat (very narrow toe bed) . Before I order more and take them back to REI...(I'm pretty sure they see my car pull into the car park and announce over the loud speaker..."Attention return department, Julie is back AGAIN!")...can over pronating folks share what has worked for them? Maybe a new brand/style, or even a brand I've already tried, but a different style. We start our Camino from Sahagún to Santiago the last week of April and we expect to average about 22ish kilometers per day.

TIA!!!!
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I had to quit El Camino del Norte in Nueva in 2017 because my lower calves had seized up completely. I suffered this pain and inability to walk any distance for three years. All sorts of massage and acupuncture had no effect. I had made an appointment with https://tuttys.ie for my wife and while we were with Mr Tutty, I got him to look at myself also. He was able to tell that my weight was focused on the insides of my feet, which he could tell by my big toe nails. He took an imprint of my feet, to make me a pair of corrective insoles, which I received just after the beginning of Covid. Three weeks later I walked 30 km without any pain whatsoever and have not looked back. I was able to return to Nueva this year and complete my Camino, 400 km with no trouble at all, save the odd blister. The insoles are not cheap, but compared to the pain I had suffered and what I had spent on massage and acupuncture over 3 years, their cost was minimal. If one needs them, one needs them and I need them. I am considering having a bespoke pair of corrective hiking boots made for next years 'del Sureste'. Tutty's would be well worth contacting. If they cannot help you themselves, I'm sure they will be able to point you in the direction of someone in your locality that can. I know they do send corrective footwear international.
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I am having a really hard time finding the "right-fit" shoes for my over pronating gait. I am a 65 year old woman, with mild rheumatoid arthritis (hands/feet), 65 year old knees 😒and TBH could lose about 15 lbs.😇 With that said, I am very active...cycle, hike, kayak, travel, etc.!

Shoes I have tried are: Altra trail runner suite, (comfortable, LOVED the wide toe bed, and uncomfortable, heel and calf, at the same time!!??) Merrell hiking shoe (very uncomfortable) and Hoka Speedgoat (very narrow toe bed) . Before I order more and take them back to REI...(I'm pretty sure they see my car pull into the car park and announce over the loud speaker..."Attention return department, Julie is back AGAIN!")...can over pronating folks share what has worked for them? Maybe a new brand/style, or even a brand I've already tried, but a different style. We start our Camino from Sahagún to Santiago the last week of April and we expect to average about 22ish kilometers per day.

TIA!!!!
On my first camino I was wearing Solomon ,after one day over the Pyrenees my feet were ruined tried Hoka with similar results after much expense I bought a pair of cheap Joma trainers, I'm on my third Camino wearing this brand and would not wear anything else ,I've said it before it's trial and error, everyone's feet are different what works for others might not work for you, I know this is not much help but it's what I had to do expensive does not mean good
 

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Definitely get the professional opinion of a podiatrist who is familiar with distance walking issues. Also try New Balance brand as they specialize in different widths. You mention only trying athletic shoes. What about hiking shoes? They might be a little heavier, but the extra support might help.
Thanks! I thought about trying hiking boots, but then got sucked into the whole trail runner craze! Will look into some hiking shoes/boots.
 

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Thanks! I thought about trying hiking boots, but then got sucked into the whole trail runner craze! Will look into some hiking shoes/boots.
I def recommend Brooks Ghost gortex. I overpronate and get painful soles of feet in boots and other hiking shoes. The Brooks are so well cushioned and supercomfortable. I use arch supporting insoles from a sport shop, works really well.
 

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We just finished. Started in Saint Jean and finished in Muxia. September 8th through October 24th. We’re older. 🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️Keen boots with custom orthotics. Loved them. Bought two sizes larger than my larger foot.
Thanks for the recommendation! Keens have been a go to for heavy hiking, but I thought that the last 1/2 of the Camino would be more of a "walking" vs hiking experience., I will definitely circle back to them!!
 
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Thanks! I thought about trying hiking boots, but then got sucked into the whole trail runner craze! Will look into some hiking shoes/boots.
Hiking boots or shoes is not what you need, nor off the shelf insoles for that matter either. You need corrective insoles or corrective whatever footwear you choose.
 

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I had to quit El Camino del Norte in Nueva in 2017 because my lower calves had seized up completely. I suffered this pain and inability to walk any distance for three years. All sorts of massage and acupuncture had no effect. I had made an appointment with https://tuttys.ie for my wife and while we were with Mr Tutty, I got him to look at myself also. He was able to tell that my weight was focused on the insides of my feet, which he could tell by my big toe nails. He took an imprint of my feet, to make me a pair of corrective insoles, which I received just after the beginning of Covid. Three weeks later I walked 30 km without any pain whatsoever and have not looked back. I was able to return to Nueva this year and complete my Camino, 400 km with no trouble at all, save the odd blister. The insoles are not cheap, but compared to the pain I had suffered and what I had spent on massage and acupuncture over 3 years, their cost was minimal. If one needs them, one needs them and I need them. I am considering having a bespoke pair of corrective hiking boots made for next years 'del Sureste'. Tutty's would be well worth contacting. If they cannot help you themselves, I'm sure they will be able to point you in the direction of someone in your locality that can. I know they do send corrective footwear international.
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Thanks for your response. I agree that when you get to the point where every shoe hurts and you can't do what you want to do, price takes a backseat to being pain-free! I will check out the link and congrats on finishing your Camino!!
 

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I def recommend Brooks Ghost gortex. I overpronate and get painful soles of feet in boots and other hiking shoes. The Brooks are so well cushioned and supercomfortable. I use arch supporting insoles from a sport shop, works really well.
Yes, I too am getting pain on the soles of my feet too. Thanks!!
 
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Thanks for your response. I agree that when you get to the point where every shoe hurts and you can't do what you want to do, price takes a backseat to being pain-free! I will check out the link and congrats on finishing your Camino!!
It wasn't the shoe, it was me. It is you that is the problem. The corrective shoe or insole will have you floating on air.
 

JulesCAinMA

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I have just walked the Portugues Coastal/Senda Litoral without a single blister or any physical issues. I put this down to my pre-departure visits to a chiropractor who was recommended to me, as my duck-footedness was causing blisters during my training walks. After a full head-to-toe workover and some exercises to do at home, she also reviewed my footwear and my backpack and hiking pole set up - helps that she is a keen hiker herself. I am so thankful for her advice and the positive impact this had on my camino experience.
How did you find a chiropractor who had a sports/hiker slant to her practice? Did you share what you were going to do when calling for an appointment? Thanks!
 
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Thanks for the recommendation! Keens have been a go to for heavy hiking, but I thought that the last 1/2 of the Camino would be more of a "walking" vs hiking experience., I will definitely circle back to them!!
Hi, 6'3 guy and over-pronator with customer orthotics. Highly recommend Keen boots. Walked Cadiz to Muxia this spring every step and feet (and back) great. I train in them also every walk. You're right that the CF is more walking than hiking but its what you're used to and what works for you. Besides, when you need stable footwear (weather/terrain) you need them. Some good advice above. Take the time to find the right solution for you because everything rides on your feet ! Good luck !!
 

J F Gregory

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When you say “order more”, are you actually ordering footwear online? A better plan would be to go into an REI store, or similar, try them on in the store, walk around in them, go up and down the incline board ( I assume every reputable store that sells hiking footwear has this?) and take advice from staff. It takes me a minimum of an hour or two of trying on, walking around in store, before I would even consider taking a pair home.
If you go to REI try them out if they don't work return and exchange they are very good about that . I like previous advice go to a podiatrist and get thier expert opinion.
 

K3Lee

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How did you find a chiropractor who had a sports/hiker slant to her practice? Did you share what you were going to do when calling for an appointment? Thanks!
She was recommended to me by a friend who had had no joy from podiatrists for her foot problems, but success with the chiro. I did explain my plans when I booked my initial appointment with her.
 
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Have you been assessed by a podiatrist or similar?

Custom orthotics are expensive, but for me they are critical. With those orthotics I can pick any shoes that meet my other needs. I have mobile forefoot, overpronate, but have high arches. Currently I wear New Balance Fresh Foam Mores in a woman's wide width, with a nice roomy fit.
That’s exactly what I was going to say.
I also suffer from pronation (right foot) but the problem has been much eased by medically assessed & fitted insoles thanks to my local NHS Podiatry department.
Shoe wise I have TNF hedgehogs, Merrill walking shoes & Salewa walking boots all of which are compatible with the insoles.
Buen Camino!
 

APilgrim3393

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I am having a really hard time finding the "right-fit" shoes for my over pronating gait. I am a 65 year old woman, with mild rheumatoid arthritis (hands/feet), 65 year old knees 😒and TBH could lose about 15 lbs.😇 With that said, I am very active...cycle, hike, kayak, travel, etc.!

Shoes I have tried are: Altra trail runner suite, (comfortable, LOVED the wide toe bed, and uncomfortable, heel and calf, at the same time!!??) Merrell hiking shoe (very uncomfortable) and Hoka Speedgoat (very narrow toe bed) . Before I order more and take them back to REI...(I'm pretty sure they see my car pull into the car park and announce over the loud speaker..."Attention return department, Julie is back AGAIN!")...can over pronating folks share what has worked for them? Maybe a new brand/style, or even a brand I've already tried, but a different style. We start our Camino from Sahagún to Santiago the last week of April and we expect to average about 22ish kilometers per day.

TIA!!!!
And the winner for me Salomon Quest. I’m an over pronating folk pilgrim and this question I relate to. This has been the greatest challenge as far as hiking gear for me. 1. Merrell hiking shoes did not work for me either. 2. I too had tried several types.

In then, I found this Salomon boot and used it all year round even on the scorchers of the meseta in summer. The one I liked they stopped making but this year I tried another Salomon boot that worked. This boot looks heavy but it is light by my standards in any shoes. Surprising light for such bulk and support. If you’re overweight and arthritic the cushion system in the boot might take some pressure of joints. Merril products are quality but the ones I’ve tried are not helpful in cushioning the impact on hard surfaces. They look good on everyone else but don’t work for me. The Salomon boot also gives my hip the needed support. The traction is another bonus as I rarely feel myself slipping. It runs try to size for me. With these boots, I see still that the tread wears out unevenly reflecting the overpronating. Maybe some slight adjustment in the heel cushioning could help me but it doesn’t matter because they feel comfortable walking with anyway. Whatever you choose, it may take a few more tries to get it write but we both know how important this is. Lastly, it may not work with where you live or situation but could be worth the effort. I might go in person to the reí or wherever and try them on there and ask the employees as opposed to ordering on-line.
 

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gittiharre

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And the winner for me Salomon Quest. I’m an over pronating folk pilgrim and this question I relate to. This has been the greatest challenge as far as hiking gear for me. 1. Merrell hiking shoes did not work for me either. 2. I too had tried several types.

In then, I found this Salomon boot and used it all year round even on the scorchers of the meseta in summer. The one I liked they stopped making but this year I tried another Salomon boot that worked. This boot looks heavy but it is light by my standards in any shoes. Surprising light for such bulk and support. If you’re overweight and arthritic the cushion system in the boot might take some pressure of joints. Merril products are quality but the ones I’ve tried are not helpful in cushioning the impact on hard surfaces. They look good on everyone else but don’t work for me. The Salomon boot also gives my hip the needed support. The traction is another bonus as I rarely feel myself slipping. It runs try to size for me. With these boots, I see still that the tread wears out unevenly reflecting the overpronating. Maybe some slight adjustment in the heel cushioning could help me but it doesn’t matter because they feel comfortable walking with anyway. Whatever you choose, it may take a few more tries to get it write but we both know how important this is. Lastly, it may not work with where you live or situation but could be worth the effort. I might go in person to the reí or wherever and try them on there and ask the employees as opposed to ordering on-line.
All our overpronated feet are different. I bought Solomon boots once and they ended up bring desperately uncomfortable....for me the Brooks Ghost Gortex were an instant hit. Put them on, walk off, no blisters, no foot pain, commercial insoles, bingo. Had orthotics from podiatrist in past, but I don't need them with the Brooks.
 

APilgrim3393

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All our overpronated feet are different. I bought Solomon boots once and they ended up bring desperately uncomfortable....for me the Brooks Ghost Gortex were an instant hit. Put them on, walk off, no blisters, no foot pain, commercial insoles, bingo. Had orthotics from podiatrist in past, but I don't need them with the Brooks.
No doubt. No one type fits all there.
 

JulesCAinMA

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And the winner for me Salomon Quest. I’m an over pronating folk pilgrim and this question I relate to. This has been the greatest challenge as far as hiking gear for me. 1. Merrell hiking shoes did not work for me either. 2. I too had tried several types.

In then, I found this Salomon boot and used it all year round even on the scorchers of the meseta in summer. The one I liked they stopped making but this year I tried another Salomon boot that worked. This boot looks heavy but it is light by my standards in any shoes. Surprising light for such bulk and support. If you’re overweight and arthritic the cushion system in the boot might take some pressure of joints. Merril products are quality but the ones I’ve tried are not helpful in cushioning the impact on hard surfaces. They look good on everyone else but don’t work for me. The Salomon boot also gives my hip the needed support. The traction is another bonus as I rarely feel myself slipping. It runs try to size for me. With these boots, I see still that the tread wears out unevenly reflecting the overpronating. Maybe some slight adjustment in the heel cushioning could help me but it doesn’t matter because they feel comfortable walking with anyway. Whatever you choose, it may take a few more tries to get it write but we both know how important this is. Lastly, it may not work with where you live or situation but could be worth the effort. I might go in person to the reí or wherever and try them on there and ask the employees as opposed to ordering on-line.
Thanks for such an in-depth and informative share. I'm having a hard time at my local REI finding shoes in my size, hence the ordering on-line route. I think I will call around to other REI's and see if they have this boot in stock and in my size ranges. Even if I have to drive a bit farther, I think it would be worth it to speak with an REI rep about the fit.
 
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A specialist sports shoe store worked for me. They videoed me walking, recommended a shoe that had variants that account for different levels of pronation and then let me try them at home.

My sore feet disappeared within two days and I cut around 10 minutes off my usual 6klm circuit without any effort and was less tired afterwards.

I think that the particular shoe was Asics but the real benefit was the knowledgeable staff in the shoe store.
 

Nancy W

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I, too, overpronate. After walking my first Camino (Portuguese Coastal) in Saucony running sneakers in June (as advised on many of these forum threads), I ended up with severe tendonitis in both ankles. I came home and was fitted for good orthotics. They were covered by my insurance. My orthopedic guy told me that Hokas are not for overpronaters, so I avoid those. I just bought some North Face hiking boots to wear on my next camino this summer. I’ve worn them several times, with the orthotics, with no issues. I’m hoping the added ankle support + the orthotics will help. Bottom line, if you overpronate, you need the ankle support.
 

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My orthopedic guy told me that Hokas are not for overpronaters
Bottom line, if you overpronate, you need the ankle support.
All overpronaters are not the same. For example, I have high arches and was surprised when told I overpronate. Apparently I have very mobile forefoot which spreads when I walk. My orthotics provide the stability and support that I need, so I can choose any shoe/boot that is comfortable.

Feet are very complicated, so it's important to be careful of generalizations.
 

PennyPapp

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I am having a really hard time finding the "right-fit" shoes for my over pronating gait. I am a 65 year old woman, with mild rheumatoid arthritis (hands/feet), 65 year old knees 😒and TBH could lose about 15 lbs.😇 With that said, I am very active...cycle, hike, kayak, travel, etc.!

Shoes I have tried are: Altra trail runner suite, (comfortable, LOVED the wide toe bed, and uncomfortable, heel and calf, at the same time!!??) Merrell hiking shoe (very uncomfortable) and Hoka Speedgoat (very narrow toe bed) . Before I order more and take them back to REI...(I'm pretty sure they see my car pull into the car park and announce over the loud speaker..."Attention return department, Julie is back AGAIN!")...can over pronating folks share what has worked for them? Maybe a new brand/style, or even a brand I've already tried, but a different style. We start our Camino from Sahagún to Santiago the last week of April and we expect to average about 22ish kilometers per day.

TIA!!!!
Hi I too have overpronating feet as well as high arches. I found Saloman boots with orthodics worked great for me. I had many blisters first Camino though but second time used Injinji socks and mostly avoided them.
Good luck with your footwear choice.
 
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I am having a really hard time finding the "right-fit" shoes for my over pronating gait. I am a 65 year old woman, with mild rheumatoid arthritis (hands/feet), 65 year old knees 😒and TBH could lose about 15 lbs.😇 With that said, I am very active...cycle, hike, kayak, travel, etc.!

Shoes I have tried are: Altra trail runner suite, (comfortable, LOVED the wide toe bed, and uncomfortable, heel and calf, at the same time!!??) Merrell hiking shoe (very uncomfortable) and Hoka Speedgoat (very narrow toe bed) . Before I order more and take them back to REI...(I'm pretty sure they see my car pull into the car park and announce over the loud speaker..."Attention return department, Julie is back AGAIN!")...can over pronating folks share what has worked for them? Maybe a new brand/style, or even a brand I've already tried, but a different style. We start our Camino from Sahagún to Santiago the last week of April and we expect to average about 22ish kilometers per day.

TIA!!!!
Ha! Im headed to REI Flagship store to try on shoes. I figure I might be back with returns. So they may add my name to the list. We are the same age! Let me know what you find.
 
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You are right to be spending time and effort on finding the right shoe, nothing else is more important. While well meaning, all the suggestions people offer about the perfect shoe are only useful if they come with the poster's feet as well. Alas, those of us stuck with unusual feet must resort to trial and error to find the right one. It's out there, you just haven't found it yet.

If you are active otherwise, what do you wear for your other activities? This might be your starting point. There is nothing about the Camino that calls for specialty footwear. I walk in standard running shoes. Many veterans, particularly women, favor sandals. I suggest starting with what has worked for you so far, and experiment from there. Widening your search to include non trail shoes might prove useful.
 

JulesCAinMA

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You are right to be spending time and effort on finding the right shoe, nothing else is more important. While well meaning, all the suggestions people offer about the perfect shoe are only useful if they come with the poster's feet as well. Alas, those of us stuck with unusual feet must resort to trial and error to find the right one. It's out there, you just haven't found it yet.

If you are active otherwise, what do you wear for your other activities? This might be your starting point. There is nothing about the Camino that calls for specialty footwear. I walk in standard running shoes. Many veterans, particularly women, favor sandals. I suggest starting with what has worked for you so far, and experiment from there. Widening your search to include non trail shoes might prove useful.
Agree 100%!! I went to a podiatrist and received a ton of info about the way my feet, knees and hips work, or don't work, together. 1st Physical Therapy session is tomorrow and insoles are in the works. I am very comfortable in Merrell and Keen sandals, so those are coming back into play, as are my everyday go to, Asics, and the Asics trail-runner. I am grateful that I've started this process 6 months before my walk date!
 

RJM

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For over pronation the insoles are just as important as the shoes.
Off the shelf spenco and ten seconds are two good brands with insoles designed for over pronation
 
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I have the opposite problem, and what I have found is that leather footwear with rubber soles helps greatly, because the leather adapts, and the rubber soles are resistant enough for a Camino.
 

JulesCAinMA

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I am having a really hard time finding the "right-fit" shoes for my over pronating gait. I am a 65 year old woman, with mild rheumatoid arthritis (hands/feet), 65 year old knees 😒and TBH could lose about 15 lbs.😇 With that said, I am very active...cycle, hike, kayak, travel, etc.!

Shoes I have tried are: Altra trail runner suite, (comfortable, LOVED the wide toe bed, and uncomfortable, heel and calf, at the same time!!??) Merrell hiking shoe (very uncomfortable) and Hoka Speedgoat (very narrow toe bed) . Before I order more and take them back to REI...(I'm pretty sure they see my car pull into the car park and announce over the loud speaker..."Attention return department, Julie is back AGAIN!")...can over pronating folks share what has worked for them? Maybe a new brand/style, or even a brand I've already tried, but a different style. We start our Camino from Sahagún to Santiago the last week of April and we expect to average about 22ish kilometers per day.

TIA!!!!
UPDATE: I know that footwear is as individual as there are individuals :) , so with that said, my journey to find a holy grail shoe has taken me through almost every brand ever made. I have RA, so my feet are always a problem and I've been retired for 2 years, so trading in daily work shoes (aka heels) for daily comfy shoes = the need for a very wide toebox!! I've tried trail runners to full on leather hiking boots and everything in between, including men's sizes. Luckily I go through REI, so I can wear them out on hikes and really test them before returning, which I have done with every pair until I FOUND Topo's! They have the toebox of Altras, but they are not 0 drop, which just didn't work for me. I ordered Topo trail runners, as well as the boots, and really put them to the test. Though I wanted the trail runners to work, it was ultimately the boot that was my HG, along with my PowerStep orthotic (I did visit a podiatrist, who recommended this, as well as physical therapy for plantar fasciiatis). Of course the true test will be when I set off from Pamplona (new/longer start location) in April! Buen Camino.
https://www.topoathletic.com/W-Trailventure-2-WP?quantity=1&color=161
 
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UPDATE: I know that footwear is as individual as there are individuals :) , so with that said, my journey to find a holy grail shoe has taken me through almost every brand ever made. I have RA, so my feet are always a problem and I've been retired for 2 years, so trading in daily work shoes (aka heels) for daily comfy shoes = the need for a very wide toebox!! I've tried trail runners to full on leather hiking boots and everything in between, including men's sizes. Luckily I go through REI, so I can wear them out on hikes and really test them before returning, which I have done with every pair until I FOUND Topo's! They have the toebox of Altras, but they are not 0 drop, which just didn't work for me. I ordered Topo trail runners, as well as the boots, and really put them to the test. Though I wanted the trail runners to work, it was ultimately the boot that was my HG, along with my PowerStep orthotic (I did visit a podiatrist, who recommended this, as well as physical therapy for plantar fasciiatis). Of course the true test will be when I set off from Pamplona (new/longer start location) in April! Buen Camino.
https://www.topoathletic.com/W-Trailventure-2-WP?quantity=1&color=161
Thank you for the information.
 

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