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Lisa98663

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August 26 to October 6, 2022
Hi,
I'm looking for recommendations for hiking sandals. Would like to alternate between Hoka Stinson shoes and hiking sandals. Will start the Camino Frances at the end of August. All input will be appreciated.
 
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David

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First one in 2005 from Moissac, France.
I only wear trekking sandals now .. boots and trainers long gone .. mine are Keen Newport H2. Superbly supportive shaped footbed, wide toe box, thick grippy sole ... I prefer the fabric versions rather than the leather ones as I find them even more comfortable, the leather model being a bit stiff for some time. The fabric ones dry much quicker too.
I have super wide feet and really dislike having them 'trapped', enclosed, so these are great - the only footwear I have ever had that five minutes after putting them on I am unaware that I am wearing footwear - that good.

They are designed to also go through water so the inner sole is material that doesn't get wet and spongy but this does mean that in hot dry weather they can be a little smelly by the end of the day so they need a quick wipe inside regularly, I just use my face flannel when washing ... oh, and they have an exclamation mark on the side of the toe cap and no one knows why!
The soles last me a couple of years. Mind you, possibly the ugliest footwear on the planet.
 

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Anamiri

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2016, 2017, 2019 Camino Frances
Hi,
I'm looking for recommendations for hiking sandals. Would like to alternate between Hoka Stinson shoes and hiking sandals. Will start the Camino Frances at the end of August. All input will be appreciated.
My husband has Ecco sandals, they've lasted him years, super comfortable, he walked the Camino in them 2019 and they are still in good order. My aunt swears by her Ecco womens, she does a lot of wilderness hiking, and her last pair lasted 4 years.
 
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I'm another member of the "sandalista" club and exclusively wear sandals on the Camino. I've found a couple of different Merrell styles (now discontinued) that work for me, but many like Keens, Ecco, Teva, Chacos, etc. It's really up to what works best for your feet.
 
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2018
I only wear trekking sandals now .. boots and trainers long gone .. mine are Keen Newport H2. Superbly supportive shaped footbed, wide toe box, thick grippy sole ... I prefer the fabric versions rather than the leather ones as I find them even more comfortable, the leather model being a bit stiff for some time. The fabric ones dry much quicker too.
I have super wide feet and really dislike having them 'trapped', enclosed, so these are great - the only footwear I have ever had that five minutes after putting them on I am unaware that I am wearing footwear - that good.

They are designed to also go through water so the inner sole is material that doesn't get wet and spongy but this does mean that in hot dry weather they can be a little smelly by the end of the day so they need a quick wipe inside regularly, I just use my face flannel when washing ... oh, and they have an exclamation mark on the side of the toe cap and no one knows why!
The soles last me a couple of years. Mind you, possibly the ugliest footwear on the planet.
These are what i wear, on or off Camino
 
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August 2015
I used Eccos as my back up shoes on my first Camino - heavy and hit all the blister places although they held up beautifully.
Next time I tried Chacos and same thing. Additionally I had to keep fiddling with them as my feet began to swell so the straps needed to gradually be loosened. Not super easy to do.
Next I went to lighter crisscross Tevas and they were okay for a few hours. This next time I’m trying an ultralight universal teva. I agree that it’s a different strokes for different folks situation. None of these sandals (or trail runners) gave me any blisters or problems at home. I do get blisters on the Camino though. Curious how people keep grit and pebbles out of their sandals. Good luck with your decision. Buen Camino.
 
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cbacino

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Camino del Norte - Primitivo (2018)
Via Francigena (2017)
Appalachian Trail (2016)
Hi,
I'm looking for recommendations for hiking sandals. Would like to alternate between Hoka Stinson shoes and hiking sandals. Will start the Camino Frances at the end of August. All input will be appreciated.
I just walked from Gibraltar to Muxía wearing only Keen Newport H2 sandals. Worked like a charm.
 

Karen Begley

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Camino Frances - stated May 8th 2022
My husband has Ecco sandals, they've lasted him years, super comfortable, he walked the Camino in them 2019 and they are still in good order. My aunt swears by her Ecco womens, she does a lot of wilderness hiking, and her last pair lasted 4 years.
Hi. I just walked one day in my Ecco sandals that were new. They completely fell apart after one day. The soles came off on both of them.
 

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Pilgrim Patricia

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Via de la Plata; Hospitalera Miraz 2011
I only wear trekking sandals now .. boots and trainers long gone .. mine are Keen Newport H2. Superbly supportive shaped footbed, wide toe box, thick grippy sole ... I prefer the fabric versions rather than the leather ones as I find them even more comfortable, the leather model being a bit stiff for some time. The fabric ones dry much quicker too.
I have super wide feet and really dislike having them 'trapped', enclosed, so these are great - the only footwear I have ever had that five minutes after putting them on I am unaware that I am wearing footwear - that good.

They are designed to also go through water so the inner sole is material that doesn't get wet and spongy but this does mean that in hot dry weather they can be a little smelly by the end of the day so they need a quick wipe inside regularly, I just use my face flannel when washing ... oh, and they have an exclamation mark on the side of the toe cap and no one knows why!
The soles last me a couple of years. Mind you, possibly the ugliest footwear on the planet.
Here's what I found online about the triangle with an exclamation mark:

"Why do KEEN shoes have an exclamation mark on them? This "caution symbol" on the toe bumper of some of our hiking boots and hybrid sandals is for our KEEN. PROTECT design — our iconic and patented toe protection that helps keep toes safe, whether on the trail or in the water."

It certainly makes more sense to wear something with toe protection than an open toe.

Buen camino!
 

Lisa98663

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August 26 to October 6, 2022
I only wear trekking sandals now .. boots and trainers long gone .. mine are Keen Newport H2. Superbly supportive shaped footbed, wide toe box, thick grippy sole ... I prefer the fabric versions rather than the leather ones as I find them even more comfortable, the leather model being a bit stiff for some time. The fabric ones dry much quicker too.
I have super wide feet and really dislike having them 'trapped', enclosed, so these are great - the only footwear I have ever had that five minutes after putting them on I am unaware that I am wearing footwear - that good.

They are designed to also go through water so the inner sole is material that doesn't get wet and spongy but this does mean that in hot dry weather they can be a little smelly by the end of the day so they need a quick wipe inside regularly, I just use my face flannel when washing ... oh, and they have an exclamation mark on the side of the toe cap and no one knows why!
The soles last me a couple of years. Mind you, possibly the ugliest footwear on the planet.
Thank you for the helpful information.
 
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howardd5

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Hi,
I'm looking for recommendations for hiking sandals. Would like to alternate between Hoka Stinson shoes and hiking sandals. Will start the Camino Frances at the end of August. All input will be appreciated.
I really like Teva hiking sandals , the models/name changes but the have enough sole to protect feet and are fully adjustable . Try on in person as sizes are different than US
 
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CreationRamblers

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Hi,
I'm looking for recommendations for hiking sandals. Would like to alternate between Hoka Stinson shoes and hiking sandals. Will start the Camino Frances at the end of August. All input will be appreciated.
on the Camino Portuguese Coastal now... 2 weeks in Ann's ove been using these Tevas for Women even over my Altras shoes... I added a pair of Nova foam inserts to make even more comfy. Best sandals!
 

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VAtoNC

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305 miles of the Frances, 2019. Planning another Frances 4/20 and will go the distance this time!
Hi,
I'm looking for recommendations for hiking sandals. Would like to alternate between Hoka Stinson shoes and hiking sandals. Will start the Camino Frances at the end of August. All input will be appreciated.
I hiked in Chacos with socks. They have a style with a thicker sole and straps which makes it ideal for hiking.
 

Anamiri

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2016, 2017, 2019 Camino Frances
Hi. I just walked one day in my Ecco sandals that were new. They completely fell apart after one day. The soles came off on both of them.
Can you get a refund? Yours being faulty would suggest maybe a faulty batch, and I'm sure they would have had feedback on that. The shop we got ours from offered one (but that was in NZ).
 
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Scott Sweeney

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Hi,
I'm looking for recommendations for hiking sandals. Would like to alternate between Hoka Stinson shoes and hiking sandals. Will start the Camino Frances at the end of August. All input will be appreciated.
There was a time when I was younger I lived in sandals but I didn't walk for 5 weeks of different terrain. I want my ankles supported and I don't care for small stones under the sandal straps. I know many people do , I guess it's a personal choice.
 

Karen Begley

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Camino Frances - stated May 8th 2022
Can you get a refund? Yours being faulty would suggest maybe a faulty batch, and I'm sure they would have had feedback on that. The shop we got ours from offered one (but that was in NZ).
I did contact Ecco and they directed me to their customer service where I would need to return them to the USA. I couldn’t bring myself to carrying them in my pack as I don’t want the extra weight. In all fairness that particular day was very rugged and long. I put them in the garbage. I will continue to wear Ecco when I return home to Canada but don’t think they are suitable for hiking. FYI I did try to get some Keens but couldn’t find them. Are they sold in Spain?
 

trecile

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PAST - Francés, Norte, Salvador, Portuguese
I did contact Ecco and they directed me to their customer service where I would need to return them to the USA. I couldn’t bring myself to carrying them in my pack as I don’t want the extra weight. In all fairness that particular day was very rugged and long. I put them in the garbage. I will continue to wear Ecco when I return home to Canada but don’t think they are suitable for hiking. FYI I did try to get some Keens but couldn’t find them. Are they sold in Spain?
@Kanga always wears Ecco sandals on the Camino with no problems. It sounds like you had a faulty pair.
 
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Anamiri

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I did contact Ecco and they directed me to their customer service where I would need to return them to the USA. I couldn’t bring myself to carrying them in my pack as I don’t want the extra weight. In all fairness that particular day was very rugged and long. I put them in the garbage. I will continue to wear Ecco when I return home to Canada but don’t think they are suitable for hiking. FYI I did try to get some Keens but couldn’t find them. Are they sold in Spain?
My aunt wears them for quite rugged hiking, and they work well. They normally last for years, outlasting the Tevas she used to walk in, and she's pretty tough on footwear. Its unfortunate you had a faulty pair. I quite understand not wanting to carry the extra weight - I would probably have thrown them away too,.
 

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