Oh, boy.... the last thing I want to do is sound at all confrontational. I hope that my disagreement is not viewed as a condemnation of your input.Hiking boots are critical to your comfort and performance on the trail, but this no longer means a stiff and burly model that will weigh you down.
My thoughts exactly. If you are going to bring boots (especially waterproof boots, ugh), then bring some quality, good-fitting hiking sandals too, for backup. I'm betting a good percentage of people following this advice will end up walking the bulk of the Camino in their sandals. But listen to your own feet, of course.For me it is neither boots or shoes but hiking sandals. I have worn Ecco Off-Road sandals for many thousands of Camino miles.
Some people love their boots. Perhaps they wear them daily. Good for them, if it works, why change?
I made the usual beginners mistake many years ago before my first Camino and listened to the salesmen in the hiking store. He was an experienced Australian bush walker so recommended boots. Very good, very expensive, would last a lifetime, boots. Necessary for tough Australian scrubb - all spiky and rocky and hard.
But complete overkill for the Camino Francés. They got discarded after the first camino in favour of lightweight ASICS. And for the last 4 or 5 caminos it’s been sandals.
The Camino Francés is not a wilderness trek.
Hey there....when you say light weight walking boot, could that include the lightweight north face ankle boot? I am doing Camino France starting October 27th and am perplexed as to whether solid trail runner or these..... snow? https://www.altitude-sports.com/products/the-north-face-womens-hedgehog-hike-ii-mid-gtx-llll-tnf-nf0a39ia?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIk46ql_mi3QIVlAoqCh04fwcTEAkYCCABEgLdi_D_BwEHi Tim
Pretty interesting question and responses you have received, and here are my experiences.
I had a pair of boots that were broken in, but when I walked in the Himalayas, I got blisters very quickly.
I walked Hadrian's Wall last year, but this time, I spent money on good socks, and I did not have a problem.
In August, I replaced them with a light weight walking boot and took them straight out for a 39 Klm walk and with proper walking socks, I had no problems.
Yesterday, I debuted a low cut walking shoe and did 33 Klm's of walking in the mud and once again, no blisters.
What I have found is that having proper walking socks are the only way to go
Wear whatever is most comfortable on your feet.Hey there....when you say light weight walking boot, could that include the lightweight north face ankle boot? I am doing Camino France starting October 27th and am perplexed as to whether solid trail runner or these..... snow? https://www.altitude-sports.com/products/the-north-face-womens-hedgehog-hike-ii-mid-gtx-llll-tnf-nf0a39ia?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIk46ql_mi3QIVlAoqCh04fwcTEAkYCCABEgLdi_D_BwE
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