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I'm a sandal convert!

Camino(s) past & future
Aug-Sept(2016) SJPDP-Finisterre, July-Aug(2017) SJPDP-Muxia-Finisterre, July-Aug(2018) El Norte
#1
For the past week I've exclusively worn my Merrell Siren Strap sandals https://www.merrell.com/US/en/siren-strap-q2/28036W.html on the Camino del Norte. They are much more comfortable than the shoes that I brought, and are especially great in the rain. When you walk all day in the rain your feet are going to get wet and muddy, and it's easier and quicker to clean and dry sandals than shoes. I've been wearing socks with them - I just wring out the socks and put them back on when I take a break. Of course, the weather is warm right now. I think that I might have to invest in the waterproof socks that @Kanga has talked about
 

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Thornley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances [08 ]Portuguese [09 ]Le Puy[10] Norte[ 11] Madrid [12] Figeac - Pamplona [13] Mont Saint Michel - Bordeaux / St Palais - Pamplona [14] Moissac -Burgos [15] , Norte to Oviedo and then Primitivo [16]
Le Puy to Moissac and Dax to Santo Domingo
#3
Last 5 years Sandals
Previous 5 were boots .
 

Hallonis

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances May/June 2018
#4
I can't praise enough my Keen sandals bought in Logrono. It was supposed to be a temporary switch to let my feet rest from my narrow shoes, but it took me by surprise how light and easy it was to walk in them even in rain so I continued wearing them all the way to Santiago. Only time I had to switch back to shoes was at the Cruz de Ferro because it was freezing and I could barely feel my toes. Mind you this was beginning of June so I wouldn't recommend bringing only sandals on the Camino in the colder months.
 

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#6
@trecile

This is good to hear :)

I wear Merrell sandals all the time for my everyday shoes, unless it’s freezing, when I wear boots.
Those most like yours are the Sandspurs. (I also have some Siennas and a pair of their replacement model.)
I would have chosen my teva Terra Fi for my next Camino, but hearing that you’ve found your Merrells comfortable and sufficiently robust has made me think again :)

Thanks!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Caminos Madrid, Frances and Finisterre (2015)
Camino Norte-2017; Camino Ingles from A Coruna - 2017
#10
Another sandal fan. Keens, Lunas, Bedrocks and Merrells-all have been sturdy enough to do the Camino. Can't say enough about the benefits.
 

KinkyOne

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Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#11
I'm not a sandals fan. I can't be because I didn't try them ;)
But what about the soles? How fast they loose their profile and grip?
I walked in my mid-cut Salomon boots on three Caminos (approx. 2500km) and they are still OK for another flat Camino.
 

Trude

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francais 2013 Finnestere, Muxia 2013, 2017
Norte 2014, Francais, 2015, 2016, VDLP 2017
#13
For the past week I've exclusively worn my Merrell Siren Strap sandals https://www.merrell.com/US/en/siren-strap-q2/28036W.html on the Camino del Norte. They are much more comfortable than the shoes that I brought, and are especially great in the rain. When you walk all day in the rain your feet are going to get wet and muddy, and it's easier and quicker to clean and dry sandals than shoes. I've been wearing socks with them - I just wring out the socks and put them back on when I take a break. Of course, the weather is warm right now. I think that I might have to invest in the waterproof socks that @Kanga has talked about
I love walking in good sandals.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2010), Portugues (2011), Promitivo (2013), VdlP (2014), Camino Ingles (2016)
#14
I'm not a sandals fan. I can't be because I didn't try them ;)
But what about the soles? How fast they loose their profile and grip?
I walked in my mid-cut Salomon boots on three Caminos (approx. 2500km) and they are still OK for another flat Camino.
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A bin in Santiago after 960km of VDLP and the sandals were far from new when I set out.
 

kdespot

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés SJPP-SdC Sept-Oct 2016
#15
Of all the choices a pilgrim has for what goes in the pack, I can't imagine a better one than a pair of walking sandals. Mine were Keens, but it doesn't matter. Whichever works for you. I firmly believe that having sandals and a pair of walking shoes (mine were Merrills) is the reason that I did SJPdP to SdC with not even one blister. Half a Camino in each.
 

jrunner02

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
C.Frances, SJPDP to Santiago, May 2018
#16
I wore Quechua sandals (looked like tevas) with athletic socks my for 95% of my camino that I bought as a last-minute item in Bordeaux. Initially, I wore normal sized boots and thought I'd wear sandals in the flat areas but I switched to sandals in Pamplona when my feet swelled so much that I started developing what felt like the initial stages of a stress fracture in my right foot (redness, tenderness, acute pain to touch). After switching, the tenderness and pain disappeared within a day. After I finished my camino, wearing shoes felt like strapping pillows to my feet.
TL;DR Sandals/Socks, ftw!!!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances April 2018
#17
Tevas with Injinji socks. Waterproof Sealskinz socks over my Injinjis during the worst of the cold and wet weather. Worked for me!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2016, SJPP-Santiago),Portuguese Central (2017, Lisboa-Santiago),Camino Primitivo (2018)
#18
Keen sandals are really good to walk in. I don’t wear socks with mine. I am considering wearing them for a six day walk soon, but will probably have the first section of the day with my very comfortable boots, and then switch, depending on the rain...
I’ve done two Camino in Keen sandals- I wear Smartwool socks; you can buy them in different weights (cushion) which is nice.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Aug-Sept(2016) SJPDP-Finisterre, July-Aug(2017) SJPDP-Muxia-Finisterre, July-Aug(2018) El Norte
#19
I've been walking through lots of rain and mud the last couple of days. Sandals are sooo much easier to clean and dry!
 

Pamb

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2011 & 2014). Camino Ignaciano (just to be different) (Sept 2016). Portuguese 2018
#21
I like walking in my Eco sandals, but still find I am bothered by grit that gets in under my foot. How do you cope with the more closed in sandals?
 

holhum

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning for 2018
#22
I have some Merrell sandals that I have tried using on short walks here at home, but they have a few different places where velcro is used to make them adjustable, but the velcro very easily comes undone which is annoying. They haven't had much use but this velcro situation makes it unlikely I would take this pair on the Camino. I was thinking some of the 100% synthetic Birkenstocks might do as an afternoon/evening shoe in June, as they can manage wet conditions. I can attach them to the outisde of my backpack too with some great caribiners I bought (though will this drive me crazy as I walk?) Opinions?
 

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KinkyOne

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Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#23
I have some Merrell sandals that I have tried using on short walks here at home, but they have a few different places where velcro is used to make them adjustable, but the velcro very easily comes undone which is annoying. They haven't had much use but this velcro situation makes it unlikely I would take this pair on the Camino. I was thinking some of the 100% synthetic Birkenstocks might do as an afternoon/evening shoe in June, as they can manage wet conditions. I can attach them to the outisde of my backpack too with some great caribiners I bought (though will this drive me crazy as I walk?) Opinions?
I guess you are first-timer. I suggest you try walking in your boots/shoes and only then after 10 or so days try sandals if you feel boots/shoes are not working for you.

Bottom line: this thread isn't "way to do it" thread!!!

And Buen Camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Aug-Sept(2016) SJPDP-Finisterre, July-Aug(2017) SJPDP-Muxia-Finisterre, July-Aug(2018) El Norte
#24
I guess you are first-timer. I suggest you try walking in your boots/shoes and only then after 10 or so days try sandals if you feel boots/shoes are not working for you.

Bottom line: this thread isn't "way to do it" thread!!!

And Buen Camino!
Absolutely. The sandals that I'm using are the same model that I wore daily during a 6+ week trip to Guatemala, including several hikes on difficult terrain, so I knew that they would work for me long term.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Aug-Sept(2016) SJPDP-Finisterre, July-Aug(2017) SJPDP-Muxia-Finisterre, July-Aug(2018) El Norte
#25
I also converted another peregrina to sandals. She was grimacing as she was putting on her boots on blistered feet. I saw a pair of Teva sandals in her pack. I told her to put them on, and not wear the boots until her feet healed. By the time she arrived in Santiago the boots had been shipped home. :)
She told me that she would ever walk another camino in boots or shoes.
 
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Francés ('14/'15)
St Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
#26

KinkyOne

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Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#27
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
St Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
#28
Are they actually sandals at all anymore?
Well, except check out the heel - they don't have a heavy heel cup, but just mesh and a strap.
Which is great, because if you're lazy or just hanging out, you can fold the back down and wear them like a pair of crocs.:)
 
Camino(s) past & future
2004 St Jean - Santiago, 2008 &18 Seville - Finesterre, 2010 Ferrol - Lisbon, 2012 from Cartehenga.
#29
My daughter was checking out Camino photos recently to get an idea of clothes to pack on the Vdlp, she couldn't stop laughing at all the socks and sandles pics. I forgot that we walked most of the way in these, after the mistake of taking boots on our first CF we now use walking shoes for the wet and sandles for long stretches or hot as they keep your feet cool and prevent blisters. Small stones can be a pain, but socks stop this. Would also recommend selecting those. That have a covered toe top... Saves from stubbed toes on rocks.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Future (God-willing): Madrid, Salvador, Primitivo (2018)
#30
I guess you are first-timer. I suggest you try walking in your boots/shoes and only then after 10 or so days try sandals if you feel boots/shoes are not working for you.

Bottom line: this thread isn't "way to do it" thread!!!

And Buen Camino!
The assumption here is that shoes or boots are the accepted norm or the sensible way to do it, and sandals are for outliers.

With all due respect to KinkyOne I’d like to suggest to the first timer: try walking in your sandals (10 or so days - and better still if those days are done at home), and then if they’re not working for you, upgrade to shoes/trail runners...and eventually boots, if the shoes don’t work.
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#31
The assumption here is that shoes or boots are the accepted norm or the sensible way to do it, and sandals are for outliers.

With all due respect to KinkyOne I’d like to suggest to the first timer: try walking in your sandals (10 or so days - and better still if those days are done at home), and then if they’re not working for you, upgrade to shoes/trail runners...and eventually boots, if the shoes don’t work.
:D:D:D

Nice touch(down)! ;)
 
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#32
Tevas with Injinji socks. Waterproof Sealskinz socks over my Injinjis during the worst of the cold and wet weather. Worked for me!
Exactly the same here. Teva Tirra in my case. I also use a pair of wool socks with medium or thick couching if it is a lot of road walking then the feet get less tired.

Teva Tirra has one disadvantage and that is that the heal "Chock absorber" will collapse after ~360 km they are still useful and comfortable but not "a cloud" to walk on anymore. I actually bring 1 extra pair that I use in albergues and midways I swap the pairs and then have another 360 km on clouds again.
 
Camino(s) past & future
(Le Puy- St Jean Pied a Port (September 2018 )

St. Jean Pied a Port - Finisterre 2008
#33
If those were available where I live I'd grab them in a flash. I do have a pair of Merrel trail runner that I got in a flea market in Tunisia. Very comfortable and will wear those- but I'd love some comfy sandals. Anyone know if they might be available in Le Puy?
 
#34
Not a sandal person but everybody to thier own. My trusty lightweigt boot works for me. Same weight as treeking shoe of same brand. Over 15000km i worn out 6 pair of boots always with wool socks. Same pair of socks for 3 years and No Blisters. What works for one person will cripple somebody else. Walking 1000km with backpack and walking 100km. Also wet feet means cold feet and likely chest infection. Go into any albergue and see how many chest infection head colds heading chemist or Doctor. Live and let live buen camino
 

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