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My old Camino shoes have been stolen.....

BPG2017

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Camino(s) past & future
September 2017
😢 😢😢 I did the Camino just once in 2017, one of the great experiences of my lifetime. The shoes that carried me to Santiago have been my pride and joy, still used regularly for little hikes and longer walks, bringing me pleasure and pride every time I put them on. I was planning to keep them for the rest of my life, as weird mantlepiece decorations some day, once they became completely worn out...

Last week someone stole them. I have been mourning all week. I cannot get used to the fact that my beloved keepsake, aglow with happy memories, is no longer with me.

Just sharing.
 

OzAnnie

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
'CP, Frances,Norte,Salv/prim;Le puy, Inglés, CDM, Invierno, Fin/Mux, Vdlp 2019>Táb/ Prt Levante 2020
😢 😢😢 I did the Camino just once in 2017, one of the great experiences of my lifetime. The shoes that carried me to Santiago have been my pride and joy, still used regularly for little hikes and longer walks, bringing me pleasure and pride every time I put them on. I was planning to keep them for the rest of my life, as weird mantlepiece decorations some day, once they became completely worn out...

Last week someone stole them. I have been mourning all week. I cannot get used to the fact that my beloved keepsake, aglow with happy memories, is no longer with me.

Just sharing.
Where did you leave them ?
Think of it as helping someone in need. I’d assume the person who took them must have needed them ?
 

Turga

Camino tortuga
Camino(s) past & future
CF (Aug/Sep 2017)
CF (Aug/Sep 2018)
😢 😢😢 I did the Camino just once in 2017, one of the great experiences of my lifetime. The shoes that carried me to Santiago have been my pride and joy, still used regularly for little hikes and longer walks, bringing me pleasure and pride every time I put them on. I was planning to keep them for the rest of my life, as weird mantlepiece decorations some day, once they became completely worn out...

Last week someone stole them. I have been mourning all week. I cannot get used to the fact that my beloved keepsake, aglow with happy memories, is no longer with me.

Just sharing.
I hear you brother! Anyone who can grieve the loss of a pair of old shoes have my sympathy.... ;)
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Where did you leave them ?
Think of it as helping someone in need. I’d assume the person who took them must have needed them ?
I am wondering the same thing...how stolen when not on a boot rack on the Camino?. 😲😐
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Ingles 2016 Camino Portuguese 2017 Considering Invierno late (2020) In lieu of VdlP (2020)
😢 😢😢 I did the Camino just once in 2017, one of the great experiences of my lifetime. The shoes that carried me to Santiago have been my pride and joy, still used regularly for little hikes and longer walks, bringing me pleasure and pride every time I put them on. I was planning to keep them for the rest of my life, as weird mantlepiece decorations some day, once they became completely worn out...

Last week someone stole them. I have been mourning all week. I cannot get used to the fact that my beloved keepsake, aglow with happy memories, is no longer with me.

Just sharing.
Just thinking here .... do you have a house proud Spouse/Partner? Also did they disappear around the time the garbage truck visited your area?
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Or my Hoka's on the Le Puy camino in 2018. Wonderful memories!
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Mycroft

Active Member
I have had an REI backpacking towel for decades. It was just the right size and weight and worked perfectly. Last year on the Camino Portugues Central, I accidently left it at the fire station in a small town. They said they would post it to me so I asked how much they wanted and they never replied. I am sad that something that has been with me on many, many, many adventures is gone. So on that level I can relate. I hope that whoever took your boots thought they were left out for the taking, and that once you advertise and get the word out, will contact you to return them.
 

BPG2017

Member
Camino(s) past & future
September 2017
Thanks for all the sympathetic replies. Just to clarify, it was a break-in into our closed veranda, so unfortunately no charitable explanations possible. (Nothing else was taken, so I assume they saw the shoes through the glass and went for them.) I am trying to take it philosophically, as Rako said - but at the same time wondering if this is a call to repeat the Camino next year, to break in a new pair of keepsake shoes :) ….
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015, 2017, 2019) and plans for 2021 (Sept, Oct)
I wore a pair of high top Patagonia hiking boots on our first two caminos and loved them. I didn't think they'd make a third camino, so I purchased a similar pair / design - Merrill Moabs and wore them last year on our third camino. I am a member of a volunteer church group that travels to a Catholic orphanage each year for a week. I wore them as work shoes during the week, then donated them to the orphanage. There aren't many adult locals that wear size 13 boots, but I'm sure someone put them to good use.
 

Zordmot

First timer Spring 2019
Camino(s) past & future
April-May 2019
I understand the feeling. I took this photo after completing the CF. After that, 100 km on the CN, and probably 500 km more since then. They’re hanging in there but the sole is getting thin. Time to replace. But I have a strong emotional attachment like I’ve not had with shoes before! What to do with them!

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BPG2017

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September 2017
I understand the feeling. I took this photo after completing the CF. After that, 100 km on the CN, and probably 500 km more since then. They’re hanging in there but the sole is getting thin. Time to replace. But I have a strong emotional attachment like I’ve not had with shoes before! What to do with them!

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Why not do what I was planning to do with mine? Spray them bronze and use them as weird mantlepiece decorations! My idea was ispired by something I saw (and photographed) somewhere between Portomarin and SdC:
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evanscl

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Oct 2016
Thanks for all the sympathetic replies. Just to clarify, it was a break-in into our closed veranda, so unfortunately no charitable explanations possible. (Nothing else was taken, so I assume they saw the shoes through the glass and went for them.) I am trying to take it philosophically, as Rako said - but at the same time wondering if this is a call to repeat the Camino next year, to break in a new pair of keepsake shoes :) ….
What a strange thing to steal - i think you are right, take this as a donation to a soul in need of broken-in comfy boots and a sign that its time to let go of what has served you well and break in new boots ready to make new walking memories. When the time comes we are able to travel again they should be nice and ready 🥾🥾👍
 

Holly West

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
😢 😢😢 I did the Camino just once in 2017, one of the great experiences of my lifetime. The shoes that carried me to Santiago have been my pride and joy, still used regularly for little hikes and longer walks, bringing me pleasure and pride every time I put them on. I was planning to keep them for the rest of my life, as weird mantlepiece decorations some day, once they became completely worn out...

Last week someone stole them. I have been mourning all week. I cannot get used to the fact that my beloved keepsake, aglow with happy memories, is no longer with me.

Just sharing.
Where were they when this happened????
 
Camino(s) past & future
Us:Camino Frances, 2015 Me:Catalan/Aragonese, 2019
Your boots may have been swiped for a gift and not fit and may be donated to charity. Let local second-hand and consignment shops know about this so they can give you a call when a pair of boots come in.
 

Bella2017

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2014,2015,2016.
March 2017 Oct 2018 Camino ingles june 2019 cancelled Camino Portuguese Oct 2019
Have you checked outside your house as I once had a break in and found my less valuable belongs scattered in a nearby field. Also if you let us know size and make we can all look out for them on eBay. I agree it is now a time for short walks which is good to break in new boots.
 

susanawee

susanawee
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances-(2013/14/18
Camino Salvado Perth -(2015)
West Highland Way (2016)
Lyon France 2017
yku
😢 😢😢 I did the Camino just once in 2017, one of the great experiences of my lifetime. The shoes that carried me to Santiago have been my pride and joy, still used regularly for little hikes and longer walks, bringing me pleasure and pride every time I put them on. I was planning to keep them for the rest of my life, as weird mantlepiece decorations some day, once they became completely worn out...

Last week someone stole them. I have been mourning all week. I cannot get used to the fact that my beloved keepsake, aglow with happy memories, is no longer with me.

Just sharing.
Oh Bella 2017, I am SO, so sorry and sad to read this news, as I know well, the attachment one feels towards walking boots, or, in your case, shoes. I still have my original pair of hiking/Outdoor boots which i bought in 1972. and These boots have taken my feet on many an adventure and i would be absolutely devastated should anything happen to them. They now sit quietly in my wardrobe and i keep the leather maintained, but i can no longer wear them due to changes in my feet. - some things do remaiń special even though the Camino taught me that " less is definitely more". Love and empathy..
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Caminos Francais: 2002, 2012, 2019. (Future Ingles, Primitivo, Portuguese in 2021)
I am truly humbled to read of this loss of a significant Camino memory, especially a physical memory. We take away much away from our Caminos in our hearts, our souls and our memories, but the tangibles we take away are, quite simply, priceless. See, witth one exception, every one of three previous Caminos has brought me face to boot lace with sullen and disagreeable shoes or boots. Footwear which bites me, pains me, stumbles me and pinches me. My feet, of course, are the middle victims, turning from helpless toes from boot to me crumpled with anxiety, dread and fear. And blisters. Oh, there have been days when we all get along: me, the boots, the feet, but too often, its an uneasy and short-lived alliance. Keep them? Not on your life -- strraight into the bin or, I confess, Goodwill. Well, whenever the fourth Camino, I have a solution and, in experimental walks so far, working brilliantly! Sandals! Ultreya!
 

Zordmot

First timer Spring 2019
Camino(s) past & future
April-May 2019
I am truly humbled to read of this loss of a significant Camino memory, especially a physical memory. We take away much away from our Caminos in our hearts, our souls and our memories, but the tangibles we take away are, quite simply, priceless. See, witth one exception, every one of three previous Caminos has brought me face to boot lace with sullen and disagreeable shoes or boots. Footwear which bites me, pains me, stumbles me and pinches me. My feet, of course, are the middle victims, turning from helpless toes from boot to me crumpled with anxiety, dread and fear. And blisters. Oh, there have been days when we all get along: me, the boots, the feet, but too often, its an uneasy and short-lived alliance. Keep them? Not on your life -- strraight into the bin or, I confess, Goodwill. Well, whenever the fourth Camino, I have a solution and, in experimental walks so far, working brilliantly! Sandals! Ultreya!
I highly recommend SANDALS!!! I started my first Camino wearing a pair of hiking shoes that I had worn for several hundred Km’s that felt like hand-in-glove. But by the time I got to Pamplona, I was blistered, bleeding, limping. I bought a pair of sandals there and walked in comfort the rest of the way. Pitched my beautiful expensive hiking shoes and never missed them. I walked a whole second Camino in the Teva sandals in the photo I posted on this thread. I’ve got them on my feet at this moment as I sip my coffee before taking off on a morning hike. Most comfortable things ever worn on these feet. I USUALLY WEAR SHORT THIN HIKING SOCKS WITH MY SANDALS. Don’t worry, I’m over 60, it’s legal. Every shoe has its downsides. For these: 1) getting small rocks in the foot bed 2) when tramping through mud it’s not pleasant. 3) there are a few moments on the CF when you wish you had more ankle support. Upsides: 1) comfort and cool feet 2) no blisters 3) easy to hose down and air dry quickly 4) if no one is looking, you can use these as your only shoes on the Camino. Each morning on the Camino before putting my socks on I would put athletic tape over those places where historically I get blisters. Not sure if that helped or if it was simply a ritual oblation to the foot goddess! Buen Camino a tus pies!!!
 

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Camino(s) past & future
Caminos Francais: 2002, 2012, 2019. (Future Ingles, Primitivo, Portuguese in 2021)
I highly recommend SANDALS!!! I started my first Camino wearing a pair of hiking shoes that I had worn for several hundred Km’s that felt like hand-in-glove. But by the time I got to Pamplona, I was blistered, bleeding, limping. I bought a pair of sandals there and walked in comfort the rest of the way. Pitched my beautiful expensive hiking shoes and never missed them. I walked a whole second Camino in the Teva sandals in the photo I posted on this thread. I’ve got them on my feet at this moment as I sip my coffee before taking off on a morning hike. Most comfortable things ever worn on these feet. I USUALLY WEAR SHORT THIN HIKING SOCKS WITH MY SANDALS. Don’t worry, I’m over 60, it’s legal. Every shoe has its downsides. For these: 1) getting small rocks in the foot bed 2) when tramping through mud it’s not pleasant. 3) there are a few moments on the CF when you wish you had more ankle support. Upsides: 1) comfort and cool feet 2) no blisters 3) easy to hose down and air dry quickly 4) if no one is looking, you can use these as your only shoes on the Camino. Each morning on the Camino before putting my socks on I would put athletic tape over those places where historically I get blisters. Not sure if that helped or if it was simply a ritual oblation to the foot goddess! Buen Camino a tus pies!!!
Teva Terras - two pairs and a pair of NOAH's, originally from Isreal. And one pair of Asics. I shall be disporting them about the trails of Piedmont North Carolina throughout 2020 and, if St James would be so kind to me and many others but esepcially to a recovering Spain, Spring Camino/s 2021. And if you want to wear thin hiking socks with your sandals, you GO for it! By the way, Saint Roch is the patron saint of feet. Apparently born in Montpelier, France, he "went on pilgrimage" (Rome, Jerusalem or Santiago?) and -- wait for it -- is the patron saint of plagues! A timely discovery! And feet! And illness in general. He led quite the life, apparently not a great deal of fun. Go thou to Wikipedia! Although I was raised a Catholic and raised partially in France, I had no previous knowledge of St Roch. So that goddess who protects your feet may, if you will permit this observation, a sanctified French confessor. Buen Camino para nuestros dos conjuntos de pies!
 

sfdithomas

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2015-2018
Thanks for all the sympathetic replies. Just to clarify, it was a break-in into our closed veranda, so unfortunately no charitable explanations possible. (Nothing else was taken, so I assume they saw the shoes through the glass and went for them.) I am trying to take it philosophically, as Rako said - but at the same time wondering if this is a call to repeat the Camino next year, to break in a new pair of keepsake shoes :) ….
If someone broke in and only took your shoes count yourself lucky. They could have take anything of value, they must have needed the shoes. Maybe take your Camino trip money and start donating shoes to a local charity
 

Charles Zammit

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
St Jean Pied de Port - Finisterra 2017
GR70 France 2018
Via Francigena 2019
My first Camino shoes now carry a living and growing memory . 20180527_114849.jpg
 

Old Kiwi

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2016
Camino Frances 2019
SdC to Muxia and Fisterra 2019
Camino Portuguese "2021"
Last year I bought two pairs of New Balance trail runners for my 2019 camino from SJPDP to Fistera. I used one pair for 600 kilometres of training and then the camino. I have been wearing them every day since. Last Friday I looked at my Excel spreadsheet where I keep track of my walking and cycling and discovered that these shoes had just passed 3500 kilomtetres and decided that it was time for a new pair. I intend to mount these shoes on the wall with my compestellas. I bought a pair of running shoes to use to keep in training for my next camino (It was supposed to be next month) but will use my second pair of trail runners for the two caminos I will be doing in the next year. When they wear out they will probably go on the wall in my workshop as a momento. Obviously from the above blogs I am not the only one who finds it hard to dispose of old friends that have carried me so far and allowed me to see and do things and meet so many wonderful people.
 

tomas2019

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2019
Sorry about the pilfered Camino shoes.......I know how we can get "attached" to these things. Mine smelled so bad, I had to pitch them into a dumpster in Muxia. 🙁🙁🙁🙁
 

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BPG2017

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September 2017
Thanks everyone! This became quite a thread! A fitting wake. (Wake, noun: 1.1 a watch or vigil held beside the body of someone who has died, sometimes accompanied by ritual observances. It occurred to me that it's such an old-fashioned word, maybe some people no longer even understand it...)
 

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