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ChichiPerez

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Year of past OR future Camino
2021
Hello Fellow Pilgrims,

Planning on doing the Camino in August, so need to get my walking shoes sorted soon. I definitely prefer a trail runner above a hiking boot and have read many posts saying that New Balance runners are great for the camino.

Is that what people are talking about when they say they've walked in New Balance, or would it be a specific hiking shoe from the NB range? https://www.newbalance.ie/en/pd/574...V2-34333_width=B&pid=WL574V2-34333&quantity=1

Thanks in advance!
 
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2021
Having walked Caminos in both hiking shoes (Merrell Moabs) and trail running shoes (Saucony Exodus). Both shoes worked amazing well. Whereas my Merrell’s are Gortex lined, my Sauconys are lighter. However, both were more than enough for any of the camino trails. Regardless of the brand you chose, the deciding factor should be fit. If the New Balance 574 fits “your” feet well, that’s what you might want to go with. As running shoes are designed to hit the road right out of the box, you’ll know if it’s the shoe for you. Go to a store that specializes in trail runners and try on a variety of them to see what you like best. Second, the correct sock also makes a big difference. I wear a medium weight Merino wool running sock. Finally, know how to care for your feet. On my first Camino, I developed world class size blisters. Since learning how to care for my feet, I’ve not again had to deal with the discomfort of blisters.
 

davebugg

A Pilgrimage is time I spend praying with my feet
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2019
No. The 574 is a 'lifestyle fashion' shoe and it would lack the support, cushioning, and durability needed to be a recommendation for consideration. It is more for 'show' than for 'go'

NB has a specifc category of trail running shoe models that will far, far, outperform the 574. I would look at the 'Fresh Foam model series. Their Hierro and More Trail are two models. The NB hiking shoe category will include many of the trail runners plus a few that are more heavily constructed (and heavier).

No one can recommend a shoe for you to use. Personal recommendations are shoes that may be worth trying out, but not to blindly purchase. YOUR feet are unique, and because of that will have their own notion of what is comfortable. What others may recommend as a shoe can be placed on a list for 'audition', but they cannot be relied upon to automatically fit your feet well and feel good.
 
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trecile

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I wore a previous version of this New Balance trail runner on my first two Caminos. It worked well for my long narrow feet.
 

C clearly

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Year of past OR future Camino
2022
have read many posts saying that New Balance runners are great for the camino.
There are probably just as many posts saying that several other major brands of runners are great for the camino. Every major brand produces several different choices that would be suitable for the camino. The big question is whether they are suitable for your feet. Try on whatever brands/models are available and select the one that gives the best fit and comfort for your foot. Check the return policy, and test it with a 30 minute brisk indoor walk. If there is any discomfort at all, it is not the right shoe for you.
 
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The New Balance 574 is an ok shoe for everyday use (i.e. the name lifestyle), but I'd use the 990v5. I've used them on about 1000 miles of Camino walking had found them to work very well. But, first of all, you want to be prepared to try a shoe or two and then throw them out. Everyone has a shoe that "worked" for them, but may not work for you. So don't be frugal on the choice of shoe. You'll regret it a week or so into the walk. A good example is that my wife finds the NB shoe not comfortable and stays with ASICS. There is no right answer for everyone, and there may be only one answer for you. That's what counts.
 

camino.ninja

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Hello Fellow Pilgrims,

Planning on doing the Camino in August, so need to get my walking shoes sorted soon. I definitely prefer a trail runner above a hiking boot and have read many posts saying that New Balance runners are great for the camino.

Is that what people are talking about when they say they've walked in New Balance, or would it be a specific hiking shoe from the NB range? https://www.newbalance.ie/en/pd/574...V2-34333_width=B&pid=WL574V2-34333&quantity=1

Thanks in advance!

New Balance is one of my favorites. They are comfortable. But you will probably prefer going for one from their running series instead of their fashion series.

I switched to Asics. But only because they last about three times longer.

Best
Andy
 

DyanTX

DyanTX
Year of past OR future Camino
CF Sept 22 - Nov 3, 2016
I walked in the New Balance 990 version. It had good padding and stability. I replaced the insole with SuperFeet insole. I'd suggest discussing shoes with an outfitter like REI. Although they didn't have shoes wide enough for me and actually sent me to the New Balance store.
 
Year of past OR future Camino
2018
I went to REI; the salesperson brought me several brands and sizes, had me "hike" around the store, up and down the slant board...... I settled on Keen sandals and wear them still, as my first choice shoe for everywhere. The brand may not be for you, but the attention I received from the REI salesperson is what I would wish for anyone. "Don't be rushed into a choice!" would be my advice.
 

ChichiPerez

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2021
Sounds great. Thanks for the advice everyone. Unfortunately we don't have REI. Wish we had as much choice in little ol' Ireland as you do stateside!!
I'll go into an outdoor shop in Dublin and see what ones fit well.
You've all turned me off ordering online anyway, better to go and try on many pairs.
Thanks again.
Might get the New Balance 574s just for hanging around anyway, they are nice 😀
 
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FourSeasons

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Hello Fellow Pilgrims,

Planning on doing the Camino in August, so need to get my walking shoes sorted soon. I definitely prefer a trail runner above a hiking boot and have read many posts saying that New Balance runners are great for the camino.

Is that what people are talking about when they say they've walked in New Balance, or would it be a specific hiking shoe from the NB range? https://www.newbalance.ie/en/pd/574...V2-34333_width=B&pid=WL574V2-34333&quantity=1

Thanks in advance!
New Balance has so many options and is the go to for me on Camino, nary a blister. All three Camino’s were New Balance except, I didn’t start my 3rd on del Norte in New Balance. But once I switched to the Frances that same year (2019) I found these beauties in Leon. They’re still very cushy and get me through my walks around home. Buen Camino. 😎
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I love New Balance and wear it on every Camino since 2006.
However, the one you're looking at has (in my opinion) a narrow toe box.
Unless you have an extremely narrow foot, I would
look for a shoe on the SL-2 shoe last, which has a narrow heel and a deep, wide toe box.
Numbers change every season. Best to find a NB store and try on there.
 

Bogong

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Year of past OR future Camino
First, March 2014
Hello Fellow Pilgrims,

Planning on doing the Camino in August, so need to get my walking shoes sorted soon. I definitely prefer a trail runner above a hiking boot and have read many posts saying that New Balance runners are great for the camino.

Is that what people are talking about when they say they've walked in New Balance, or would it be a specific hiking shoe from the NB range? https://www.newbalance.ie/en/pd/574...V2-34333_width=B&pid=WL574V2-34333&quantity=1

Thanks in advance!


I’ve had bad experiences with New Balance. Quite some years back now I was at a work conference in Washington DC and needed a new pair of runners. “Runners World” magazine were then touting the top of the range New Balance model as their running shoe of the year. I bought a pair on this recommendation. Within a fortnight, and back in Australia, the inner sole supports had completely collapsed and it was like running on planks. Several years later I was in Hobart and my much loved Asics had just about worn out. A local sporting goods store was having a sale and I boughtvanother upper range New Balance pair. Within a fortnight ( must be a hex time that) the uppers had split away from the soles. I’ve been running for nigh on 50 years and have used lots of different makes but never anything remotely as bad as this. I would have to say they rank down there with the worst of products of any sort it has been my misfortune to buy. They may be better now, but I would urge you to go for something else.

De colores

Bogong
 

Old Kiwi

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Year of past OR future Camino
2019
On my last Camino in 2019 I wore New Balance T590v4 and they were just great. I am still wearing the same shoes for training walks while waiting for Covid to sort itself out so that I can get back onto a Camino. They have completed over 3500 kilometres (I keep a record of my walking). I have another pair of the same shoe that have only done 100 kilometres and are ready to use on the next Camino. I do not have a preference for New Balance. I went into the local sports shoe shop and they had these on special. They fitted and felt good so I bought two pair and have not been disapointed.
 

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