- Camino(s) past & future
- 2014 September.
When would you start looking at footwear if your going next September. A lot of our sales start shortly.
After a lot of research and talking to hikers, I contacted the Merrell people on line and they helped us pick the best boot (not the most expensive) for our weight, age and type of walk. Boots fit great the first time we wore them and there was no break-in time at all. On top of that, they gave me an on-line 20% discount coupon and they offer free shipping both ways if you're not happy with the boots.
Don't count on boots lasting 1,000 miles. I noticed about a week before starting my Camino that I had worn my Vasques out see my Photo), and I had to start in new boots. My old ones had a bit less than 1,000 miles. So, if you plan to train a lot, you might want to wait a bit or train in boots other than the ones you plan to take.No problem to buy shoes a year before . . . .They will last for years anyway. It gives you time enough to get used to your shoes.
Hi Tia, when you say pushing your foot forward and sliding my finger down my heel, does that mean I should have enough spare space to fit my finger in, my feet do swell in the heat. thanks in advance.I see that one of your other posts is in the Australian section. That means that if you are walking next September this could be the ideal time of year for you to buy your boots, weather and heat wise.
Just decide on your sock layers and wear them when buying the boots. Also follow the tip about pushing your foot right forward in the untied boots and sliding your finger down your heel.
Just because you have the boots does not mean you have to wear them all the time between 'now' and 'then'. Ours for next year are in the cupboard after a couple of trial walks and will come out again nearer the time. Being in the northern hemisphere means that this may not be the best time to buy boots for next summer, although many do successfully.
I find an easier technique is to remove the inner/liner sole from the boot for your longest foot, stand up on it with your heel in place where it will be on the liner, and check the distance between your longest toe and the front of the liner. As a rule of thumb, less than a cm is not enough, more than the width of your thumb is too much.Hi Tia, when you say pushing your foot forward and sliding my finger down my heel, does that mean I should have enough spare space to fit my finger in, my feet do swell in the heat. thanks in advance.
Yes Pippa, and that is how the salesman checked my latest pair of boots too. I could slide my index finger down inside the boot at the back of my heel when my toes were only just touching the end of the boot with the sock in and my walking socks on.Hi Tia, when you say pushing your foot forward and sliding my finger down my heel, does that mean I should have enough spare space to fit my finger in, my feet do swell in the heat. thanks in advance.
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