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Won't go into yes/no debate over flip flops in the shover because that's really exclusively your decision but if you decide to do so be carefull not to slip. Flip-flops can be lethal on wet surface!!! (I use them otherwise on Caminos)
Although they cost $79 US as compared to $5 Aus for thongs......loveI love my Xero (Z-Trail) sandals as they weigh less than flip flops, they don't flap as I walk, they can double as shower or beach shoes, and they can be used in the evenings for walking around town. Check them out.....
Yep. They sounded great so I looked them up. It was disappointing to find them for a whopping $79 US. I guess I'll stick with Croc sandals for around $20. They now make many attractive styles that weigh very little.Although they cost $79 US as compared to $5 Aus for thongs......love
Flip flops and the like are not necessary for the showers. Yes, some floors are worse than others but if you use common sense you are not going to pick cup some fungal disease where your toes curl and fall off. Leave them behind unless you want them to wear around at the end of the day.
These are very similar to what I wear as I like to wear socks on the chilly evenings too, so a "sandal" works much better.I use what @Stroller123 shows here. They are slip ons so I can wear with warm socks comfortably in the evening and weigh 146 gm. I walk in late Feb-March so colder temperatures
Flip-flops are multi-purpose, but seasonally limited. What I got instead, because mine was a fall Camino ending in colder December, was a pair of Crocs knock-offs at one of the Chinese shops along the way. They're unbelievably light weight and easily strapped on the outside of my pack. They make great shower shoes, but if your feet get blistered or just sore as heck from walking and you desperately want something gentle that you can still walk around town in on the evenings or just to wear around the albergue, these are great.
Yes! I’m not a germaphobe but cheap flip flops were a must for me. Some albergues varied in cleanliness, and we pilgrims also have varying degrees of hygiene, so at the end of the day wearing flippies made me feel a little better. I just stashed them in a side pocket on the outside of my backpack.
We brought our hiking boots, plus a pair of TEVA sandals, which we used to give our feet a break from the boots in places like “La Meceta”. So these were our shower shoes, we used them, and since they Only have the straps made out of material it was easy to dry, we hung them outside the backpack away from our clothes, but we saw others wrap them in plastic and put inside pack. I hope this helps! Buen Camino!!!
Flip flops, sandals or crocs are all good you can also wear them around the auberge and town to give your feet a break. I love my boots and wear them all day but carry a pair of sandals for use around where I am staying
Having showered in the Army for 30 years I always wore thongs and never got tinia in my life. Just put them in the side pockets and throw them on when you are half way through your day’s walk whilst you are airing your feet as well
I also tag my crocs on the outside of my recksac for easy access. So I when sit down for coffee/beer/feet soak in a stream near my day's destination I have refreshed feet on arrival. I keep a small absorbant cloth in an outer pocket to dry my feet. Ideal is a microfiber dishcloth.My feet are not prone to fungi or infections but just in case I did wear my Xero sandals in some showers (municipals & questionable showers, but not in higher-end or private albergues). The Xero sandals were obnoxious to get in and out of (they weren't the flip-flop style) and were too thin to be comfortable for my poor feet in the evenings. Next time I'll take crocs.
Ahhh sounds lovely! On one stretch of the Meseta where you can choose to walk along the highway or walk on the overgrown path in the woods, I walked in the woods. It was a blisteringly hot day and I had some tendonitis in my ankle. But I took my time and I'd stop now and then to soak my feet in the stream -- so wonderful! Really helped my ankle. I just used my camp towel to dry off but having a microfiber cloth would be handy.I also tag my crocs on the outside of my recksac for easy access. So I when sit down for coffee/beer/feet soak in a stream near my day's destination I have refreshed feet on arrival. I keep a small absorbant cloth in an outer pocket to dry my feet. Ideal is a microfiber dishcloth.
Superlight luggage could
Superlight luggage can have plastic bag shoe protection( like on airport security points) or simple 2 plastic bags on barefoot in the shower or toilet ( i used this on long flights too) but i would never go barefooted. Guys who have bigger luggage, of course is best flip flops that you use later in city walk
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