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Toes socks

Camino(s) past & future
September 2018
#1
Hi there,
I have recently found that walking in toe socks is very comfortable. I am preparing to walk the Camino in September and know that I need to start training now in whatever I am going to use on the trail. What are the experiences with toe socks? Do you need a sock over the top?
Thankyou
 

Anamiri

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
#3
Hi there,
I have recently found that walking in toe socks is very comfortable. I am preparing to walk the Camino in September and know that I need to start training now in whatever I am going to use on the trail. What are the experiences with toe socks? Do you need a sock over the top?
Thankyou
I'm not fond of toe socks myself, but know others who do like them, I think it depends on your toes.
The main thing to take into consideration is that your feet will swell, I think 2 pairs of socks is likely to be too tight inside your shoes, unless you have bought them deliberately big with that in mind. I always buy my walking shoes 2 sizes bigger anyway (from a 38 to a 40) and seldom get blisters. But sheer time on your feet, heat and gravity will take its toll, and they will swell.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés, Inglés, Fisterra/Muxia, Baztanés x2, Primitivo, Norte, Portugués & hopefully many more.
#4
I love toe socks - I'm prone to toe blisters and other problems, so they really help. I wear Injinji trail running socks, rather than a liner+sock combination. I like the synthetic/technical material, but my husband prefers the lightweight merino wool version. Both types wick moisture and fit well in a trail shoe.

It's a good idea to train in whatever you plan to wear on the Camino, but there's no sure-fire way of knowing what will or won't work for you. Everyone's feet react differently to the cumulative effects of walking every day - so be prepared to adapt your gear along the way.

Happy planning and Buen Camino!
 

Stivandrer

Perambulating & Curious. Rep stravaiging offender
Camino(s) past & future
I´ve got Camino plans until 2042,
- or till I fall flat on my face, whichever comes first !!
#5
I use injinji toe socks in flip flops going around in the city for shopping when i have toe blisters to dry out - and/ or it is cold and raining. Loved them, had to buy some in Astorga.
Indispensable..
never tried them in boots, though, but would if my toes were really bad...
best of luck...
 
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2013 (Pamplona to Burgos)
2014 (Burgos to Villafranca del Bierzo)
2015 (Villafranca to Santiago)
2016 (Le Puy to Conques; SJPP To Pamplona)
#6
Camino(s) past & future
cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean 2017.
#7
Hi there,
I have recently found that walking in toe socks is very comfortable. I am preparing to walk the Camino in September and know that I need to start training now in whatever I am going to use on the trail. What are the experiences with toe socks? Do you need a sock over the top?
Thankyou
Hola @Athene, I have been sold on toe socks for about 2 or 3 years. I wore mind on the Camino Frances back in May & June 2017. They and my feet performed 100%. I also wear two pair of socks - the toe sock inners and a thicker - outer pair (normal socks). Whenever I stopped for lunch or a coffee & snack I would take off my boots and outer socks and allow my fee to cool down. Cheers
 

Kanga

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Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata.
#10
My husband loves toe socks. He is susceptible to little blisters between his toes. He also carries the gel lined toe tubes (they are available in Spanish pharmacies).
 

Anamiri

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
#11
My husband loves toe socks. He is susceptible to little blisters between his toes. He also carries the gel lined toe tubes (they are available in Spanish pharmacies).
Good to know about the gel toe caps, where they available in all pharmacies? My sister suffered from blisters between her toes, all of them. She took some with her but not enough.
 

linkster

Nunca dejes de creer!
Camino(s) past & future
Francés 05/17 brazo roto Portomarín
Francés 09/17 SJPdP - Santiago
(Portuguese: 09/18)
#12
+1 Inji Liner Crew with Darn Tough Hiker 1/4 Cushion. The 2 sock combo transfers the friction between the sock layers. Not a fan of a lubricants.

+1 on gel toe sleeves. They are part of my blister kit. You can always cut one up and use it like 2nd skin.
 

Roger Hogstrom

Active Member
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Camino Frances 2001 and 2006,Parts of Via de la Plata 2007 and 2010 Camino de Madrid 2012,Camino de Madrid 2013, Camino de Levante 2014, Camino de Madrid 2015
#14
Use "Bola tentoes" and a thin woolsock over it. Worked for 10 caminos.
 

edandjoan

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
St. Gallen to Muxia
2012-2018
#15
I like the Injinji Nuwool outdoor socks. I also wear the running socks for running and have for years. Not sure why it took me a few long walks to realize how great they are for that too. I go to the Injinji web site as they have more variety than most retail outlets.
Just one pair of socks no ointments and no blisters.
 
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Camino(s) past & future
CF December 2017
#16
Injinji toe sock liners + HumphreyLaw Australian merino socks. Did not realise how much feet would swell until I walked the Camino Frances, even for a Winter Camino 12/17. Went one size up in shoes for training and no blisters, only to find blisters after 2 weeks on the Camino. Did what you’re not supposed to do and bought another pair of boots in Leon another size up (so 2 up from normal) and all was well to Santiago.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Walking the Camino Frances August 29 2018!!
#17
Hi there,
I have recently found that walking in toe socks is very comfortable. I am preparing to walk the Camino in September and know that I need to start training now in whatever I am going to use on the trail. What are the experiences with toe socks? Do you need a sock over the top?
Thankyou
Hi there! I'm going to start walking August 29th. Just bought some Injinji toe socks and I'm going to start walking in them to see how they feel. Got them on Amazon. Maybe I'll see you there! Buen Camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Walking the Camino Frances August 29 2018!!
#18
Hi Athene, I am also planning to walk in September from StJPP. I'm in the US (New England) and planning to start training when the weather improves a bit. What are toe socks and where do you get them?
Hi there! I'm starting my walk August 29th so maybe I'll see you on the Camino! I ordered my Injinji socks from Amazon and I'm going to start walking in them. They are a little thin, so I may need to wear some outer socks too. Hopefully they will be as good as everyone says they are! Kate (Cayman Islands)
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2014), CF (2015), CP (2016)
#19
I am Definitely in the toe sock camp. After walking 3 caminos with them, neither my husband or I had toe blisters. I used Smartwool lightweight toe socks with Wrightsocks (double layer socks) over that. Both were super lightweight and together were still probably less bulk than a regular weight sock. My husband had a different combo, but it did include Injinji toe socks underneath. Sadly, the version of Smartwools are no longer available and I have easily adapted/converted to the Injinji's original weight or performance 2.0. I really can't complain about them either so apparently I am committed to the idea that toe socks are the way to go.

To save weight (as I am obsessed by that), I use the no-show version of the toe socks and the mini-crew version of the 2nd layer. I do have the occasional issue of a pebble in my shoe, but it gives me a chance to stop and look around while I deal with the issue.

I will confess I find them so comfortable, that I wear them daily. :)

Happy planning and Buen Camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2014), CF (2015), CP (2016)
#20
I use the merino liners with trail runners, no need for vaseline or gel or anything else

They just take a little longer to put on since you have to match all your toes to the socks!
It's a silly little ritual, but every morning I say "okay little piggies, everyone into their stall". It makes me smile, and as I smooth my toes into place, I take a moment to thank my feet for their efforts and wish them well for the day.

As a followup, I walk in Saucony trail runners as they are very forgiving/flexible when my feet swell a bit. I do take the shoes off during breaks, but the shoe's breathability keeps my feet aired out and fairly dry for the most part. I have taken to buying a half size bigger, but I am not sure if that if because the shoe itself has changed, or if it's my feet that have grown....
 
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edandjoan

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
St. Gallen to Muxia
2012-2018
#21
Injinji has merino wool socks. Check out their website. although I am not sure that they sell them outside the USA?
 

Carol06

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (May 2012)
Frances (May 2015) all going well and with my husband this time.
#22
Hi there,
I have recently found that walking in toe socks is very comfortable. I am preparing to walk the Camino in September and know that I need to start training now in whatever I am going to use on the trail. What are the experiences with toe socks? Do you need a sock over the top?
Thankyou
I have used Injinji liner toe socks for two caminos and thoroughly recommend them. The toe separation means no blisters. And you need good hiking socks on top.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances St Jean to Leon Sept 2013; Leon to Santiago May 2014; Santiago to Muxia and Finisterre Sept 2015; Camino Ingles May 2017
#23
Hi there,
I have recently found that walking in toe socks is very comfortable. I am preparing to walk the Camino in September and know that I need to start training now in whatever I am going to use on the trail. What are the experiences with toe socks? Do you need a sock over the top?
Thankyou
Hi there,
I have recently found that walking in toe socks is very comfortable. I am preparing to walk the Camino in September and know that I need to start training now in whatever I am going to use on the trail. What are the experiences with toe socks? Do you need a sock over the top?
Thankyou

I like toe socks myself and they do seem to help with the seemingly inevitable blister problems.
But, interestingly, I’ve walked a couple of Caminos with an older Swiss friend who swears that the Swiss way is NOT to change your socks at all, just let them dry out!

I was quite sceptical but decided to give it a go on the Ingles last year. Well, what do you know, far fewer blisters..... Now, this could have been because I now am much more careful with my feet.... but it seemed to work.
Of course the Ingles is relatively short so don’t know how this would go long term and we did not use albergues so no pilgrims were put at risk in the experiment !
Has anyone else heard of/ tried this approach?
 
Camino(s) past & future
May 2013 Ponferrada to Santiago de Compostela.
Camino Portuguese Porto to SdeC May 31 2017.
#25
Hi there,
I have recently found that walking in toe socks is very comfortable. I am preparing to walk the Camino in September and know that I need to start training now in whatever I am going to use on the trail. What are the experiences with toe socks? Do you need a sock over the top?
Thankyou
I used toe sox and smartwool sox over those on the CP in June 2017 with Keen H2 as my hiking shoe of choice. Not one blister did I experience. I also used bodyglide on my feet.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2015, Camino Portugues 2017, Camino Finisterre 2017, Le Puy Route (Sept. 2018)
#26
Hi there,
I have recently found that walking in toe socks is very comfortable. I am preparing to walk the Camino in September and know that I need to start training now in whatever I am going to use on the trail. What are the experiences with toe socks? Do you need a sock over the top?
Thankyou
On my first Camino in 2015 I suffered horribly from day one with blisters. On my second Camino I used Injinji coolmax toe socks with merino wool socks over them and never had any blister problems at all. It is a bit of a chore trying to coax your toes into their proper slots every morning but a small price to pay.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés 2013
Francés (2015)
#27
Hi there,
I have recently found that walking in toe socks is very comfortable. I am preparing to walk the Camino in September and know that I need to start training now in whatever I am going to use on the trail. What are the experiences with toe socks? Do you need a sock over the top?
Thankyou
I always Vaseline my feet in the am then use silk sock liners and wool socks over them. In my 3 Camino experiences the only day ever to get a blister was the one day I used toe socks. I’d walked with them at home, and heard others like them, so I brought them along. The second I felt a hot spot, I took them off and finished my day in sandals. The blister was caught early (on my big toe) and resolved quickly... but for me... no more toe socks. Buen Camino:)
 

Suzanne H

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Baztan and Frances 2017
#28
LOVED my Injis. During summer walking, I found a thinner sock selection worked for me to reduce blistering and for comfort. Wright socks and Lorpen also worked well, and I was able to purchase Lorpen at hiking stores along the Camino Frances. I wear off-road running shoes, not boots, and that should be part of your equation when selecting socks. Buen Camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (Sept 2016)
SDC/ Finesterre/ Muxia (2016)
#29
my sweet spot? blister shield 1/4 package rubbed directly on each foot with wool toe light hiker weight
 
Camino(s) past & future
2016 Camino France, 2017 Le Puy.
#30
I’m a big fan of Injinji after walked France Route 2016 and Le Puy 2017.
Only got one blister, was the day I did not wear Injinji (wear silk liner that day).
I wear it under wool hiking socks.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Sept. 2014
#31
Hi there,
I have recently found that walking in toe socks is very comfortable. I am preparing to walk the Camino in September and know that I need to start training now in whatever I am going to use on the trail. What are the experiences with toe socks? Do you need a sock over the top?
Thankyou
I walked two Caminos - the Frances and the Portugues. I wore regular socks walking the Frances and had many, many blisters. On the Portugues, I wore Injinji toe socks and another sock over them and got no blisters. I would highly recommend the toe socks.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 18/916/10/17 Muxia/Finisterre 18/10-22/10/17 Norte 21/4-29/5/18 Primitive 20/9-5/10/18
#32
As distance runners, we swear by Injinji socks to stop blisters, especially with hot sweaty feet. If you visit the Australian online site you will see there are varying weight versions and length versions. They even have a full length compression sock version and 2 sock hiking version. I personally prefer the mid weight crew style as I hate dust and rocks getting down the gaps along my Achilles' tendon. My husband and daughter wear both the light weight and mid weight no-show style. Just be aware that the heavier you are the quicker they will wear out. I ordered a whole heap more for our April Norte when the post Christmas sale was on. And body-glide is available on the same site as a glide stick or powder version and won't gunk up with the dust that always finds its way through your shoes. My husband is a US11 and wears Large size and my daughter a US9 and myself a US8.5 and we wear the Medium. The only thing to watch out for on the crew sock is the tightness of the hem against the lower leg, which I fix by picking out the stitching to loosen it. If only we could get sponsorship with how much we promote these socks
 

Tandem Graham

Every new day an adventure
Camino(s) past & future
Bike: Plantagenets, Littorale, Frances, part Del Norte(all 2017), Walk: Le Puy to SJPdP (2018)
#33
I wear injinji toe socks for distance running too. On half marathons and further, my fourth toes on each foot used to have a tendancy to curl under and the nail cut/irritate the third toe. The toe socks have put a stop to that. My running mates are bored with me extolling their virtues! It surprises me that for all the extra cutting and stitching which goes into toe-socks, there doesn't seem to be a big price premium vs similar quality running/hiking socks.

I'm putting my pack together for some training hikes before my April Le Puy-St Jean PdP walking camino and am trying three variations: injinji thin liners with regular hiking socks, injinji midweight socks alone, and thin regular socks with hiking socks. If they all work for me on practice hikes, I might tolerate the little extra weight and take the four pairs, to allow me to rotate.
 

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