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Trailrunners on Camino Portuguese

TDS

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016
#1
I have been told that there is much cobblestone walking on both the coastal and traditional Camino Portuguese routes. If you have walked it from Porto, would trailrunners be sufficient for the cobblestones or would hiking boots be preferred? I am considering the Portuguese Camino and if so, would normally wear trailrunners, but am concerned about the cobblestones.
 

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davebugg

DustOff: "When I have your wounded."
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
#2
Trail runners will work very well. A feature that will be valuable will be a rockplate and a lot of cushioning, both of which will absorb the surface irregularities from impacting the sole of the foot. The Hoka One One Bondi 5 is an example of a shoe which has a cushioning level which doesn't need a rockplate; the New Balance 910v4 is a shoe example with a good rockplate.
 

Lmsundaze

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2016), CP (2017)
#3
I walked from Porto in trail runners last year - altra lone peak 3.0. No problems, no need for hiking boots. I also walked the Camino Frances 2 years ago in trail runners. Really this isn’t mountain climbing, just walking.
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015)
Camino Portugues (2017)
Norte/Liebana (Planning)
#4
I did it in trail runners last year, and would say that they were probably much better than boots exactly because of the stones! They are much more cushioned, which was essential to go along the trail.

My husband had hiking merrels, which are good, but not as cushioned as sneakers, and his feet were flat and really sore by the end of each day.

So yeah, stick to the trail runners, especially if you are used to them!
 
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lt56ny

Active Member
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Camino(s) past & future
2013-Frances SJP-Finisterre, 2015 Camino Le Puy-Santiago, 2017 Portugues Lisbon-Santiago 2018 Norte
#5
Always trail runners Brooks Cascadias
 

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2016)
Camino Portugues (June-2018)
#6
just returned from the Camino Portuguese Coastal...trail runners are fine, but the cobbles do beat up your feet, evening soak them and give them a good massage and you will be fine!
 

J F Gregory

Preparing for the Norte
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
March-April,2016 finished
October- November 2018 to walk the Del Norte.
#7
I walk and hike in Altra Lone Peak 3.5 on long distant walks and hiking in the Cascade mountains.
 

jmcarp

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Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2013
Camino del Norte a Chimayó (USA), 2015
Camino Portugues, 2017
#9
Trail runners will work very well. A feature that will be valuable will be a rockplate and a lot of cushioning, both of which will absorb the surface irregularities from impacting the sole of the foot. The Hoka One One Bondi 5 is an example of a shoe which has a cushioning level which doesn't need a rockplate; the New Balance 910v4 is a shoe example with a good rockplate.
I hesitate to recommend any specific footwear because of the differences in everyone's feet, but @davebugg has hit the nail on the head with his comments about the rockplate (stiff sole) and cushioning. Both are essential on those infernal cobbles.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#10
I have been told that there is much cobblestone walking on both the coastal and traditional Camino Portuguese routes. If you have walked it from Porto, would trailrunners be sufficient for the cobblestones or would hiking boots be preferred? I am considering the Portuguese Camino and if so, would normally wear trailrunners, but am concerned about the cobblestones.
They look like these:

Portuguese street.jpeg

There's no "give" underfoot - yes, wear trail runners but replace insoles with thicker ones than they came with.
 

Ed Aster

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances May 2017
#11
I wore trail runners last month on the Camino Portuguese and had no problems. Boots not necessarily needed. Trail runners handled the cobblestones real well and softened the trek overall.
 

surya8

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portugues Central, Santarem-Santiago - May&Oct 2017; Portugues Interior & Sanabres - June 2018
#12
I walked Portugues Central between Lisbon and Santiago. The stretch before Porto felt worse for cobblestones, after Porto it was manageable. Walked in no name city walking shoes most of the way as my Salomon hiking boots were too heavy and too hot to walk in. Returned to walk Portugues Interior & Sanabres this year from Viseu, got a share of cobblestones there as well, walked in trail runners, was fine. Bom Caminho! :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
planning to walk Camino for the first time
#13
I have been told that there is much cobblestone walking on both the coastal and traditional Camino Portuguese routes. If you have walked it from Porto, would trailrunners be sufficient for the cobblestones or would hiking boots be preferred? I am considering the Portuguese Camino and if so, would normally wear trailrunners, but am concerned about the cobblestones.
I am walking portuguese coastal now and also in trail runners and I am happy for the choice. There is really all kind of surface but trail runners are sufficient
 

Elle Bieling

Elle Bieling, PilgrimageTraveler
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
Inglés (2014, 2018), Finisterre (2014, 2018) Primitivo (2015), Portuguese (2017, 2018)
#14
No heavy hiking boots are necessary. I used a sturdier low top hiking shoe. Some folks swear by the Hoka ultra-cushioned hiking shoes. I must say at times I wished I had heeded this advice!
 

Jon Hebertson

2 feet and a heartbeat
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portuguese - Lisbon to SdC September 2017
Finisterre - September/October 2017
#15
I have been told that there is much cobblestone walking on both the coastal and traditional Camino Portuguese routes. If you have walked it from Porto, would trailrunners be sufficient for the cobblestones or would hiking boots be preferred? I am considering the Portuguese Camino and if so, would normally wear trailrunners, but am concerned about the cobblestones.
Yea, trail runners are great. I use salomon speed cross vario and dr schol sport insoles. When you leave Porto I would suggest walking along the Douro until the ocean and follow that. It skips the cobbles, you spend the day by the ocean and then you can join the main route again at Vilado Conde
 

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