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Walking The Meseta in Late October .. what shoes to wear?

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Rebecca Pappa

Next Camino The Meseta October 2019
Camino(s) past & future
St. Jean Pied de Port to Los Arcos (past 6/16)Los Arcos- Burgos (Past 9/17) Burgos-Leon October 2019
Hi All,

I have been doing the Camino in Stages, and will be walking from Burgos to Leon in mid October. I am curious if anyone has done this leg in trainers or sneakers opposed to hiking boots or shoes? Any suggestions are happily welcome!

Thank you in advance for your feedback!
 

chinacat

Veteran Member
Hi Rebecca and welcome 🙏🏻

@davebugg is our resident expert on all things relating to feet ... and a lot more besides 🙂

He has many ‘postings’ that cover all you need to know.
You could try the Search link (above left) for him ... or for ‘footwear’.

Buen Camino!
 

Rebecca Pappa

Next Camino The Meseta October 2019
Camino(s) past & future
St. Jean Pied de Port to Los Arcos (past 6/16)Los Arcos- Burgos (Past 9/17) Burgos-Leon October 2019
Hi Rebecca and welcome 🙏🏻

@davebugg is our resident expert on all things relating to feet ... and a lot more besides 🙂

He has many ‘postings’ that cover all you need to know.
You could try the Search link (above left) for him ... or for ‘footwear’.

Buen Camino!
Thank you so very much ! Will do!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Lourdes/Burgos/SdeC 77; Frances 12,15,17; Finisterre 17; Lourdes/Aragones18; Logrono-Leon 19.
This Sept/Oct I'm walking from Logrono to Leon once more.... Probably be the last hurrah for my much-loved Merrill Moab Ventilators, sigh... And would they be called 'trainers', sneakers, or shoes? I don't rightly know! But I'll miss 'em when they're gone. They never let me down.
 
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trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
Hi All,

I have been doing the Camino in Stages, and will be walking from Burgos to Leon in mid October. I am curious if anyone has done this leg in trainers or sneakers opposed to hiking boots or shoes? Any suggestions are happily welcome!

Thank you in advance for your feedback!
Personally, I wouldn't wear hiking boots on any part of the Camino. Trail runners were great on my first two Caminos and sandals were even better on the second two.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2016, Mansill de las Mulas to Finisterre and Muxia 2017, Camino Aragones 2018
Hello Rebecca, I will be out there about the same time in Altra Timps, being among those who have made the conversion from boots to trail shoes. The Timps, which I wore last fall on the Aragones, provide comfortable cushioning and good stability. I do use an aftermarket insole for extra arch and metatarsal support.
 
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Rebecca Pappa

Next Camino The Meseta October 2019
Camino(s) past & future
St. Jean Pied de Port to Los Arcos (past 6/16)Los Arcos- Burgos (Past 9/17) Burgos-Leon October 2019
Hello Rebecca, I will be out there about the same time in Altra Timps being among those who have made the conversion to trail shoes. The Timps, which I wore last fall on the Aragones, provided comfortable cushioning and good stability. I do use an aftermarket insole for arch and metatarsal support.
Thank you very much!!
 

LesR

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2017)
Hi All,

I have been doing the Camino in Stages, and will be walking from Burgos to Leon in mid October. I am curious if anyone has done this leg in trainers or sneakers opposed to hiking boots or shoes? Any suggestions are happily welcome!

Thank you in advance for your feedback!
Trail runners (Keens Versago) or shoes (Keens Oakridge) for me....

The latter has a stiffer sole if roughness of the pathway is an issue...
 

Dorpie

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia 2013
Camino Frances May 2015, July 2017, October 2019
Hi @Rebecca Pappa

Sounds like a lot of us will be on the Meseta in October :).

I'll most likely be wearing Keen Arroyos which served me well on my last camino and are sort of a halfway house between between a sandal and a shoe with a closed toe box and heel and relatively small holes elsewhere. There's an element of risk to this if the weather is particularly bad but average daysof and amounts of rain are not much worse than May so I'll take my chances.

So if I were considering terrain alone I would say definitely don't wear a boot, only potentially bad weather would give me pause for thought.

Buen Camino,

Rob.
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
Walking wise this is the easiest part of the Camino. The camino is mostly flat. Trail runners are fine.
 

Rebecca Pappa

Next Camino The Meseta October 2019
Camino(s) past & future
St. Jean Pied de Port to Los Arcos (past 6/16)Los Arcos- Burgos (Past 9/17) Burgos-Leon October 2019
Hi @Rebecca Pappa

Sounds like a lot of us will be on the Meseta in October :).

I'll most likely be wearing Keen Arroyos which served me well on my last camino and are sort of a halfway house between between a sandal and a shoe with a closed toe box and heel and relatively small holes elsewhere. There's an element of risk to this if the weather is particularly bad but average daysof and amounts of rain are not much worse than May so I'll take my chances.

So if I were considering terrain alone I would say definitely don't wear a boot, only potentially bad weather would give me pause for thought.

Buen Camino,

Rob.
Thank you very much. Buen Camino to you as well!
 

kelleymac

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017, April 2019.
I wear men's TEVA kamik hiking shoes (nice big toe box, mush sole, and waterproof (sort of)). I also wear TEVA sandals with mush sole in the albergue. --
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances May / Jun 2015
Camino Frances Oct / Nov 2016
Camino Frances May June 2018
CF(2020)
I and a walking buddy walked the CF from 2 October to 10 November, 2016. I wore regular light weight hiking books and my hiking buddy (female, 68), wore hiking sandals with wool socks. That was her second CF wearing sandals without a problem.
 

happymarkos

HappyMark
Camino(s) past & future
2013 CF
2014 Le Puy-St Jean. 2014&16 Volunteer St JP
2016 Portuguese
2017 Porto-Santiago
2018
Hi All,

I have been doing the Camino in Stages, and will be walking from Burgos to Leon in mid October. I am curious if anyone has done this leg in trainers or sneakers opposed to hiking boots or shoes? Any suggestions are happily welcome!

Thank you in advance for your feedback!
Hi Rebecca
I walked it last October as part of the CF. Wore Hanwag low cut hi tech walking shoes. Very comfortable and waterproof. It’s a German brand that can be resoled. So unless you have a really heavy pack that’s what I would recommend.
Buen Camino
Happymark
 

Karl Oz

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances
Portuguese
Aragones
Sanabres
Piamonte
Elizabethpfad
The meseta is very well-trodden, as mentioned above. However, I will offer a personal observation from my experience on the meseta in the wet Spring of 2013: The usually hard-baked clay path was often in many long sections a sea of well-churned, ankle-deep puddles and mud; there was no escaping it as even the new paths blazed by squeamish pilgrims along the border of the neighbouring fields were similarly boggy. At days-end you had filthy trousers and boots, and in my case only semi-saturated feet due to the Goretex lining. I would not liked to have tackled it wearing sandals or runners. However, I have not observed such conditions on subsequent caminos so maybe those conditions were exceptional. Something to consider, at any rate.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
I would not liked to have tackled it wearing sandals or runners.
I have walked in ankle deep mud in sandals, and it was definitely better than wearing shoes. So much easier to clean and faster to dry. I now have waterproof socks, so even better in the rain and mud.
 

Karl Oz

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances
Portuguese
Aragones
Sanabres
Piamonte
Elizabethpfad
I have walked in ankle deep mud in sandals, and it was definitely better than wearing shoes. So much easier to clean and faster to dry. I now have waterproof socks, so even better in the rain and mud.
Waterproof socks sound like a marvellous innovation. You wore them with sandals?
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
Waterproof socks sound like a marvellous innovation. You wore them with sandals?
I only needed them one day this year. They did keep my feet nice and dry, though they aren't as comfortable as my other socks. Last year when I walked in the mud I just had regular socks.
 

amocatnerak

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances April 2018, Frances October 2019
Last year I brought waterproof socks as a last minute addition to my gear. Also, I initially walked in Vasque boots, but changed to Teva sandals in Pamplona. My waterproof socks over my Injinji socks worked perfectly in the rain and the snow. My feet never got cold or wet! Here is my Sealskinz and Tevas combo:61004
 

freescot

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
La Plata (2010) Portuguese from Coimbra(2010) Levante (2011) La Lana (2013) Francés from Roncevalles to Molinasaca then the Camino de Invierno (2014)
I've walked all my caminos in sandals in all seasons, even with snow. Invariably I am told I am wearing the wrong shoes. Walk in whatever is most comfortable for you. There are no rules. I may well be walking it in October. In sandals - Decathlon's cheapest, good for 2000km.
Buen Camino.
 

Rebecca Pappa

Next Camino The Meseta October 2019
Camino(s) past & future
St. Jean Pied de Port to Los Arcos (past 6/16)Los Arcos- Burgos (Past 9/17) Burgos-Leon October 2019
The meseta is very well-trodden, as mentioned above. However, I will offer a personal observation from my experience on the meseta in the wet Spring of 2013: The usually hard-baked clay path was often in many long sections a sea of well-churned, ankle-deep puddles and mud; there was no escaping it as even the new paths blazed by squeamish pilgrims along the border of the neighbouring fields were similarly boggy. At days-end you had filthy trousers and boots, and in my case only semi-saturated feet due to the Goretex lining. I would not liked to have tackled it wearing sandals or runners. However, I have not observed such conditions on subsequent caminos so maybe those conditions were exceptional. Something to consider, at any rate.
Thank you so much. That is very helpful.
 

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