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Winter walking shoes

Gumba

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Past OR future Camino
2022
CF in December/January.

Wore my MOABs and was very happy with them last time, a bit of snow underfoot but am expecting more/deeper snow this time around. Coming from the Land Downunder, I am not used to such conditions coupled with long days of walking so what is the best shoe/shoe type in winter? I cannot wear hiking boots or anything tight around my lower shin area. Am leaning towards long gaiters..

Would really appreciate some direction.
 
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David

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First one in 2005 from Moissac, France.
This might sound silly, seeing as how folk tend to go for expensive hiking footwear - but - have you thought of snow boots?
Hang on - you are down under? Well, snow is frozen water that falls out of the sky in certain cold weather conditions - comes down as very light small unique flakes and builds up on the ground :D:D.

I have never hiked in mine but do wear them in winter when out metal detecting in rough terrain, muddy freezing cold fields. I wear them all day with no fatigue, and my feet stay warm and dry. Coming home I just run the tap over them to clean them off.
They are supremely comfortable, being 'foot shaped' - so they are roomy and wide at the front - warm, lined, snug, they have deep cleats for grip, and are stunningly cheap too!! Cheap enough to buy a pair and stroll around in them for a few days to see if they do the job.

This sort of thing - (or just Google 'snow boots' for different designs).

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And Decathlon sell specific hiking snow boots - like this

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Gumba

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2022
Thanks David, do you think the first example would be ok to do 20-25km walking? Especially the high points, Roncesvalles, OCebrairo etc?
 

David

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Hi Gumba - I really don't know. Metal detecting on farmland involves slow rough walking, over pasture as well as ploughed and for some hours in a day, perhaps four or five.
I have never had wet or cold feet nor felt any hot spots (pre-blister points) nor any aches or pains wearing them. For me they are supremely comfortable. As they are roomy I also wear thick winter insulated socks too!

They are not the lightest footwear but comparable to winter hiking boots and they do give great grip on both mud and snow. How they would be on a real hike carrying a pack I don't know but I think they would be fine - but as mine lace up I can adjust the tightness so they don't slip around, and were I ever to attempt a winter Camino I would wear them.

Are you anywhere near a Decathlon or other sports outlet where you can try some?

These are the ones I have

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David

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CdnDreamer

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@Gumba - I live in Canada and we have a lot of snow in the winters. We hike every weekend on trails usually in the woods. I wear my Keen trail shoes along with gaiters that go up to my knees. The gaiters keep the snow out of my shoes. I also wear ice cleats on my shoes when walking in the woods. But we have lots of freezing and thawing through the winter here and often the trails are covered in ice. I don't know if cleats are needed in Spain.
 

Gumba

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@Gumba - I live in Canada and we have a lot of snow in the winters. We hike every weekend on trails usually in the woods. I wear my Keen trail shoes along with gaiters that go up to my knees. The gaiters keep the snow out of my shoes. I also wear ice cleats on my shoes when walking in the woods. But we have lots of freezing and thawing through the winter here and often the trails are covered in ice. I don't know if cleats are needed in Spain.
Thank you that is really helpful. How deep is the snow you walk through in your trail shoes - and (along with gaiters), they really don't make your feet wet? I really would like to keep (or replace!!!) my MOABs
 
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CdnDreamer

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Sometimes the snow is packed down by many people walking the trail. Other times there may be three or four inches. Once this winter we had to go through a section where we were in snow up to our knees or higher. We were coming down a hill that was not part of a trail. I didnt get any snow in my shoes.
 

Gumba

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Past OR future Camino
2022
Sometimes the snow is packed down by many people walking the trail. Other times there may be three or four inches. Once this winter we had to go through a section where we were in snow up to our knees or higher. We were coming down a hill that was not part of a trail. I didnt get any snow in my shoes.
Thanks. Walked in winter last year, the days when we had snow there had been a tour group that went through before us so deep snow was taken care of. I doubt we will be so luchy next time around given the time we are leaving (Dec)! Amazing that you did not get snow in your shoes
 

cmk033

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Frances, Jan 21~Feb 27, 2019
Just got back from walking the Frances in February. Keeping the feet warm is never a problem but keeping it dry is. I had Keen mid high waterproof boots and water came in the shoes. Not sure how to avoid this. I guess snow boots as Davis has suggest may work but that may be too heavy of boots for Camino as snow is only problem in certain areas. It is not like you can take two boots with you to Camino as it may weight too much. Besides you said you cannot wear boots.

Snow certainly was a problem in walking as mountain areas had few feet of snow and it was melting the next day. There were three or four days out 30+ days, I had to deal with snow. If the accumilated snow was too hard to deal with, we walked on the roads where all of snow are plowed. What you should be more concerned with should be rain as winter is wet time of the year. First week, I was walking with rain everyday. I think gaiters would definitely be beneficial as I think rainwater seep in from where laces are plus you have to deal with mud on trails.
 

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