Footwear on the Camino

The question was:

After much deliberation, I’ve decided to wear trainers/runners rather than boots on the Camino for this time around, mainly because I wear orthotics and my feet, orthotics and boots don’t all get along with each other! Although my feet are very comfortable in my trainers, and I’ve done lots of trail walking in them, I’m concerned about rain and general wet weather.
Does anyone have any suggestions about keeping feet dry on the Camino? I’ve seen products that can be sprayed to improve waterproofing, and have also seen waterproof socks (!) but maybe I’m worrying unnecessarily? Would love to hear people’s ideas!

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3 Replies to “Footwear on the Camino”

  1. I walk the camino since 2000 every year about one months, I now am at my 4 pair of walking shoes
    First I had Aigle, very good but totally ruined after six year
    Then I had Meindl, much problems with my feet, to hard
    After this I had Lowa, ok, but after 1.5 years the bottom broke!
    Last year I bought cheap once ( 30 €) Karimor, very good light…..
    But sportshoes….I hope it will work??

  2. I walked St Jean Pied to Finisterre via Santiago in the fall of 2005. Along ‘The Way’ I witnessed numerous foot anquished pilgrims. There’s no doubt its a prevalent problem that can compromise your experience.So be well prepared. Fortunately, I had no problems with my feet and I had several days in excess of 40 km.
    My advise is to select high quality socks and waterproof hiking or trekking boots that fit you comfortably and be sure to walk them in . But most importantly,you must do a lot of walking/hiking prior to your pilgrimage to roughen your feet. I used poor quality footwear at times to assist the process. Remember, in just a 20 km day you will make over 25000 steps, that’s a lot of chafing potential. PREPARE

  3. I set off in May from Le Puy-en-Velay in France and there was still some snow. I was glad I took four season leather walking boots which are very comfortable after breaking in before starting (make sure you only take well worn in boots). When it became hotter they were a bit too much. I would recommend good quality lighter 3 season leather (no gore-tex etc) boots. Leather breaths better and if treated with leather wax and/or silicon proofing are very waterproof. I would also advise knee length gaiters for really wet days – no water got into the boots and the feet stayed totally dry. More info on my web site. Buen Camino!

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