What about Hiking Boot Maintenance for the Camino de Santiago?

Shoes used to walk the Camino de Santiago

The question was:

How do I keep my boots soft and supple as I break them in for my Camino? I am old enough to remember using saddle soap on my baseball glove, but I wonder if there is something more “hi-tech?”

Read all about the hiking boot maintenance for the Camino de Santiago here in our Camino forum.

Should I use insoles?

Should I use insoles?

The question was:

I will soon be doing my first Camino. I have two metal plates in my spine from a car accident many years ago, and because of this I need good cushioning in my boots, otherwise my back aches.

I understand a lot of the Camino will be on hard surfaces – tarmac, paving etc – and so cushioning becomes even more important.

Is there a particular brand of boot that has particularly good cushioning? And should I be using additional insoles?

Read the conversation in the Camino forum on walking the Camino with insoles.

The importance of tying your shoelaces correctly

The importance of tying your shoelaces correctly

This comment from an unlucky pilgrim:

Thursday October 11th 2012
Casar de Caceres – Canaveral

We were just coming up to one of the bridges across the Embalse de Alcantara (reservoir) when the loop from one of my boot laces got caught in the other boot and I went flying over into the road. Two scratched knees, one broken finger on my left hand (home made splint working quite well) and a badly bruised right hand.

The very next day we caught up with two young German girls and the exact same accident happened to one of them on the same day and on the same stretch of road. She ended up with a badly cut knee.

We are both as they would say “on the road again”.

My laces are now tied to the very end – no loops left.

Having an exhausting but brilliant Camino.

Read the rest of this conversation on Shoe Laces on the Camino de Santiago here.

What shoes are pilgrims using on the Camino de Santiago?

What shoes are pilgrims using on the Camino de Santiago?

The question was:

Hi all, there are so many threads in regards to footwear, many opinions, many different kinds of footwear. I know a common reply is: “use what works best for your feet” and “the same thing does not work for everyone”, while that is true it’s nice as a newbie to get some ideas on where to start. My wish is not to start another discussion I was hoping you could list what shoes you wear both during the walk and in the evening and perhaps a comment on why that works for you. Just to put some ideas in a beginners mind :).

Read the list of shoes (names of brands and model) that pilgrims posted in our forum.

My laces don’t stay tied well, any tips?

My laces don't stay tied well, any tips?
My laces don't stay tied well, any tips?

The question was:

I’m experimenting with my Merrells (both the boots and the shoes) on a daily basis, and I’m finding that as Wonderful as these are for my feet, the laces don’t stay tied well. […] But does anyone have a solution? A trick? Another lace they’d recommend?

Read all the good advice on shoelaces on the Camino de Santiago.