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.

Some tips on choosing the right boots or shoes

Shoes used to walk the Camino de Santiago

Not really a question, but som good pointers on what to look for when choising your shoeas/boots from our member skilsaw.

His posts is long, this is the first pharagraph:

I have walked the Camino Frances and the Via de la Plata twice… about 2800 kms.

If you don’t like reading long posts, here is the conclusion first: Purchasing boots and breaking them in is a crap shoot (american slang for “a gamble”). Ya pays yer money, and ya takes yer chances. But suffering is optional. If your feet are blistering or otherwise hurt, experiment.
Try different socks. Use vaseline or other grease on your feet… Or stop using vaseline. Same goes for foot powder. Buy new shoes altogether. Keep experimenting until you find the right combination shoes, socks, and lubricants. Love and care for your feet. You owe it to them, after what you are putting them through.

Read the rest of this good advice on choosing boots or shoes for the Camino de Santiago.

Shoes used to walk the Camino de Santiago

Shoes used to walk 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 used to walk the Camino de Santiago.

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.