What to take on your Camino - page 3

Footwear - walking boots and shoes

There are three pages to this section and they all cover ideas and suggestions relating to "essential supplies" for a Camino. Clothing, equipment, medical supplies, food and good advanced preparation are the keys to a successful Way of Saint James Camino, so consider the contents of these pages carefully.

Page 1 - Preparation and what to take (clothing)
Page 2 - What to take continued, essential items, budgeting, food and drink
Page 3 - What to take continued - Walking boots and shoes (THIS PAGE)

Walking shoes and hiking boots

Socks are of course no good without shoes and for the Camino you will require hiking shoes or ideally hiking boots.

Walking for long periods of time can be very taxing on the feet and legs and good shoes not only protect the feet, but also make prolonged walking more comfortable. Selecting the best kind of footwear for your Camino is an important task and you should research and prepare well, however in short this is what you want.

You will need two pairs of shoes, one for walking in on rough and possibly wet and slippery paths and another for when you finish the days walk and want to relax. Both are essential and neither are luxuries.

Boots for walking the Camino

Normal shoes

Whilst hiking boots are the best option when it comes to prolonged walking, you will also need a rest from these boots in the evening when you have completed the day's walk.

It is therefore essential that you have a pair of light and very comfortable shoes to wear in the evening or late afternoon once the days exertions are over. The best type of shoes will be lightweight (i.e. to carry) and they want to allow your feet (particularly the toes) freedom to move around and recover from all the walking. Some people choose sandals, but the straps found on sandals are not always ideal for feet that have had a tough time during the course of a day's walking.

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