What is the right footwear for the Camino de Santiago?
If this year you are going to do the Camino de Santiago, one of the most common doubts among pilgrims is to know what is the right shoe to finish the Camino without any problem.
There are three types of "shoes" that are the most recurrent: boots, slippers and sandals. The ideal would be to take a pair of each of them and put one or the other depending on the stage, time, etc ... Because you have to take them over and they weigh.
The boots are heavy and warm and in many cases, the pilgrims end up getting rid of them. If you decide to do the Camino de Santiago de Compostela with boots, the most recommendable option is a hiking or trekking boot with medium-low cane, flexible sole or as light as possible.
Most pilgrims opt for this type of footwear to make the journey. A good pair of lightweight hiking shoes or trail running is the right thing to start walking.
The sports are not recommended because their soles are softer and more flexible than the previous ones and sooner or later you will notice the stones of the path on the sole of the foot.
They are very cool and light but you will have to stop to get some pebbles from time to time. A good hiking sandal has a double sole, a softer interior to cushion the tread and a harder exterior for the stones. There are two kind of flip flops:
Closed: it is like walking with house slippers.
Open: it is not advisable to wear them, unless you combine them with light hiking shoes.
Choose the one you want, and enjoy the experience!