This will probably be your first question once you have decided to go on this adventure. Knowing how to take good care of your feet is vital and what footwear to take to the Camino de Santiago to enjoy this experience as we will need them in good condition for many kilometers and several days.

While it is true that there is no such thing as the perfect shoe as each person is unique and what works for one person may not work for another, but there are some important aspects to take into account when choosing the shoes we are going to walk in. In the following article you will find a series of recommendations to take into account when choosing the best footwear for the Camino de Santiago.

What should I consider when choosing footwear?

Never premiere on the road

The shoes to do the Camino de Santiago should be worn at least a couple of weeks before the trip for one simple reason: you are going to walk hundreds of kilometers with them, your feet should be accustomed to these shoes before embarking on this venture.

Size matters

The size should be perfect, neither too big nor too tight. One size too big can cause your foot to dance around in the shoe and cause injury, and if it’s too tight you may experience chafing that can sour your experience.

Check and care for your feet

After each stage spend some time pampering your feet and check for any injuries, blisters or chafing. Let them rest in lighter, more open footwear such as flip-flops or sandals.

Prevent and cure

Although each pilgrim has his or her own methods, putting Vaseline on the foot before starting each stage can considerably reduce the appearance of blisters and chafing. If they have already appeared, it is not a bad idea to use a protective band-aid or silicone blisters to reduce friction and heal the wound.

Footwear in front of a floor signed with the Camino Symbol

Types of footwear we should use

Throughout the many kilometers that we will travel we will find all kinds of terrain. That is why it is important that we choose a resistant shoe with a good sole that adapts to the different routes. We could establish three main categories to take into account when choosing footwear for the Camino: hiking boots, trekking shoes or sandals. As we have already mentioned, it is a personal choice and each option has its pros and cons. The most important thing is always to choose the option you feel most comfortable with.

Mountain boots

ADVANTAGES: Hiking boots provide greater support in the ankle area. They usually have more robust soles, especially suitable for steep or very rocky terrain. They are the warmest option in case you are going to walk in a cold or rainy season.

CONS: In summer or very hot areas they are not recommended as they increase the temperature of the foot and are less breathable. They are the heaviest type of footwear and this is a factor to take into account when you are going to walk so many kilometres.