The boots will be your best companion during the route, so it is convenient to know how to choose the best model for you.
Boots are, without any doubt, your best companion on the Camino de Santiago. Although everything you are going to carry in your backpack for the Camino de Santiago is essential, boots play a crucial role, perhaps the most important. During the tens of kilometers that you are going to do every day, you will go through all types of terrain and weather conditions. Having the right footwear is essential for the route and therefore the different stages to be resolved satisfactorily.
Although a little later we will go into detail about the basic aspects that you should take into account when buying boots for the Camino de Santiago, there are various reasons why this garment is the most outstanding of all the luggage that you are going to take with you.
The first and most obvious is linked to the stability and protection that they will provide you. They will support the ankle and the arch of the foot; Essential for uneven terrain. To all this we must add the protection against the different obstacles that you can find in the form of stones, branches, etc.
Comfort is another element that you should never overlook. There will be many hours throughout the day with them on, so it is interesting that they fit like a glove. Traction and durability are also points to consider, but as we will show you below, they are linked to aspects such as materials.
If you want to choose the best boots for the Camino de Santiago, you have to take several aspects into account. Of course you will also have to consider which route you are going to take. For example, it is not the same to do the Camino de Santiago from Sarria with relatively affordable stages, than to enter the Camino Primitivo, the most demanding of all. For this reason, among others that we will see below, you should consider the following characteristics when purchasing your boots.
Try before you buy: Possibly one of the best tips you'll find on the entire list. Everything said before will be of little use if you buy the boots blindly.
In the market there are brands and models of boots ideal for the Camino de Santiago. With all the features that we have mentioned above, essential to enjoy the trip in the most comfortable way, these are our favorite models.
Boots designed to last for years and years. Totally waterproof, breathable and very light. An excellent option for those who want to start on the Camino de Santiago or repeat the experience. We can't think of a better model in terms of comfort for long walks.
Light and breathable. So are the Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator boots. They are one of the most recommended models for the Camino de Santiago in summer, with a sole that offers good traction, also highlighting its comfort.
Three are the words that define the Keen Targhee III Waterproof boots: comfort, durability and waterproofing. With excellent traction for even the most difficult terrain, we are talking about a product of the highest quality, with very good arch support.
With more than remarkable traction, comfort is the order of the day with this Lowa Renegade GTX model. It also highlights its durability and impermeability.
Another ideal option for the Camino de Santiago in summer. Thanks to its Omni-Grip sole you will achieve perfect traction in the most complicated stages, without forgetting its comfort, another very outstanding aspect.
Remember that each person has different needs and preferences when it comes to footwear. Always keep in mind that you are going to spend many hours with the shoe, so our best advice is to try the more brands, the better. If you have a favorite brand, don't be afraid to try different models. The result should be a boot that fits your foot like a glove, is comfortable for you, and includes many of the above features.
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