Pilgrimage Shoes

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Venture out with the new models! Today, on the blog, we talk about the most appropriate footwear for pilgrimage to go, for example, to Fátima, or even to Santiago de Compostela. Did you know that not all shoes that look comfortable are suitable for this type of walk? In order for you to make a more conscious, correct and effective choice, we present some aspects to take into account and some suggestions.


A pilgrimage requires great physical effort and good preparation is crucial. Not just to get to the end, but also to come back sane and physically safe! For this, it´s necessary that you take some precautions before and during your pilgrimage.

First of all, you must prepare yourself physically in advance, that´s, consult your doctor for a health check-up. Then you must walk daily, walking a little more each day, to challenge and test yourself, creating your own defenses.


Choose your itinerary well, check the official website of the Sanctuary of Fátima or the Espaço Jacobeus Association for information about the pilgrim assistance posts in Fátima or Santiago de Compostela, respectively.


Choose where you will have your meals, which should be frequent in order to avoid the risk of hypoglycemia (drop in blood sugar values). Don’t eat a heavy meal, instead eat light meals that don’t weigh on your stomach so you don’t feel sick, such as soup, boiled fish and fruit. Food will give you all the vitamins and energy you need.


One of the most important things, if not the most important, is to drink lots of water. A task like this will demand a lot from your body and you will lose a lot of water, so drink as much water as possible to restore the levels and not run the risk of dehydration. Ideally, you should drink at least one and a half liters of water a day, which should be at room temperature, so as not to run the risk of temperature shock, and you should stay away from sugary drinks, such as sodas, for example.

Take a rest

It´s very important that you rest, rest, don’t forget! It is advisable to rest for at least one hour in the morning and two hours after lunch so that digestion is good and thus avoids the hottest hours.

Usually, the pilgrimage takes place in May or October, so don’t forget to wear light and loose clothing, preferably cotton, in a white tone, as it is the color that reflects with the sun. If it rains, be prepared with a raincoat and a sweater for the night.

And as for what to wear, come with us and we’ll give you the best tips on how to keep your feet as comfortable as possible during the journey. Keep walking with us in this article.

Important dates 

Like all good pilgrims, it´s good to know the pilgrimage dates so that you can prepare in advance. The most important dates for the Fátima celebrations are the 13th of May and the 13th of October. Or, if you are a pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago, you have several pilgrimages throughout the year, usually one per month, just consult the website of Associação Espaço Jacobeus and you can find the indication of pilgrimage dates.

What is the best footwear for pilgrimage? 

Your best option is to choose comfortable footwear for long walks that suit the characteristics of the trip and, above all, your feet. It is advisable to bring shoes that you have already used several times, it is not advisable to put on a new pair when you are going to start the pilgrimage so as not to run the risk of hurting your feet. And you should also carry an extra pair with you so that you can switch between the two pairs every day. However, if you are thinking about purchasing a new pair, it is recommended to buy them in advance and use them before the trip so that you can adapt them well to your feet. Here are a few more points to keep in mind:

  • Durability
  • Resistance
  • Waterproofing
  • Adhesion
  • Lightness

Now that we know the most important factors to take into account in footwear for long walks, let’s see some models suitable for walking depending on the weather. The most advisable footwear for long walks is from the Merrell brand. Why Merrell? Because it´s a brand that always presents models that combine quality, functionality and comfort to perfection!

Footwear for pilgrimage on rainy days 

If you are going to take a trip in a cold and rainy season, the best is waterproof, breathable and adherent footwear. It is essential for your health and to ensure the durability of your shoes! If rain is forecast, don’t risk it and wear water-resistant shoes. In addition, many advise you to take pants that cover the entrance of the boot or sneaker, so that water does not enter from above. For example, the Merrell Veio Mld Ler Wp Espresso  boots for men, which, as you can see below, are waterproof.


Comfortable sneakers for walking 

If, on the other hand, you are going to walk in the sun with little chance of rain, it is preferable to opt for comfortable walking shoes, such as the two models below.

Ténis caminhada

These two models, both the Merrell J559593 Intercept Blue Wing, like the Timberland Solar Wave Low Knit Black Iris, are sneakers that adapt very well to a pilgrimage.They provide comfort for your walks, and you can choose between lighter, more comfortable and cooler ones or ones that provide greater stability and grip, depending on the surface and type of walk.

The most important thing is that you feel good in your footwear, as you will spend a lot of time together during your pilgrimage route. So take your time to choose, because there is no rush!

We hope that your next pilgrimage will be exciting and unforgettable! So, if you still haven’t chosen your ideal pair, visit the EscapeShoes online store and find the most comfortable boots or sneakers for your long walk. You are sure to find your perfect travel companions!


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