Inka Trail - what shoes to take

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Inka Trail - what shoes to take

Postby hakunamatata » Thu May 02, 2013 11:44 am

I know, there are a lot of articles about the Inca Trail, but somehow I'm still not sure what shoes to take (I'll be there in May).
I think I read something about sport/hiking sandals. Would that be fine or do I need strong hiking boots that cover my ankle?

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Re: Inka Trail - what shoes to take

Postby graybeard » Thu May 02, 2013 1:36 pm

Yes, indeed, there are already number of posts covering this topic in detail. To sum them up: Hike in what you normally use for a rocky, sometimes slippery trail with sustained downhill stone step sections. The amazing porters do it in sandals or flip-flops. Some are OK in low cut hiking boots or trainers. I used my usual ankle height boots for the support. Would you be happy hiking in sandals if it rains, a cold rain, and the trail got slippery? Never, ever wear boots, etc. that are brand new unless you like blisters. No hiking experience? Buy your footwear now and get out and use them.
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Re: Inka Trail - what shoes to take

Postby IncaTrail50 » Fri May 03, 2013 3:59 am

And whatever you decide upon, take them on the plane! One of our group had her luggage misplaced and it never arrived in time for the hike. The day before we started out she had to buy all new hiking everything.
My husband wore lowcut hikers, I had ankle-support hikers, our daughter wore runners. We all had sandals for camp at night. Happy feet all around despite our differences. We went in May as well and the weather was perfect, enjoy!
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Re: Inka Trail - what shoes to take

Postby hakunamatata » Fri May 03, 2013 5:39 am

Thanks a lot for the helpful reply!
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Re: Inka Trail - what shoes to take

Postby Zuleika » Fri May 03, 2013 4:10 pm

you need proper worn in hiking boots with proper hiking socks and liners. This is not a walk in the park, you need the right foot wear other wise your trip will be miserable.\It rains too much to be comfortable or safe or warm in sandals.
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Re: Inka Trail - what shoes to take

Postby leahlovestravel » Sat May 04, 2013 12:04 am

Here here for proper hiking socks. Worth a little investment.
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Re: Inka Trail - what shoes to take

Postby texasamazon » Sat May 04, 2013 9:24 am

Traction is key. When the steps are wet, and they usually are, they're very slippery. Particularly on the descent from Dead Woman's Pass, good, nonslip footwear is essential. I had on great hiking boots and still landed on my backside twice that day.
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