Review. I currently have a pair of Hanwag Barcas GTX light weight walking shoes similar to the ones in this photo. In October/November 2018 I trained in these and then walked from Roncesvalles to Santiago, around 760 km. Experienced rain, snow, mud and slush. My feet were dry expect on one occasions when I walked in pouring rain all day as well as through snow and slush. They generally were comfortable, allowed my feet to move around with-in shoe on rough terrain. Have the advantage of being lighter than boots by 400-700 grams. I wear wool socks and put vaseline on my feet each morning. No blisters. I was surprised that the heels were well worn by the time I got to Santiago and have since had the heels replaced by the local boot maker.
The softer soles mean better grip, however they wear more easily.
Local Resole experts. In 2009 I had both complete soles replaced with exactly the same tread as the original ones. This was done by a specialist boot maker. In the EU this is easy as they are German made. For other countries check with the main outlets to see who they recommend. Cheaper than buying a new pair.
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