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Sunday, September 21, 2014

New Balance WW1069BR

This year, I'm going to try another New Balance Shoe.
It is the New Balance WW1069BR Trail Walking Shoe.
This rugged shoe features a split suede and breathable mesh upper with GORE-TEX protection. The padded footbed lends lasting underfoot support; the combination of C-CAP® and ABZORB® midsole cushioning, along with a long-wear drag tip delivers underfoot support. Rollbar® technology minimizes rear foot movement for an optimal ride. The AT Tread outsole of the New Balance 1069 GTX® hiker combines both trail and running rubber lug designs for on- and off-road performance.

Type: Motion Control

Weight: 336 grams (11.9 oz)

This is an outdoor-ready walking shoe featuring a waterproof GORE-TEX® upper, underfoot cushioning and a supportive fit.

When your walk takes you off road, as most of the Camino Santiago is, shoe is ready. 

For wet Galician conditions, this shoe features a waterproof GORE-TEX® upper. 

For unforgiving ground, such as the stretch into Roncesvalles, the 1069 provides cushioning with C-CAP® and ABZORB® technology. 

And when things get rocky, such as the stretch coming down Alto Perdon, the ROLLBAR® technology helps keep feet stable using a system of TPU posts.

Features also include the following:

· 10 mm drop: due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to 10 mm drop are approximate

· Debris-free construction eliminates waste, preserving raw materials and providing an environmentally preferred manufacturing solution· Rich eyerow hardwareT

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I like the looks of this shoe.
It looks sturdy, and I love the WOL-01 Shoe Last it is built upon.
It has a deep toe box and wide front combined with a narrow heel.
This combination works very well for Camino Walking.

Prices I've seen range from $139 to $169.
But don't balk.
You get what you pay for and on the Camino, your shoes are your primary investment.
Take care of your feet, and your Camino will be successful.

Let me know how these work for you!

Buen Camino!


  1. I keep looking for comfortable, well fitting walking shoes. (I recently tossed two pair into a big green metal box for children's clothes donations - they were hardly worn.) I buy most of my shoes at Wal-Mart, and finally found a good pair that fits perfectly and are very comfortable, but I'm noticing the rubber on the sole is quickly wearing away. It might be time to invest in a really good pair of trail walking shoes that will fit well and last a while. Thanks for this tip - I'm going to check them out. :)

  2. I have had my 1069's since before Christmas, I love them! I have alot of foot problems, a usual trip to the store or walmart would leave my feet burning and hurting. This shoe cuts out the burning and the pain. my trips to the store are better now and not something I dread!

  3. I bought a pair of these but didn't wear them on the Camino. However, they're my favorite walking shoes for Portland. I think I might wear them next Camino. They're very comfie, though a little "stiffer" than I'm used to. Thanks for the feedback, Anonymous! :)


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