As I began the process of planning it was clear to me that the most important part of my equipment are the boots. The first time I tried on a pair of Merrell boots I was stoked….perfect fit! Last year Merrells were on sale, 1/2 price! I bought three pairs: one for training, one for the first 500 miles and one for the last 500 miles. I will send a pair to myself somewhere near St. Jean Pied-de-Port, France. Also in my boots are sock liners to reduce friction while walking, Smartwool mountaineer thick socks, and arch support.