Summertime is ideal for venturing outon foot–whether your on a city tour,or hitting the trails for an extended nature trek. Clearly your feet are your most important tool when traveling, and besides footwear, a quality pair of socks can make or break the day. Sweat, pressure points, and shearing forces can lead to blisters. Your socks are your first line of defense against these enemies.
They must fit correctly so they don’t bunch up and lead to pressure and shearing forces. They must wick sweat away from your skin. Stay clear of 100% cotton, or long tube socks. Invest in moisture-wicking, anatomically-designed walking socks and your feet will thank you.
Learn what to look for when you shop for socks for short walks, long-distance walking, hiking, and for different climate conditions. Match your sock with your shoe so you have a good fit with the combined system. For seeing more about quality socks click here.
Type of sock materials
- Merino Wool: Harvested from Merino sheep, it’s quick drying, static resistant, breathable and naturally antimicrobial, which means it doesn’t hold odors like polyester and cotton do. It’s also softer than traditional wool.
- Nylon: Fibers made from durable, lightweight, synthetic polymers.
- Spandex: A synthetic polyurethane-based fiber known for stretchability.
- Elastane: A variant of “spandex.”
- Polyester: A common plastic-based synthetic fiber that’s strong, light and shrink-resistant.
- Silk: A natural fiber produced by insects. Silk is strong, soft, smooth and cool, but not very elastic.
1. Go With Wool
It may sound counter intuitive to wear wool socks on a hot summer day, but more and more outdoor experts understand this natural fiber’s benefits, especially when it comes from merino sheep, a breed common in New Zealand.
Miraculously, the same tiny crimped merino wool fibers that keep you warm in winter also cool you in sweaty conditions through the process of “evaporative cooling.” They act as perfect little wicks to pull moisture off your skin, move it across the face of the fabric, and expose it to the outside air, where it can evaporate quickly. These wicks make wool a better moisture manager than many other fabrics.
In response, merino wool is ideal for long, hot hikes that will get your feet perspiring. What’s more, the material also keeps odors to a minimum and is extremely stretchy, staying snug against your foot without bunching up in the toe or heel. When combined with synthetics, it has greater wicking properties, keeps your feet dry, and even airs out quickly if that puddle ends up being deeper than you thought.
2. Avoid Cotton
Even though cotton is a cool, soft material, it quickly drenches your feet in sweat. Once this happens, don’t expect them to dry quickly, either.
When it comes to warm-weather hiking, outdoor experts say to avoid anything labeled “100% cotton,” as this combination absorbs rather than wicks away sweat, gives no insulation, and, while lightweight, rubs against your skin to create blisters.
This isn’t to say you should completely stay away from anything with cotton in it. The lighter feel proves to be an asset in hot and wet conditions, so, instead, look for a sock with a low percentage of cotton.
3. Go Light
In summer heat, the average pair of feet sweats a shot-glass worth of water a day. To keep things cooler and to reduce perspiration, go with a lightweight sock. Though they’re thin, lightweight socks specifically built for hiking are still designed with extra cushioning in the heel and ball of your foot.
If you normally wear a heavier sock and are switching to something lightweight, pay attention to the fit. Because the lighter sock is taking up less room, you may find that your foot is sliding about in the shoe more than you’re used to. If you feel the fit is too sloppy, you may have to go back to a heavier style, regardless of the heat. The worst scenario is getting blisters because of a poorly fitting shoe.
4. Sock Height
Crew-length socks are traditionally worn when hiking, as they keep higher boots from rubbing against your ankle. However, if you’re wearing low-top shoes, consider socks that stop just above the cuff, as these will help keep your feet cooler.
5. Know the Terrain
Choosing the right summer sock also means knowing where you’ll be hiking. If you expect the trail to be mostly hard rocks with little vegetation, like in a southwest canyon, you may want a micro style that doesn’t go above your ankle. On the other hand, if you’re hiking in the bushes, crew socks tend to be the better option.
6. Match your sock with your footwear
How your feet will feel on long journeys is dependent on how you specific shoe fits with your sock. Make sure the thickness of the socks matches what you intend to wear. Well designed socks for walking or running, have various thickness and padding features that consider the heel, ball of foot, toes and, in some cases, the instep.
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