Hiking Socks to Keep You Trekking in Comfort

Socks can make or break a hike. Height, padding, fit and fabric all play a part in keeping your feet comfortable outdoors. Which hiking socks are right for you? Here’s how to choose.

People on a hike
Sock choice matters almost as much as boot choice to ensure a comfortable hike.Unsplash/Toomas Tartes

Don’t let your feet get you down when you’re out in the wilds. The wrong socks will make even the best pair of hiking boots hurt your feet. Here are three top choices for hiking socks.

Alvada 80% Merino Wool Hiking Socks Thermal Warm Crew Winter Boot Sock for Men & Women 3 Pairs

Cold Weather Warriors

Loaded with features for comfort, including a soft inner liner and full-foot padding with a reinforced heel and toe, these are made of a special wool blend that keeps your feet toasty and dry.Alvada

Sock height matters. Socks should be tall enough to prevent the shaft of your boot from chafing against bare skin. Socks extending above the shaft add warmth that may be welcome in cold weather, but uncomfortably warm in the summer.

DANISH ENDURANCE Merino Wool Hiking & Walking Socks 3-Pack for Men, Women & Kids, Trekking, Work, Outdoor

Danish Design

Ergonomic design and seamless toe seam helps each pair fit your feet without drooping, bunching or causing blisters. Mesh ventilation lanes along the shafts breath and wick moisture.DANISH ENDURANCE

Your boot size and sock size may not be the same. Have your foot measured and buy socks accordingly. The sock’s heel cup should fit over your own heel. In general, socks should fit snugly so there’s no material that might fold or gather to irritate your feet, but not so tightly that they’re uncomfortable.

Darn Tough Boot Cushion Sock - Men's

Made in USA

These midweights are warm enough for all but the coldest days, yet not too heavy for warmer weather. Seamless construction and full padding increase comfort.Darn Tough

Cushioning protects your feet, but the more heavily cushioned socks are warmer, too. Thickly padded socks work well for cold weather hikes in heavy boots, but may make your feet hot and sweaty on a warm day when light or ultralight socks might be more comfortable.