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.
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.
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.
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.
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.