While good-quality socks are important for all types of outdoor recreation, they’re especially critical for hiking since blisters and otherwise uncomfortable feet typically don’t lead to happy hikes. Socks made from a blend of manmade fibers like polyester and spandex provide plenty of cushion, while also wicking moisture, in the form of perspiration, away from feet. It’s that moisture that usually causes blisters, the bane of hikers everywhere. Lightweight socks are great for hiking during the summer. But during the colder months, heavier socks will keep your feet warm while also keeping them dry, comfortable and happy. And what hiker doesn’t love happy feet!