There’s no denying happy feet = happy hiking.
If you’ve ever walked with damp, cold feet, you’ll know the importance of a good pair of socks. It can make the difference between an enjoyable hike and an uncomfortable one. Just like when buying walking shoes or walking boots, it’s worth spending a little more on some high-quality hiking socks that will perform. Don’t be put off with the technical stuff: sweat-wicking, blister prevention, and waterproofing. Our guide below will explain what to look for so you can buy the best pair of hiking socks in confidence. And trust us, once you’ve invested a good pair, they’ll last season after season – and blisters will be a thing of the past.
Why do you need to wear hiking socks?
First and foremost, to prevent blisters. It’s easy to blame your boots when your feet start to ache on a long-distance walk. But, walking socks are equally as important. Unlike a regular cotton sock, hiking socks will keep your feet moisture-free, which prevents friction and blisters. The padding on hiking socks acts as a cushion to protect your feet so you can stride on in comfort.
What to look out for
Walking Sock Features
Look out for these features next time you’re buying. And, your feet will be in for a treat. The features highlighted in the image are just the basics. You can read on for more info.
Other features include:
The best hiking socks are high wicking. This means they move moisture away from your feet, rather than being absorbed, which prevents the dreaded blisters.
Here at Trespass, we offer socks with Coolmax technology. These socks are made from natural and technical fibres that allow air to circulate and wick moisture away. The highly ventilated socks are a must-have for summer hikes.
Socks with an odour prevention design, eliminate bacteria away from your feet – to keep them cool and comfortable.
Types of Walking Socks
Cotton socks are great for everyday use – but not so much for hiking since they absorb moisture. You can find some great combination synthetic socks that include cotton – these will be comfortable for dry conditions. We wouldn’t recommend them for winter walks.
Most hiking socks are made from merino wool, nylon, or polyester (or often a mix of these fibres). Merino wool is a natural fibre that stays warm even when wet. Although wool tends to be heavy, merino wool is super fine and feels soft and lightweight on the skin. If you’re hiking in winter or in damp conditions, merino wool socks are ideal because of their insulation and water resistance properties.
It’s common practice to use a combination of materials in walking socks. Synthetics are used to balance out the negatives of each material. For example – to improve the insulation of cotton socks. Check the material blend before buying your next pair of socks.
Trespass Top Tips
- Layering your socks is optional. Those prone to blisters might find the support helpful. The first pair acts as a liner and the second for cushioning.
- Get the fit right – if your socks are too tight, it will cut off circulation and too loose – you run the risk of friction and blisters.
- Moisture and friction together cause blisters. By eliminating one of these elements, you’re on your way to happy blister-free feet. Happy hiking!
The best walking socks fit right, are moisture-wicking, and ideally made from merino wool.