For most people, socks aren’t a big priority — just a pair that hug your ankles tightly and keep your feet protected in whatever shoes you wear. But good socks can make a big difference to your feet, especially if you’re on a long hike or bike ride. In fact, a great sock is an essential piece of equipment for outdoor enthusiasts and can help prevent blisters or even foot problems.
A quality sock also helps regulate temperature and moisture, keeping the skin on your feet soft and healthy. But with so many styles, fibres and thicknesses to choose from, it can be difficult to know what you’re looking for. So we asked our expert tester Buck Yedor — who’s done everything from volunteer with Yosemite Search and Rescue to professional rock climbing route setter — for his tips on selecting the right pair of socks.
Whether you’re going out for a run or just hanging out at home, the right pair of socks can make all the difference to your comfort. These Merino wool socks combine elastane for stretch with nylon (including recycled) for durability, plush cushioning from heel to toe and a comfort welt that keeps them in place no matter what you do.
No-show socks are light, slim and invisible for those who like a barefoot look but can also be worn with casual sneakers, oxfords or boat shoes in the summer. They also work for runners and hikers who need a sock that will wick moisture away from the feet and calf muscles while reducing friction zones. And for those who suffer from Raynaud’s phenomenon or hot flushes during menopause, wearing compression socks at night can help reduce symptoms. bamboo socks