When your feet start to hurt on a walk, we're always quick to blame the boots, but did you know that wearing the right kind of socks can actually help prevent a lot of soreness and blisters? If you're spending a lot of money to find the right kind of walking boot, don't forget to get the right kind of socks to go with them, your standard day to day sock may not be up to the challenge.
With so many walking/hiking socks available and at a range of prices and styles, it's difficult to know where to begin. What we really want from our walking socks is to regulate foot temperature, cushioning from walking all day, promote good circulation and of course, to help prevent those annoying blisters.
In this guide we'll take you through some walking sock basics, and some features to look out for when purchasing, so it's worth working out what the socks will be used for before you pop into store.
An important rule to remember about sock length, is that the sock should always come up to just over the top of your chosen footwear. If the sock is too short, the boot will rub your ankle, if the sock is too long then your feet will get too warm, and the sock is more likely to slip down.
Walking socks come in a variety of materials which all have their own benefits.
Often with walking socks you will find terminology like 'lightweight' or 'midweight' etc, but what these are really referring to is a socks thickness/warmth and will give you a good idea of when best to use the socks.