Socks date back to caveman times, advancing from simple animal furs wrapped around the feet to the variety of footwear choices you have today. Socks have always carried one primary goal: foot protection and comfort.
Keep durability, protection, and comfort in mind when buying new socks. Choose the right socks for both warm and cool weather by using this guide.
Your feet sweat a great deal, which means your footwear should be breathable to prevent itching, discomfort, and odors. While cotton is a preferred sock material for spring and summer use, consider wool instead; wool is naturally breathable and wicks moisture away from the body, evaporating sweat quickly.
Wearing cotton socks is also an option, as long as you stick to cotton-wool blends or pure cotton materials. Stay away from spandex or man-made sock fibers, unless they are built into the arch or heel of the sock for durability and also include moisture-wicking properties.
Speak to your outdoor clothing supplier about the following features regarding summer-ready socks:
Warm-weather socks should be thin, flexible, and not weigh down your feet. Your outdoor or emergency clothing supplier will assist you in selecting socks based on the purpose for which you'll wear them, such as military activities, sports, hiking, leisure, etc. Choose warm-weather socks that have elastic openings so socks don't slip inside your shoes.
Socks should contain an elastic arch support, toe area, and heel to prevent tears and holes. Measure your foot to determine what size sock fits your frame best. Ill-fitting footwear may be unable to provide you with the protection you need due to the placement of reinforced areas.
Warm-weather socks should be tight on your feet to prevent irritation, yet loose enough to prevent swelling. Elastic or spandex cuffs and supports should not leave marks on your skin. Ventilated socks allow for breathable comfort while performing sweat-inducing tasks like exercising or working.
Do not simply wear warm-weather socks in colder weather. Just as your feet sweat amply, they also release a large amount of heat. You need socks that trap heat in while providing comfort and protection at once.
Thermal socks designed out of merino or other wool are ideal for colder weather activities. Again, keep durability, protection, and comfort in mind when choosing cool-weather socks.
Most winter or cool-weather socks are made of wool or wool blends. To make wool socks more durable, stretchy elastic materials, such as nylon or spandex, are included in sock's design. Seek socks with wool as the main component, followed by stretching materials for durable construction that lasts.
Your outdoor clothing supplier will compare the temperature tolerances of different thermal socks they carry. The lower temperature a cool-weather sock is able to withstand, the more protective they can be for your needs.
Cool-weather socks are not thin. Instead, cold-weather socks are designed with thick materials to keep feet warm. Choose socks that have wide cuffs so you can easily layer socks as needed and make footwear easier to put on.
Make sure you have several pairs of both warm and cool weather socks on-hand for alternating throughout the seasons. Your outdoor clothing and supplies specialist will assist you in choosing socks based on the season you are approaching and your intended use for wearing them.
The right socks protect your feet against temperature changes while providing comfort at once. Protecting your feet via breathable, lasting socks helps prevent injury and discomfort.
Your outdoor or emergency supplies retailer will assist you in choosing the right footwear for your needs. Visit Bargain Center today to see our selection of socks, shoes, and other clothing.