The average person takes 2,000 steps to travel one mile. Factor in the up and down of a walking track and the roots and rocks you’ll encounter along the way, and that number only gets higher. With every step, the right socks play a critical role in keeping your feet comfortable and blister-free throughout your journey.
To choose the best walking socks for your trip, it’s important to consider these four things:
Walking socks come in different heights, from so short that they don’t even show above your shoes, to tall enough to nearly touch your knees. To choose the right height, take a look at your footwear. The higher the cuffs are on your boots or shoes, the taller you want your socks to be so they can protect your skin from rubbing directly against your footwear.
These are the four sock heights you’ll find most common
The amount of cushioning a sock has gives you an idea of how thick the sock is and how warm it will be.
The right amount of cushioning for you depends mostly on the types of trips you go on and the weather you expect. A bit of cushion can protect your feet during high-impact activities like running and backpacking, but keep in mind that thicker socks are warmer and can cause your feet to sweat. You may have to experiment to find the right balance of cushion-to-warmth that works for you. Having a variety of socks to choose from in your sock drawer is helpful.
The four types of cushioning you’ll find most common are:
Walking socks are rarely made from a single fabric, but rather from a blend that creates the right balance of comfort, warmth, durability and fast drying. These are the most common materials you’ll find in walking socks:
Getting socks that fit correctly will help keep your feet comfortable on walking trips. If your socks are too big they can have wrinkles that will rub and may cause a blister. Too small and they can create pressure points and sock slippage.