Supporting your feet with the right socks, and feeling comfortable going about your daily lifestyle and extra activities is important. Depending on your preferred activities, there are many different types of socks that can help improve your support and comfort level.
Daily Wear Socks
Picking daily wear socks is mostly about comfort and general support. Daily socks can be crew-cut to knee-high, depending on your personal style. The material is also up to you, but consider your comfortability. Cotton socks trap moisture, so if your feet sweat a lot you may want to avoid socks containing cotton. Make sure your daily socks fit your feet properly and aren’t too tight because over time you can developing blistering. If you wear socks without shoes inside the house, get socks that offer some arch support. This will prevent you from aching heels.
Running and Athletic Socks
When it comes to running, it is to be expected that your feet will sweat a lot more and are more susceptible to blistering. Therefore, it is key to pick socks that have proper material and form. Picking running socks means you should look for socks that have either polyester, nylon, or acrylic. These materials help get rid of excess moisture from sweat and they reduce the risk of blisters to form. In general, avoid running socks that are 100% cotton because they hold in moisture and cause you to have to run with very sweaty feet with no air. If you are taking runs during the winter, you may also consider getting running socks that use wool for material. Wool will keep your feet dry, and at a good warm temperature. No one likes running with cold toes!
Looking for a sock that is a good fit and form is also important. Compression socks can be a good choice, as they help improve your blood flow in your feet. You can also purchase socks that improve your arch support, which can add to the support you get if your running shoes also have arch support. When purchasing a pair of running socks, be aware of the size and fit as well. You want to avoid socks that will rub frequently on your skin because this can cause extreme discomfort and blistering.
Hiking involves a lot more than just walking. Your feet are likely to have to step over difficult terrain and walk on elevated surfaces. Therefore, picking out socks specifically for hiking is key. The sock height, fit, material, and cushioning are all factors that need to be considered. For sock height, it depends on the type of hiking you will be doing. If it is light hiking, you may get socks that stop at the ankle. If you will be hiking through rougher terrain, higher cut socks help prevent you from getting cuts on the leg. Cushioning differs as well. Light hiking only requires socks to be lightly cushioned, because if the sock is heavily padded it can become overly hot and uncomfortable. If you plan on hiking in colder conditions and mountaineering, then go heavier on the cushioning. For the fit, make sure the sock is not too tight. When hiking, your feet swell up a little bit from activity, so you must keep in mind your feet need room for this natural swelling. Lastly, good hiking socks blend various material together rather than sticking to one material. Materials such as wool, nylon, silk, or polyester can call be found in hiking socks. Always avoid wearing normal daily wear socks when hiking.