Hit the trail right: Unveiling the top 5 advantages of wearing the right socks

Wearing the right walking socks for your adventure is just as important as wearing a comfortable pair of walking boots. With so many different sock styles, designs and at different price points, what are the benefits of investing in a good pair of walking socks? In this blog we look at the top 5 benefits of wearing a good pair of walking or hiking socks.

Picture this: You’ve been trekking for an hour up a steep, rocky sheep path, reaching the halfway point. Suddenly, discomfort sets in. You feel a blister forming on your heel, and your Achilles tendon begins to ache. Yet, you’re aware that you still have another hour of walking ahead before reaching the summit. It’s undeniably frustrating. What can you do? You take off your boots hoping this helps, but the cotton sports socks are all scrunched up and wet from sweat.

Foot fatigue, blisters and other foot ailments are a common problem when out hiking and walking. According to a recent study by Blister Prevention Pro, the main risk factor for foot blisters is friction and pressure. There’s nothing worse than being faced with sore feet, which is why wearing a good pair of walking socks will help.

Benefits of Wearing Walking & Hiking Socks

There are many reasons to wear the right pair of socks when out hiking. Below we have highlighted the top 5 benefits.

5 reasons for wearing a good pair of walking or hiking socks infographic

Infographic: 5 Benefits of Wearing Walking Socks

  1. Moisture Management

Walking socks are typically designed with moisture-wicking materials, such as Coolmax, it helps to keep your feet dry by drawing sweat away from the skin. This reduces the likelihood of blisters and discomfort caused by dampness.

  1. Cushioning and Support

Walking socks often feature extra padding in key areas such as the heel and ball of the foot, providing added cushioning and support. This helps reduce impact and fatigue during long walks or hikes, enhancing overall comfort.

  1. Blister Prevention

The seamless construction and specialised materials used in walking socks help minimise friction and rubbing, which are common causes of blisters. By wearing walking socks, you can significantly reduce the risk of developing painful blisters on your feet.

  1. Temperature Regulation

Walking socks are designed to provide insulation in colder weather while remaining breathable to prevent overheating in warmer conditions. This helps maintain a comfortable temperature for your feet, regardless of the outdoor conditions.

  1. Durability and Longevity

High-quality walking socks are built to withstand the rigours of outdoor activities, featuring reinforced heels and toes for enhanced durability. Investing in durable walking socks can save you money in the long run by reducing the frequency of sock replacements.

Best women’s walking socks

Women’s 1000 mile Approach Sock

1000mile womens approach walking sock

Unique feature: Double layer

Materials: Merino Wool, Nylon, Acrylic, Lycra, Tactel

Weight: Lightweight

The Women’s approach sock from 1000 mile socks features the unique double layer design which guarantees a blister free walk for up to 1000 miles. The inner liner sock is made from a soft Tactel fabric which wicks away sweat and keeps your feet comfortable.

This walking sock for women is lightweight and ideal for hikes in warmer climates.

Hoggs of Fife Tech-Active Walking Sock

hoggs of fife tech active walking sock

Unique feature: Arch and ankle support panels

Materials: Wool, Acrylic, Nylon, Elastane

Weight: Midweight

The Tech-Active socks by Hoggs of Fife incorporate loop pile technology, providing a cushioned walk that ensures exceptional comfort when worn. The arch and ankle support panels help to reduce foot fatigue and the reinforced heel and toe areas ensure they last for many walks.

This walking sock is categorised as a midweight option, which makes it ideal for cooler days. It’s available in a twin pack for added convenience.

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Best walking socks for men

Horizon Performance Merino Trekker Sock

Mens Horizon Trekker walking sock

Unique feature: Reinforced achilles section for comfort

Materials: Merino Wool, Cordura, Isofil, Polyamide, Acrylic

Weight: Heavyweight

The Horizon Mens Merino Trekker sock is a technical sock made from merino wool for warmth and durability. Designed with extra padding on the heel, reinforced achilles to help reduce achilles tendon and reinforced heel and toe for extra durability.

This mens walking sock is categorised as a heavyweight making it perfect for colder hikes.

Horizon Merino Hike Sock

Horizon Mens Merino HIke Socks

Unique feature: Fully cushioned sole

Materials: Merino wool, Nylon, Lycra

Weight: Midweight

The Horizon Merino Hike sock is classed as a 3 season boot length sock making it ideal for Spring, Summer and Autumn wear. With a reinforced heel and toe and fully cushioned sole, this sock will help to reduce foot fatigue. Plus the elastic grip helps to prevent the socks from slipping down.

A midweight walking sock ideal for helping to prevent foot fatigue.

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In conclusion, to prevent any type of foot issues such as blisters or foot fatigue when out walking, a good pair of walking socks and walking boots will give you the support and cushioning needed.

For more hiking essentials, check out our blog on the best wellies for walking.

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FAQ

Are thick socks good for walking?

Thick socks give more cushioning and warmth, which some walkers like, especially in cold weather or if they want extra padding. The best socks for walking depend on what feels comfortable to you, the weather, and the type of ground you'll walk on.

How many pairs of socks should you wear with walking boots?

Usually, one pair of moisture-wicking socks is enough when wearing walking boots. Some people might wear two pairs for extra comfort or to avoid blisters, especially on long hikes or rough terrain. Or consider a double layered socks. It's important to wear socks that fit well and feel comfortable.