Did You Know?
According to Wikipedia – Socks have evolved over the centuries from the earliest models, which were made from animal skins gathered up and tied around the ankles. In the 8th century BC, Ancient Greeks wore socks from matted animal hair for warmth and Romans additionally wrapped their feet with leather or woven fabrics. Socks called “puttees” were worn by holy people in Europe to symbolize purity in the 5th century BC. Advancing to 1000 AD, socks became a symbol of wealth.
How To Choose Socks For Happy Feet
Socks keep our feet warm, dry and help to absorb the sweat that our body loses through the feet. Each of our feet is intent on being the sweatiest part of our integumentary system!
Desperate to go outside, each foot is wrapped in a synthetic blend but I begin to notice the socks aren’t as comfortable as they were early in the season before being crammed into boots and walking hundreds of miles with embedded dirt, grime and sweat. After spending years purchasing and disposing of socks that “fit” my foot, I no longer peruse the catalogs instead going to my standard. But, there have been many wrong turns along the way before I found what worked and learned what didn’t.
Feet tend to be the least respected part of your body. Don’t skimp on the socks you choose for your feet – especially when planning to participate in an outdoor related activity. When looking for socks (remember, your feet are carrying you from one location to another) make sure that the type of sock you are purchasing is for the activity you plan to participate. For instance, if you are hiking buy a hiking sock. The brands will astound you. Why are there so many? The type of material to fashion a sock may confound you. More confusing is the amount of padding support and wick-ability noted on packaging. Don’t fret.
When looking to purchase a pair of socks that will fit your outdoor needs follow these few easy tips:
* Try on various types and styles of socks with the footwear you intend to be using then with – this will allow you to determine the thickness you need contingent on your foot width and attributes.
* Look for socks that have wicking fiber to keep your feet dry – avoid cotton.
* Mid-weight socks tend to absorb more water (i.e. sweat) because they are thicker – this is a good thing.
* Socks with additional cushion on the ball of your foot and the heal of your foot tend to be more comfortable when hiking.
* To avoid rubbing, seek socks that rise above the height of your boot tops.
* Choose socks that are fitted to the heal – you don’t want a sock that is too short or too long.
* Test your socks for any seam in the toes that might rub or cause a blister.
* Once you have chosen your socks, take them home and wash them.