Good socks are an essential accessory for any serious hiker. It's important to know how to choose the right pair for you, so here is all our advice for finding the model you need!
Having a good pair of hiking boots is great, but this goes hand in hand with having a pair of socks that is also designed for hiking.
A good hiking sock should protect the foot from friction and have good moisture-wicking properties. Otherwise, beware of blisters!
In this article, you'll discover 5 criteria for picking the right socks for you: choice of material, technical aspects of where you hike, walking time, seasonality and height of the socks.
Follow our guide!
Hiking socks can be designed with different materials, each with their own specific properties.
Depending on your level of ability, but more importantly, your needs, you will opt for one material rather than another.
Cotton, for example, has the benefit of being comfortable.
On the other hand, it does not wick away moisture and dries slowly, which may cause blisters more easily on a long outing.
That's why it is recommended for short hikes or walks.
Synthetic materials are quite strong and durable.
They have the big advantage of wicking away perspiration well.
A good compromise for slightly longer hikes.
Elastane provides good support and conforms to the shape of the foot, which prevents creases from forming.
Cordura, which is included in the composition of some socks, is known for its resistance to tearing and abrasion.
Ideal for a long outing or trek.
Merino wool is comfortable, limits odours and provides good insulation from the cold.
In addition, given its thermoregulatory properties, it also insulates from heat. It is also anti-bacterial, but does not wick away perspiration very well.
This is why it is often mixed with synthetic materials in our socks.
A QUICK LOOK AT OUR ENVIRONMENTAL APPROACH :
In order to improve our carbon footprint, 80% of our range of socks is eco-designed.
Cotton from organic agriculture
To give you products that are soft and comfortable in use, we use organic cotton.
It is grown without chemical fertilisers, pesticides or GMO, reducing the risk of ground or water pollution.
With regard to synthetic materials, we use a dyeing technique that uses less water.
To reduce water consumption when dyeing our fabrics, we choose the "Dope Dyeing" process.
This involves incorporating the colour pigments as soon as the yarn is made.
A second criterion that should not be overlooked when choosing your pair of hiking socks: the technical aspects of where you hike.
If you hike on trails with relatively little elevation gain or on steep mountain paths, your needs will not be the same.
On relatively flat paths in lowlands or in a forest, for example, you will need socks that are above all comfortable with as few seams as possible.
You can then choose the material and knit stitch that is most comfortable for your feet.
Conversely, if you are hiking in the mountains on technical trails with elevation gains, you can choose socks that are reinforced at the heel and toe.
When climbing or descending, significant forces are exerted on these two parts of the foot and the continuous pressure on the toes or heel can be painful after a while if you do not have the right socks.
Go for socks with more high-tech properties that wick away moisture well and reduce the risk of chafing.
In any case, wherever you hike, it is important to choose socks in the right size. A sock that is too small or too big can quickly cause blisters.
In the case of a sock that is too big, there is too much material around the foot. This is likely to form creases.
In the case of a sock that is too small, there is a risk that the sock will get pulled down inside the boot.
They protrude slightly from the boot, but remain below your ankle bone. They’re worn with low boots
One final tip for the road? Some socks are tailored to the shape of your feet with different left and right foot to provide a better fit at the toe section. And if you are ever prone to allergies, take the time to check the components!