Let's end with frozen toes skiing, icy feet hiking in winter, wet and sweaty feet during a trail, and the famous blisters on the Achilles tendon! Let us also forget our grandmothers' remedies, even if we love them very much. Because no no no, putting newspaper in your shoes is not ideal. We can also forget the superposition of 4 pairs ...
Let's end with frozen toes skiing, icy feet hiking in winter, wet and sweaty feet during a trail, and the famous blisters on the Achilles tendon! Let us also forget our grandmothers' remedies, even if we love them very much. Because no no no, putting newspaper in your shoes is not ideal. We can also forget the superposition of 4 pairs of socks which will only result in compression and friction of the foot on the shoe. Socks, as we all know, are not the most glamorous accessories you want to show your friends; however, they are essential to enjoy your outdoor activities, in summer and winter.
That's why we'll share with you the secrets and advice of experts, who have already had their feet soaked, to help you choose the right pair of socks. The main idea is to adapt your socks to your practice; and yes, you can imagine that a sock for skiing will not be designed in the same way as a trail sock. They will have to adapt to your shoes, the outside temperature, your sensitivity, and of course to your foot!
The 10 commandments of the sock
(from the New Testament "Socks are at the party")
Commandment 1: You will protect your feet, but also all other extremities of the body.
If you protect all your extremities properly, you will maintain your blood flow. If, on the other hand, you continue to lose heat with your hands or head in the air, the phenomenon of vasoconstriction will occur and freeze your feet, even if they are well wrapped!
Commandment 2: You will choose a good pair of shoes, because socks don't do everything.
Today, it is easy to find a pair of highly technical shoes at an affordable price.
Commandment 3: You will choose your pair of socks according to your sporting practice.
For each activity, there is a pair of socks. Light and breathable for running, comfortable and airy for hiking, warm and padded for skiing: each sport requires different technical specifications, so it is essential to choose your socks according to your practice.
Commandment 4: You will avoid cotton.
Cotton is to be avoided if you are cold or if you sweat pious pious. Prefer merino wool for rapid heat transfer and sweat wicking for those facing heavy foot sweating during exercise. Merino wool will even be suitable for sensitive skin.
Commandment 5: You will choose a pair of socks with good support.
A good hiking sock support does not slip under your toes or down on your calf. The presence of an elastic band on the kick guarantees good support, but be careful if you have a strong foot, it can bother you and compress the top of your foot. The presence of elastane also makes it possible to give a greater stretch to your hiking socks while guaranteeing a good life span.
Commandment 6: You will choose a pair of socks suitable for your shoes.
There are low, medium and high hiking socks. As you might expect, it is absolutely not advisable to combine low hiking socks with high hiking boots, as this can cause considerable irritation to your skin due to friction.
Commandment 7: You will choose your pair of socks according to the outside temperature.
Another point to judge well: the outside temperature! Indeed, it is essential to have both hiking socks adapted for the off-season and/or summer as well as specific hiking socks to manage winter conditions!
Commandment 8: You will choose flat socks.
When choosing your pair of hiking socks, it is important to check that the seams are flat, especially in the toe area, in order to minimize unnecessary pressure points that all too often generate blisters after a few hours of walking. The best way to optimize your comfort, however, is to choose a pair of hiking socks that offer an anatomical shape with both left and right feet. The adjustment becomes much more precise, whatever the shape of your feet and calves
Commandment 9: You will choose socks according to the size of your foot.
Gentlemen, don't steal the pair of Madam, you probably don't have the same size. It is at your own risk and peril;)
Commandment 10: GOOD LUCK to choose.
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