Many of you have endured my lecture on sock selection - especially for tall boots. And I bet -- if you've heeded my advice -- you now agree.
Take note the next time you wear some wild print that resembles a knee-hi stocking -- yes, that smell is from your socks! Having performance socks are not just more comfortable, it's better for your foot and your boots.
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE ABOUT SOCKS?
We are athletes -- we sweat, get dirty and stay in our boots for long periods of time. Moisture management is essential for the health of your skin. Inside your boot is the perfect place for athlete's foot -- its hot, dark and moist -- so you can grow bacteria of your very own. Not only are we talking about the health of your foot, it's about the interior of your boots. With the trend toward ever-softer calfskin for our boots, even the lining, and sometimes the actual footbed, are also this luxury leather -- take good care of it. Good boot hygiene also keeps you from inserting your toes into a science experiment every time you ride.
SO WHAT TO DO?
Our recommendation: choose a wicking, breathable fabric like Drilex, CoolMax, Bamboo, etc. Yes, that's bamboo -- a natural anti-microbial, performance textile that feels really soft. Wool is of course the original performance fabric -- just take care that wool socks are actually an appropriate % to insure wicking and breathability. Note: nylon is not on the list! Those fun, nylon socks are pretty but be sure to get the CoolMax version, several brands make them now.
There are so many -- but here's a few that may help you while shopping:
Ariat makes a stalwart CoolMax boot sock for a very reasonable price
JPC and Lettia bamboo argyles are wonderfully soft in more than a dozen colors
Schockemohle socks are coveted and have the slimmest fit we've found at a good price
Winston is my new luxury sock, delivering comfort in a very thin fabric
JoJo Sox makes a myriad of bamboo socks in different shape and size, including some in fun prints like those that turn our nose up
Zocks CoolMax are also now available
Horze is the sporty and tuff economy brand we like
Keep warm with b.ella cashmere blends and PK International
So let us know what you think -- what are your favorites?
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