How to choose the right walking socks

We love walking and all too often I don’t have the right kit for my feet so I was thrilled to get these tips for choosing the right walking socks from Steve Fowler, MD of leading international sock brand Bridgedale:

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1. Pay attention to the material. Woollen socks such as Merino and Enduro Wool are soft, provide insulation and wick moisture away from your feet. Socks made from synthetics are great if your feet tend to sweat a lot because they wick moisture away better than natural fibres. Bridgedale’s unique Fusion Technology blends synthetic and natural fibres to give you the best of both worlds and ensure the highest level of performance. Avoid socks made from cotton as they will absorb moisture and takes time to dry leaving you uncomfortable.

2. Make sure your socks fit properly. Whether you’re a keen hillwalker or a casual country rambler, good socks are as important as properly fitted boots or shoes. Cheap, poorly fitting socks are not bargains, they will simply ruin your walk. The fit should be snug, but not too tight. Any bagginess or extra material at the heel or toe means it’s too big.

3. Choose cushioned walking socks to give extra protection to those areas that take the most punishment such as the ball of the foot, lace up area and Achilles. Seams should also be flat so they do not create more pressure points on your foot. Bridgedale’s unique T2 Anti-compression technology provides protection where you need it most without adding unnecessary bulk.

4. Choose the right weight. Lightweight socks are perfect for hiking in warmer weather, mid-weight socks are a good all-rounder and are ideal for a good intensity level of hiking, and heavyweight socks are intended for long-distance hiking in cold weather.

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