Learn more about the importance of socks

Along with the palms of your hands and your armpits, your feet are one of three areas of your body that contains the largest sweat gland. The average foot has 250,000 sweat glands and produces about a 250 millilitres of perspiration a day!

For any outdoor activity, like hiking or camping, you need to ensure you have the right equipment especially for your feet. Socks provide:

• Padding.
• Comfort.
• Barrier between feet and footwear.
• Protection from upper seams.
• Moisture absorption.
• Reduce friction.
• Protects from cooler and warmer conditions.
• Anti-microbial protection.
• Prevent foot conditions (e.g. blisters, athlete’s foot, calluses and abrasions).
• Minimize hotspots.

If you find that your socks are actually causing your feet to sweat more, you are likely wearing the wrong kinds of socks, but luckily a variety of options are available to help wick away moisture.
Though our instincts might suggest that our feet will remain cooler if we do not wear socks, the opposite is actually true:
• Shoes are not often made with the same sorts of Fibres that socks are.
• When our feet are exposed directly to the inside of our shoes, this creates the potential for our feet to become hotter, sweat more and develop moisture-related problems.

Socks affect the comfort and fit of footwear by their:
o Thickness.
o Cushioning.
o Sweat-fighting capabilities.

Sock Categories:
• Casual socks – Wear for normal everyday use.
• Dress socks – Worn with suits, business attire and formal wear.
• Support socks – Better support muscles and relieve any fatigue/strain.
• Work socks – Designed for durability (with reinforced heel) and colder climates.
• Sport socks – Designed for activities with high movement and sport specific.

Tennis – More cushioning at ball, heel and toe areas to absorb shock and protect feet against quick movements.
Runners – More cushioning at the ball, heel and toes to reduce shock and blisters.
Colder outdoor activities – Thermal socks with tiny air pockets for warmth and insulation by trapping heat, but allows breathability for perspiration to keep feet dry.

Tips on Sock Purchases:
o Wear activity specific socks.
o Look for a high thread count (denser socks repel moisture & protect feet for longer periods).
o Purchase socks with a reinforced heel and toe area.
o Look for socks with cushion sole support.
o Proper size – toes should reach the seam and heel padding should be a secure fit.

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