socks for 5+ mile hikes

4:37 p.m. on December 1, 2016 (EST)
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Hi all,

I am going on a long hike next weekend and I want to break in some new hiking shoes. I want to buy something to prevent blisters and to keep my feet warm. I will be hiking near snow, somewhere between 5-10 miles with a backpack.

Do you guys recommend wool? Synthetic? Where should I buy?

Thanks,

T

4:56 p.m. on December 1, 2016 (EST)
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I always suggest two pairs of socks.  An inner pair that you might regularly wear with dress shoes:  relatively thin, soft, and used to your feet.

 

And a second pair of heavier hiking socks---there are a million brands--that will fill up any loose areas in your boots or shoes.  It's not one brand or the other, per se, it's the system that really works.

1:21 a.m. on December 3, 2016 (EST)
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Good idea. Wool socks are hard to beat, and the thin inner liner of synthetic material really helps prevent blisters.

4:02 a.m. on December 3, 2016 (EST)
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A blister is a burn due to friction. So try to make sure your foot does not move inside the shoes.

At the same time don't have the shoe/socks combo too tight because that can cut circulation making your feet cold.

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