‘Tis the season of cold extremities and poor circulation. No need to change the thermostat when you’ve got socks to keep you warm! Get high-quality, moisture-wicking socks made of merino wool and other synthetic fibers to keep you warm and dry this winter so you can face the day, instead of hiding from it.
It’s important to keep your feet warm when the temperature drops because it helps regulate your body’s core temperature. When it’s cold outside, your body pulls heat from the extremities and gives it back to your core, therefore regulating your body temperature and keeping you warm. Your extremities (feet and hands) are where most of the heat exchange with our surroundings occurs, which is why those areas are the first to feel a pinch when it’s cold outside.
Tips to Keep Feet Warm:
- Avoid cotton. Socks made of cotton can only absorb up about 10-14% of their own weight in water and won't keep their warmth when wet, which is essentially just a recipe for cold feet.
- Stick with Merino wool. Merino wool can absorb up to 30% of its own weight in water and still not feet wet! Dry feet = warm feet.
- Thicker doesn’t always mean warmer. It's all about the material. If you're wearing boots, you shouldn't wear socks that are too thick. If a thick sock causes enough pressure on the foot, it could cut off circulation to your toes, and you definitely don't want that!
- Try liner socks. Liner socks add an extra layer that helps prevent blisters and irritation to keep your feet dry and comfortable.
We recommend heavier socks for your sneaker days, lightweight socks if you’re wearing boots, and replacing your dressy socks with a pair of thin hiking socks to keep warm in the winter. You also can’t go wrong with cushioned socks to add extra support, comfort, and warmth.
Best Socks for Cold Feet
Darn Tough Men’s Mountaineering Micro Crew Extra Cushion Socks - ON SALE $18.75
Sleet, freezing rain, sub-zero wind chills, snow? More, please. Darn Tough's Mountaineering sock never heads for shelter. If you're out there, this sock wants to be with you.
This Boot Sock is a true classic and a longtime favorite with serious hikers and everyday enthusiasts alike. Thru-hikers logging hundreds of miles on the Appalachian Trail revere its dependability and comfort. Legendary performance fit and solid cushioning along the bottom of the foot make for a sock that's pure bliss. No slipping, no bunching, no blisters. Fine gauge Merino Wool makes this a fast drying and breathable "all-weather" sock that stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter. And since Merino Wool is naturally antimicrobial this sock repels bacteria and odor —a great feature when you need to get an extra day (or two) out of your socks. Still made in Vermont. Guaranteed for life.
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Sometimes you just need a good run. The PhD Run Cold Weather Mid Crew will get you out the door and help you stay outside longer. The 4 Degree elite fit system keeps the sock in place so you can focus on the stride ahead. The narrower profile design proves perfect for women's feet.
Feet should be comfortable. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! Smartwool's medium cushioned PhD Hunt Medium Crew fulfills the promise. With Smartwool's Virtually Seamless toe, soft and breathable Merino blend, and a fit system like no other, you can stay out for days. Our Indestructawool™ technology and odor resistance help the cause.
Wigwam Trail Mix Fusion Crew Socks - $18.00
The Wigwam Trail Mix Fusion Crew Socks are the original sock and liner combo is ideal for backpacking and hiking. The inner olefin liner keeps you dry and prevents blisters, while the outer layer acts as a traditional wool sock, keeping you warm and cushioned. Machine-washable, the liner and sock are knit together as one sock. Just like separate liner and sock combos, the Fusion will insulate you better than a single sock will. It will also keep you drier and reduce blisters. Formerly known as the Ingenius Hiker.
Wigwam 625 Crew Socks - $12.50
When we say Wigwam's 625 is a Wool athletic sock that lasts, we mean it; it's been in Wigwam's line since the 1960's.
You gotta keep 'em circulated, especially in the cold. The Circulator Graduated Compression Socks come in a wide range of beautiful color and subtle stripes. Black, Navy Solid, Khaki, Azalea, Celadon, Teal, Natural, Charcoal, Navy, Grey, and Black Stripe all provide the same moderate compression and support from your day's start to your day's finish.