You’re going to want your socks to act as a layer of protection between your feet and your boots. This will reduce the risk of getting blisters by absorbing and wicking away the sweat, dirt, and oils from your feet so you can keep clean and dry.
A good pair of high-quality socks made of breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics like Merino wool and other synthetic fibers are widely sought after. These fibers will not only work to keep your feet dry and comfortable, but they are also naturally antimicrobial, which means they keep unwanted odors at bay, something you should definitely look for if you’re spending long periods of time in your boots.
Merino wool can also keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer so you can wear the socks whenever you need them.
Why not cotton? Cotton socks are the main culprit for sweaty feet, as they tend to absorb moisture and retain heat, which causes bacteria and unwanted odor.
Pro Tip: If possible, we recommend buying a few pairs of socks with varying thickness, especially if you’re deployed in an area with drastic temperature changes.
Did you know? Two of our brands, Thorlos and Darn Tough are actually two of the largest sock manufacturers to make high-quality socks specifically for military service!