You can admit it. Most of us have stinky feet. Especially those of us that participate in high-energy sports like snowboarding and skateboarding. It doesn’t matter how many times you shower, or how much baby powder you dump into your footwear, the smell will set in sooner or later. Your feet have a ridiculous amount of sweat glands making them one of the sweatiest parts of your body. When you shove those sweat factories into a waterproof boot, they're bound to get wet. Not only do you risk smell, which would be the least of your problems, the moisture softens the skin which can lead to blisters. Blisters, if not taken care of, will lead to a bummer of a day. To help prevent these mishaps, it’s important to pick out a good pair of socks.
In most cases, a good athletic sock is going to be made out of a variety of materials. Just like base layers, the materials that are used will determine how well the sock functions. Synthetics and wool are the best options for wicking moisture. Avoid cotton (a.k.a. blister-town), it absorbs sweat and dries incredibly slow.
Synthetic socks are the way to go. They are often a combination of materials like nylon, acrylic, elastic, Lycra and spandex. Each material is used to maximize comfort, support, and fit. Synthetics dry fast, wick moisture, provide cushioning, and prevent blisters.
Merino wool is another awesome material found in socks. Wool absorbs a ton of water, is soft to the touch, and dries fast. Another unique feature of wool is its ability to regulate temperature allowing you to use these socks in a variety of temperatures and conditions.
You may not think about it, but there’s a lot of thought and strategy put into the construction of a sock. Socks come in different “weights” or thicknesses. The thickness of your sock will determine its absorbency as well as create more volume. For instance, if you have a narrow foot you may want a heavier weight sock to fill extra space. On the flipside, a wider foot may need a lighter weight sock in order to reduce the amount of space. Padding on the heel and ball of the foot may provide extra cushion and protection, but be sure that it doesn’t make your footwear fit too small. Besides thickness, some socks have tighter weaves in the arch area providing more support for your foot. Check out some of our top socks fromStance.
The main difference in a snowboard sock is that they usually have padding in the shin area. Since your boots provide warmth, they are usually lighter in weight and designed to prevent pressure points and chaffing.
It’s also important to make sure that your sock fits properly. A sock that’s too short may slide down or be too tight, and a sock that is too long may bunch up and not function properly. Be sure to reference a fit guide to help determine which size you are.
The best part of socks is that they come in thousands of different colors and designs. So after you figure out what type of sock best fits your needs and the correct size, pick out a rad a graphic, look good, and get cozy.