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A comfortable pair of socks is important for enjoyable walking. not just any socks will do as they have to perform in different ways. They need to manage moisture and temperature, fit properly and cushion your feet.

We have reviewed a range of walking socks, looking at, among other factors, durability, cost and comfort.


Darn Tough Micro Crew Cushion socks

Darn Tough Micro Crew Cushion socks

“As the name suggests Darn Tough socks are designed to be very durable. They’ve built a reputation in the USA for toughness and, after using the Micro Crew ones for a year, I think it’s justified.”

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Wigwam Merino Comfort Hiker socks

Wigwam Merino Comfort Hiker socks

“With soft terry loop cushioning throughout these Wigwam Merino Comfort Hiker socks are wonderfully soft and comfortable. The cushioning makes them warm too and excellent in cold weather.”

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Teko M3rino.XC Unisex Midweight Hiking Socks

Teko M3rino.XC Unisex Midweight Hiking Socks

“I’ve worn Teko socks on several long distance walks in recent years and they’ve always proved comfortable and hard wearing.”

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Sealskinz Mid Weight

Sealskinz Mid Weight Length socks

“Sealskinz socks are unusual as they have a waterproof/breathable membrane inside. This does make them waterproof, at least when they are new.”

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Extremities Hiker socks

Extremities Hiker socks

“The Extremities Hiker socks are warm and comfortable and much like other cushioned midweight socks, though the cost is a little higher.”

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Falke TK1 socks

Falke TK1 socks

“These are good socks, faster drying than most due to the low wool content but also more odour prone due to the synthetics.”

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Smartwool PhD

Smartwool PhD Outdoor Medium Crew socks

“These are okay midweight socks suitable for year-round use in all but the hottest and coldest weather.”

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Bridgedale Trekker

Bridgedale Trekker/Trekker CuPED socks

“Comfort and warmth are good and I think these socks should cope with all but the coldest winter weather.”

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Icebreaker Hike

Icebreaker Hike + Medium Crew socks

“They are good wool-rich socks, though more expensive than alternatives.”

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