Not an exciting thread I know but some adv would be appreciated.
My boots are full leather so not very breathable. My feet do get really hot even in cold weather. I'm thinking of taking a clean pair or 2 to keep my feet fresh and also as my boots also leak a bit when in boggy conditions. I am worried I will get blisters if my socks are too thin.
What socks do you use? Shall I just use the medium weight smartwool that I allready have and save my money ?
If your current socks are comfortable and you don't get blisters using them, carry on using them. Or maybe buy another pair so you can have one on and one in the wash, as it were.
When you stop for a snack or lunch, take your boots and socks off and let your toes have a breather too, air your socks; if you stop by a stream, stick your feet in to cool them down, but make sure they're properly dry before stuffing them back in the boots.
maybe new boots or trail shoes. do you have a route in mind?
i have different boots for summer use as hot feet are uncomfortable and sometimes painful.
thorlo's are ace. but expensive, but worth every penny. not sure which ones maybe called medium hiker.
Bridgedale Trekkers would be good they mix merino and synthetic to get the best of both worlds. Used the for years and never had any problems.
Not advisable to try using untried or new things on long distance walks.
Certainly can't imagine different socks making a big difference. Anything that's thin enough to be a lot less warmth is quite likely to mess with the fit of your boots.
New boots probably not that likely to help with nearly all of them having waterproof liners in them. Unlined, mesh outer shoes definetly worth strong consideration.
Trail shoes and water proof socks.
OK your shoes will get wet, but your feet wont and they will stay cool.
At night before you get in your pit, give your feet a good coating of talc. Your feet will
thank you in the morning.
If your feet are wet, you need to get them dry ASAP. An other thing to try is to turfing the skin
on your feet, try socking them in something like meths. It dose make a difference.
But the best thing you can do for your feet is to carry less weight, and to stop and fix your
feet when something starts to niggle.
Hope this helps.
I'd have to dissent cf the need for waterproof socks. It just works very well indeed with normal socks even when wading streams etc.
Especially in warm weather, winter maybe a bit different.
I Have been looking at the Merrel Moab ventilator shoes. Very light compared to my current boots. Also If I wear non membrane shoes then pointless taking gaiters so more weight and bulk saved. I will think about that sometimes safer to stick with the devil you know.
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