Fact: All equestrians wear boots. It doesn’t matter in which discipline you ride or the type of boots you ride in, we all wear boots — cowboy boots, paddock boots, tall boots, work boots, muck boots, groom boots. And since you wear boots, you’ve got to wear socks. When it comes to the comfort of your feet, socks are almost as important as the boots you wear. Many times, we blame a shoe or boot for “not working right” when, in fact, it’s probably the sock you’re wearing.
Why are socks so important? Human feet are densely covered with sweat glands. When your feet sweat, your socks get wet. Did you know that your feet could sweat up to one pint of fluid per day? When socks get wet, your feet can become cold and are prone to rubs. The friction from rubs causes blisters and that’s why wicking technology in riding socks is so important, as is temperature regulation and cushioning.
The first rule when buying riding socks is to avoid socks made of 100% cotton, since cotton absorbs moisture instead of wicking it away. Look for socks with a blend of natural and synthetic materials, such as the Best Dang Boot Sock, made from 76% polyester/14% spandex/6% nylon/4% rubber. Synthetics are great for wicking moisture away from the skin and the natural materials work great as insulators and have a nice feel.
Wear socks for the season. Choose a wool blend like Alpine Merino Wool Sock in the winter for added warmth and a thinner, lightweight sock in summer. Look for socks with added cushioning to reduce shock impact. A little extra padding will ensure maximum comfort during all your favorite equestrian activities — and you can look fashionable too! Did you see our Over The Calf Peddies in many fun prints? These socks are unique and hardworking, just like you.
Your feet are as comfortable as the boots and socks you wear. Making the right choice is easy if you know what works best. We hope our sock tips are helpful because we want you to enjoy every ride!