After reading this article, you may never want to go without socks again!
Why do we wear socks? We know that shoes provide us extra protection from ground hazards, but how do socks play into all this?
Socks are actually very important to the health of your foot. They provide comfort, but at the same time absorb moisture and odor.
Moisture around the foot is fine if there is nothing covering the foot. The foot is allowed to breath and moisture evaporates easily. When a shoe is applied to the foot, there is no where for that moisture to go. It gets trapped inside the shoe where bacteria, fungus and other not so good things collect.
Allowed to fester, the shoe which is suppose to protect the foot becomes a place where foot fungus thrives and bacteria can grow which affects your overall health. Foot health is very important to your well-being. An unhealthy foot can impact your internal organs, but worse can damage the most important organ of all; your skin.
Your skin is the largest organ of the body. It is approximately covers about 20 square feet. The skin protects us from microbes and the hashes of elements, It serves to regulate body temperature, allows up to feel the environment around us, warns use of dangers through sensations, can help us feel heat and cold.
Providing a material which places a barrier between the foot and shoe is essential for optimal foot health and endurance. Unhealthy feet drain your energy, impact your organs and can lead to other more serious health conditions
Best Sock Materials
There are a few materials that work very well for socks. Depending on the kind of activity you participating in, the materials should match. We recommend the highest percentage of Merino Wool possible in your socks.
These socks can hold up to 30% of their weight in water. They are extremely effective in pulling moisture away from the foot and work to evaporate sweat into the surrounding environment. They eliminate foot odor and regulate the foot temperature. You will never be too hot or too cold in a pair of well-made Merino Wool socks.
Socks made of merino wool are ideal for tactical training, combat situations and hold up well in sand, jungle or rock conditions.
Wool is one of the number one materials used in fire retardant clothing. Wool burns slowly and shrinks or curls away from the flame. It does not stay lit after a flame is removed. Wool produces little to no smoke.