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Socks

I’ve been training for a few months now and for every walk (and every where in general) I have been wearing these…

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my trusty left and right socks from Asda, they must be about 5 years old (I have about 6 pairs) they are slightly padded and shaped, designed for exercise, at £5 for a 3 pack they were also a real bargain and very comfy.
Alas, they are wearing thin and I have been getting blisters and sore feet so I figured it was time to get some proper trekking socks.
So on Friday night I spent about half an hour staring at the rack of walking socks in Blacks at my local shopping centre. I checked the seams for bumpy bits that would rub, compared softness and colour (why are walking socks such hideous colours) I checked the fabric and stood staring at the bewildering array of socks for far too long. After remembering the trek organiser’s recommendation, I ended up with these..

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They are Bridgedale ‘Summit’, designed for winter trekking. They have a soft slack cuff, full terry (loopy knitted sofness) leg, double density pads underfoot, are described as slim fit and are not pink!. At £16 a pair they are the most expensive pair of socks I have ever bought so I had high expectations. They did not let me down. The double cushioning is super comfy and the terry leg is soft and not at all itchy. After a nine mile walk on various terrain my feet were warm, dry and free from sores of blisters. I think the socks suffered more than my feet…

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Since I was wearing 3/4 length shorts the socks did get caught and snagged a lot when we crossed a patch of felled tree remnants and calf deep mud, I’m not sure if the 3 year guarantee covers this sort of abuse.

I have only worn them once so I can’t really comment on wear and tear but I would recommend them if you like your feet to be warm, comfy and blister free. Wearing decent socks makes a massive difference to the enjoyment of your walk and recovery afterwards which is important if you are going to be trekking a few days in a row. Good socks are worth the extra money.

 I thought I had fairly wide feet I buy men’s trainers because they have more room but these ‘slim fit’ socks where not tight, even a little loose but my feet did not move around in my boots like i thought they would. Speaking of boots, It’s a good idea to get your socks first and then wear them to try on new boots, I had to re-lace my boots to get my big thick comfy socked feet in. I will definitely be buying some more of these.

I promise I will post some of my walks very soon. I have lots of lovely pictures to share.

Claire