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John

Sockspert John

While I've been wearing socks since I was a child, it wasn't until after college that I really got into socks. At the time I did lots of camping, canoeing and hiking. Back then, as long as I was outdoors having fun, not much else mattered. Then I realized that my feet were taking a beating. My old cheap hiking boots and white cotton socks just weren't up to the task. My first purchase was a nice pair of waterproof hiking boots. This helped keep my feet from getting soaked in the rain. After spending all that money on my boots, I realized my new boots just didn't have the comfort I was looking for, not to mention they just didn't breath like my old boots. I tried a few different socks with varied success but I knew I was on to something.

After a lot of trial and error trying to find the perfect pair of socks for my boots, I came to the conclusion that my feet liked merino wool socks. I tried many different synthetic fibers but I always seemed to gravitate toward the wool socks. This was surprising to me at the time, I had always thought that wool meant hot, thick and scratchy. That experiment set the stage for my sock fanaticism later in life.

After many years, I've been able to appreciate many different types of socks. I no longer view socks as just something to appreciate while hiking. There is a right sock for every purpose. It doesn't matter if you sit behind a desk, go dancing on the weekends, stand behind a counter, wear work boots, or hike the Appalachian Trail; there is a sock that can help you do it in greater comfort.

Socks are one of the few things that just about anyone can afford to have the “good stuff.” If your budget is small, just 2 or 3 nice pairs of socks can really put some spring in your step. When I was much younger and could only afford a few nice pairs of socks, I would make sure every time I did the wash, my good socks were washed. I really got a lot of use out of those early pairs.

I'm a little fanatical about my socks. Before I put on a pair of socks in the morning I figure out what I'm going to be doing that day and then match my sock to the day’s activities. Granted most days I’m not hiking in the mountains, but rather working at the Socksperts expansive world headquarters (sarcasm). Even when I'm at work, a good sock can make a difference. Some days I'm sitting but most days I'm walking around putting miles on my socks.

Materials I like

I love to wear natural fiber socks. My favorite fiber is merino wool. It doesn't matter if it is warm or cold, I wear merino wool socks all year long. I like how soft it feels and I like how my feet stay dry and comfortable all day long. I just wear thinner socks in the warmer months and thicker socks in the cooler months.

There are many synthetic fibers on the market and I tend not to like them. I can't explain it but most synthetic materials make my feet feel sweaty and clammy. I can't even wear synthetic sandals in the summer, I just don't like it. I do have one very notable exception to my rule, I really love the Dri-Release fabric, it is a combination of synthetic and natural fibers but my feet are tricked into thinking it is natural yet it retains the performance of the synthetic fibers.

Sock thickness is a very important performance characteristic to me. The thickness of the sock performs two critical comfort functions. First, the thickness can help manage how warm or cool your feet feel. Second, the thickness impacts the fit of your shoe. You can fine tune your shoe fit by selecting the right sock.

Activities: Hiking, Camping, Fishing, Running, Woodworking, Chasing my Daughter

My shoe size is 10 1/2. My feet are an average width to slightly on the narrow side. I've found that size large socks fit me great.

If you have any sock questions for me, please just email or call me. I'm around to answer call most days. Just don't call too early; I don't roll into the office until about 9 AM.

Cool-Lite Pro Low
by Wigwam
Cool-Lite Pro Low
WhiteGreyDeep Blue
Item: F6109
$10.00
$9.00
 
Silver Wool Walker
by Wigwam
Silver Wool Walker
BlackTaupe Brown Heather
Item: F2595
$17.00
 
Merino Lite Hiker
by Wigwam
Merino Lite Hiker
BlackNavyTaupe Brown HeatherCharcoalLight GreyLoden
Item: F2300
$18.00
$16.20
Merino Comfort Hiker Lite
by Wigwam
Merino Comfort Hiker Lite
NavyCharcoalKhaki
Item: F2409
$13.00
$11.70
 
Merino Comfort Explorer
by Wigwam
Merino Comfort Explorer
NavyCharcoal
Item: F2332
$17.00
$15.30

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