There are few more peaceful and enjoyable things than an afternoon hike or weekend backpacking trip. However, the last thing you want to be thinking about during either is your feet, and specifically, new blisters on your feet. A good pair of Feetures custom-like socks, along with the tips below, can ensure your feet remain blister-free so you can focus on the great outdoors and the adventurers alongside you. Below are additional tips to keep your feet healthy and comfortable for all your adventures:
Buy Shoes or Boots That Fit Well
When your shoes don’t fit as they should, your feet slide around or rub one area, causing friction, which causes blisters. When you buy hiking boots or athletic shoes, make sure you’re purchasing the appropriate shoes for your intended activity, and they fit just right — not too tight or loose. A good shoe or outdoor store should have knowledgeable staff to help you get the right pair.
Keep Your Feet Dry
It’s essential that your feet stay dry — that means keeping them out of puddles or flowing water, as well as making sure they don’t get too hot and sweat. During long hikes, take off your shoes and socks and let both your feet and socks breathe at extended water breaks. You should also choose a good pair of socks rated explicitly for hiking. Our premiere hiking socks, for example, feature an exclusive blend of merino wool and TENCEL fibers that offer exceptional breathability and comfort. With our iWick technology, your feet will stay dry and blister-free during even the most intensive hike.
Bring a Backup Pair of Socks
It’s always a good idea to have a second pair of socks just in case you accidentally step in water, get muddy, etc. Again, make sure they’re wool or a wool-blend like Feeture’s Merino 10 socks, as cotton will retain moisture and cause blisters. Keep your wet socks flat under a strap on your backpack or in a mesh pocket so they can dry out as you continue your hike.
Adjust Your Laces
It may be surprising, but many people are not lacing their shoes properly. While you don’t want them laced so tight that they’re uncomfortable or limiting circulation, they shouldn’t be too loose either. If your boots fit great, your socks fit great. But if your foot isn’t secured inside the boot with laces, then you’ll still have friction when you walk, leading to blisters. Don’t hesitate to stop throughout your hike to adjust your shoes or laces, especially as the terrain changes or your shoes loosen from use.
Wear the Right Socks
While the tips above are best hiking practices, preventing blisters ultimately comes down to socks designed with your performance and comfort in mind. Feetures socks are engineered with the anatomical design of your feet in mind, providing a custom-like fit and various levels of cushion. Their targeted compression provides comfort and keeps your feet blister-free. Feetures’ Women’s and Men’s Hiking Socks come in a variety of heights, cushion levels, and styles, so you can take on any trail without worrying about the comfort or health of your feet.
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