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‘I’m a Podiatrist, and These Are the Best Socks To Wear With Boots To Prevent Blisters’

Zoe Weiner

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Boots and blisters are a match made in footwear hell. After a summer spent free-wheeling in sandals, your heels and toes are primed for pain—especially if you're wearing the wrong socks.

First things first (to state the obvious), going totally sockless inside a pair of boots is a terrible idea and can create ongoing problems for your feet. "Blisters may form from the constant friction between the boot and your foot; fungal infections may arise due to excessive moisture, especially between the toes; you may get skin abrasions where the boot opening rubs up against your skin; and you could experience toenail trauma from the repetitive rubbing inside the toe box," says Adam Kaplan, DPM, podiatrist and CEO of Arcus Orthotics.

Not only do you need a sock to protect your feet from the perils of boot season, but you need the right sock to ensure you stay comfortable (and blister free) throughout all 10,000 steps of your day. Dr. Kaplan suggests looking for breathable materials, like cotton and merino wool, which will keep your feet warm, as well as a cushioned footbed, arch support, and seamless toes. "Any socks that lack cushioning and breathable materials are important to stay away from when wearing boots. It is important to keep your feet comfortable and dry," he says.

As far as fit goes, Dr. Kaplan recommends considering the "Goldilocks Rule," meaning that your socks should be, "not too tight, not too loose—just snug enough."  Keep in mind that your feet swell throughout the day (walking around can cause them to retain fluid), so when choosing a sock to wear with your go-to pair of boots, be sure to test it out at night to ensure that it fits properly.

One sock that Dr. Kaplan says fits all of these criteria? Bombas, which "offer support, comfort, and are definitely breathable." They're made with a blend of cotton and polyester, have a cushioned footbed, and are designed with a "honeycomb support system," which cradles the arch of your foot for added support. The combination of these features also helps prevent your feet from slipping and sliding within your boots, which aids in fending off blister-causing friction.

The socks come in a variety of different heights, ranging from no-show to ankle-length to mid-calf, so you can choose the perfect pair for all of your favorite fall boots. And what's more? For every pair of socks you buy, the brand donates an additional pair to someone in need, which means you can fully justify stocking up for the season ahead. Your feet will thank you for it.

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BOMBAS Performance Hiking Crew Socks — $17.00

If you’re wearing taller boots, opt for this thermoregulating option.

Bombas Colorblock Ankle Socks — $12.00

For short boots and booties, reach for these ankle socks.

 

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