Gotta get some decent socks!

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  1. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer

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    >"OK gents! I need your suggestions on some decent boot socks that have good cushioning in the heels to prevent blisters and that provide some moisture wicking capabilities."

    IMHO: Wear two pair of socks. Learned that long ago when backpacking.
    Inside wicking (comfort), Outside pair cushioning.

    Cheap and it works for me.
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  2. LKLD

    LKLD Been here awhile

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    I wear Wigwam Outlast socks. Many styles and they have black, and within OP's price range.
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  3. Handy

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    Smartwool ski socks. They stay over the calf, warm in the winter, wick in the summer, great padding, long lasting, no reason to ever wear anything else. I usually get mine at Sierra Trading Post or other places on sale for around $11/pair.
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  4. sonoran

    sonoran you already know

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    ^^^ what he said
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  5. jbhawley

    jbhawley WTF- Gus?

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I will post a few replies as needed.
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  6. jbhawley

    jbhawley WTF- Gus?

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    Got a link to these socks? Would the BMW shop have these in stock?
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  7. jbhawley

    jbhawley WTF- Gus?

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    I have tried the baseball type socks. In fact that was what I was wearing when I got my last blister. These are not my cup of tea.
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  8. jbhawley

    jbhawley WTF- Gus?

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    These do look promising
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  9. jbhawley

    jbhawley WTF- Gus?

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    I have used Thor-Lo socks in the past with great results. I may have to try these again as the technology should be better now with the newer wicking materials on the market.
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  10. jbhawley

    jbhawley WTF- Gus?

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    Its not the boot sizing. Sorry! The issue is that the socks I have been wearing...well some of them...suck at wicking the foot sweat away. The more I walk, the more moisture. The cushioning on the sock is not so great. Add these two elements together and this is a prime case for a blister to get born. As we all know one a blister starts it is very hard to keep it from growing, especially when I am not is a position to swap to a different pair of socks or stop to put on a baid-aid or tape.
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  11. jbhawley

    jbhawley WTF- Gus?

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    I have tried this too, from waaaaay back in my boot camp days. The issue again is to have a inner sock that is thin enough and that wicks properly. I have yet to find that perfect combination. Thanks for the reminder!

    The Aerostich CBT boots that I wear are super heavy duty, thick leather. Even though I were these boots every day, some times all day long, and for over 6 months...so they are fairly well broken in...if I get a sucky pair of socks the heel will start to rub. If I get a better pair of socks all is well in the world. Its not the boots, I have the same thing occur with other work boots.
    Maybe my feet sweat more than most. :huh
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  12. jbhawley

    jbhawley WTF- Gus?

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    It looks like the un-scientific consensus is with the smartwool socks. Now off to kill some time browsing the interweb for these.
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  13. jbhawley

    jbhawley WTF- Gus?

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    I stumbled across these on the website:
    http://www.lacrossefootwear.com/performance/work/accessories/longwall-15-blk-midwht.html
    They look very promising.
    Over the calf - CHECK
    Black - CHECK
    Under 20$ - CHECK
    Wicking - CHECK

    Made for mining boots which have got to be the toughest footwear made in the world. Miners are some tough blokes!

    Free shipping and returns. Hell that's a no brainer. Ordering a pair of these today. I will post the outcome.
    Many thanks!
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  14. StuartV

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    I have some of these bamboo socks. They are thin, wick well, not expensive, and have good anti-microbial properties.

    http://www.bambooclothing.co.uk/store/show_product/UA603-BLK

    However, I have been wearing my Combat Touring Boots for 14+ years now. I put some Spenco insoles in them when new and still have the same pair in there. The insoles provide excellent cushioning. I just wear plain old ordinary mid-calf athletic socks. The cheap, cotton kind you get at JC Penney's for $12 for a 6 pack or whatever. The bamboo socks referenced above get used sometimes when I'm hiking or on the racetrack - but mostly I just don't bother wearing them. They're too thin to wear by themselves for most of what I do.

    I have certainly done MANY days where I rode some and walked around a LOT in my boots. For example, pretty much every year at Daytona Bike Week. After the first month with these boots, I have never gotten a blister or even thought I was going to get a blister. So, I'd have to agree with some other posters - it sounds like there's something wrong with the size of your boots.
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  15. dasrider

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    For winter use, I alternate between a pair of Rev'It winter socks ($38) and a pair of Alpinestars Thermal Tech ($20) socks. Both work great for keeping me warm and wicking away my (as my wife would say) considerable foot moisture. I've found putting on a thin pair of ankle socks on top of the Rev'It or A* keeps my foot even more comfortable moisture-wise. I ride with a pair of Oxtar Matrix gore-tex boots mostly in the winter too. The extra ankle sock thickness is noticeable, but not uncomfortable.
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  16. jbhawley

    jbhawley WTF- Gus?

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    Thanks for all the replies and suggestions. Please note for record...the issue is NOT, NOT, NOT with the boot sizing. I can wear a thin pair of dress socks that have good wicking and be OK for short periods. Yes, the heavy/extra cushioning comes into play on days where I walk a lot. Again, not a boot sizing issue.
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  17. ET-VT

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    Darn Tough have at least 3X the lifespan of Smartwool in my experience. I bought three pairs of over-the-calf ultra-light ski socks three years ago and have worn them for all my riding and snowboarding since. They still look brand new. I only paid $16 a pair for them, too. I used to go through two or three pairs of Smartwool a winter (holes at the balls and toes). I actually have family who work for Timberland (owners of Smartwool), but I still buy Darn Tough socks.

    Shirts, on the other hand... I love my Smartwool shirts.
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  19. ddeitz

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    I love my smartwool however if darn tough are actually better, and i have herd a few times other than on here that they are... they must be one hell of a sock. My first pair of smartwools were worn almost non stop for over a year before i got more, they also have a hole in the foot from when i hit a guard rail in California and the cement burnt through my shoes\sock\foot but they still seem like new otherwise, I just don't wear them as much anymore as i have many more pairs of wool socks..its all i wear now.
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  20. jbhawley

    jbhawley WTF- Gus?

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    Did you get these from their online store or locally? I cannot find a local vendor that stocks these socks? Even though the web site lists some local dealers, none have the socks in stock.
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