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Explore with the right socks

Not every hiker is a professional athlete tackling the Alps on foot or hiking the Icelandic highlands at turbo speed. Even the 200 kilometre-long Rheinsteig trail is only completed in one go by sport hikers such as Thorsten Hoyer. This can be a painful experience if wearing the wrong trekking socks. Even people like you and I who walk at a more leisurely pace are familiar with blisters and chafed toes and ankles. This isn't always caused by socks and hosiery. Even the best hiking socks won't perform as well with the wrong shoes. So what should hikers, runners and outdoor athletes consider when purchasing trekking socks? Tip: the best hiking socks are not found in the supermarket bargain bin but in a specialist store. Keller Sports offers a wide range of hiking socks for summer and winter use.

The right hosiery for happy hiking

Hiking socks and hosiery are not dictated by fashion. The various colours of different sections may appear trendy but they actually serve a functional purpose. In winter, outdoor hosiery needs to keep feet warm. On the other hand, in summer they need to prevent sweaty, overheated feet. That's why sock manufacturers are experimenting with high-tech materials to make hosiery a real all-rounder in the area of footcare. Innovative textiles make hiking socks real all-rounders. They support the foot from the sole to the ankle with various well-developed areas, add spring to your step with cushioned soles, compensate for uneveness and keep the feet as dry as possible. Blisters occur when folds of fabric and stitches rub against damp skin. That's why good hiking socks fit perfectly, are stitch-free and breathable. Excessive moisture can only escape however if the hiking shoes are also breathable. People prone to sweaty feet should pay particular attention to the right shoes and socks.

Various materials combined

Trekking socks for men and women are a higher cut than normal leisure socks. Reinforced cuffs provide additional cushioning from the ankle area up to the lower calves, preventing chafing on the shaft of the hiking shoe. A high wool percentage of up to 50 percent ensures plenty of warmth. If opting for woollen hiking socks, merino wool is the best choice. Other socks that don't use animal products in the yarn are also available. Microfibres are responsible for conductivity and temperature regulation. Summer hiking socks require a particularly elaborate combination of materials to prevent feet from overheating on long hikes. Double-layered socks have proven a good choice for colder months.

Professional hiking trick: don't wash your socks

Socks are designed to prevent blisters from forming on long hikes. However, brand-new, freshly washed socks actually encourage blistering. Sock drying times are important on multi-day hikes. The better the trekking socks dry overnight, the lower the risk of blistering. Women's hiking socks are different to men's socks when it comes to shape and padding and are specially designed for narrower female feet. Make sure you buy the right size socks based on your shoe size. Hiking socks are anatomically precisely designed; the left sock therefore won't work on the right foot. The socks in our online shop make even challenging hikes more enjoyable.

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