Whether you’re on a short local trail orhiking the Appalachian Trail, unhappy feet will ruin your day. The best way to ensure they feel good (read: dry, warm, comfortable, blister-free) is with the right pair of socks.
The Cascade Locks earned the top spot for its comfort, styling, carefully placed padding, and the way it fit on our foot. It’s snug, so you won’t need to adjust it at all during your hike. That’s achieved with slight compression from the lower calf down to the arch and bolstered by Farm to Feet’s plaiting, a construction where stretchy nylon yarns that grip and flex with your foot are sandwiched between softer wool yarns for comfort. The hardy nylon base also allows Farm to Feet to add different padding and designs to individual parts of the sock. Take the padding on the top of the foot, which we loved for how it prevented rubbing against the boot tongue, and the light cushioning under the heel. The unisex sock also has a seamless toe box, meaning there was no irritation on the sensitive and blister-prone tips of our toes. Plus, the sock, by virtue of its merino, wicks moisture well and proved durable thanks to its tight, dense knit, showing no wear throughout our testing.