What? You already know how to wear socks, don’t you?
Well, just like everything else in society, we’ve learned how to do things in smarter and healthier ways.
No insult intended here to you. You probably have always worn the socks the way you have because of habits you learned long ago.
Or, maybe you’re just skeptical of what your wife says!
Either way, taking a healthy approach to wearing your socks the smart way helps you avoid odor problems, athlete’s foot (which can spread to your groin), and unpleasant comments and upset reactions from your friends or spouse.
And when you understand how to wear socks during the winter, you’ll realize it’s quite simple.
So here’s what to do:
1. Change Your Socks Daily
Changing your socks daily helps you avoid odor problems. And if your socks hold in a lot of moisture, daily changing helps you avoid athlete’s foot issues too.
So if you change your socks every day, you make this issue pretty easy to take care of.
2. But That’s Not All! Understand How Different Materials Affect Your Feet
Though comfortable and apparently your friend, cotton is actually your worst enemy. Why? It has practically no insulation value, and it holds moisture at a high rate.
Not only do your feet feel cold, but they’re highly susceptible to athlete’s foot when you wear cotton socks. And if you exercise with cotton socks, you’ll find yourself experiencing blisters more frequently too.
So, pass on cotton.
If you’re willing to pay the extra price, Merino wool is the best material for socks. It comes from Merino sheep which live in New Zealand.
It’s soft, resists odors, and it quickly wicks and evaporates moisture. In other words: it’s the ideal winter sock!
Don’t want to pay the premium for this type of material? Go with nylon (good) or polyester (better).
3. Finally a Word on Thickness
Unless you’re running, you can wear middle or heavyweight socks. The thicker the sock, regardless of the material, the more moisture it holds in.
So when you engage in strenuous activity, go with a thinner sock. When you just want to lounge around, go with a thicker sock.
Remember those material guidelines and change your socks every day…and you won’t cause yourself (or your spouse) any undue suffering with your feet!