How to Choose the Best Summer Hiking Socks - FITS®

May 26, 2022

You know what makes a hike great: the perfect combination of elevation gain over miles, exciting scenery throughout the trek, a smooth, level trail under your feet, and an unbeatable reward at the end like a giant waterfall or heart-stopping look-out. But do you know what makes a pair of summer hiking socks the best choice for that great hike? When it comes to choosing hiking socks, there are a few things to consider to ensure the socks are up for the trek.

4 Elements of the Best Summer Hiking Socks 

Summertime is the perfect time to lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the trails are calling your name. But before you head out on your next adventure, be sure to pack a good pair of summer hiking socks. With warmer weather comes the increased risk of blisters and other foot problems. It’s essential to choose the right socks to help prevent these issues. When researching your options, make sure to select summer hiking socks with these four invaluable qualities.

1. Summer Hiking Socks Made with Merino Wool

When selecting a pair of summer hiking socks, look for ones that are made of light, breathable materials such as Merino wool. Merino wool socks help wick away sweat and keep your feet dry. This works wonders to prevent your socks from rubbing your feet the wrong way and causing blisters.

2. Summer Hiking Socks with Extra Cushioning

While you don’t want your summer hiking socks to be too thick or warm, they should have ample cushioning. Cushioning reduces impact and protects your feet against rocks and roots you may encounter on a trail. At FITS®, our women’s hiking socks and men’s hiking socks are designed with extra cushioning in the heel, toe, and arch, for the perfect padding for your summer trek.

3. Summer Hiking Socks that are Waterproof

Waterproof hiking socks are essential for an enjoyable summer trek. While it’s unlikely you’ll run into any snow on the ground in the middle of summer, you could encounter an unexpected rainstorm. Depending on the trail you take, you might have to cross a river or step in a puddle to get to your destination. Waterproof hiking socks ensure your feet stay dry and protected no matter what type of weather comes your way. 

4. Summer Hiking Socks with the Perfect Fit

If your summer hiking socks are too big, the extra material will bunch and rub your feet in all the wrong ways. If they are too small, your feet won’t have the room they need to breathe and swell in the heat. The perfect hiking socks provide the perfect fit. At FITS®, our summer hiking socks feature our patented Full Contact Fit®, which hugs the contours of your foot and stays put, so there are no loose socks to rub you the wrong way.

The Best Summer Hikes Start with FITS® Hiking Socks

At FITS®, we understand that nothing ruins an amazing hike more than uncomfortable socks that cause blisters. That’s why we’ve designed the best summer hiking socks in multiple sizes and colors. Our hiking socks for men and women come in five sock heights–from ankle height to knee-high, depending on your shoes and preferences. You can also choose from thin socks or thick socks, depending on the weather and what you find most comfortable. Lastly, you can find the styles, patterns, and colors you love. Ultimately, the best summer hiking socks strike a balance between comfort and support. And with the right pair of summer hiking socks from FITS®, you can hit the trail with confidence, knowing your feet will stay comfortable all day long.


Sock Sizing
women and men size chart

The Perfect Fit Starts With the Right Size.

Your sock size shouldn’t be a guessing game. Our socks range from small to double XL, but the best way to know the perfect fit for you is to match your shoe size to the chart on the left. That way, you’ll know the size you select will give you the fit and feel you expect.

Between sizes? Go with your gut, but rest assured that your socks will still fit great. If you receive your order and find yourself wishing you’d gone up or down a size, just let us know. We’ll happily send you replacements for your preferred size.

Concerned about laundry mix-ups? All FITS® socks are coordinated by color and size, based on the colors you see on the size chart. So, you won’t have to worry about mixing up your sizes with the other FITS® wearers in your home. (But stray socks mysteriously going missing in the dryer? Unfortunately, we can’t help with that.)


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How Do You Determine Sock Size?

Sock sizes are typically measured in inches, not by your shoe size. So, a sock size 6-8 will comfortably fit someone whose feet are between six and eight inches long. However, at FITS®, we make it easy for you to choose the ideal sock size without having to measure your foot. Simply use our sock size conversion chart based on your shoe size to select the right fit for you. 

How Do You Measure Your Foot for Socks?

To measure your foot for socks, measure the length from the heel of your foot to the tip of your longest toe. The measurement in inches correlates to your sock size. For example, if your foot is 10 inches long, a sock size 9-11 should fit you comfortably. At FITS®, you can skip this step and find your sock size based on your shoe size using our conversion chart. 

What Is the Sock Size Conversion?

The sock size conversion refers to sock size compared to shoe size. While all companies may vary slightly on which size socks to purchase based on your shoe size, you can always measure your foot to find the right fit for you. 

What is Sock Size to Shoe Size?

Because sock sizes are determined by the length of your foot in inches vs. your shoe size, shoe and sock sizes differ. The FITS® sock size to shoe size conversion is as follows:

Knowing this makes it easy to choose the ideal sock size based on your shoe size without measuring your foot. 

What Age is Sock Size 9-12?

Sock sizes typically don’t correlate with age. For kids, age can be a general indicator of what size sock they’ll need, but everyone is different. An adult sock size 9-12 fits anyone whose feet are approximately nine to twelve inches long. For kids’ sock sizing, check with the company to find exact details to ensure your little one gets the perfect fit. 

Got more questions about finding the perfect sock size for you? Let’s talk.



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