Why Are Waterproof Hiking Socks Important? - FITS®

March 18, 2022

Hiking socks are a key piece of gear for any hiker. They provide cushioning and insulation against the elements, keeping your feet warm and comfortable on the trail. However, the best hiking socks are also waterproof. Even if you don’t plan on hiking in wet or muddy conditions, you never know what to expect on a hike. Unlike ordinary cotton socks, waterproof hiking socks are made from a special material that repels water, keeping your feet dry even in the rain or snow. Discover why waterproof hiking socks are so important, whether you’re a beginner going on short hikes with the family or an expert taking week-long backpacking trips in the mountains.

3 Reasons You Need Waterproof Hiking Socks 

If you love hiking, you know that proper gear is essential to a successful and enjoyable outing. A good pair of waterproof hiking socks can make all the difference when it comes to keeping your feet warm and dry on the trail. Here are three reasons why you need a pair of waterproof hiking socks for your next adventure. 

1. Waterproof Hiking Socks Keep Your Feet Dry

Waterproof hiking socks keep your feet dry no matter how wet the ground or terrain gets. This is especially important if you’re hiking through streams or boggy areas. Waterproof socks can help prevent blisters and other foot problems, like trench foot, which is likely if your feet are continuously exposed to a wet environment or immersed in water. Sometimes you know you will be hiking in wet or snowy conditions. Other times, you don’t realize it until you must cross a stream or creek to continue your hike. Don’t risk it either way. Wear waterproof hiking socks for every trek, and no amount of water will ruin your adventure. 

2. Waterproof Hiking Socks Protect Your Feet from the Elements

While waterproof hiking socks do a fantastic job of keeping your feet dry, even if your hiking footwear gets wet, that’s not all they do. With the right pair of socks, your feet stay protected from severe cold weather or heat that makes your feet sweat. For example, FITS hiking socks are made with super-fine merino wool with natural temperature regulating properties. These socks help your feet stay warm on your winter hiking trips to avoid frostbite. They also absorb moisture and sweat in the summer to prevent blisters and stinky feet. With waterproof socks, you can go on an enjoyable hike no matter the season.

3. Waterproof Hiking Socks Provide Extra Comfort and Protection

The best waterproof hiking socks are made with extra cushioning for added protection and the perfect fit. At FITS, we design all of our hiking socks with a padded heel and extra room in the toe box to increase comfort and decrease bunching and slipping. Made with the highest quality materials and construction that adjusts to your every movement, you can rest assured that your feet will stay warm, dry, and feeling great no matter how rough the trail gets. 

Find Your Favorite Pair of Waterproof Hiking Socks at FITS

If you’re looking for the best possible protection for your feet on the trail, be sure to invest in a good pair of waterproof hiking socks. Whether you’re a beginner hiker or an experienced outdoor enthusiast, waterproof socks are an important piece of gear for your next hike. They keep your feet dry and protect them from the elements, which can make all the difference when you’re out on the trail. FITS men's hiking socks and hiking socks for women are durable and come in a variety of colors and styles. Don’t let improper socks keep you from hitting the trails–find the perfect pair of hiking socks for your next adventure today!


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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