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Our New Book: 'A Compact Guide: How to Think About Hiking Socks.'


How to Think About Hiking SocksOver the past few years we learned a great deal about socks and the textile industry. We're sharing a breakdown of strategies for choosing the right sock. 

Here's an excerpt from the book:


Earlier you purchased our Compact Guide, ‘How to Think About Hiking Socks.’, at careremotestore.com (that's taking action!). 

You'll learn everything about socks and choosing the right sock for you.

You're one step closer to knowledge that will lead to all sorts of long-term benefits.

Let’s get to it.

This guide will teach how to choose the right sock, period. 

It’s got all sorts of tidbits and handy insights we’ve learned while building our sock brand over the last 3 years. 

Anyhow, this guide is short and it’s intended to give you the information you need to find the right sock for you - at the drop of a hat.

It’s organized into sections - like shape, length, type, size, material, color, patterns etc. We’ll offer the best uses for different kinds of socks. 

A good sock addresses common problems that we all experience; like odor, wet feet, cold feet, blisters etc. 

No, not all socks are the same but, you’ll learn what you need for that 49er, Powder Day, if you’re a ‘true blue’ cowboy, a weekend of Fly Fishing or a couple of sets on tennis on a Sunday. 

Most manufacturers have been focused on the mass market. So that means: low prices, the same products with the same weave and fabric, and low performance socks.

As a general rule of thumb, we want to match the activity you’re doing with the appropriate sock.

The socks industry has changed big time…

The days of wearing the same old sock is over. Brands are using the latest technology to design their socks. 

Now, we have socks that can be personalized. And that makes sense right? 

Advanced textiles, built-in compression, fabrics etc. is much more simple than you may think. 

There are systems that allow you to find the right sock. 

Tomorrow, I'll start talking about some of those systems beginning with an overview.

After reading this guide, you'll have much more clarity and focus in how you approach choosing the right sock.

You can also take other things into consideration like odor, moisture, blisters, warmth, comfort to find the best sock for you.

Here's a breakdown of what you can expect:

Day 1: Overview of Socks

Day 2: Materials

Day 3: Color Patterns

Day 4: Preventing Blisters

Day 5: FAQs

Day 6: Wrap-up.

An Overview of Socks:

We can describe socks by their shape, length. type and size.

These are examples of what we’ll need to look for when finding the right  sock.

Naming Socks

It’s not that these are universal names but, they give us an idea of what they are. 

Some of them may seem unclear so we’ve made a diagram that you can refer back to.

Standard socks are called:

  1. over-the-calf 
  2. dress 
  3. long 
  4. tall 
  5. knee-high 
  6. Executive

Full-length socks are called:

  1. Mid-calf 
  2. Crew
  3. half-length socks
  4. Ankle
  5. Anklet
  6. Sport
  7. Short
  8. Quarter-length socks

Formal attire traditionally requires long/dress socks (to prevent any flashes of visible skin, and because they're less prone to bunching/falling).

Every brand gives its sock heights different names, but we’ve found these terms to be the most common. Illustration: Ryan Hines

Unseen Socks, also known as ‘No Show’ Socks

Just like the term implies - unseen socks cannot be seen. We like to use the term ‘hidden’ socks. 

Watch yourself here... 

Socks that can’t be seen have all sorts of names. People call them whatever makes sense. So here are some examples:

No show - can cover the sole of the foot or it can reach up to the ankle bone in some brands. Socks that you can’t see really have no naming standards.

Here are some alternatives, liner, loafer, invisible, low, footie sock, ped or hidden sock as I mentioned earlier. 

This guide is a living document, a work in progress. We plan to update this with new information and advances as we learn more...

You can read more and purchase the book for $7 at the link below: