Fellow sock snobs, be prepared to be impressed.
I am very discerning when it comes to socks. After spending a large portion of my misspent youth in a podiatrist’s office recovering from cheap shoes worn during an ill fated cross country season, I have made it one of my guiding principles to always pamper my feet. I’ll pay more for shoes than I do for the rest of my wardrobe combined, and I am very, very picky about my socks. I don’t mind saying I’m a sock snob.
The other day I was listening to a Lemony Snicket book in the car with my kids, and I heard a quote about feet I liked so much that I had to pull over and write it down.
“If someone wanted to torture me until I told them a critical piece of information, all they would have to do is get my socks wet. It feels terrible.”
I haven’t heard a quote that has resonated with me so much in a while. That’s how much I care about sock quality. So, when WoolX offered to let me try their Merino Wool Socks, I was excited, and hopeful that they would live up to my high standards.
My plan was to try them out on Mt. Marcy, but first I had to make sure I wouldn’t spend all fifteen miles of the hike complaining about my socks.
I had good intentions to take the WoolX socks out on a trial hike the week before our 15-miler, but work loads, kids, and gushing down pours that happened suddenly in bright sunshine all conspired to stop me. Instead I had to give them a test run during a 20 minute period of pacing up and down my stairs. I was immediately pleased with the fit, and the way the socks stayed in place. It was 75 degrees in my house, and my feet stayed cool. I also noticed the socks had a nice amount of cushioning. I was sold.
The conditions of the trail in New York were a bit more challenging than my stair case. Mt. Marcy was muddy; it was hot, and it was long. We started at 6:20 am, and it took the better part of the day to get up and back. Without good socks I would have been sunk. It is the greatest compliment I can think of to these socks that through fifteen punishing miles, I didn’t think about my feet at all.
The WoolX socks say “Four Season” right on the package, but I had never hiked in such heavy socks during the summer. I was very happy to find that my feet stayed cool and dry. That is saying something on a day where there was literally sweat pouring from every part of my body including my eyeballs. In addition to the sweat, we had to travel through quite a few muddy areas, that would have been quite punishing on my feet had these socks not done such a great job wicking the moisture away.
My WoolX Merinos are going to become my go-to socks from now on. I can’t wait to take them on more hiking trips, and look forward to wearing them fireside on my next camping trip.
A few notes:
- I followed the instructions to wash these in warm water, and dry on low. They kept their shape, and still feel great.
- I don’t have wool allergies, but I know that they are a common problem. I was pleased to find that WoolX has a 30 day return policy in the event of itching.
- Even though these socks are thick, I can attest that they can be worn comfortably on the warmest of days.
Disclaimer: WoolX provided us with this item to test for this review. All testing is unbiased. Our policy is – if we love the product, we’ll rave about it. If we don’t, well, we’ll be honest about it.