Looking for the best boot socks to accompany your new boots? Check out our top picks here.
As we said recently in our top choices for the best walking boots, one thing any keen Shot, fieldsports fan or general outdoor enthusiast will tell you is that you have to look after your feet. Having the best possible boots is a big step in the right direction (no pun intended), but if you don’t have the right type of boot socks to go underneath, then you’re heading out into the field only partially ready for what nature might throw at you. (If you’re on the side of boots in the great boots vs wellies debate, then check out our choices for the best shooting boots).
So if you’re looking for the best boot socks to go with your boots, we’ve put together a list of the very best options. (Wondering what other kit you’ll need for shooting? Check out our list of the shooting kit we’d love to have).
- Waterproof and breathable
- Outer: 90% Polyamid, 10% Elastane
- Inner: 41% Merino wool, 41% Acrylic, 14% Polyester, 2% Elastane, 2% Polyamid
Using hydrophilic membrane that’s 100% waterproof and pulls all moisture away from your skin, these socks would be ideal additions to your shooting kit because they find the perfect blend between keeping you cool but warm at the same time. As any Shot or outdoor enthusiast will tell you, you must look after your feet, and with these robust boot socks, your feet will be kept warm, dry and comfortable all day long. But perhaps best of all, these boot socks manage to feel extremely rugged and secure whilst also feeling like you’re wearing a normal pair of socks. They’re expensive, but with the quality and durability on offer, it’s a great investment to make if you know you’ll get your use out of them.
- Arch support
- 68% Polyester, 28% Cotton, 4% Viscose, 1% Elastodiene
- Cushioned support for feet and ankles
- Ribbed crew leg to keep from sliding down
Jeep aren’t just renowned for making rugged, go-anywhere SUVs; they manage to replicate their design principles with their socks too. With arch support, cushioned support and ribbed crew legs, these socks are infinitely practical and secure and, for the price, are exceptional value for money (throw in a great insurance group, and you’d have a true Jeep classic!).
- Light fitting
- Close fitting
- Coolmax for comfort
- 58% Coolmax/polyester, 26% combed cotton, 15% nylon/polyamide, 1% Lycra/elastane
These boot socks are light fitting but close fitting, ensuring that your feet are kept secure and warm but not smothered in heat. There is also added support with the Coolmax for comfort, as well as cushioning under the heel, ball and toes which provides protection against anything that the elements can throw at you.
- 61% Wool (Merino), 36% Polyamide, 3% Elastane
- Performance fit
- Machine Wash
- Boot height
Darn Tough say that these boot socks promise to work as hard as you do. And when we looked at these socks a bit closer, we really see what they mean. Not only are they low-maintenance, being machine washable and having undetectable seam fusion for an invisible feel, but they’re also very robust and sturdy. You can really put these socks through a lot but thanks to their performance fit, cushion density, and all weather performance (promising no slipping, no bunching, and no blisters). They’re a bit pricey for socks, but if you’re going to be out in harsh conditions a lot, then you need to see these socks as an investment.
- 38% Wool (Merino), 35% Polyamide, 24% Prolen, 3% Elastane
- Cushioning and padding
- Ventilation mesh
If you want an endorsement, you can’t get much better than the one given to these socks by mountaineer Rasmus Kragh, the first Dane to climb Mount Everest without the use of supplemental oxygen in May 2019. With cushioning and padding, as well as the natural heating, cooling and antibacterial qualities of merino wool, these socks prove themselves to be true workhorses. They’re the best of both worlds, coming in a sight cheaper than the very best on this list, but holding their own with them in terms of quality.
- Outer: 98% Lylon, 2% elastic
- Interlining: waterproof breathable membrane
- Inner: 42% merino wool, 42% anti-pilling acrylic, 16% nylon
- Machine washable
- Good for people with allergies
Otter socks have a great sandwich design which are extremely comfortable and durable, with an interlining layer being made of waterproof and breathable material between a mostly nylon outer later and merino wool inner later. And because much of the socks’ design, they are great for people who might suffer allergies from certain materials. The party piece of these boot socks is definitely the interlining, which is made from a plastic membrane, Gore-Tex-like material that has very small holes large enough to allow vapour from sweat to escape from within but are still small enough to stop water droplets getting in from the elements. Put simply, if you make your living outdoors, then these should be at the top of your list.