Warm, comfortable feet won't make you a better Shot but cold feet certainly won't make for a successful day. So here are 10 pairs of shooting socks that will keep your extremities cosy in the field.
Best socks for shooting – some tips
- Whilst all the socks below are washable, make sure you look at the washing instructions carefully. If you wash and dry them too hot, they could well end up shrunken, tight and unwearable.
- When you’re buying socks, look for those which have a reinforced toe and heel. Merino wool is wonderful, but a touch of nylon means you won’t get holes in areas of hard wear.
- Don’t store your socks in a ball. Instead pair them together and then fold them toe to middle, then fold the cuff down. They’ll take up less space in a drawer that way and hold their shape.
- Buy the right size for you. Too big and the heel will be in the wrong place, plus which the socks are liable to slide down your foot. Too small and they’ll be very uncomfortable and could cause blisters.
1. Heat Holders Ultimate Thermal Socks RRP £8.99
With a 2.3 tog rating these socks will keep your toes warm and toasty whilst out beating, game or clayshooting. A unique three-stage insulating process means that more warm air is held close to the skin, keeping feet warmer for longer.
2. Cushion foot shooting socks RRP £16.50
If your feet are prone to aching and you want a little more ‘cushioning’ then give these a try. They come in a wool rich mix and a choice of four country-inspired colours.
3. Thorlo mountain socks RRP £21.50
Shooting Times contributor Matt Cross is always up hill and down dale in Scotland and says he only wears “Thorlo socks, particularly their awesome mountain socks”. Well, that’s certainly a recommendation from one who knows.
4. Diamond shooting socks RRP £23.95
Take your shooting stocking collection to a whole new level with these diamond patterned socks. These stockings will not only keep your feet warm and dry on the shooting field but will certainly draw an eye or two in your direction.
5. Farlows Glen technical shooting socks RRP £24.95
Warm, comfortable, practical and made from a Merino wool blend. Perfect to wear with a pair of brogues for shooting.
6. Sealskinz mid-knee socks RRP £42
These socks are great for excursions in the shooting field. (Their gloves are highly recommended too.) They are 100% waterproof, windproof and breathable, with a Merino wool lining for added moisture control.
7. Unisex Charlton shooting socks RRP £48
If you share socks with your other half, then here’s a pair for you both. Made in soft Merino wool with reinforcing nylon at the toe and heel. Shown here in fuchsia/sage.
8. Grouse shooting socks RRP £48.43
Perfect for blending into the moor and in three different colours; bracken, marl and thistle. Made by Royal Warrant holders Campbells of Beauly, up in the Scottish Borders.
9. Almost Unwearoutable shooting socks RRP £55
These socks include a message of your choice in a contrasting colour. “Gun/Dog” or “Sorry/My Bird” are some popular choices If you want a personal message, it’s £5 extra (maybe the name of your shoot or your dogs?)
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1. Meindl Glockner Boots RRP 294.99 Very hard-wearing. Robust nubuck leather uppers, with a GORE-TEX lining for waterproofing and breathability…
10. Farlows Rannock shooting sock and garter set RRP £64.99
These feature a classic lattice top with a matching garter (useful if you lose your garters or want to make sure they ‘go’ with the socks). Made in a Merino acrylic blend.