There's a saying, perhaps Swiss in origin, that you should invest in your shoes and your bed because you will spend most of your time in one or the other. It is not a stretch to add socks to this revered duo. These fabric membranes between your sole and the earth can make all the difference between a pleasant day and an uncomfortable one on the go. So it's worth investing wisely in the right sock for a particular activity.
Smartwool Expedition Trekking Sock
These socks have ample padding to cushion your foot when it hits the ground. They fit, well, like a sock and are very comfortable. Their blend of merino wool, nylon and elastic is soft and warm but also breathable, allowing moisture to escape. They are also very tough. If well cared for, they will last for years without developing holes, making them worth the initial expense. Available from www.amazon.com from $19.95 (Dh73) plus shipping.
Falke AllRound Running Sock
The German hosier Falke was founded more than 100 years ago and these socks, from the company's sport range, combine traditional craftsmanship with modern technology. Made from a blend of cotton and polyamide, they are comfortable and hard wearing. They are well padded and structured to distribute and absorb pressure on your feet when you are running. Available from www.amazon.com from $22 (Dh81) plus shipping.
Icebreaker City Lite Crew Socks
These socks combine the company's legendary comfort, cushioning and ease of care with a distinctive and stylish striped pattern. They are made from merino wool, which is lightweight and breathable, and their heels and toes are reinforced to make them last longer. The treated wool makes it almost impossible for these socks to stink. Apparently, the record for wearing Icebreaker socks is 196 days continuously without washing. Available from www.amazon.com from $18.95 (Dh70) plus shipping.