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<p>If you were to use only one type of socks on daily basis for every activity, those socks wouldn&rsquo;t last long. A sock shouldn&rsquo;t be strolled around in fancy dress shoe one day, and be crammed in a football boot while exposed to smashing, bruising and kicking, surrounded by mindless screaming and running the very next day. You can&rsquo;t show good times to a sock and then jam its face in mud. You have to think about sock&rsquo;s feelings.</p>
<p>Luckily for all of us, and particularly for socks, people were thinking about this problem sometime in the past. They thought really hard as they wanted to end the suffering of socks and suddenly a bright idea popped into someone&rsquo;s mind &ndash; what if we made a different sock for different activities? And boy, did they make it. While this is most certainly not a historically accurate presentation of invention different socks types, something similar has happened in the past and has made way for modern socks to develop in a few different directions. Nowadays there are socks that are specifically designed to keep you warm, there are socks that keep you protected and there are socks that only look nice.</p>
<h2>Socks to keep you warm</h2>
<p>Most socks out there will provide at least some amount of heat as they are in direct contact to your skin. However, some socks do this job better than others, especially when it comes to <a href="https://www.sockbin.com/blog/winter-special-how-to-keep-your-feet-warm/">warming up your feet in the winter</a>. Now that may be a hard task, but there are socks that are quite up to it.</p>
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<p>First on the list is a nice pair of wool socks. Wool is a natural material which is great for the skin, it's pretty thick, so it provides a lot of heat and it is filled with miniature holes so there is more space for warm air which, once again, means more heat. So, wool socks are warm. Is there more to it? Actually, there is. One property that is extremely important in a sock is wicking, which is basically the process of collecting all the moisture in your shoes, drawing it away from your skin and into outer layers of the sock where it will evaporate. Wool does this pretty good up to a point. When that point is breached, wool becomes wet, heavy cloth that will protect you from nothing. Keep that in mind when going for wool socks.</p>
<p>The second on the warmth-providing list is a sock that has probably become famous in the 80s, but now is making a comeback. Here to provide warmth both to your feet and to your heart and to make you once again feel like a child drinking hot cocoa in front of a Christmas tree &ndash; it&rsquo;s fuzzy socks! Fuzzy socks are usually made from combination of a few different materials, including cotton, polyester and nylon and the finished product is a colorful, soft, cuddly thing that you wish could be your best friend for life. It keeps you warm, it&rsquo;s soft and it is funky (and not in a bad way); what more can you ask for in a sock?</p>
<h2>Socks that protect you</h2>
<p>Active life means that from time to time you will do things that possibly expose you to a certain amount of danger. Your feet are especially prone to injury so it&rsquo;s smart to protect them as much as you can. Now, there are shoes and boots that do exactly that, but they are usually uncomfortable and bulky which means that you need protection from the very thing that protects you. Oh, the irony!</p>
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<p>Hiking socks provide protection against blisters and they keep your feet warm at low temperatures. There are a lot of types and there is a lot to consider when choosing <a href="https://www.sockbin.com/mens/excell-merino-wool-thermal-hiking-winter-warm-socks">the most suitable pair of hiking socks</a>. The most important thing to consider is hiking conditions; is it a long hike or a short one, is the path muddy and filled with puddles, what is the weather going to be like and so on. Lightweight hiking socks are best for easy and short trails, warmer conditions and they put comfort over protection, while heavy-weight mountaineering socks do just the opposite, keeping your feet warm and protected even in some badass conditions.</p>
<p>Athletic socks have similar purpose as hiking socks, but they aren&rsquo;t all the same. Athletic socks don&rsquo;t have to warm your feet as much, because all the running and athleticism should take care of that. However, they do have to be great at wicking, be absolutely comfortable and stay in the place without bundling in one place and causing blisters. Cotton is not all that great for this purpose as it can only provide comfort (and up to a point) so synthetics are the best choice. Wick the hell out of that sweat.</p>
<h2>Socks that look nice</h2>
<p>Also known as dress socks, these socks don&rsquo;t do much <a href="https://www.sockbin.com/blog/how-to-wear-dress-socks/">except looking awesome</a>. They come in various colors with all kinds of patterns and made from a variety of materials. The most important parameter on which to choose dress socks are the looks and your own personal judgment. A random pair of dress socks is usually as comfortable (or should we say as uncomfortable) as the next pair, so your choice can&rsquo;t be based on that. If you like them, buy them.</p>
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<h2>Socks with special abilities</h2>
<p>A completely different type of sock is a sock that actually has a completely different purpose than any of the socks mentioned above, and that is a diabetic sock. Diabetic socks are <a href="https://www.sockbin.com/mens/diabetic-socks">specifically designed for people with diabetes</a>, as they are at much higher risk of foot injury and infection than the rest. There are diabetic socks for both men and women and they keep the feet extra protected while the best diabetic socks should also have extreme wicking properties. Diabetic socks are designed in such a way that they don&rsquo;t constrict the legs and feet and contrary to the popular belief, they are not the same as compression socks.</p>
<p>While some diabetics might be advised to wear compression socks, this is not always the case. The only time diabetics should wear compression socks is when their doctor recommends them to, and they are usually used to reduce the swelling or prevent and stop the progression of vein disorders. Never wear compression sock without consulting the experts first.</p>


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