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<p>One of the most important parts of a winter outfit, other than a warm hat, thick shirt or sweater, heavy-duty jacket, extremely warm pants and underpants and weather-resistant shoes or boots, must be the socks. Yeah, you understood me correctly and they are all equally important. The reason for this is because if only one of these things is underperforming, you will have a lot of trouble. It&lsquo;s a really bad tactic to focus on only one, or even a few of these parts, while disregarding the other ones or just not paying enough attention to them. This way you will feel warm in some areas, but the other parts will be freezing, which can be very unpleasant and even dangerous in extreme conditions.</p>
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<p>A part of the attire that is more often forgotten than the other parts are feet. Well, not feet in particular, because boots may be the most thought-about winter necessity, but, to be more precise, it&rsquo;s the socks. Socks don&rsquo;t get the attention they deserve, and because of this,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sockbin.com/blog/2016/06/the-most-comfortable-sock-for-any-occasion.html" target="_blank">a lot of discomfort is created</a>. As mentioned earlier, this discomfort can easily be transformed into something more dangerous if the conditions are really harsh, and that&rsquo;s where socks come to the focus.</p>
<p>Socks can prevent your feet from not only getting cold, but from being permanently damaged. Constant wetness and cold can substantially damage your feet, and extreme cold can even lead to frostbites which ultimately lead to losing some part of your feet. Now, I&rsquo;m sure that this is not what you want, and because of that I&rsquo;m here to help you.</p>
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<h2>How is the heat lost?</h2>
<p>There are several ways the body loses heat and a high-quality pair of socks can prevent all of them.</p>
<p>The first and most obvious way the heat is lost is through exposure of the skin to the cold temperature. The warmth simply escapes into the cold air because of the lack of insulation, which is basically the protective layer between the skin and air. I think it&rsquo;s obvious how socks help in this situation.</p>
<p>The second way the temperature is lost is when the skin comes in contact with a cold and/or liquid surface, such as ice, snow or even a wet sock. The way socks help with this problem is that they, of course, prevent the direct contact with those surfaces, but also prevent the direct contact of water, even if the socks get wet themselves. Naturally, not all socks ensure this kind of protection, but only top-notch socks which provide absorption and wicking. They are usually made from a combination of natural and synthetic materials, and exactly that mixture which features the both of these materials, is what keeps your feet dry.</p>
<p>When you are subjected to cold winds, your body heat is basically drawn out by it, especially if there is any exposed skin. Now, people usually wear boots in the winter, which means that feet are automatically protected and unexposed, but socks offer an additional protective layer, thus keeping your body heat where it belongs &ndash; in your body.</p>
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<p>The last way the warmth is lost is by perspiration. The sweat escapes and takes heat with it, and there is nothing socks can do about it. They can&rsquo;t prevent your feet from sweating, but what they can do is make that sweat disappear. For their next trick, they will make your sweat disappear! Well, that&rsquo;s not really how it works. They absorb the sweat you dispose of, draw it towards the surface and basically evaporate it. The process is called wicking and it&rsquo;s one of the most important properties any sock can have, whether it&rsquo;s a thin, summer sock or a thick, winter sock.</p>
<h2>Material, length and additional protection</h2>
<p>A lot has been said about the material and main lesson to be learnt is that cotton is not the best and definitely not universal and that&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sockbin.com/blog/2016/06/everyday-socks-vs-fancy-socks.html" target="_blank">mixture of wool and synthetics is the best option</a>. That&rsquo;s the sum of everything that was said earlier, and in order not to bore the ones who read it before, I will not repeat it again.</p>
<p>Now, about the length&hellip;logically, the longer the sock is, the more protection it will provide, but you also have to know what you can choose from. Somehow it would be ridiculous to wear ankle socks or anything less than a crew sock, so here are the favorites.</p>
<p>The bare minimum you can wear during the winter is a crew sock. There are many versions of a crew sock, such as half crew, quarter crew and others, and some even divide them in men&rsquo;s crew, women&rsquo;s crew and even micro crew. The bare minimum is a standard crew sock, which comes to about two thirds of your calf. They will give some protection to your legs and keep your calves warm&hellip;at least partially.</p>
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<p>My personal favorite for cold weathers is the knee-high. They are just long enough to protect the whole calf, but still not too long to be uncomfortable and distract you all the time. Of course, knees aren&rsquo;t protected, but there are socks that do that for you.</p>
<p>The thigh-highs are, without a doubt, the warmest of all the socks out there&hellip;well, if&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sockbin.com/store/men/thermal-socks/c-13" target="_blank">they are thick, thermals of course</a>. Not only do they protect your whole calves, but they also protect your knees and even a part of your thighs. I mean, it&rsquo;s almost like you wear another pair of pants under the actual pants. It doesn&rsquo;t get much better than that.</p>
<p>Actually, it does get better. Not much better, but a bit better. The thing that makes it better is a long forgotten sock liner. This little thing, although looks ridiculous, helps in at least three ways &ndash; it provides additional heat, it improves wicking and it prevents blisters from forming from the heavy, thick socks. They are light and almost unnoticeable, which means they won&rsquo;t distract, but only help you and improve your sock-wearing experience.</p>
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