Best Socks For Wellies (Buying Guide)

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Looking for a great pair of welly socks? Then you’ve come to the right place.

Finding a truly awesome pair of socks for your wellington boots is not an easy task, is it? Search online and you’ll find lots of socks to choose from – pop “socks” into Google and you’ll get over a billion results to check out. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve got better things to do with my time than wade through that lot.

But, it’s an important decision to get right. Choose well and you’ll slide your sock-clad tootsies into your welly boots and not think about them again until you take your wellies off. Choose a rubbish pair of socks though and they’ll make your feet too chilly or too sweaty. Or, they’ll rub and cause blisters. Or, they’ll keep slipping down your shins to wrap themselves around your feet, meaning that you have to keep stopping, taking your welly off mid-path, hopping around holding a welly and trying to yank your sock back up, losing your balance and putting your foot down in the mud, swearing, shoving your welly back on and stomping off back home in a grump.

I speak from bitter experience.

We’ve looked at choosing a great pair of wellies in another article, so let’s delve inside those wellington boots and look at sock choice. I’m going to give you a rundown of the critical factors to consider when you’re choosing a pair of welly socks and, along the way, I’ll also give you some recommendations for a pair or two of my favourite toe protectors. Grab a brew, put your feet up, and let’s take a look.

How to choose an awesome pair of welly socks

In an interesting and ironic plot twist, my wife is currently learning how to knit a pair of socks. From what I’ve seen, this involves a lot of very expensive wool, watching a huge number of YouTube tutorial videos, and a great deal of swearing. I try and keep a good distance away when she’s knitting (she is wielding a couple of sharp, pointy things, after all) but I’ve come to the conclusion that a lot of effort goes into creating a fantastic pair of socks. She’s two weeks into the project now and around an inch into the first sock. During this time I’ve learnt a lot about the anatomy of a sock from her and I thought it would be useful to run through this now.

Traveling down the sock from top to bottom, we have a number of individual areas, these are:

Cuff – this is the opening at the top of the sock. It has an important job to do in that it needs to grip your calf snugly. But, it’s a Goldilocks thing though: Not too loose or the sock will slip down – particularly an issue in wellies which aren’t laced up tightly like shoes or hiking boots. At the same time, it also shouldn’t be too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable and a little bit like a tourniquet on your leg

Leg – this is underneath the cuff and stretches down from there to your ankle

Heel pocket – this is the part where the sock balloons out to go comfortably around the heel. This is an area that takes a lot of wear and tear in wellies as your heel can often slide up and down as you walk, and so is often both reinforced and cushioned

Gusset – this is the transition area of the sock going from the heel pocket to the foot/sole

Foot/Sole – in between the gusset and the toe pocket is the foot and sole. The foot is the part of the sock which covers over the top of your foot and the sole goes underneath your sole

Toe pocket – finally, we have the toe pocket which clearly covers over the toe area. As with the heel, this tends to be cushioned and reinforced in welly socks as your toes will bump against the front of the boot as you walk along. This can cause rubbing or bruising on your little piggies if they’re not protected

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Choosing great socks for wellies – the quick and simple guide

So, those are the individual elements of a welly sock. Now let’s turn our attention to the factors that you need to consider when choosing the best performing sock to tuck inside your wellington boots.

Sock length

One of the main factors to consider is sock length or height. You want to make sure that you’re going for a pair of socks that extends to at least the tops of your wellies. Any lower and you’ll find that the rubber interiors of the boots can rub against your legs – this can be particularly uncomfortable if you’ve teamed your boots with a pair of shorts

Over-sized cuff

Along with sock height, it’s important to consider the cuffs. I’ve already mentioned that a cuff that has a firm (but not too tight) grip on your upper calf is best for keeping them from heading south and wrapping themselves around your feet. Many welly socks also have a special over-sized cuff. This either has a thicker layer to give a snug fit between your calf and the tops of your wellies – keeping chilly air out and stopping the socks from drifting downwards. Or, the cuff is essentially double height – which allows it to be folded down over your boot tops, keeping the socks in place

Sock fabric

You’ll most commonly see welly socks that are knitted from a wool or cotton blend. I particularly like socks made from merino wool – a New Zealand wonder-wool which keeps feet warm in the cold and cool in the heat. You will also see some fantastic pairs of socks which are waterproof – look out for neoprene ones (the same fabric as wetsuits are made from) and also socks from Sealskinz (a British manufacturer who have been making waterproof accessories for over a quarter of a century)

Toe and heel cushioning

In comparison to other types of walking footwear, such as hiking boots or trail shoes, wellies tend to have a looser fit. That makes getting them on and off easy, but can mean that your foot moves around quite a lot as you walk. If you wear a thin pair of socks with your wellies you’ll notice that your toes and heels can get sore with this continual rubbing and you may even suffer from blisters if you’re out for an extended walk. To combat this, look for welly socks that have a good layer of cushioning at both these areas (heels and toes). This padding will help protect your feet and also help stop them from moving around in the wellies as you stroll along.

Wellies and welly socks are one of life’s classic combinations. Much like baked beans on toast and rain clouds at a summer barbecue. Lots of thought often goes into welly selection but socks to wear inside those wellies can sometimes be a bit of an afterthought.

And yet, it’s important to get the choice of socks for our welly adventures right though. Choose the wrong pair and you’ll be hopping about in the mud as you try and pull your wayward socks back up, whilst not putting your foot down in the squelch. Choose the right pair and you’ll slip them on over your tootsies, go “oooh, that feels nice”, and then not think anything more about them until you take your wellies back off again. Now, armed with this list of sock considerations, you can choose a pair with confidence.

Have fun.