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Five Reasons You Need Waterproof Socks

Five Reasons You Need Waterproof Socks

If you’re cycling during winter, it’s vital to keep warm, dry and comfortable. While a good winter jacket and pair of tights should easily keep your core warm, keeping your extremities nice and toasty can be a little trickier. Although most cyclists opt to wear overshoes in winter to keep their feet warm and dry, occasionally, you’ll need a little more defence against the wettest, coldest conditions.  With this in mind, here are five reasons you need a pair of waterproof socks

Man wearing waterproof socks

1. They improve comfort

It’s not hard to understand – your feet are far more comfortable dry, than wet. Similarly, by preventing water ingression, waterproof socks will also significantly reduce the chance of chafing and blistering.

Man wearing waterproof socks

2. They’ll keep you warm

Rainwater is often cold – icy in fact.  By preventing cold water from ingressing into your shoes, waterproof socks keep your feet warm. Many waterproof socks, like the ones below, are constructed with merino wool too – which keep your feet nice and warm, even if it’s not raining.

3. They’re more hygienic

Warm, damp environments like wet socks are incredibly attractive to harmful bacterium. By reducing dampness, waterproof socks help to reduce the chance of fungal infections, trench foot and help to promote good overall foot health.

4. They’re versatile

Waterproof socks have a variety of applications – not just cycling. Indeed, you’ll need waterproof socks during most outdoor activities where your feet are exposed to colder, wetter elements, like walking, running, hiking and commuting.

Man wearing waterproof socks

5. They’re practical

By keeping your feet warm, dry and healthy, waterproof socks are incredibly practical and great for wearing throughout winter, autumn and spring, where conditions are incredibly changeable.

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Thomas Flynn

Thomas Flynn

Writer and expert

With almost a decade of riding under his belt, Tom has dabbled in almost every major cycling discipline. These days, he's usually found aboard his fixed-gear gravel bike tackling the best trails and towpaths around Manchester and the Peak District.