Maybe you think a sock is a sock is a sock...what's the big deal, right? Well, if you've ever gone hiking, or been stranded by a disabled vehicle, you know what I'm talking about. And there really is a difference in the make of a sock. And I think I've found the near perfect specimen.
An essential in my Go-Bag is the SmartWool sock. They are made from premium New Zealand wool, or shearling, and are found in high-end items like Uggs. Why SmartWool? The first reason is comfort. They are soft (not itchy), and provide extra cushion for your feet in just the right places: the balls of your feet and your heels. I can't explain the dynamics of the product, but somehow, they are cool in the summer and warm in the winter.... something about air bubbles and regulating the temperature of your feet. I don't really need to understand the hows, as long as my feet are happy. And they breathe! So your feet feel as comfortable at the end of the day as when you take that first step in the morning; no need to worry about excessive moisture after a long hike, virtually eliminating the possibility of blisters. Another feature I like? They don't lose their shape and slide down in your boots/shoes. And my personal experience has been that they last forever! They don't break down in the washing machine, like a cotton sock will. As far as I'm concerned they are just about perfect!
SmartWool socks are available in light-weight, medium-weight and heavy-weight versions---perfect for all year round! They are a little pricey at $15-$20 per pair, but well worth the expense. And besides, how can you put a price on comfort?
1 Corinthians 14:3 "But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort."
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