I never realized how important socks were...until i recently bought some high impact wicking socks. They really do make a difference. Take a read from what I snagged from the web...
How to Buy Socks That Are Good for Your Feet
Many people do not know that socks today are not just hosiery made of simple cloth. Some socks are designed to cushion impacts, protect joints, and ease pain; some wick moisture to keep feet cool and dry; and some even control odor and resist bacteria.
1. Look for socks with full cushion sole support. This is very important, as it provides cushion every time you step, softening impact and reducing stress on the heels, thereby leaving your feet less tired at the end of the day.
2. Notice sock sizes. Just like shirts, socks come in different sizes and shapes, and though they may stretch somewhat, one-size socks often fit poorly and are a common cause of blistering. If you can feel your sock move up and down your leg, it's causing abrasion. A good brand of socks will offer at least four sizes.
3. Look for arch supports and Y-heel pockets. These allow the sock to grab the arch of the foot, giving a snug feeling. The arch support also helps prevent the sock from bunching up.
4. Look for a high needle count (high density). Denser socks wick more moisture and provide cushion for a longer period of time. They support the feet better, and they often last longer.
5. Find socks that can resist abrasion, or they will wear out quickly. Look for socks with reinforced heels and toes, as these are the areas that wear out the fastest.
* Most foot care problems are caused by improperly fitted shoes or bad socks. Tired feet syndrome, foot odor, and blistering can all be prevented with a pair of high quality socks.
* Do not buy cheap socks that are one size fits all. "Bargain" socks usually do not last and are sometimes the source of your foot problems.
* Do not wear shoes without socks. Sweaty feet in leather shoes will make the interior of the shoe wet, increasing bacteria growth. This will lead to foot problems like ringworm, warts, athlete's foot, etc.
* Do not wear wet shoes. If your shoes are wet due to rain or other accidents, allow them to dry completely before wearing them again. They will last much longer and not develop the nasty odor