When you’re starting off with cowboy boots you don’t always know that they need to be treated a little differently. During my first month of use I’d occasionally slip my boots off and find my calves all sore and chaffed. I initially thought it was a problem with the boots so I bought another pair only to see the same results. It was then when I realized. The trouble wasn’t with the boots but my choice of socks.
You see, just because someone can’t see the socks you wear beneath your boots doesn’t mean you should just randomly put on any pair you find. There are specific socks made for cowboy boots and that should satisfy the following:
- They’re long and cover your calves
- They have grippers that prevent them from sliding down
- They’re made of suitable material such as spandex, nylon, cotton, acrylic, etc.
- They’re engineered specifically to provide padding in key areas of the foot and calf
So with the above points listed, let’s delve into the top 5 socks that satisfy the criteria and ensure you can get the maximum out of your cowboy boots as well:
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1. Wrangler Men's Western Boot Socks
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Cracking open the ranking are the excellent Wrangler Western Boot socks. Firstly, the socks are composed of a ratio of 80% polyester, 17% nylon, and 3% spandex which makes them comfortable and optimal for use in a pair of cowboy boots. With a half padded design, these socks really cocoon themselves around your feet keeping them snug and reducing impact while also providing support for the arches. The padding itself keeps target areas of your feet cushioned and protected. These Wranglers also feature moisture wicking technology that allows them to dry fast while also keeping the toes cool and receptive to air flow.
The top of the socks are ribbed and ensure they won’t slide down needlessly while you’re out performing your day to day tasks.
I personally loved these socks though I did find the material to be thinner than I expected. Also I ordered 5 pairs together and after a week’s use, one sock from the pairs had a hole in them. There could be many variables for a sock to have a hole in it, but maybe it takes a point or two off from these otherwise marvelous Wranglers.
Dickies has been in the game since 1922 for almost a 100 years now. With these socks, you find a reliable pair that utilize innovative technology to provide both comfort and feasibility.
As any good pair of cowboy socks should, these ones also feature comfortable padding in areas of the foot to minimize impact while also providing arch compression support. The fitting is pretty neat as the reinforced heel and toe ensure the socks will slip on comfortably around your feet when you wear them without risk of tears. Ribbed upper halves of the socks make them slide-proof and won’t be sliding down while you’re attending to your daily tasks. However, I did feel like the tightness around the calves was a little more than to my liking as the ribbed patterns left marks on my skin after half an hour of wearing.
The socks also feature mesh ventilation that allows for breathability and air to pass through your feet. The upside is there won’t be bad odor when you take off the socks. Dickies also utilizes a Dri-tech technology to keep the feet dry and cool.
These socks are composed in a ratio of 78% cotton, 19% polyester, 2% spandex, and 1% nylon. In every aspect of what socks should do, the Dickies are the absolute best.
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3. Carhartt Men's 6 Pack All-Terrain Boot Socks
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The Carhartt socks are extremely durable with the fabric composed of 43% polyester, 35% acrylic, 13% wool, 8% nylon, and 1% spandex. These socks are designed specifically to provide padding in target areas where parts of the feet make the most impact with the ground thus absorbing shock and cushioning your strides. With an arch support that fits your feet seamlessly you’ll find a lot of flexibility during movements. There’s also a NANOGlide technology featured that significantly reduces friction within the socks and strongly hold the fibres of the material together, making them resistant to wear and tear.
Featured also are mesh cooling panels that really allowed airflow to go through the feet. I was pleased with how odorless both the sock and my feet were after a day’s worth of usage. There’s solid breathability here.
So what’s the downside with this pair of sock? I found the Carharrt to be too thick. You’ll find them hot and itchy during some periods of use in warm temperatures. There were also some instances where the toe end of the socks would roll up under the arch of my toes. Not that it’s a deal breaker. Just requires some getting used to.
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4. Carhartt Men's Cold Weather Boot Sock
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The Carhartt socks make another entry in this list, this time with the Cold Weather Boot socks. Composed of 70% acrylic, 15% wool, 14% nylon, and 1% lycra spandex, these socks feature FastDry technology to keep away sweat and moisture from your feet. They also allow air to pass through and keep the feet cool and safe from unwanted odors. There is decent cushioning that makes the socks comfortable to wear for the entirety of a day and reduce impact on your heels. The thermal insulation keeps your feet safe and insulated from the frost temperatures.
The fibres of the socks are tightly knit together with durable materials that make these socks long-lasting and tough. My only problem with these socks is that the upper bands are too tight and a little uncomfortable for prolonged periods of wearing. And though it hasn’t happened to me yet but I had a friend who once complained that these socks have a predisposition towards having holes in them. Nonetheless, a good job they still manage to do.
First things first, these premium Galiva socks are extremely soft and that makes them very comfortable to wear underneath a pair of heavy cowboy boots for the entirety of a day. The socks have a heel and toe reinforcement that makes them durable. They also have some extra bit of stretchiness to optimally cocoon your feet. Lengthwise, they are long and climb higher than the calves with a rib knit to prevent slide-down during the course of the day.
The cotton is moisture-wicking which immediately dries away sweat and keeps your feet dry and cool. The fabric of the cotton is all-natural and breathable, allowing plenty air to ventilate your toes and feet. Once again, perhaps the only downside for these otherwise preciously comfortable socks is the tight band that kind of cut into my calves. Other than that, these Galiva socks are modest and do a great job.