Hiking the Great Wall – How to Choose the Right Hiking Socks

Best Socks For Great Wall Hiking Trips

Two pair of socks drying on a clothes line during an adventurous hike in the mountains.
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A good pair of hiking socks can make all the difference between an enjoyable Great Wall hike and an uncomfortable one. The critical layer that separates your feet from the harsh, hot environment of your hiking boots should not be overlooked when hiking the Great Wall of China. Find out what the pros we recommend when it comes to choosing the right hiking socks.

Best Material

Slide over, cotton; synthetics stand up a lot longer to the rigors of the Great Wall of China. Socks made from Merino wool are highly prized in this foot fight. Merino wool is soft yet tough thanks to anti-bacterial, breathable fabric. However, you’ll pay the price for it.

So if you are searching for a more affordable option, or you want vegan hiking socks, consider synthetics. By the way, cotton does have its place when hiking the Great Wall; it’s just better for short day hikes where your feet have a rest after a while.

Silk is another material you will find when shopping for hiking socks. While the material is a natural insulator that is lightweight and wicking, it is not going to handle the rigors of the Great Wall.

legs of the traveler in hiking boots with trekking poles
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Your best option is to choose hiking socks that are made from a combination of materials. This way you get the warmth of wool, the wicking of silk, and the affordability of cotton and synthetics.

Best Design

You might be a dedicated bootie sock wearer in your regular life. When it comes to hiking socks, though, you need a sock that will stay with you. Well, your ankles at least.

Choose ankle socks with enough grip to hold up when you are hiking. You also want thick enough socks to withstand the rubbing and chaffing that could potentially tear your feet to shreds. So long, but not too long, and thick, but not too thick. These are the ideal hiking socks for the Great Wall of China.

How to Choose the Right Hiking Socks beijing
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Additional Features

Speaking of wicking, you want to find socks that will soak up sweat away from your feet. This helps prevent blisters and trench foot on those especially hot and humid hiking days along the Great Wall of China.

You also want to buy socks with some type of cooling technology. For instance, highly ventilated socks are designed with a variety of fibers to keep the air flowing and your feet dry.

Other features to consider are additional padding, but only if you account for how your boots will fit with this bulk. Flat seams, mosquito repellent, and antibacterial material will all serve you well as you venture out on the Great Wall of China during your next trip to Beijing, China.

Old boots,socks, photo camera and sunglasses on rustic table
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