/ running with wet feet
I'm a bit worried because i was planning on wearing there for the Stuc a chroin 5000. Now I have a potential shoe / blister problem on top of my woeful lack of fitness ;-)
I'd guess most vaguely "technical" socks well work better than cotton ones - either synthetics, merino wool, or a mix of the two. I certainly have no great problems with either, but tend to wear wool.
Or some will wear waterproof socks such as Sealskins. I never got on with them for walking/running (mainly used mountainbiking) - but it was a while back that I tried them, and I think the newer ones are thinner and more flexible?
Don't use cotton socks. I mostly use hilly mono socks, or something a bit thicker for mountain marathons, because when I used monos, I wore a hole through them on day 1, but I don't remember getting a blister.
I bought a pair of Nike staydry (or some such name). They're ace.
Hilly twinskin and loads of vaseline to waterproof my feet a bit. Not sure about sealskinz if you're runnng though bogs (ie anything that imvolves going in up to your shins)
For short stuff simple close fitting inexpensive non-cotton socks. I prefer thinner ones, but opinions vary. For longer stuff you may want to invest, in slightly more complicated tight fitting technical socks. I like Injinji toe socks and various X-Socks models, but most running brands will have decent models.
I've only used seal skins for walking and found that they worked very well, I even tested them quite a bit and then went in water above the top of the sock if it's in the right place under tension it can just about hold out the water, probably work for a quick in/out dip when crossing a river by hopping from boulder to boulder but probably to cross a river, take them off and then put them back on with the wet boots, they're brilliant if you use common sense.
For trail running, on the rare occasion that I go, I'll put up with the wet, I guess a pair of toe socks could work well if you're having problems.
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