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Well I just bought my first pair of Injiji toe sox, as soon as my feet heal I will give them a go and post back on my experience.
As I get older my feet do seem to be getting less and less tough, my foot doctor told me to try the toe sox.
I'd post photos of my toe after the surgery but I don't want to put people off their dinners
Hope you have better luck than I did. I tried 2 pairs of those (after seeing lots of good recommendations), and had them both fall apart after two uses.
 

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Seal skinz, waterproof and some what breathable. Need to choose the environment. Saves having to wear full leather or purchase full goretex boots. I wear light breathable boots now with the seal skinz. Allows me to get my boots wet but feet dry.
 

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I have some Explorer socks to trial as I have only heard of this brand scince being in Oz. But I am a cheap arse and wore issue socks that the ambulance service give and on inspection they are Explorer.

So its explorer.

But never ever with sandles the wife would punch me in the face if I did that.
After 4 days in the jungle with the same pair of socks on and my feet wet for most of the time I had no blisters and the socks did fine even when putting on the wet ones again in the morning. Only problem was that the leeches were able to get through the weave and on to my leg for a feed. But saying that Ill give the leeches there due as they got in to the boot and past my combats then the sock.
 

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Hope you have better luck than I did. I tried 2 pairs of those (after seeing lots of good recommendations), and had them both fall apart after two uses.
Well if they do i just return them under warranty, these are not supposed to be used as outer socks tho, just liners to stop blisters, so i will be using 3 socks notr my normal 2
 
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There looks to be some good recommendations here, I'll have to give some a try. Last year I coughed up (very unlike me) for some Bridgedales. They really have been amazing for me. Just throw em in with the other laundry, no smell and THE most comfortible socks I've owned.
 

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Yep, Explorer socks for me too. Always wear gaiters - they not only protect the shins from damage, but stop a lot of bush litter (including grit and grass seeds) from getting into the boots = less wear 'n tear abrasion on socks. Like I've mentioned on other threads, I wear a thick pair of socks close to the skin and a second thin pair of socks on the outer - less friction, so no blisters.
 

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Explorer socks for me. I do like skins as an undergarment as well. helps with muscle recovery (no good for a cold night..)
 

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The explorers are always a good standard to start with I reckon.
All depends on what you want from your sox.
People are often looking for 'waterproof' socks.
There's two that I know of - 'Seal Skinz' & 'Dexshell'.
Haven't had any experience with the Dexshell sox but I wouldn't recommend the seal Skinz for extended walks as I reckon they get too hot.
They are great when working in cold/wet climes though, although they are expensive at around $60/pair.
The Dexshells come it at around $30-$40 I believe.
Might have to give a pair of em a try at some stage I think.
I have one pair of Bridgedales which I love but due to cost I just haven't yet bought any more.
For general use I reckon it's hard to go past the readilly available & pretty good quality explorers.

Bill.
 

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If you come acrossa brand of sock called wigwam snatch them up. They are specifically made for hiking and they make a wool and silk blend sock that are the most comfortable thing I've ever worn. Even after days of hiking
 

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Where is everyone buying their Holeproof Explorer socks from?
I wore them for 30 years when I was a chippy, day in and day out. I used to walk into K-Mart, grab however many pairs I needed and go and pay for them. Too easy! But now I discover, they're as scarce as hens' teeth.
I've seen a few in shops but they've been the short ones and I want long. I also want them in brown but it seems that Holeproof no longer make them in brown. I'd better stop now because I feel a rant about Australian clothing manufacturers, or should I say importers, coming on.
 

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They're not what they used to be Biggles. The labels nowadays often don't tell you the percentage of whats in them or what's in them at all.
Other times they are are more descriptive. Some use cotton. I picked up some at the reject shop a couple of weeks back; feel a little nylon-y but I am happy with them.
They are olive in colour and not the long ones that you like; medium length.

Big W has what you are after last time I looked. I like the ones with copper added to impede bacteria.
 

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Thanks GB, I'll check out Big W the next time I'm near a store. I've been looking online and it seems that nobody is making a brown sock anymore. :( Coyote brown, which is more of a tan is about the closest I can get. What have they all got against brown?
My new problem is that there are now so many different types of socks to choose from. Take those Wigwam socks for example. Hoo boy, I never knew there could be so many different combinations of materials and styles.
I just want nice, thick, long and brown mostly woolen socks. I'm getting (gotten??) too old for this c*%p. I'm feeling GOMS (Grumpy Old Man Syndrome) coming on. :p
 

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Hahaha! I like it mate! GOMS...I'm going to use that one if you don't mind!
 

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I had been running a silk liner and wool outer.. The last couple of day hikes have seen me just run whatever i put my hands on at the time thinking id see what sort of difference there was...

Comfort was the major change with the two sox option working a treat.
 

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Ex-explorer fan here.
When I saw they were being made in panda-land, I stocked up on the Oz-made ones, and have NOT bougth them since.

Now: Aussie made wool socks.
I have tested these out in -40C (yes, minus 40, but not overnight) and they are good.
 

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If you come acrossa brand of sock called wigwam snatch them up. They are specifically made for hiking and they make a wool and silk blend sock that are the most comfortable thing I've ever worn. Even after days of hiking
I have a balaclava / beanie that is wigwam brand. It's the sort of thing I take up high through winter. I consider it survival gear, along with polypropylene base layers. Even while it's raining they're still drying and warm. It's a US brand; I would have got mine on sale though.
 

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Long time fan of Thorlo Treks for 25 years.
Available in different grades.
The ONLY socks I would wear pounding concrete in combat boots in Prison, sometimes 24 hr shifts.
Could still walk at end of shift.
Some other Staff were crippled wearing thin issue socks, just crap.
Thoroughly recommended as not only are they good for resistance to pounding, they minimise shearing (sliding fore/ aft) in boot.
This is what causes blisters at edge and under skin of sole.( Not visible, but painful !)
Note, ALWAYS buy boots in late afternoon to get correct fit.
It is surprisingly how ones feet swell during day.
 

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I generally wear leather boots, unless it's ankle deep water, then I wear old runners and walk through all the water rather than try to avoid it. Goretex actually holds water in if it's this wet. If it's wet I wear these incredibly thin over socks - they're suppose to wick water away. I wear them by themselves - I've never been a fan of thick socks, especially in hot weather. I've seen too many pink wet floppy blister laden feet from hot thick socks in hot weather. I generally wear all cotton socks from rivers - $1.00 a pair. On a hot day they are damp from sweat when I take my boots off - but I don't have pink floppy blister laden feet :D
 

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Here's a pic of the socks explorer make that are the good wool thick ones to buy , they still last for years.
They're a grey colour with darker patches.

I had the same issue when buying some black ones a while ago , they were not worth the price tag and clearly thinner and synthetic crap. I returned them and got a refund.

So much for Australia being carried on the sheep's back and the buy a pair of wool socks and save the economy ,...........

Now made over seas , if your not buying them for patriotic reasons I understand, quality wise these are still up there .

All the other colors / types I've tried were disappointing to crap
 
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