Now that you have chosen the correct boots, the next important step is wearing the proper pair of UK Cadets Socks.
Not all socks are created equally, and there are a few things you should consider when you are looking for socks to wear when training to be a Cadet.
Why Socks Matter
Whether lounging around, keeping feet warm, or moving about it is important but when used with boots, you also must consider the material and harder sole. Though your boots may have been broken in already, they can still cause a good amount of discomfort to the wearer’s feet and ankles.
Breaking boots in does not completely remove the chances of friction, rubbing, blisters, and hot spots caused by boot use. By wearing the correct pair of socks, this chance can be reduced even further.
Cotton versus Wool Socks
While cotton is probably the most comfortable choice, sock made with some wool often offer the best protection. Wool has long been a favourite but can be more expensive than necessary and today’s wool blends can provide the same protection at a fraction of the cost.
Reasons why to choose wool over cotton include:
- Added insulation allows a wearer’s feet to lock in heat, even on the coldest of days.
Friction and rubbing is greatly reduced, causing less of a chance that the wearer would acquire blisters or hot spots that are created by these factors.
- Moisture wicking material allows less water or moisture inside, creating a dryer, more comfortable experience for its wearer, even in the wettest of circumstance or weather. This is a common material found in wool socks.
It does not matter if you are in the classroom or practicing fieldcraft, wearing the same pair of socks two days in a row is extremely unhygienic. Regardless of how active you are, your feet will get nasty, and socks just collect all those germs and bacteria.
Being in the cadets means that your feet are constantly put to the test. If you shower and put on a fresh set of clothes every morning, you will be fine. But if you’re constantly on the move and have to skip your morning routine, all that bacteria is left with nowhere to go but into your skin.
Letting that nastiness build up on the soles of your feet can lead to a fungal infection, which leads to countless other foot-related problems but trench foot is a very serious that can happen if you wear dirty, sweaty socks too long.
Over the course of a march, the friction of your boots constantly hitting the pavement could cause your feet to form blisters. Those blisters may be painful, but they are your body’s way of trying to heal the damage your feet sustained.
If that blister were to pop, though then all that bacteria in your socks could infect that tiny, seemingly insignificant wound.
Many foot injuries and ailments can be avoided by ensuring one thing – that your feet stay dry. Depending on your mission and the weather, this may be next to impossible, but it should not keep you from.
At the end of each day, you should follow these easy to do steps: wash and dry your feet, apply foot powder to prevent friction and replace socks with a clean dry pair.
Choose Your Thickness
There is no right answer when it comes to choosing the right thickness for your sock—it’s really a personal preference.
UK Cadets Socks
Supply Drop includes UK Cadets Socks in the Cadet Package which are ideal for Cadet training.