SocksAn important aspect of proper shoe fit and foot comfort is socks. Most of us make do with what we have instead of giving socks the thought they deserve. Thin socks, especially nylon can cause heel slippage. Tight socks bind toes and contribute to corns and bunions while stretched out or too big socks slide, bunch and twist. So what do you do? Buy the right sock for the activity and choice of shoe being worn.
Special non-binding socks are available if you experience swelling. Gel socks are available which cushion painful feet. These work very well for padding small painful callouses. Modern fibers, like acrylic, can wick perspiration away from the foot. Cotton is a natural fiber. It's cool in hot weather, but while it is absorbent, it does not wick moisture away from the foot so socks can get soggy and ridden with bacteria. Cotton socks need changed the most often for individuals with perspiring feet. Wool socks are insulating, but breathable, and help keep feet warm in the winter and thin wool socks are cool in the summer. They also last a long time and are naturally anti-microbial so they can be washed less often if on a long camping or back packing trip.
Diabetic socks are available in many brands but all will have smooth seams so as to avoid pressure points, also diabetic socks are very forgiving with extra padding and a non-binding top.