Many of the walkers who wear sandals for walking 10 kilometers or more wear socks with them. Socks put a barrier between the straps and the foot, reducing the risk of hot spots and blisters. Many walkers say they wear their walking sandals year-round, which they can only do by adding socks. Socks can also wick moisture away from the sole of the foot to keep it dryer.
Hik­ing, Riv­er, and Surf­ing San­dals: If you’ll be play­ing in the mud and muck, look for a sole made of hard rub­ber com­pounds. Choose san­dals with a deep tread, which will serve you well when you’re going up the face of a steep moun­tain or bal­anc­ing pre­car­i­ous­ly on wet riv­er rocks. The upper por­tion of your san­dal, includ­ing any straps, should be made of breath­able and durable mate­r­i­al such as nylon web­bing or polyurethane. For the top sole, mem­o­ry foam allows for sup­port­ive cush­ion­ing and com­fort­able wear. More­over, these mate­ri­als are water-resis­tant, which­means they won’t become sat­u­rat­ed when you stomp through a creek and won’t rot away after a few wet wears.
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