A quality pair of technical socks are the foundation for any epic walk. Whether you’re prepping for long-distance backpacking, an afternoon hike or a run on the trails, the correct socks will keep you comfortable by reducing shock, adding support, removing sweat and heat and minimising blisters. Cotton socks, however, soak up moisture and can soon cause discomfort and irritation, especially on longer routes. Here’s why you need to invest in some functional footwear.

Why do I need technical walking socks?

A good technical sock uses highly breathable fabrics which draw sweat away from the skin to keep your feet dry and comfortable. The fabric on the top of the foot should be lighter than that on the toe and heel. This gives you insulation where you need it the most and allows unwanted heat and moisture to escape. There should be extra cushioning in high impact areas (like the heel and ball of the foot) and added support around the ankle and arch.


Some socks, like the Smartwool PHD series, compress the muscles to increase support and blood flow by flushing out cramp-causing toxins and aiding recovery, helping you walk further for longer.

Technical socks in the Snow+Rock range


Match these light crew socks with a rugged and lightweight hiking shoe to enjoy longer afternoons and weekends of happy walking, whether you’re travelling on or off the trail.


Ideal for longer and more challenging routes, medium crew socks offer maximum shock absorption to keep your feet cushioned and comfortable, no matter what the adventure lies ahead.


Put an extra spring in your step with technical compression socks designed specifically for running. Clever construction supports the foot by increasing blood flow and allows moisture and heat to escape to reduce the risk of blisters.


Treat your feet to proper moisture control, support and breathability on a daily basis. You can cover a fair amount of distance in an average day, so it’s important to be well equipped!

Snow+Rock size guide:

Let us know you agree to cookies

We use marketing, analytical and functional cookies as well as similar technologies to give you the best experience. Third parties, including social media platforms, often place tracking cookies on our site to show you personalised adverts outside of our website.


We store your cookie preferences for two years and you can edit your preferences via ‘manage cookies’ or through the cookie policy at the bottom of every page. For more information, please see our cookie policy.