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1000 Mile Sock

2020 Camino Guides
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portuguese "2014" from Tui to Santiago
Camino Norte "April 2016"
Heading out tomorrow (April 14th) for Bilbao and our next month on the Camino del Norte. Backpack is packed and weighs in at under 10% of my body weight - only missing one thing... socks! We ordered 4 pairs of "1000 Mile Socks" from Vancouver, BC, Canada, 3 weeks ago and still no socks. We thought that we'd have lots of time to train in them, but no. The last shipping update was 12 days ago and I contacted the company and they haven't even gotten back to me. Not impressed.

So today, the day before we leave, I will spend trying to find a couple good pair of socks, which will keep my feet dry, no hot spots, NO blisters, quick drying etc. I was really hoping for double layer, but have not found any with Smart Wool and other merino socks. HELP. Any advice on a great sock that I can buy here on the westcoast of Canada?
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
I haven't tried this yet, but I have read where people have had good results using cheap knee high nylons stockings as liner socks. They cost little and weight practically nothing. You could use them under any merino socks.
 

Richard Ward

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2016, 2017, 2018)
Madrid to Salvador to Primitivo (planned 2019)
Until my feet toughened up, I used thin, synthetic liner socks under a pair of smartwools while section hiking the Appalachian Trail. For example, https://www.rei.com/product/860633/rei-ecomade-coolmax-liner-socks?cm_mmc=cse_PLA_GOOG-_-8606330002&CAWELAID=120217890000811136&lsft=

I'd usually bring 2-3 pair, so that I could switch out to dry/clean ones when needed. There are definitely cheaper alternatives to the REI socks, but those are the ones that worked best for me.

After over a thousand miles (and more importantly, after I switched to trail runners), I was able to use just the smartwools.

I AM bringing the liners when I start next week, since I haven't been hiking much lately.
 

Joodle

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF May 10th- June 21st 2016
VDLP March-April 2017
CF coming up April-May
I don't know if "Wright Socks" are available in your area. See if you can find them. They are amazing! I have the "cool max" version. they have a built in inner liner. This is what I am bringing next month along with a padded Marino wool pair to wear with my trekking sandals. Good luck. I ordered some special underwear and hadn't received them. When I went to the site to look up my order, I found that it was still sitting in my order basket !!!Somehow, I hadn't completed my order. :confused: I hope they come in time. Good luch
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2017)
I hope it's ok to post a question within this one regarding Smart Wool. I was given two pairs a few years ago any they are marvelous for keeping warm but I couldn't imagine walking long distances in these especially in warm weather. Are there thinner versions of these or are people more hardy to the warmth?
 

PeterD1951

Member
Camino(s) past & future
First Camino May 2016
I don't know if "Wright Socks" are available in your area. See if you can find them. They are amazing! I have the "cool max" version. they have a built in inner liner. This is what I am bringing next month along with a padded Marino wool pair to wear with my trekking sandals. Good luck. I ordered some special underwear and hadn't received them. When I went to the site to look up my order, I found that it was still sitting in my order basket !!!Somehow, I hadn't completed my order. :confused: I hope they come in time. Good luch
Sorry Joodle but you should know that only British men of a certain age are allowed to wear socks with sandles. Anyone else will be imprisoned by the good taste police and played John Denver albums on a continuous loop until they repent.
 
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James R B

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Sorry Joodle but you should know that only British men of a certain age are allowed to wear socks with sandles. Anyone else will be imprisoned by the good taste police and played John Denver albums on a continuous loop until they repent.
I like John Denver.The only song that would lead to my demise would be "thank God I'm a country boy"
 

Joodle

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF May 10th- June 21st 2016
VDLP March-April 2017
CF coming up April-May
Sorry Joodle but you should know that only British men of a certain age are allowed to wear socks with sandles. Anyone else will be imprisoned by the good taste police and played John Denver albums on a continuous loop until they repent.
I am turning 60 next week, so I am of a certain age:pActually, I was told that it is "Camino chic" to wear socks with hiking sandals while on the Camino. (But I would gladly listen to John Denver albums, I loved that little guy)
 

Dutchwalk53

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2015 with son #1, CF 2016 alone, CF 2017 with son #2 and husband , CF Sept 2018 with daughter
Sorry to hear that you didn't get the socks :( I actually brought a pair of 1000 mile socks with me last year as my "spare socks" To be honest...I didn't like them too much. I prefer my medium thick hiking socks from Thorlo. They stay dry ALL day and give some nice cushioning.They work best for me.....obviously everybody is different ! But that doesn't help you now there you are about to leave !!!! Maybe try some Leukotape before you start walking, now you don't have a chance to buy socks and try them out. Buy it in a pharmacia and just put the tape on your sensitive spots (often heels, little toes and under ball of feet) good luck and Buen Camino !
 
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Mark Lee

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I am turning 60 next week, so I am of a certain age:pActually, I was told that it is "Camino chic" to wear socks with hiking sandals while on the Camino. (But I would gladly listen to John Denver albums, I loved that little guy)
You'd be surprised how popular the song "Country Roads" still is in Europe and Asia.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portuguese "2014" from Tui to Santiago
Camino Norte "April 2016"
I hope it's ok to post a question within this one regarding Smart Wool. I was given two pairs a few years ago any they are marvelous for keeping warm but I couldn't imagine walking long distances in these especially in warm weather. Are there thinner versions of these or are people more hardy to the warmth?
In my sock hunt today, I found "Smartwool" Ultra Light socks which were more lightweight than any I have seen. Very nice.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portuguese "2014" from Tui to Santiago
Camino Norte "April 2016"
I don't know if "Wright Socks" are available in your area. See if you can find them. They are amazing! I have the "cool max" version. they have a built in inner liner. This is what I am bringing next month along with a padded Marino wool pair to wear with my trekking sandals. Good luck. I ordered some special underwear and hadn't received them. When I went to the site to look up my order, I found that it was still sitting in my order basket !!!Somehow, I hadn't completed my order. :confused: I hope they come in time. Good luch
Thanks - I loved Wright Socks for running but have had a hard time finding ones that are more than anklets.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portuguese "2014" from Tui to Santiago
Camino Norte "April 2016"
Until my feet toughened up, I used thin, synthetic liner socks under a pair of smartwools while section hiking the Appalachian Trail. For example, https://www.rei.com/product/860633/rei-ecomade-coolmax-liner-socks?cm_mmc=cse_PLA_GOOG-_-8606330002&CAWELAID=120217890000811136&lsft=

I'd usually bring 2-3 pair, so that I could switch out to dry/clean ones when needed. There are definitely cheaper alternatives to the REI socks, but those are the ones that worked best for me.

After over a thousand miles (and more importantly, after I switched to trail runners), I was able to use just the smartwools.

I AM bringing the liners when I start next week, since I haven't been hiking much lately.
Thanks Richard, these REI socks sure had great reviews. In Canada we have Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC), very similar to REI and where I went today and got some Wigwam synthetic liners. I was happy with them when I bought them, then read the online reviews when I got home which were not good, mainly because of bad quality and the toe seam. I tried them on with my merino wool socks and put my boots on. When I took them off, I noticed a hole and run in them already. So, tomorrow, our departure day I am making a trip to REI to buy the ones you have mentioned above. I can honestly say that never in my life have socks been the cause of my stress.
 

Stellaluna

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Coast to Coast (2015)
Frances (July 2016)
I hope it's ok to post a question within this one regarding Smart Wool. I was given two pairs a few years ago any they are marvelous for keeping warm but I couldn't imagine walking long distances in these especially in warm weather. Are there thinner versions of these or are people more hardy to the warmth?
There are thinner versions.
 

NualaOC

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
A few and hopefully lots more. See signature.
Heading out tomorrow (April 14th) for Bilbao and our next month on the Camino del Norte. Backpack is packed and weighs in at under 10% of my body weight - only missing one thing... socks! We ordered 4 pairs of "1000 Mile Socks" from Vancouver, BC, Canada, 3 weeks ago and still no socks. We thought that we'd have lots of time to train in them, but no. The last shipping update was 12 days ago and I contacted the company and they haven't even gotten back to me. Not impressed.
Hi Jacquie - hope you have/had an uneventful journey to Bilbao.

I tried 1000 mile socks and I really didn't like them. My absolute favourite socks are the Spanish Lurbel brand - which you should hopefully be able to get in a sports or outdoor shop in Bilbao. There are lots of different styles. If you walk in shoes, I highly recommend the technical trail running ones. If you wear boots, there are longer versions that will hopefully suit you. Buen Camino!
 

anna pugh

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Ingles 2016
Heading out tomorrow (April 14th) for Bilbao and our next month on the Camino del Norte. Backpack is packed and weighs in at under 10% of my body weight - only missing one thing... socks! We ordered 4 pairs of "1000 Mile Socks" from Vancouver, BC, Canada, 3 weeks ago and still no socks. We thought that we'd have lots of time to train in them, but no. The last shipping update was 12 days ago and I contacted the company and they haven't even gotten back to me. Not impressed.

So today, the day before we leave, I will spend trying to find a couple good pair of socks, which will keep my feet dry, no hot spots, NO blisters, quick drying etc. I was really hoping for double layer, but have not found any with Smart Wool and other merino socks. HELP. Any advice on a great sock that I can buy here on the westcoast of Canada?
I bought 100 mile socks and even though I didn't walk 1000miles I did :) walk 12 hour days and never a hint of a blister .
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portuguese "2014" from Tui to Santiago
Camino Norte "April 2016"
I think I have it covered... One or hopefully all of these should work. If not, we'll be walking a week before we hit Bilbao again, so can adjust with one of the Spanish Sports stores there. Seriously not happy with the customer service at 1000 Mile Socks. Not sure why my socks have still not arrived after 3 weeks, not a word from them or a tracking update for 2 weeks. And I had an order from the Confraturnity of St. James (Posted from England to Canada that took under a week to get here. Leaving for our flight in 4 hours... better pack my socks. Camino del Norte here we come!!!!:):p:D


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