THE SITUATION: Tall boots are everywhere this season. SmartWool’s knee-high Women’s StandUP Graduated Compression Socks are a great complement to them while also helping to minimize foot and leg fatigue on those long winter hikes.
THE SCOOP: Made from a blend of Merino wool, nylon and an elastic material, these socks have a mild compression style with light cushioning to absorb impact without being too bulky for your cold-weather boots. They’re great for anyone who tends to blister or has trouble staying dry due to sweat or the elements. Thanks to the nylon and elastic material, they also stay up through intense activity, so you don’t have to worry about constantly tugging at them while on the move. The socks have a wide band at the leg opening, which keeps them from digging into skin and irritating.
THE DETAILS: They are available in a range of attractive but understated solid colors and striped patterns. Colors include black, gray, blue and purple. Offered in sizes small (U.S. women’s shoe sizes 4-6.5), medium (sizes 6-8.5) and large (sizes 10-12.5).
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AVAILABILITY: To purchase or find a list of retailers, visit smartwool.com.
Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune News Service