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Zsofia
02-18-2008, 06:47 PM
I'm looking for a pair, and I know it's a really dumb question, but I don't know!

And if it's customary to wear socks, what weight?

Is there a particularly well-regarded brand?

Shagnasty
02-18-2008, 06:56 PM
Oh God yes or at least all the true cowboys and cowgirls I know do. I always have when I have worn boots. I can't imagine the nastiness and being simply uncomfortable if you go without socks in boots. The blister factor must be way up there as well. I don't have any recommendations but any socks that do well in high sole shoes are certainly better than nothing.

Moirai
02-18-2008, 06:59 PM
I wear my usual socks with my boots. My dad does the same with his. Of course, it's a fit preference- if your boots are a bit big, you might prefer a thicker sock.

But I would never, ever, wear cowboy boots without socks. Of course, at least they don't have to match... ;)

silenus
02-18-2008, 07:00 PM
<shudder>

Boots w/o socks are just nasty!

Get yourself a good pair of medium to heavy weight cotton socks for those boots. To tell the truth, plain old cotton gym socks work just fine.

ratatoskK
02-18-2008, 07:42 PM
They actually make special socks to wear with Western boots, such as these (http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/91877,14907_Thorlo-THOR-LON-Western-Boot-Socks-For-Men-and-Women.html) . I actually have some, they're good socks.

amarinth
02-18-2008, 08:03 PM
Yes.
They even sell special socks (which before I wore holes in them were the warmest (and therefore best) socks I owned) for cowboy boots.

Boots with no socks would be very uncomfortable.

jayjay
02-18-2008, 09:08 PM
I've never worn cowboy boots in my life but just the thought of wearing all that leather on unsocked feet all day long and then having to pull them off when I get home? *shudder*

Spavined Gelding
02-18-2008, 09:34 PM
Without stockings the whole works get pretty nasty in fairly short order feet do sweat, you know. What works as well as anything, including the fancy-pancy boot sox that western wear stores sell, is the good old Army green or black boot sox with the padded soles. They absorb moisture and do cushion your foot a little bit a good thing if you tend to stand in the stirrups.

TroubleAgain
02-19-2008, 11:14 AM
Yes. Definitely socks. Weight depending on weather and the fit of the boot.

LouisB
02-19-2008, 11:37 AM
Hell, yes, wear socks. Why would you think otherwise?

Buckwheat
02-19-2008, 12:28 PM
I like and use Gold Toe socks when I wear my boots.

BaneSidhe
02-19-2008, 12:28 PM
<shudder>

Boots w/o socks are just nasty!

Get yourself a good pair of medium to heavy weight cotton socks for those boots. To tell the truth, plain old cotton gym socks work just fine.

Yupyyupyup.

Beware of Doug
02-19-2008, 12:32 PM
A medium weight sock with a bit of cushioning is the best thing. It should also be high-calf enough to go past the boot top.

bufftabby
02-19-2008, 12:53 PM
As a young and stupid child I once wore cowboy boots with no socks. Once. I was pathetically miserable. My feet have never been so hot in my life. There need to be PSAs on this or something.

tremorviolet
02-19-2008, 02:01 PM
Oh God yes

Heh. This was my exact response when I saw the thread. I even said it out load startling my coworkers.

Wear socks.

pravnik
02-19-2008, 02:04 PM
Socks, yes. Shorts, no.

UncleRojelio
02-19-2008, 02:04 PM
But remember, white only. Anything else is just not the cowboy way.

Kalypso
02-19-2008, 02:23 PM
Also, it's important that whatever socks you wear stay up. Socks that slip down into your boots suck rocks, especially if you're riding and don't have easy access to pull them back out.

I prefer snug, thin socks with mine, because my feet get claustrophobic in tight boots (but not so much tight socks, go figure). I also like them to be a little synthetic so they slip a bit on the boot sole, otherwise I get a worse problem than them falling down: the socks schooch up my feet and mash my toes.

TV time
02-19-2008, 04:04 PM
I used to wear mostly wool socks. It just seemed right. In my opinion to go barefoot in boots is just begging for foot problems. Now remember that a pair of boots should let your feet breath a touch, which can cause a bit of rubbing (I understand city folks wear them tighter). So socks are a necessity. I have recently found diabetic socks that seem to fit the bill really well - kind of woolish, yet they stay up really well, too.

I generally won't go out without a spare pair of socks in my saddle bags (or bed roll) but then again I will wear my boots until there isn't much to them so moisture is able to get inside a bit easier than most.

11811
02-19-2008, 04:48 PM
I'm looking for a pair, and I know it's a really dumb question, but I don't know!

And if it's customary to wear socks, what weight?

Is there a particularly well-regarded brand?

Slight hijack: Jeff "Skunk" Baxter of the Doobie Brothers said that he got his nickname because he used to wear 2 pairs of socks with his boots.

Freddy the Pig
02-19-2008, 07:52 PM
Slight hijack: Jeff "Skunk" Baxter of the Doobie Brothers said that he got his nickname because he used to wear 2 pairs of socks with his boots.I don't get it. Did two pairs of socks make his feet smell bad? :confused:

DrDeth
02-19-2008, 08:11 PM
With Cowboy boots, yes. But not with Uggs, maybe that's what you're thinking of? :confused:

PharmBoy
02-19-2008, 08:36 PM
I'm looking for a pair, and I know it's a really dumb question, but I don't know!

And if it's customary to wear socks, what weight?

Is there a particularly well-regarded brand?

Jeez, I can't imagine NOT wearing socks with mine. I wear simple cotton socks, white.

MaddyStrut
02-19-2008, 09:14 PM
For the love of your feet, wear socks! Boots without socks get smelly. Feet get blistered and bloddy. And it can be really difficult to pull boots off of sweaty legs!

Wool or coolmax socks are my favorites, depending on weather. Do find a pair with enough elastic to stay up (socks wadded up on your feet feel nasty).

Carson O'Genic
02-20-2008, 05:14 AM
I'm looking for a pair, and I know it's a really dumb question, but I don't know!

And if it's customary to wear socks, what weight?

Is there a particularly well-regarded brand?

Now Hon,iffin' yer wearing kaboy boots,ya jus' wear what ya want!

Sans braggadocio,a good pair of boots won't rip your feet up without socks.They should feel good the first time you put them on and just get better.I'm talkin' boots that start at $250,with authentic Western sole.
When you try the boots on,wear whatever sock you'd wear for the boots purpose,I wear white cotton mid weight socks to work in,but a thin synthetic for dress boots,mainly to ease removal of the boot.

Cluricaun
02-20-2008, 10:00 AM
I don't, nor would I ever wear cowboy boots, but I do wear harness boots (http://theshoeplace.tripod.com/1442.jpg) from time to time. One of those times was for a quick trip to the grocery store. I was lounging barefoot in the house and just decided to throw the boots on without going upstairs for socks first. I was only gone for maybe 15 minutes, but it took me weeks to get the smell out of those damned boots. Always, always wear socks with your boots.

DrDeth
02-20-2008, 09:57 PM
Wool or coolmax socks are my favorites, depending on weather. .

True, wicking is GOOOOD. :cool:

Octalcode
02-21-2008, 11:22 AM
Just remember that the socks go on the inside! ;)

Labrador Deceiver
02-21-2008, 11:32 AM
I'm looking for a pair, and I know it's a really dumb question, but I don't know!

And if it's customary to wear socks, what weight?

Is there a particularly well-regarded brand?

Make sure you wear the same weight sock to try on the boots that you will be wearing with the boots most often. It will really make a difference in the way the boot fits. I recommend a medium-weight wool or cotton.

Zsofia
02-21-2008, 12:29 PM
I got some super-cute boots, and as far as I understand they fit well but need some breaking in. I got these. (http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/31171737/c/112342.html) Wearing socks with.

Bridget Burke
02-21-2008, 12:53 PM
Tights are good, too. (When wearing a skirt.)

Stockings or Panty hose might be a bit too flimsy. Especially if they're made of net or lace....

DirkGntly
02-21-2008, 01:08 PM
Tights are good, too. (When wearing a skirt.)

Stockings or Panty hose might be a bit too flimsy. Especially if they're made of net or lace....
Unless you wear quarter-socks over the hose or stockings...

...no, you may NOT ask me how I know this...

11811
02-26-2008, 07:50 PM
I don't get it. Did two pairs of socks make his feet smell bad? :confused:

That's what I gathered. I've since wiki'ed him and found a completely different explanation. So that's what you get for taking a rock guitarist's word as gospel.

Kevbo
02-26-2008, 11:46 PM
Most pull-on boots result in your heal lifting a bit with each step. This tends to work tube socks down, and you end up with it bunched around your instep. So avoid tube socks with cowboy boots. Otherwise, what everybody else says.

Carson O'Genic
02-27-2008, 06:24 AM
Most pull-on boots result in your heal lifting a bit with each step. This tends to work tube socks down, and you end up with it bunched around your instep. So avoid tube socks with cowboy boots. Otherwise, what everybody else says.

If you're going to spend the money for good boots,get a pair that don't allow that bit of movement.They should feel like part of your foot.Pretty much means you need a boot jack or innocent bystander to get 'em off.

Baldwin
02-27-2008, 06:32 AM
The only time I've known somebody to wear cowboy boots without socks, she also wasn't wearing anything else. Kind of a special occasion.

Lust4Life
02-27-2008, 06:33 AM
I dont know about the socks but aren't you supposed to wear some sort of a mask to prevent future embarrassment in case somebody who knows you sees you wearing them?

Ellen Cherry
02-27-2008, 03:09 PM
I have three pairs of cowboy boots, and I wear them a lot with skirts. So, I end up wearing tights AND a pair of socks overtop....except with the fancier "cowgirl" boots, which honestly are just dress boots gussied up to look like cowboy boots.

I wear Smartwool with my Frye boots. And thinnish good cotton socks with my Tony Lamas black boots, which are tight to begin with.