Boots And Socks Matter

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I keep a get home bag in my truck.

I packed it with some emergency gear, in case something goes down and it takes me longer than usual to get home. The odds of the SHTF where I live are pretty small, but it’s always good to be prepared for emergencies. Aside from mobs and riots, there are normal emergencies that arise like severe weather, floods, power outages, and so on.

One item I have in my get home bag is an extra pair of wool socks, Smartwool socks to be specific. I’ve been wearing nothing but Smartwool socks for years. I wear them to work. I wear them hiking. I wear them lounging around the house. I prefer the medium, hiking socks.

Wool is one of God’s gifts to man. It’s an amazing fiber. Wool can keep you warm when you’re cold and cool when you’re hot, even when it’s wet.

Wool socks are expensive. Well, wool anything is expensive, really, but you get what you pay for. They are very comfortable, though. If your feet get sweaty, they wick away moisture. They don’t cause blisters like cotton socks, and they don’t hold smells. I usually wear a pair twice. I wash them in the machine, and let them air dry. Mine have lasted a very long time.

On top of my wool socks, I wear real leather boots. Leather boots aren’t cheap, either, but are also worth it. Full grain leather can be polished and maintained for about as long as you want.

If you like to be prepared, and you spend money on good gear, don’t forget about the gear you wear. Wool and leather are natural and durable materials. They are tools, and good tools are worth the investment.

I highly recommend Smartwool socks, but there are plenty of other brands. Try a pair.

The gear you wear is as important as the gear you carry.

American son of the Appalachian mountains. Happily married father of several and devoted man of God. Hold fast.


  1. Walking in shoes with no support and near no padding has made my feet really dislike “normal” shoes now. To the point it’s almost crippling. Anyone know of good “minimalist” boots for hiking / tactical?

  2. I used to wear Smart Wool socks, did for years. But a couple of years back, I noticed that their quality had diminished. So I went on a search and found Darn Tough socks. They are just that, darn tough. That is the brand that I stick with exclusively, now.

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