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Old 07-17-2017, 01:08 AM
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I've had to wear compression stockings every day since I was about 30 years old for varicose veins, but I don't want that to get in the way of my dreams of outdoor adventure. I went about 4 days without them once, because I was fishing on Lake Nip****ing in a 12' aluminum boat, and I wanted the freedom that other guys were enjoying in sandals.

That ended badly. I swelled up a lot, and had to lay down for several hours with my feet raised up on 3 or 4 pillows.

So, I could probably spend one day without them, but that would be the limit. On the upside, it seems that the regular socks (Kodiak) that I wear over them last forever. I can't remember the last time I had socks with holes in them.

I just bought this pair of water shoes for outdoor adventures where I'd be getting my feet wet:

Newport H2 Watershoes


What I need is an appropriate pair of quick dry socks to wear over my compression socks when I wear these water shoes.

The Kodiak socks I bought from Costco are too thick to wear with these shoes, and not a good choice when I can expect to be wearing these shoes where they were meant to be worn. These Sigvaris socks have been a real wet blanket on my ability to have fun in the water like others do, like boating, for example. I want that to stop.

I googled quick dry socks, and I got this page: The 10 Best Socks for Hiking

Merino wool comes up a lot in this list, but my intention is for summer fun, so I'm thinking these would not be a good choice.

I'm wondering if anyone here has used a good pair of socks while kayaking, or maybe walking in the water while wearing sandals or water shoes.

P.S. Your software censored the name of a beautiful lake in Ontario!! That's hilarious!

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Have you looked into any wading socks? There are several varieties out there. That might work for you. Take your sandals to the sports store and try some on. Other than that, I imagine a pair of silk dress socks would likely be the best bet, unless you can find a cheaper pair of nylon or polyester.
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Have you looked into any wading socks? There are several varieties out there. That might work for you. Take your sandals to the sports store and try some on. Other than that, I imagine a pair of silk dress socks would likely be the best bet, unless you can find a cheaper pair of nylon or polyester.
I've never heard of wading socks, but that's the kind of information I was after, so thank you. That is helpful. I have other types of socks that would work, but they are not made for outdoors activities.

Much appreciated.
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I've had to wear compression stockings every day since I was about 30 years old for varicose veins, but I don't want that to get in the way of my dreams of outdoor adventure. I went about 4 days without them once, because I was fishing on Lake Nip****ing in a 12' aluminum boat, and I wanted the freedom that other guys were enjoying in sandals.

That ended badly. I swelled up a lot, and had to lay down for several hours with my feet raised up on 3 or 4 pillows.

So, I could probably spend one day without them, but that would be the limit. On the upside, it seems that the regular socks (Kodiak) that I wear over them last forever. I can't remember the last time I had socks with holes in them.

I just bought this pair of water shoes for outdoor adventures where I'd be getting my feet wet:

Newport H2 Watershoes


What I need is an appropriate pair of quick dry socks to wear over my compression socks when I wear these water shoes.

The Kodiak socks I bought from Costco are too thick to wear with these shoes, and not a good choice when I can expect to be wearing these shoes where they were meant to be worn. These Sigvaris socks have been a real wet blanket on my ability to have fun in the water like others do, like boating, for example. I want that to stop.

I googled quick dry socks, and I got this page: The 10 Best Socks for Hiking

Merino wool comes up a lot in this list, but my intention is for summer fun, so I'm thinking these would not be a good choice.

I'm wondering if anyone here has used a good pair of socks while kayaking, or maybe walking in the water while wearing sandals or water shoes.

P.S. Your software censored the name of a beautiful lake in Ontario!! That's hilarious!
Light merino socks are actually a good choice, but don't wear them over your compression socks i think. I seem to recall those don't really work well when they get wet, stretching more or less when they get wet/cold? (You'll probably know more about them in that regard).

Just some light smartwool socks or similar should do the job. You can always just use those shoes for water crossings, and not hike in them. Leave your socks out and dry your feet on the other side of the stream. For kayaking i can't help you.
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What he ^^^^^^^ said!
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AHH, North Bay and all the surround.
BEEEEYYYOOOUUUTEEEFULLL country.

WHY not just wear your compression socks and be done with it,
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Just baggie over your compression socks and put on your shoes?

Sorry about your problem but it seems like keeping on those socks is better for you.
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Merino wool socks are not hot like you might think for the summer ...they breath.
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A brand called Vitalsox has been noted online as very fast drying. I can't say how well they last or do their job, but they are a brand of compression socks. I would assume that customer comments about fast drying would not require a degree in Soxology and could be reasonably trusted in that one respect.

At about $12 to $18 per type they aren't crazy expensive like some other fancy sports compression sock brands. They come in a range of styles and colors, so a pair might be worth a try out on your next wet feet adventure. Amazon sells a them.
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You could try socks made from wetsuit material.

Or wear compression pants. And then not wear any socks.
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Wetsuit material isn't made to wick, it's made to hold a thin layer of watert against your skin.


Compression pants are a good idea...
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I'm a scuba diver and usually use neoprene booties with hard soles for most any water activity I do.
They sell lycra socks that some people use in their booties and wear them when they change to sandels after a dive.
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I wear SB SOX Compression Socks (20-30mmHg) as every day socks to combat ankle swelling. I haven't tried them in water so I don't know how that would work out. I get them from Amazon in lieu of higher priced medical hose.

I have been wearing them for a couple of years or more. They advised to replace them after six months but they are still adequate for me so I just keep going.
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Simms makes a great pair of wading socks. Bought a pair to wear wading the flats in the Bahamas.
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They make compression calf sleeves. (Amazon Link) If the varicose veins are in your legs and not your feet, these might work so you can wear whatever socks you want to. I wear them for running because I don't like how compression socks make my feet feel, then I wear super tight SB SOX compression socks for recovery after long runs.

Edit: Just saw the OP was 2017. Hope you found what you were looking for!
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