As a runner, your shoes are your most important piece of gear for your comfort, but no matter how comfortable your shoes are, if your socks don't work for you, your feet can be a mess, especially if you're running for a long time, or in wet conditions.
A while back the nice folks at Farm to Feet (http://www.farmtofeet.com/) sent me a couple of pairs of their Boulder Crew Traditional Lightweight merino wool socks to test out.
Now to the Farm to Feet socks- as soon as you touch them, you realize right away that they are probably the softest wool socks you've ever felt. As soon as you slip them on your feet you also realize that they're probably the most comfortable socks you've ever worn. There is almost no seem for the toe, the amount of stretchiness feels just right, and the softness feels so good. They almost feel too comfy and cushy to think that you'd want to put them to the test of a long, wet, muddy trail run.
All winter long these have been my go to socks. We had a pretty mild and slushy winter here in Ontario, so a lot of my runs resulted in having wet feet, and while wet feet in synthetic socks can be a bit nasty, the wool kept things warm and comfortable. My wife felt the same way, and more often than not she'd be digging through my gear looking for these socks to wear on her run.
My only (minor) complaint is that the softness of the wool might make them a touch less durable than some of the other wool socks I have. On one pair, one time when I was pulling them on I put my finger through them where the heel material meets the upper part of the sock.
Pricing of these is in line or maybe a bit higher than most performance socks, but with their materials and manufacturing 100% from the USA that's to be expected.
Who are these socks best for?
If you are a trail runner who spends a lot of time on wet/ muddy trails, I think these are a great option. If you are someone who is very picky about foot comfort, these are definitely worth checking out.
I'll gladly pick up more of these for myself, which pretty much says it all.