I know what you’re thinking.
“Waterproof socks? Why on earth would I need them? My shoes are waterproof thanks very much.”
Well, yeah I get it and that’s what I thought too. But that’s until I moved to Vancouver and discovered what real rain was.
And, while we’re on that point, if one more Canadian tells me that I “must be used to the rain coming from London” I’m going to…I don’t know…but I will not be very happy.
Since I started up my dog walking company in Vancouver I’ve had to deal with being outside in the rain for 8+ hours a day, most days.
It took a while but I think I’ve finally got my waterproof outfit down to a T. The one part of this outfit that I cherish more than anything are my Rocky Gore Tex Socks.
(As I was writing this I realised it sounds like I’ve been paid to talk about these but I haven’t. I just really, really like them and they make me so much happier now that I have dry feet in the rain).
Why you need Rocky Gore Tex Socks
I didn’t think I needed waterproof socks until I tried them. One the first day I wore them it absolutely tipped it down. It rained. It poured. And then it rained some more.
But guess what?
My feet were as dry as they were when I left the house. Even though my shoes were soaked.
And the fact that my feet were dry meant that I wasn’t walking along Vancouver’s seawall with a moody face. If you’ve hiked with wet feet you’ll know that that’s pretty much the worst part of your body to get wet. Especially if your shoes are then squelching. It’s just no fun at all.
But, with the Rocky Gore Tex Socks I didn’t have this problem.
Rocky Gore Tex Socks are great for hikers (no wet feet when it rains), causal walkers, cyclists, rowers (if you’ve rowed you know it can be hard to keep your feet dry getting in and out of the boat), and anyone who owns a dog; chances are your dog doesn’t care if it rains but your feet will.
Whilst I haven’t tried running in them I’d imagine they’d be pretty great for trail running too.
Do Rocky Gore Tex Socks work?
To put it into some perspective the shoes I own are supposed to be waterproof shoes. They had “guaranteed waterproof” stamped all over the box they came in. It even says it on the shoes. But it turns out they’re no match for the PNW rain.
The day before I’d emptied a substantial amount of water out of my shoe an onto an elevator carpet while on my way to pick up a dog.
As you can image, my foot was pretty darn wet.
The following day when the rain was evening heavier my foot remained dry even with a pool of water in my shoe.
Here’s another example of just how great these Rocky Gore Tex Socks work. I went down the the beach and submerged my foot in the water – shoeless- to demonstrate that my foot stays dry (apart from the tiniest splodge of sand that left a mark before I got in the water).