The EWW and lifestyle editor are discerning customers when it comes to socks. Living and working rurally, with horses and riding on the agenda daily, it is essential to have comfortable and functional socks. After all who wants cold or overly hot feet and there isn’t anyone who wouldn’t want comfort.
Emerging brand Sockmine produce a range of equestrian socks from slightly thicker, more every day riding socks to a more streamlined competition range.
Keen supporters of the eventing world Sockmine now has an ambassador scheme including event riders Willa Newton, Charlotte Agnew and Craig Barr. Sockmine’s aim is to offer equestrians something that is practical, hardwearing and most importantly fit for riding in.
Our testers tried the Burghley (a red everyday sock) and competition socks (in black).
The Burghley is a technically designed with the horse rider in mind, these Equestrian socks boast six benefits essential to the rider whilst schooling or out on a country hack. Sturdy and comfortable these socks boast COOLMAX® cushioning to keep your feet dry and comfortable.
A Slingshot elasticated heel to help prevent slipping.
Flex lines tpo help prevent the sock bunching.
Extra thick padding for comfort and warmth.
A reinforced heel and toe for increased durability.
Comfort toe-seam to reduce rubbing.
Available in sizes 2 -11.5 and priced at £8 per pair, in a variety of colours, these socks sit midrange price wise and offer a robust alternative to many other more expensive brands.
Jess the EWW editor said ‘I tried the Burghley socks at Blair where I was on my feet all day, in some very horrendous wet conditions. The socks supported my instep and the thicker sole section meant I had warm, and comfortable feel all day. I think they would be great for winter riding and hunting, as well as general yard work. I think the fitted calf with flex lines gives more support than normal socks and for that reason means they won’t bunch up and are much more comfortable. I was very pleased and would buy more pairs for this winter especially’
The Competition sock
The Sockmine competition sock has been specifically tailored to a horse rider’s needs for dressage and competitions. The lightweight, slim fitting leg gives ultimate feel and control, whilst the COOLMAX® padded foot helps to keep your foot dry and comfortable.
A terry padded foot bottom providing cushioning and comfort
Ventilated mesh along with COOLMAX® increases air flow and wicks away moisture, helping to keep your feet cool and dry
Elasticated arch and ankle support providing optimum fit and preventing slippage
Gently elasticated rib top to hold the sock in place
Available in sizes 4.5 – 11.5 and priced at £10 per pair – in navy and black only
Our tester Nikki said: ‘I generally wear socks specially designed for competition as I have quite fitted boots and like a close contact feel. The Sockmine competition socks were ideal for this purpose. They were slightly thinner than the Burghley, more everyday socks and were just the right length to wear under long boots. I wore them during a hot and long day eventing and found that my feet stayed comfortable despite being in boots all day. The elasticated arch and stretch material gives support without being overly thick or tight. I think Sockmine competition socks offer a well-priced option for those wanting a sock for not only eventing but dressage and show jumping. I will be buying more pairs!’
If you are looking for socks that perform and are designed specifically with the rider in mind look towards the Sockmine range. Priced competitively and more robust than many of their competitors they are worth checking out online.