LOWA 4-Season Pro Boot Socks are probably best described as ‘technical’ as their construction offers extra cushioning and support, writes Bob Morrison.
I am diabetic and because of this I have to take additional care of my feet to due to the risks of peripheral neuropathy and vascular disease, which is why I wear decent boots all the time along with good quality socks; these 4-Season Pro Boot Socks from LOWA definitely fall into the latter category.
Many years ago my colleague Mike Gormley, who along with with wife Jean spends a lot of his leisure time hiking or trekking, introduced me to the natural anti-bacterial and anti-odour properties of Merino wool and as a result I only wear socks which contain at least some of this soft wool type throughout the winter or when off on assignments. These 4-Season Pro socks from LOWA incorporate 20% Merino in their complex construction which also includes 25% polyamide, 22% poly-acrylic,19% polypropylene, 12% polyester and 2% elastane.
Designed for both strength and comfort, these 4-Season Pro Black Boot Socks from LOWA also support the feet and thereby help improve the performance of their target wearers in the blue light and military professions. Padded sections support the ankle, the midsole, and around the heel (to protect the Achilles tendon) and there are ventilation zones along the length of the footbed to reduce overheating. They also have a 35mm (1.5”) deep double thickness stretchy ‘comfort cuff’ at the top to keep them at full mast.
Produced in three sizes ~ EU41–42, 43-44, 45-46 or UK7-8, 9-10, 11-12 ~ the 4-Season Pro socks are available in Black, Coyote, Desert or Ranger Green colourways. I have been wearing the Black version, in ambient outdoor temperatures between -2°C and +14°C for a good couple of weeks (hand-washed after a week) to check them out for both comfort and anti-odour properties and found them to live up to expectations.
Although described as being four season socks, I suspect I would also wear thin liner socks with them if on winter assignment in the Baltic Region or Norway etc., but for everyday UK use in early winter I have had no issues with them so far. I also have a pair of the Desert colourway LOWA 4-Season Pro Boot Socks, which are exactly the same construction as the Black socks, but at time of writing I have been unable to take these off to warmer climes to see how they perform in a hot arid environment; however if/when COVID-19 travel restriction relaxations allow resumption of hot and arid theatre assignments I’ll bring you an update on how they perform in the warm.
[images ©Bob Morrison]