Cycling socks are nearly always overlooked, abused and usually discarded post ride with a disdainful flick of the wrist at the nearest stationary pile of clothing. However, socks can make or break a ride, taking you to the heights of comfort, or the depths of despair.
Cyclists are prone to hot spots on their feet in warmer climes, and this rider has seen many fellow sportive cyclists clutching at their beloved feet in agony by the side of the road. Ok, so some of this is down to an incorrect choice of footwear, but take care of your feet and they'll take care of you!
For warmer rides, a good pair of lightweight socks that fit snugly without wrinkles around the sole are a must. Defeet Aireator, Coolmax and Meryl Skinlife fabrics are popular man-made options, or merino makes a nice natural alternative. Although generally a bit thicker than a man-made fabric, merino is suprisingly cool because of its temperature regulating properties and offers good odour-resistance too.
For colder rides, a thicker mid-weight sock will help your feet stay warm - merino is particularly insulating in this instance. Whatever temperature you are riding in, fit is key to overall comfort, so make sure they are neither too tight nor too loose.