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Preventing / repairing holes in ski socks?

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My feet seem to be particularly harsh on ski socks…

Unfortunately I prefer the thinner versions of Merino socks, particularly Smartwool and Icebreaker, and after several days use they wear through on big toe/ball of feet. Is there a way to repair/reinforce small holes without creating a lumpy surface?

At 30-40chf a pair it’s getting quite expensive constantly replacing them.

Currently on a pair of Stance socks which come with a tear/hole guarantee. Send them a pic and they send you a new pair. Suspect I’ll be testing it out soon…
https://euro.stance.eu.com/pages/infiknit?gclid=Cj0KCQjw06OTBhC_ARIsAAU1yOVqLuP9E37yWIpw_IrXP7549ZbI60BaHXdSlr17LavLMdF38N8ANukaAuqyEALw_wcB
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Is there a way to repair/reinforce small holes without creating a lumpy surface?

Yes and my Granny, born in 1900, was a master of the craft but nobody I know darns socks these days. Laughing
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Learn to darn, I guess, with a very fine wool or wool blend thread.

And/or pay less for them – I have loads of Smartwool and Icebreaker socks, but my spend limit is about £12/pair (SportPursuit usually). Though I don't tend to wear them out. I was put off Stance by their largely polyester composition, although that should make them more durable.
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Learn to darn

Should you decide to take up that challenge you'll need one of these. Been kicking round my house in search of a good home since I emptied my mother in law's flat when she went into a care home. Will gladly post it to Switzerland!!

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@pam w, I have one of those in my sewing cupboard! Mine is red with white spots on it. I regularly have to sew up- I e think I can darn - the backs of my socks where they turn in my Muck Boots.
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BobinCH wrote:
My feet seem to be particularly harsh on ski socks…

Unfortunately I prefer the thinner versions of Merino socks, particularly Smartwool and Icebreaker, and after several days use they wear through on big toe/ball of feet. Is there a way to repair/reinforce small holes without creating a lumpy surface?

At 30-40chf a pair it’s getting quite expensive constantly replacing them.

Currently on a pair of Stance socks which come with a tear/hole guarantee. Send them a pic and they send you a new pair. Suspect I’ll be testing it out soon…
https://euro.stance.eu.com/pages/infiknit?gclid=Cj0KCQjw06OTBhC_ARIsAAU1yOVqLuP9E37yWIpw_IrXP7549ZbI60BaHXdSlr17LavLMdF38N8ANukaAuqyEALw_wcB


I like the smartwool zero cushion ones and tend to buy them at 50% off in the end of season sale from smartwool themsleves. Worn one particular pair about 20+ times (with washes in between!) and whilst I can tell it's not new it's still fine. This is for typical downhill and no ski touring. Paid about €20 a pair in early March for them.

€18.17 a pop at the moment for this particular pair: https://www.smartwool.eu/eu/past-season-style/socks.html?activity=269&gender=37&thickness=730
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Appreciate that only reduces the price of your issue rather than resolves the holes themselves though!
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Bob - sounds obvious but handcrafting your toenails so they are blunt - scissors plus file - is essential for long life sockage. Ball of foot is an odd one - aggressive dry skin? If so, pumice stone. If insole is causing the problem - some heat formed soles can have an abrasive surface - treatment can be sand with 120 grit paper and treat with silicon wax.
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Wool ski socks need a certain amount of synthetic content to be durable .
The scandi,s seem to use around 20%.

Smartwool has probably varied over the years Im sure they originally had 100% many years ago ....now synthetic content probably varies .

My rules for good smartwool ski/snowboard socks when doing months in resort were cut your toenails as short as possible and never wear the socks around your digs in the morning or evening at all

If you getting holes in your socks from inside your boots then your foot might be or must be moving in the boot a ell of alot .....so its one or the other .


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I have one of those in my sewing cupboard! Mine is red with white spots on it

Ah, a Fly Agaric darning thingy, @Pamski. In my young days lots of things were darned - I was always fairly hopeless at it, and took care never to refine my skills.
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@BobinCH, I can't imagine that repairs won't leave high/hard spots that'll cause blisters ...
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A proper expert darn would be fine.... but it's a rare skill.
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Let’s face it .. this is not about darning … a pair of good merino socks should last more than a few days - diagnosing why this is happening is vital …
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sorry for this short post but its true - 1. cut toe nails 2. get better fitting boots - your feet must be moving and that's no right.
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My ski socks have lasted 15 full seasons with no sign of any wear, you are doing something wrong.
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@valais2, has it right with...
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handcrafting your toenails so they are blunt - scissors plus file - is essential for long life sockage


@Tirol 164, also with...
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never wear the socks around your digs in the morning or evening at all


plus get rid of as much hard skin as possible on the base of your feet, I use something that looks a lot like a cheese grater but it is for feet really!

@pam w, I haven't seen or heard of anyone darning a sock for about 50 years!
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It’s not the nails. It’s under the big toe and on the ball. Touring gear so clearly caused by rubbing / hard skin. Tightening boots not the answer as clips open maximizes range of motion and is just more comfortable for me when skinning.

High finesse darning is well beyond my capabilities so buy ‘em cheap is probably the solution. Alas SP, where I got my excellent Smartwool socks from, no longer ships to CH.

Stance’s guarantee is certainly Interesting. Suspect they may regret it Very Happy
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BobinCH wrote:
Alas SP, where I got my excellent Smartwool socks from, no longer ships to CH.

Annoying, but I'm sure you know someone in the UK or elsewhere whom you can collect them from before next season? Which reminds me, I must go and collect the stuff I've sent to my mum Laughing
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Do you have well fitted superfeet or bootfitter made custom footbeds ?
The footbeds stabilise the foot in the boot ie help stabilise the foot when made correctly so it doesnt move/swim as much.
If its forefoot movement on the up and you dont have custom footbeds, superfeet if fitted correctly are a affordable option

If its foot movement wearing the bottom of the forefoot sock area out in a touring application ...sometimes touring is what it is on the up and requires outside the box thinking with the very high heat generated in the boot.

I would also change socks for a new fresh pair on arrival or whenever you can ......if thats possible... as its bit of a pain.
I found it was possible during a lunchbreak and it felt so good and so worthwhile once done .



I have only used decathlon short running shoe synthetic socks but in the op,s case perhaps a cheap online decathlon ski sock order may be possible as they are probably on sale now
Might be a stop gap answer .


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Darn Tough socks - lifetime warranty.

Smartwool have been garbage in my experience ever since Timberland or somesuch acquired them.
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@pam w, I haven't seen or heard of anyone darning a sock for about 50 years!

I used to darn my school socks - over the knee things with quite a bit of wool in them that regularly wore through . Only 40-45 years ago wink . Used to get really annoyed with my sister, cos she just threw hers away when they went into holes, and somehow managed to persuade Mum to buy her new ones.
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Mrsthecramps darns socks, and the elbows in my jumpers.
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@BobinCH,
stating the bleedin' obvious (my specialist subject!) Do you wear slippers about the house? My partner goes through a pair of socks about once every few years compared to me, that gets through an entire field in Alabama in no time at all. We've come to the conclusion it's slippers. She wears them and I don't. (OK, so weight might have something to do with it to, but you get the idea!)
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If you getting holes in your socks from inside your boots then your foot might be or must be moving in the boot a ell of alot .....so its one or the other .

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sorry for this short post but its true - 1. cut toe nails 2. get better fitting boots - your feet must be moving and that's no right.

That's interesting idea. It could very well be right.

I found I had holes in my ski socks too. Granted, that's after several years. But as I "selectively" use the hole-less ones this year, they soon gotten "holy" on my left foot only! (they've all been worn down from the many year of use so the holes appear rather quicker).

Couple that with the fact that my new boot seem to have a bit of extra space on my left foot, which is half a size smaller than my right, I now suspect there might indeed a relationship between loose boot and "holy" socks!
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Assuming your ski boots fit snuggly they won't wear your socks out. Therefore I reckon you need to wear slippers when walking about in them before / after skiing?
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Might be different in Europe but here in the home of icebreaker they guarantee the socks for life. Bizarre but if there’s a hole you can go in a shop and swap the skanky old socks for a new pair. Not something they advertise but tight back bottom me has done it a few times.
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Might be different in Europe but here in the home of icebreaker they guarantee the socks for life. Bizarre but if there’s a hole you can go in a shop and swap the skanky old socks for a new pair. Not something they advertise but tight back bottom me has done it a few times.


Would love a trip to NZ but the flight cost might outweigh the savings on a couple of pairs of ski socks Very Happy
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@BobinCH, …so amongst all the suggestions, general chatter and off-topic discussion, are you any closer to:

W H Y ?

I have some quite rough (abrasive?) insoles in one pair of boots, and they seem to wear socks a little faster.
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Your foots possibly moving in the boot ie. the foots mobile ...along with other possible variables you need to read above

Why would you or anyone have abrasive insoles ?

Insoles help stabilise the foot inside the boot if they are correctly made no one puts a abrasive surface on them .

What your saying is why is my foot moving on top of my abrasive insoles ...its a circle conversation

Bcse if your foots swimming ie. moving in the boot ....your have found the answer
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Sorry but I’m not wearing slippers! Next you’ll be telling me to get a flat cap and whippet!

Extra socks on order via my UK forwarding agent!
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@Tirol 164, ….it’s just a material fact that some older heat moulded insoles have a hard rough surface (some SIDAS, and others), while some insoles and definitely the standard unmoulded insoles have a furry flock surface.
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@hang11, send us your address, we'll ship ours out to you!
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@hang11, send us your address, we'll ship ours out to you!


Awesome free socks Happy

Also, the bank here does it with money. If you send me high denomination notes, I can get them exchanged for even bigger ones!
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Try hand cream on your feet to soften the skin that is doing the wearing?
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@hang11, send us your address, we'll ship ours out to you!


Awesome free socks Happy

Also, the bank here does it with money. If you send me high denomination notes, I can get them exchanged for even bigger ones!


Laudering and reparing socks is one thing, I dont think we want you laudering money!
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Buy Falke ski socks, never get holes in them…..apart from chain rings on my MTB
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