Here is a complete guide to choosing the right dive socks, and caring for them, as well, and why they are not known as “sockies.”
Some divers prefer wearing neoprene socks with fins underwater in order to keep their feet warm. They can also be necessary to protect your feet from fins blistering your feet, or injury from sharp objects such as star fish or broken glass. There are several types available. Learn here how to choose a pair of diving socks based upon their thickness, sole, cut and size. First off, you will want to know why booties are known as “booties,” but socks are just “socks,” not “sockies.”
Diving socks are made from the same material as wetsuit neoprene. If you’re diving in warmer waters, you can choose socks that are thinner (the thinnest is usually 2mm). Many socks come with dotted soles for grip. Most divers use socks with fins if the fins have adjustable straps to prevent blistering.
There are several things you should do to prolong the life of your dive socks. First, after each dive, wash your socks in fresh water. If not rinsed, neoprene can become less flexible after repeated exposure to saltwater. They can also start to smell really bad. Before storing them away, make sure the socks have dried in the sun or outside. If they’re damp, they can develop mold or mildew, not to mention the aforementioned odor. Once dry, store them in a relaxed manner that minimizes the creases. If you crumple your diving socks while storing them, the creases could damage the socks’ ability to provide sufficient insulation. Finally, store them so they’re not exposed to the direct sunlight.