Waterproof socks are not new. They have been around for ages. For
some reason, I can’t quite recall; they just never made it on to my kit
I have always had a pair of waterproof boots and a pair of waterproof
hiking or approach shoes, so why would I want to waste money on
waterproof socks? After all, they are quite expensive as socks go.
Everything changed at the end of 2018 when I decided to do the Camino
Portuguese the following year. I knew that I would be doing a lot of the
two hundred miles or so on paths and roads and I knew or hoped at least,
that I would be walking those miles in the heat of some glorious
Leather, waterproof walking boots, or even waterproof shoes were not
going to be suitable footwear for long hot days on the tarmac.
I was fortunate to have found Kipprun Trail running shoes at
Decathlon. I had spent a few weeks trying all of the big-name outdoor
shoe manufacturers with no luck. Nothing I tried on was comfortable or a
good fit for my feet.
The Kiprun Trail running shoes were by far the best fit and at
£39.99, by far the cheapest!
I bought a pair and started to wear them every day. They were
The only drawback with the Kiprun Trail shoes is that they are
incredibly breathable. So breathable that you can feel the breeze on
your toes which of course means that they are as waterproof as a
These were going to be perfect for my Camino unless it rained, which
of course was bound to happen sooner or later. Because I was only taking
a thirty-eight-litre rucksack for the whole two-week trek, I did not
have the space to carry an extra pair of waterproof shoes and, to be
honest, I did not want to carry the extra weight either. In fact, the
only other footwear I was planning on taking were flip flops which were
even less waterproof than the Kiprun Trail shoes.
Waterproof socks were the obvious answer, although it took me a while
to think of it! I did some searching on the internet and eventually
decided on a pair of ArcticDry Xtreme waterproof socks. They seemed to
have the most positive reviews and were priced in the mid-range at
The arrived promptly and, to be honest, felt a little odd. I did a
test walk to see how well the socks would work with the Kiprun Trail
shoes and they seemed fine. Unremarkable, but okay.
I packed them and thought no more about them.
I was in Armenteira on the Variante Espiritual before I encountered
any rain. I stepped out on to the terrace of the Albergue at around six
in the morning. It was dark and raining heavily. I pulled my waterproofs
out from my rucksack and was immediately thankful that I had packed my
waterproof socks with them. My ‘normal’ clothes sat buried in the bottom
of my rucksack inside a drybag which was itself inside a drybag.
I put on my socks, waterproof trousers, jacket and head torch and
stepped into the dark. It rained all day. I walked for the best part of
thirty miles, and the rain didn’t let up for one second.
I had only walked a mile or so when I noticed just how comfortable
the socks were. Far more than I had ever expected.
They were still comfortable thirty miles later when I removed them
from my aching feet. Perhaps more importantly, my feet were dry. They
were a little clammy but dry.
I have worn them a few times since my Camino, and on each occasion,
they have performed flawlessly.