How to keep your feet happy

It may not seem like technology is particularly important for socks, but with the range of ailments caused by wearing a bad pair — from chafing to blisters — it’s a worthy investment. Feetures! has done the hard work for you with its Elite Ultra Light No Show Tab sock, which has everything needed to keep feet happy: an extra-thin moisture-wicking fabric, no toe seam, and a design that keeps the focus on your activity instead of your anatomy.

Made from fibers that wick sweat to keep feet dry (and smell-free), the Elite sock is a minimalist at heart. Its nylon/polyester/spandex blend material is thin enough for you to forget it’s there, and it doesn’t have an irritating toe seam. It also sits below the ankle to stay out of sight. Its front and back tabs protect skin from shoes’ chafing while also keeping the sock from the inevitable slide of low-cut styles.

It has separate designs for the right and left foot to ensure the best fit possible.

Available in sizes small to extra large and offered in several color combinations. For a size chart and to purchase or find retailers, visit Price is $14.99.

Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, McClatchy-Tribune

Waterproof boots that won’t soak your wallet

Have you priced sturdy, waterproof hiking boots lately? For most good ones, it seems the price point begins at $200. But, as Outside magazine recently pointed out, the Hi-Tec Quest gives a boot that provides traction, warmth and protection for $110. From its rust-proof lacing to moisture-wicking lining, it’s a solid boot, weighing in at 19 ounces. An even better buy: The Hi-Tec Flagstaff WP (suede and mesh) for $89.


Sam McManis, The Sacramento Bee