Generally, dive socks are worn when using swim fins or full foot fins, as they alleviate the rubbing against your feet and protect you from blisters. However, many divers wear socks underneath wetsuit booties as well. Even the boots that fit well may leave raw spots on the diver's ankles if used frequently. Wearing socks with your dive booties can prevent this problem and make diving more comfortable. What’s more, the socks will also provide an extra layer of thermal protection.
Some dive socks come with a rubberized textured sole, multi-panel construction, antimicrobial treatment that reduces odors, inner lining, etc. As for the material, you can choose between socks made from Neoprene or Lycra.
Neoprene is the material used for the majority of dive wear. Neoprene socks create a comfortable seal around your ankle and enhance heat insulation. They also provide better protection when walking around on the sand or on small stones. Neoprene socks, just like boots, come in different thicknesses, usually from 1mm to 5mm. The most popular and practical choice for divers, who simply want a thin protective layer between their feet and fins are 3mm wetsuit socks.
Lycra socks, on the other hand, don’t provide as much protection and insulation. However, due to the fact that Lycra, the material often used in sportswear, is very stretchy, the sock is more comfortable and easier to slip on.
Overall, dive socks are an effective and usually inexpensive way to shield your feet against scrapes and stings, as well as provide some thermal protection. At DIPNDIVE you will be able to find a variety of both Lycra and Neoprene dive socks in different colors and sizes.