I have spent AT LEAST $500 looking for the perfect shoe/sock combination. Below are my observations.
I use Brooks running shoes and Thorlos Experia Pro socks. I think this combination works because the Brooks shoes have a flat, stiff insole, and the Thorlos socks are thin. I have tried other combinations of shoes/socks, but this combination seems to be the best. I can do my 3.5vmile walk without feeling pain.
Brooks Link: https://www.brooksrunning.com/
Thorlos Link: https://www.thorlo.com/
I use Thorlos pickleball socks and Nike tennis shoes. Nike are the only shoes I have used, so the jury is out on others. I have, however, bought as many pairs that I can. I have also tried other socks, and Thorlos give me the best results. I have played tournaments without writhing around in pain.
Still experimenting. With the coronavirus issue, we have not hiked anywhere. When I do, I will post about it. However, I have tried multiple versions of Astral hiking boots with different typs of socks, all with good results.
Here is a link: https://www.astraldesigns.com
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