Foot Soldiers

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Grey Marle
Standard issue to infantry of the cycle revolution. These lightweight merino liner-socks give your feet a chance to breathe inside performance-fit cycle shoes.
  • X-rated elastic arch and ankle support prevents slippage.
  • Reflective stripe at cuff.
  • Designed by us. Made in Aotearoa | New Zealand.

  Weight: 70 gm

Toasty Merino wool knitted sock with nylon plated to the outside for durability. Blended with elastic for stretch.
  • Composition: 42% merino; 24% elastic; 19% lycra; 15% nylon.


Lucifers Shindigs Zig Zags Foot Soldiers Toe Rags
Fabric WindFoil™ Merino-Nylon Merino-Nylon Merino-Nylon Merino-Nylon
Warmth Windproof fleece Winter Winter Summer Summer
Style Ankle Calf Ankle Ankle Liner



  • All Ground Effect clothing enjoys a warm 40ºC machine wash. Try to avoid cold-water detergents and those with bleach, 'oxygen whitener' or fabric softener.
    • The cold-water varieties have little enzymes that are super-charged to brave the cold but can damage technical fabrics and cause skin irritation. 
    • Bleach rots natural fibres like merino, strips the dye, attacks laminates of waterproof fabrics and can also cause skin irritation.
    • Sodium Percarbonate (the main ingredient in oxygen whitener) can make colours run.
    • Fabric softener and stuff containing it like wool wash destroys the water repellent finish on waterproof and water resistant fabrics, and can cause colours to run. 
  • As a rule of thumb, a product that is easy on the planet is also easy on your body. Select a mild plant-based soap like EcostoreEarthwise or Aware.
  • Hand washing is sometimes the only option on tour, but a washing machine rinses more thoroughly and is preferable if you have the choice.
  • Most Ground Effect gear dries super-fast so hanging on the line or drooping over the bedpost is generally the best option. High heat can damage some fabrics so if you do take your threads for a spin, set the device on 'medium' or 'warm' rather than hot. A lap in the dryer is recommended for your rain jacket, after it has dried on the line, as it helps recharge its water repellent finish. 

  • Wash colours separately.

+ Shipping
  • Items are generally packed and sent the same day your order is received.
  • Costs $7 by overnight courier within New Zealand.
  • NZ$7 by tracked airmail to Australia.
  • Around NZ$15-25 by tracked airmail to destinations elsewhere in the world - calculated in our shipping cart as you check out. 
    • More shipping and tax details in our FAQ.
    Customer Reviews
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      Evan P.
      New Zealand New Zealand
      Perfect for full days in the saddle

      Comfortable, just enough padding, but still breathable, these socks are perfect for everything I do. They don't stink after I ride, and might see a few shameful rotations before I put them through the wash. I've taken these on a few 12hr days on my bike and they just make the experience so much more comfortable. My feet stay dry, cool, and relaxed in these.

      Anthony G.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      I love these socks. On the trail they keep my feet warm and they don’t smell! When I use them to cycle to work I’m always disappointed to take them off and replace them with ‘work’ socks.

      New Zealand New Zealand
      Awesome Gear !

      Another great piece of kit from GE. Warm and toasty on the feet and quick drying. Perfect for the early morning commutes! Recommended.

      Phill G.
      New Zealand New Zealand
      Comfy, Breathable socks

      Bought a pair of Zig Zags and Foot Soldiers for MTB. We're well into autumn so haven't yet ridden with the Foot Soldiers, but I'm sure they'll be perfect for summer. I've had one very pedally ride with the Zig Zags and I love them! Warm, but breathable, so my feet never felt too warm or got sweaty. Very comfortable with the padding on the heel and toe. After the ride they didn't even smell! So they're perfect for a trip away. A few days later I repeated my purchase so I have 2 pairs of each.

      Australia Australia
      Near Perfect

      These are the most comfortable socks I have ever worn. They are warm when you need but even in the Australian summer never get too hot. Thick enough to provide cushioning in my very stiff road shoes but not so thick as to remove the road feel. The natural properties of the wool also mean that despite taking them on multi day trips they just don't smell and dry so quickly. If you want to understand the entire ethos of simple but high quality products from a small focused company these socks sum it up perfectly. I only came here to order a few more pairs but got sidetracked....