@ckoei – Yep! Those are the offending hose! To be honest they start off being quite comfortable, but the gradual descent of the tops allows the heels to bunch under my feet, becoming quite painful when my ravaged nerves manage to catch up with events. What I generally do now is only wear them whilst I’m out on the coldest days in winter, reverting to sheepskin slippers and comfortable socklessness as soon as I return home. One of the few joys of being ‘economically inactive’! The trouble with welly socks for me would be that they’re mostly woollen and I can’t wear wool next to my skin, only cotton or polycotton.