Praise be to Allaah.
It is not essential in order for it to be permissible to
wipe over the socks that one should have the intention. If a person puts
on socks when he is in a state of purity, then he may wipe over them for
one day and one night if he is not travelling and for three days and
nights if he is travelling. For information on the conditions of wiping
over the leather slippers and socks, please see the answer to question
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen was asked: Is it essential, in order
for it to be permissible to wipe over the leather slippers, that one should
have the intention of wiping over them and also the intention of the period
(during which one will wipe over them)?
He replied: In this case the intention is not required,
because this is a matter in which the ruling has to do with having socks on,
and it does not require an intention. Similarly, if a person puts on a
garment, it is not essential to have the intention of covering the ‘awrah
during prayer, for example. And when putting on the leather slippers, he
does not have to intend to wipe over them or to intend a period for which he
will do that. Rather if he is travelling, he may wipe over them for three
days and nights whether he intends that or not, and if he is not travelling,
he may wipe over them for one day and one night, whether he intends that or
not. End quote.
Majmoo’ Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen,
And Allah knows best.