We know what you’re thinking: Who needs to get special running socks just for a jaunt around the neighbourhood? While any kind of tattered, hole-ly sock (or even none at all) can get the job done, you won’t last very long without a good pair. Invest in a good one, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t make the switch earlier.
Socks serve two distinct functions: Firstly, to prevent chaffing when your skin repeatedly rubs against the shoe’s inner lining, and secondly, to absorb perspiration and to stop the hideous shoe-stink. Most socks are made of cotton, which doesn’t trap heat (if thin enough) and is fairly comfortable. However, it’s terrible at staying dry, meaning once you tromp into a puddle and get them wet, they’ll remain gummy until you finish your run. Moisture means your feet are more susceptible to blisters, because now the sock’s fit will be affected, and it won’t move as easily within the shoe anymore.
Types Of Socks
These are general kind of running socks available.
As its name suggests, the toe-socks are akin to a glove as they have a separate niche for each toe. It takes a while to get used to the feeling of cloth between your legs when you walk around in them. However, they’re one of the snuggest socks you can ever wear.
We Like: Injinji Performance Series Tetratsok, $23.90, available at The Running Lab.
Double Layer Socks
Remember the old-school advice about wearing two socks to prevent blisters? Well, these socks combine that “technology” into a slim, comfortable design. They function like a wetsuit: The air space between each layer acts like an insulator from the cold, heat and chaffing, reducing friction, and help keep your feet cool and dry.
We Like: Wrightsock Coolmesh, $16.90, available at The Athlete’s Circle.
Conventional thinking goes that only thick socks are able to cushion your foot strikes, but these are not practical in our humid clime. Now technology has advanced to the point where socks are now shod with cushioned zones and ventilation mesh panels – all packed into a slim, sleek package. Certain socks even offer support for flat-footers, for that extra bit of running comfort.
We Like: Mountain Designs Cadence, $28.90, available at X-Boundaries.