We all know that person who will drop over R3000 on running shoes without batting an eye but will refuse to spring for a good pair of running socks. Running in great shoes and bad socks is like buying the freshest, highest-quality ingredients and then smothering them with All Gold tomato sauce. It'll do the job, but the experience definitely won't be as good as it could have been, for most of us anyway.
It’s been said before and it will be said again: why buy an expensive pair of running shoes and then wrap your feet in low-quality socks? Socks have a surprising role in supporting a runner.
For the first few months of running I wore my regular pair and started noticing some pretty gnarly issues with my feet. So I am here to help and advise you to pick the right set of running socks. I currently use @KeepMovingSocks. They are designed to Keep You Moving, comfortably, mile after mile, adding to your running experience, by allowing you to forget about your feet and purely experience the joy of the run. Check them out on. www.keepmovingsocks.co.za.
So here are my 5 reasons to purchase the right socks:
The right socks reduce movement
If you’ve ever worn cheap socks, you might recall the feeling of slipping and sliding in your shoes, even while walking. Higher quality running socks can provide additional grip that stabilises your feet inside your shoes. The reduction in movement reduces friction, which means fewer painful blisters.
The right socks reduce moisture wicking
Speaking of blisters, there’s a lot that technical running socks can do to prevent them. Using a double layer of fabric in the socks reduces movement but also draws sweat and moisture away from the skin. When the skin remains relatively dry and has less friction to irritate the skin, blisters are far less likely to occur.
The right socks provide additional cushioning
While your mileage may vary on this point, some runners swear by their socks to provide additional padding and cushioning around high impact areas like heels, balls of feet and toes. Every little bit might help on uneven trails or hard surfaces.
The right socks provide additional join support
Some running socks provide extra support by creating a firm weave around the ankle area that extends to the top of the socks. If you’re prone to weakness in your ankle joints, like me, but don’t want to be restricted by support bandages or wraps, a strategic sock choice might make the difference for you.
In terms of choosing the right socks.. tip: it's not only about how trendy they look :)
- Consider the material
- Consider the thickness of the socks
- Consider the fit and the seams
- Check the paddling
- Check the arch compression
- And lastly, always check the length !!
Running socks a must for any runner; whether you are a novice or a professional. So when you are out looking for a pair, ensure that you only pick the best for YOUR FOOT !! We are always here to help, so feel free to reach out an ask questions should you have any
Trail Nation SA