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How do sports socks help runners?

Update:26 Sep 2021


With the rise of the running trend, all kinds of running equipment have begun to come into daily life. Runners protect themselves with these innovative, technologically-sense running equipment and help them perform various sports better. Among the many equipment, there is one that is the most common and plays many important roles, but is easy to be ignored by us: sports socks.

Sports socks, as the name suggests, refer to socks that are specially worn during exercise. But most people disagree with it, because in many people's minds, a pair of socks can be worn for sports as long as they have no holes and are of good quality. There is nothing wrong with this idea, but more targeted sports socks are more important to us than ordinary socks.

Unlike the socks we wear every day, the following features of professional sports socks can help runners perform better when running.

1. Absorb sweat better

One of the basic functions of sports socks is to improve sweat absorption through more scientific knitting methods and targeted materials. In running, especially long-distance running, people will have a lot of sweat on their feet. Without good sports socks to absorb sweat, it is easy to cause sweat to pass through the socks to the insoles, running shoe linings and other parts. At this time, it is easy to affect the wearing feeling of the running shoes, etc., and accelerate the wear of the running shoes.

2. Increase friction and stabilize your feet

Evenly woven daily socks have a smoother bottom. Unlike sports socks, there is a special knitting treatment on the soles of the feet, and it is difficult to have a large friction with the midsole insoles to stabilize the feet. This function must not be underestimated. Many knee and ankle injuries may be caused by the instability of the feet in the running shoes.

3. Targeted thickening to protect your feet

Hold a pair of sports socks in your hand and you can see that they have been thickened in many places. For example, the thickening of the toe is to avoid damage to the toe and the inner fabric of the toe when the running shoe has the problem of the top toe; some sports socks with higher upper socks will also be thickened at the ankle, heel, and Achilles tendon. This is to avoid frictional damage to these parts when the material of running shoes is relatively rigid.

4. Provide certain support

Another difference between sports socks and ordinary socks is that sports socks tend to have better wrapping properties. Coupled with some part of the thickening treatment, sports socks can provide a certain amount of foot support for runners.

5. Improve foot feel, buffer protection

Thicker sports socks can often provide runners with good foot feel and cushioning protection. Many runners do not think how much cushioning capacity a pair of socks can have, but in fact, the cushioning capacity of a pair of sports socks is not bad. In terms of personal experience, when training barefoot, the difference between barefoot and wearing a pair of sports socks is very obvious. If you also try to run barefoot, wearing a good pair of sports socks is a very good choice, and the good foot feeling it brings will also make you more motivated to run.

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