When we first started running, we all knew the importance of a pair of shoes. We slowly learned how to choose a running shoe that suits us, but we still have blisters/blood blisters, friction injuries and other problems. It turns out that not only running shoes, but also socks can not be ignored. Proper socks can reduce friction and blisters on the feet, and even play a certain cushioning effect. Socks are getting more and more attention by runners, and many sports brands have also launched sports functional socks, compression socks and other related products.
The function of socks depends on the fabric and weaving method. There are many fabrics to choose from, such as synthetic fibers, cotton, wool or mixed materials. Try to wear cotton socks as little as possible, as the sweat wicking function is not good. Once you sweat in winter, you will feel clammy, and in summer, blisters are easy to get. The most suitable socks for running are mixed fiber materials with good water absorption, such as polyester fiber, acrylic fiber and bamboo fiber. Wool blends are also a good choice in winter. Wool blend or synthetic fiber socks can absorb sweat and reduce the chance of dermatitis.
Choose thick or thin? outdoor running socks come in various weights, lengths and materials, and the thicker the socks the greater the cushioning effect. Thicker socks do not necessarily have poor air permeability (depending on the material), but are super comfortable and have good cushioning effect. It is best to wear thicker socks for trail running (note that if you like to wear thick socks, the matching shoes should be slightly larger than half a size) . In fast running events or competitions, wear thinner socks. The reduced cushioning effect allows your feet to feel the road better and get feedback.