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Best Running Socks | Overlooked and Undervalued Gear!

Best Running Socks | Overlooked and Undervalued Gear!
Updated: December 5, 2020
Posted In: Best Of The Web

The best running socks aren’t just an opinion, there’s a lot of data and science around what’s going to keep our feet blister free and possibly even feeling less tired from the pounding!

Unfortunately, we tend to overlook this piece of our running gear because the focus trends towards fancy tech gear….but guess what the right running socks have a lot going on.

Best Running Socks

Did I really just tell you socks are my must have gear?!

Runners are always thinking about what we put on our feet…I mean there are pink shoes and blue shoes and super speedy looking yellow shoes.

For first time marathon runners looking for advice I always start with the feet and while shoe fit is VERY important it’s not the only thing happening down there.

I find that even for us long time runners it’s good to be reminded that a few minutes of care can go a long way towards preventing blisters, increasing comfort and possibly recovery.

Running Socks: What You Need to Know

Skip the cotton, be ok with spending a bit more for the right technical material and fit.

A great pair of running socks will eliminate a few major issues:

  • friction (blisters and black toenails)
  • heat (discomfort, swelling, blisters)
  • moisture (blisters, swamp foot bacteria, feeling cold)
  • rubbing (blisters, raw skin)

Here are a few other key features that make them worth the price.

Look for Smell Proof Socks

You’ve probably seen the logo for Swiftwick in tons of my travel running photos and it’s because I can wear these socks for multiple days in a row and they’ll repeatedly pass the sniff test!

This means less to pack and I can take off my shoes on the plane without fear.

These are a very thin sock, which means they won’t be best for those who want some cushion. It does make them nice for long runs when your feet swell and are my go to for running all summer long.

Look for Natural Fibers

You might assume all socks feel the same if you’ve been living in a world of cotton…but they don’t! And when it comes to your running socks, bamboo socks, like EcoSox, are hard to beat.

First of all, it’s pretty awesome to wear a sustainable resource, but also bamboo fibers are twice as soft as cotton which is going to mean less friction and less chance of blisters!

The EcoSox No Shows are a go-to for warm feet thanks to the vented top and because bamboo is thermoregulating!! A fancy way of saying it keeps your feet cool when it should and warm when it should.

Ready to give ‘em a try? Use code “RunFinish20” for 20% off your EcoSox purchase at check out… your feet are going to thank you. 😉

Enjoy Some Extra Cushion

There’s a wide variety available here and though I trend towards the thin Swiftwicks a lot, I do love my Drymax socks for a softer ride.

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