Performance running socks
Performance running socks – Are they worth it?
Any sock will do …right? Many of us cringe when we see the price of a performance running sock and the thought of they can’t be better than my good ol’ cotton socks – can they? Your running sock choice can be the difference between a comfortable, pain-free run and a painful one. Wearing the wrong type of socks can lead to foot blisters, chafing, corns, and other issues. Ask anyone who has made the leap of faith to a performance running sock and they will tell you how something as simple as sock choice can transform your running experience.
Gone were the days of ill fitting cotton socks, pooling moisture and forcing your feet to sweat more. Today’s performance running sock is anatomically manufactured to fit your left and right foot and wick moisture away from your sweaty feet, keeping them dry and comfortable throughout your run.
Benefits of performance vs cotton sock
|Anatomical fit||Designed to fit your left and right foot adhering to your foot's natural contours.||Does not follow form or shape of foot.|
|Heat management||Lightweight fabric allows foot to breathe and keep cool.||Heavy dense fabric does not allow adequate breatheability.|
|Moisture management||Wicks moisture away from the skin||Pools sweat and moisture on skin|
|Blister prevention||Dual layer socks reduce friction induced blisters and chaffing.||No blister prevention properties are available|
|Cushioning||Enhanced cushioning in the areas specific to running. ie: Heel and forefoot cushioning||More fabric around entire foot, causing excessive heat buildup and tighter shoes.|
|Clumping/Bunching||No excess material. Fits firmly over the foot like a second skin||Excess fabric can bunch and cause hot spots.|
TIP: Try on shoes with the socks you’re going to be running in to ensure best fit
There are a myriad of different types of socks available, from thick and padded, or socks that fit like a second skin through to toe socks and compression socks and a wide range of colours to suit your running mood. Your choice will depend on what you are looking for in a sock. If you have never had a performance running sock, try something similar in thickness to what you are currently wearing. Don’t be afraid to try different thicknesses, high/low cut and brands to find out what you like best.
Brands we stock
Ready to transform your run? At intraining Running Centre, we have a wide variety of performance running socks available to choose from. Still not sure, chat to our friendly staff or visit us in store so we can help you select the sock that will rock your running world.