The right pair of running socks can mean the difference between a dreamy run and a painful one. Many of you (and us) have learnt this the hard way! Even if your shoes fit correctly, there are still many advantages to wearing a run-specific sock, to ensure a more enjoyable run. We must care take good care of our feet! After all, it’s our feet that feel the force of every stride.
Fun fact: Each foot comes into contact with the ground 80 to 100 times per minute on average.
Top tip: Cut your toe nails before every race to ensure comfort on the run and reduce pressure as the feet swell.
Whether it’s blisters, hot or perspiring feet, or pain you’re facing – there’s a pair of running socks to counter the issue.
Here are the pairs we recommend, to remedy common problems. Partial to padding? Or looking for something barely-there? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered!
Hilly have recently revamped their hugely popular Twin Skin sock with some very exciting updates. This dual-layer sock ensures material does not rub against the foot, eliminating the key cause of blistering.
With its improved fit the inner layer fits like a glove, whilst the outer layer is now far more vented and allows far greater breathability and drying rate. The Twin Skin is 25% faster drying meaning it will be fresher sooner for your next run!
Key features: Dual-layer sock, durable heel and toe box fabric, greatly improved ventilation
Beat the Heat
Summer is coming… we hope! With the warmer weather, moving to a lighter weight sock will give you that ‘barely-there’ feeling and allow you to stay cool and comfy over long and short distances.
The Feetures Ultra Light’s tight anatomical fit ensures no slipping or chafing occurs and the patent pending ‘Power Arch’ gives you targeted compression under the arch where its needed most.
People tend to fear that a lighter sock won’t last as long – that’s not the case with the Feetures Ultralight, as its durable iWick fabric is highly breathable and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Key features: Power Arch technology, barely-there feel, quick wicking iWick material, lifetime guarantee
No Sweat / Going Long
Raising your game and upping the distance? Needing long-lasting comfort? Hilly’s Marathon Fresh is the sock for you. Whilst offering a great anatomical fit, it adds targeted cushioning in key pressure zones and takes the strain off your delicate feet. A new seamless toe construction ensures that there is no rubbing at the front of the sock, resulting in optimum comfort.
This sock is great for back-to-back sessions, as it’s been treated with a polygiene treatment which permanently prevents the spread of bacteria, keeping your socks fresh and cutting down on the number of sports washes!
Key features: Polygiene anti-odour treatment, seamless toe construction, targeted cushioning
If you’re looking for maximum comfort and like your shoes to feel pillow-like, soft and padded, whilst providing adequate support – then try a pair of the Balega Enduro’s.
Made from US Yarn, the Enduro sock has a very soft to touch feel and the Drynamix fabric offers fantastic breathability, along with plush cushioning.
Using V-Tech technology allows the Enduro to offer support to the arch of your feet and the deep heel pocket allows a great fit.
Key features: Drynamix US yarn fabric, V-Tech arch support, hand linked toe seam
Magic on Muscles
If training is starting to take its toll – congrats, you’re doing it right! To ease muscle tension or pain, and help yourself recover quicker, or train harder – look no further than the 2XU compression range.
Prone to cramping in calves? By running in compression, you will increase blood flow to the working muscles and by promoting circulation, allow your legs to work harder and recover quicker.
The seamless construction and the high wicking filament allows you to stay cool and dry. Racing abroad? This sock also offers UPF 50 so keeps you protected from the sun.
Key features: PWX compression fabric, superior knit structure, UPF 50, antibacterial treatment.
Price: Was £35 | Now £30!
Treat your feet to high-tech socks! It’s oh so worth it!