6 Things To Consider When Choosing Running Socks

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Having the right pair of socks is essential to a great run.

Discover 6 things to consider when choosing the right running socks for you. Whether you are conquering long trails, or simply going out for a jog, the right pair of socks can guide you to a more comfortable run.

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1. Size and Fit For Your Foot

No one wants their sock sliding around while running, which is why knowing your sock size is important. Sock sizes range from extra small to extra large and come in a variety of different styles. It can be a trial and error process when finding a sock company that works for you, but take a trip to your local running store to get advice on the size and fit that works best for your kind of running shoe.

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 2. Type of Sock

Running socks come in a variety of different kinds. Types of socks come in an assortment of long compression socks to short anklets, as well as toe socks and no socks at all. It all depends on your personal preference.

Anklet socks, mid-length to knee-high socks, and toe socks all provide different levels of comfortability. Determine which type of sock works best for your by knowing your style of running, the amount your feet sweat, and what climate you live in. Each brand makes their socks a little different, so be sure to consider the differences in brands when choosing a type of sock.

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3. Need For Compression

Compression is a key element to helping your blood flow as you run. Finding socks that are designed to compress your foot for maximum blood flow is an important part of healthy running. Having compression socks can decrease your chances of injury as well as prevent muscle swelling. Which means, you can spend more time keeping up with your training schedule, and less time icing sore feet.

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4. The Right Fabric

Luckily, technology has advanced for your feet. Cotton made socks will only make your feet sweat and hold in moisture. Know what your socks are made of when choosing the right pair for your running gear. Materials like wool, merino wool, bamboo fiber socks, and synthetic fibers wick away moisture and give your feet the breathability they need.

Wool naturally wicks away moisture, while keeping your body warm. If you are sensitive to wool, consider using sock liners to reduce potential skin irritation. Merino wool is known for wicking away moisture, regulating body temperature, and odor resistant, which is ideal for a running sock. A mix of synthetic fibers such as acrylic, nylon, and spandex are common in running socks. Synthetic fibers are designed to wick away moisture and provide more airflow for your feet. The more comfortable you are with the material in your socks, the better your feet will be able to perform.

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5. Thickness of Fabric

Depending on your shoe, or personal preference, consider the thickness of your socks. Thin socks are good for hotter seasons, while thick socks are better for cooler seasons. By having a variety of socks available, you can be prepared for any weather extreme that comes your way. Choose fabrics that aid your run by providing the warmth or coolness that you need to make it that extra mile.

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6. Choose Your Style

Running socks come in a variety of styles and vibrant colors. You can pair your colors with your running outfits, or mix and match. The possibilities are endless. Find the right style that makes you feel confident in your shoes and carries you to the finish line of your dreams.

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Find the right pair of socks that give you the confidence to run your greatest mile.

Bethany Widdicombe

Bethany Widdicombe

Bethany Widdicombe is a runner at heart, a researcher by nature, and a writer by passion. Having traveled across the world, she continues to be an advocate for awareness and knowledge that empowers people to a better life. You can now find her running out on the trail, or nestled away writing her next article.

Portland, OR