Technical running sock are a key investment to compliment your technical shoe; they provide optimal comfort run after run to keep your feet dry and performing at their best.
Traditionally, cotton was thought to be the best sock material; however cotton fibres absorb moisture and hold it next to the foot often leading to fungal and bacterial infections. Studies have shown that synthetic fibres such as acrylic, CoolMax and polypropylene are better at wicking, cooling, and drying which are essential as your feet sweat during exercise. By wicking away the heat and moisture from your feet, this can evaporate out through the mesh in your technical shoes. Any sock made of synthetic fibres therefore will keep your feet drier and more comfortable than cotton.
Keeping moisture away from the foot also prevents bacteria and friction building up which can then lead to blistering. In this sense, any good technical sock will be anti blistering, but for more prevention, a double layer sock or “twin skin” will help. The two layers dissipate friction between them whilst the inner sock wicks moisture to the outer layer, keeping the skin dry and providing extra friction resistance.
Many technical socks contain anti microbial materials such as merino wool, Silver fibres or even bamboo to help minimise conditions such as athletes foot; this is because bacteria cannot build up on these fibres and they enable rapid moisture wicking. Merino wool for example is a natural, thermoregulatory material which helps keep your feet dry and cool when it’s hot and keep your feet dry and warm when it’s cold whilst also providing anti-odour control.
Every last detail of the technical sock has been anatomically tailored to provide maximum comfort during running and exercising. A technical sock securely hugs the arch and is ergonomically cut to shape around the toes without excess material bunching and irritating the little toes. Similarly, a good technical sock will either be seamless or have the seams on the outside. This is to ensure a secure fit of the sock against the foot to improve comfort and prevent the sock from moving during exercise or rubbing. To enhance comfort further, many of the technical socks also provide padding.
Cotton doesn’t hold up well to washing, easily loses its shape, and can become abrasive. Although acrylic socks initially cost more than cotton, they are an investment and generally last much longer, making them better value over time. You wouldn’t scrimp with your running shoes, and your socks are the closest thing to your feet, so why make do there?
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