Comfort is very important when it comes to socks, especially so if you plan to exercise while wearing them. There are a lot of things that determine the comfort of the sock. The most important ones are the materials of choice, whether you have the right size on, the length of the socks, and how compressive the socks are. We will go over these aspects in greater detail in the following sections, but we should mention what else makes the sock comfortable.
You’re probably used to seeing regular, cotton socks, with no padding and normal seams and designs. Well, we’re here to tell you that if you really want to enjoy being comfy, you should skip out on those and go for more specialized socks! Working out in regular socks can be very annoying.
They slip into your sneakers, absorb moisture like crazy, and create extra traction that is sure to cause irritation and blisters. This is what you need to look out for if you wish to avoid all of this! Since we’re talking about invisible socks here, they really have a tendency to slip into shoes, and the last thing you need when you’re getting in the workout zone is stopping to adjust them.
So, always make sure that your socks have a tight top band. It shouldn’t dig into your skin and stop your circulation, but it should be tight enough to stop the socks from bunching up. Compression socks usually have a tight top band, which works wonders. Not only will it keep the socks in place, but it will also keep away dirt and rubble from entering your socks and causing potential blisters and wounds.
Next, you need to look at whether your socks are compressive or not. If you never tried out compression socks, we highly advise you to do so! No-show compression socks do exist, and they work just as well as regular length compression socks do. The compression of these socks will again make sure that the socks stay in place, plus the graduated compression will promote circulation, reduce swelling and fatigue, and keep the arches of your feet in check, minimizing the risk of aches and pain.
The seams affect the comfort of socks as well. You might not think too much about the construction of your socks, but we strongly believe that everyone should check the seams and stitches of their socks before they buy them! Thick seams and careless stitching open ways for trouble. Let us paint you a word picture – say you’re sweating it out on the treadmill, or you decided to go for a nice, brisk walk in the great outdoors.
As you walk or jump around, the thick seams will begin to cause extra friction, or they will just bug you too much, creating all kinds of discomfort. They will pinch your toes and press onto your skin, and there’s one easy way to avoid this – choose socks with seamless toes and heels, and with stitches that are expertly made! This way you avoid all the potential trouble we just mentioned. You might need to pay a little bit more for these socks, but it’s worth it in the end!
Last but not least, look at whether the socks are padded or not. The amount of padding you need will be determined by what you need to use the socks for. If you just need them for short walks, you don’t need so much cushioning.
Walking and hiking socks need to have plenty of padding while running socks should have a full pad on the soles! If you need socks when you lift though, try to avoid padding altogether, because it could throw off your form and create problems you never knew existed in the first place. Some socks are only padded under the heels and the balls of the feet, while others have a completely padded sole, and the top band can be padded as well, acting as a guard for our heels! All in all, remember to choose comfortable socks if you want to enjoy staying on your feet!