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Billy1514 Rookie 2 posts since
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Jan 27, 2010 9:26 AM

Running socks?

Im currently running in the nike running socks however they are pilling and the seems at the toe can be quite trying. They've been causing a lot of heat lately as well.  I wash them in the gentle cycle and very low heat in the dryer with the delicates.  Is there a better type of running sock i should try?  I've seen underarmor running socks and starter in my area. suggestions?  Also ive been hearing/reading about petrolium jelly on the feet.... ?

  • AUWalker Expert 38 posts since
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    1. Jan 27, 2010 9:47 AM (in response to Billy1514)
    Re: Running socks?

    Adidas makes several decent models that I like. My local Costco carries one of the versions (note, they have a running sock, and a footie/"no show" athletic sock with the same/similar color scheme, so make sure you get the running sock). The other adidas sock I like, I just picked up at a Fred Meyer (similar to Walmart if you don't have them where you live). As the previous mentioned sock, I don't know the exact name, I think it's something to do with heat control (coolmax etc).  These all sell for $12 or less for a pkg of 2-3 pair.

    In both cases they are fairly cheap yet durable.

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  • rbird Legend 1,073 posts since
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    2. Jan 27, 2010 10:36 AM (in response to Billy1514)
    Re: Running socks?

    I use Thorlo and Wigwam.  I bought both brands at Sports Authority.


    Thorlo is by far my favorite.  I have one pair that is several years old and not showing any signs of wear and I don't give them any special care or washing.

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    3. Jan 27, 2010 11:23 AM (in response to Billy1514)
    Re: Running socks?

    my personal favorite socks are the baluga socks. They are by far the most comfortable (and cushioned) socks that I have tried.


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  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,539 posts since
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    4. Jan 27, 2010 12:10 PM (in response to Billy1514)
    Re: Running socks?

    I have a bunch of Thorlos crew and mini-crew, which I like but they're not cheap ("Light Running" which are a little thinner than their standard running socks).  Some of my Thorlos are eight years old though, so they wear well. I also have a couple pair of Injinji toe socks, very nice, thinner than the Thorlos and more expensive.  They help to minimize blisters.  And I have a variety of other socks of unknown pedigree.




  • gatorman10 Legend 242 posts since
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    6. Jan 27, 2010 4:50 PM (in response to Billy1514)
    Re: Running socks?

    I use the THICK Thorlos.  They last a LONG time and no issues with blisters for me since.

  • NgoWay Jose Rookie 3 posts since
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    7. Feb 14, 2010 10:17 PM (in response to Billy1514)
    Re: Running socks?

    I second the Balega Socks suggestion.  This brand offers a couple of different lengths, and choice of thin, medium, thick.  They are so comfortable; they keep their form, and they stay in place.  I don't run in any other brand of socks.  They generally cost between $7 or $8 but they are very durable; I only wear them to run and they've lasted at least three years.  I have tried Injinji's in the past, and I like them, but not as much as Balega.  I still use the Bodyglide or petroleum jelly on my feet during long runs; don't know if I need to, but better safe than sorry.

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    8. Feb 14, 2010 10:45 PM (in response to Billy1514)
    Re: Running socks?

    You can get socks from your local running store,  TJ Maxx or EBAY


    I use Asiac compression socks/footi and I have had no more foot problems.


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  • Haselsmasher Legend 538 posts since
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    9. Feb 17, 2010 10:02 PM (in response to Billy1514)
    Re: Running socks?

    Smartwool.  I love them.  They're not cheap, but they are fantastic.

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  • jcrule Amateur 228 posts since
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    10. Feb 26, 2010 11:34 AM (in response to Billy1514)
    Re: Running socks?

    I've heard alot of good things about smartwool lately.  I have the Nike running socks.  I love the compression, but the toe area is so small...even for the mens 8-12's.  My little toes hurt so bad.


    I've actually been wearing these lately and I'm really liking them:  WrightSocks.  I love the tab socks also.  If I wear the no-see-ums my skin gets peeled off.  Ouch!


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  • hkay Rookie 2 posts since
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    11. Mar 14, 2010 7:26 PM (in response to Billy1514)
    Re: Running socks?

    I love the Smartwool phd light weight running socks.  They wick, and comfortable and last a very long time.  I love them!  I have recently started trying Wright Socks. They are also veyr nice.  They do not seem to wick as well as Smartwool, but they have a double layer of fabric on the toes which seems to be helping with blisters that I repeatedly get on the tips of my toes. 


    Every time I head to a running store, there seems to be a new brand out there. But I have found that the extra money is usually worth it.


    Good luck!

  • scotjs008 Rookie 1 posts since
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    12. Mar 14, 2010 7:26 PM (in response to Billy1514)
    Re: Running socks?

    I wear Champion High Performance - they wear and wash great -good cushion and absorb sweat nicely.

  • how2runfast Legend 207 posts since
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    13. Mar 15, 2010 3:58 AM (in response to Billy1514)
    Re: Running socks?

    I run in Thorlos in warm weather and Smart Wool Adrenaline Light Mini Crews in the winter.  I use Body Glide on my feet to prevent blisters on long runs.


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  • eyemkeith Rookie 6 posts since
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    14. Mar 15, 2010 1:59 PM (in response to Billy1514)
    Re: Running socks?

    I picked up a couple of pairs of "Feetures'' socks from my local running store. They're the first running sock I've tried, so I don't know how all of you think they stack up, but I gotta say I'm in love with them.

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