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Katie21784 Pro 128 posts since
Apr 5, 2011
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Jun 6, 2011 8:12 AM

What type of socks do you wear?

I have recently started getting blisters on the sides and balls of my big toes and I'm 99% sure it's from my socks.  I've been wearing the Thorlo Running Socks because that's what I had, but I've never done this much running in them.  Apparently they are not the best socks for me to run in, and when I ran my first race this weekend, I heard some of the people talking about how they can't run in cotton socks.  So, I was wondering what kind of socks do you wear for running?  Do you have a specific brand that are your favorite?  Just looking for some input from some experienced runners before I head out to buy new socks that hopefully won't give me blisters!





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  • Raserei Amateur 13 posts since
    May 27, 2011
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    1. Jun 6, 2011 8:36 AM (in response to Katie21784)
    Re: What type of socks do you wear?

    I had a problem with socks rubbing at the heel/back of the ankle. I got socks that have a "lip" at the back to keep that from happening (and keep socks from sinking into the shoe). I think overall most people go with some synthetic blend of socks from what I've seen and used. I like my socks thin, because feet swell while running and I don't want too much compression to happen in my shoes during a race or run (my feet/toes would start to go numb). Good topic, I'd like to hear what other ideas you get

    -Ras





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  • altrepublic Rookie 5 posts since
    Jun 6, 2011
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    2. Jun 6, 2011 10:38 AM (in response to Katie21784)
    Re: What type of socks do you wear?

    Try Smartwool socks.  They seem to manage moisture better than anything else out there and something about wool naturally helps prevent blisters.  You could also try the Band-Aid Friction Block Stick.  It looks like a little stick of deodorant and you can find it in the same section as Band-Aids. 

  • altrepublic Rookie 5 posts since
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    4. Jun 6, 2011 11:00 AM (in response to Katie21784)
    Re: What type of socks do you wear?

    It's a breathable wool blend and since they wick moisture they keep you pretty cool.  They're also not itchy at all.  I am a sock fanatic and they are by far my favorite brand.  Get one pair, try them and let me know what you think!

  • jjohns95 Rookie 1 posts since
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    6. Jun 6, 2011 1:35 PM (in response to Katie21784)
    Re: What type of socks do you wear?

    I had blister problems wearing Thorlos as well, I now wear Balegas and have had zero blister issues since the switch.

  • Surfing_Vol Legend 848 posts since
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    7. Jun 6, 2011 1:47 PM (in response to Katie21784)
    Re: What type of socks do you wear?

    Katie,

     

    If you like Thor-Los and want to try a natural sock, Thor-Los makes Experias in a wool-silk blend.  I've worn them in training runs up to 15 miles without a blister.  The Experias are not like other Thor-Los socks, with cushioning restricted to the ball and heel of the foot.  They are very comfortable.

     

    Good luck,

     

    Surfing Vol





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  • cbuzz24 Rookie 1 posts since
    Jun 9, 2011
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    8. Jun 9, 2011 3:54 AM (in response to Katie21784)
    Re: What type of socks do you wear?

    Balega socks are great.  I didn't know what good socks felt like until I tried them.  Thank you Fleet Feet!

  • Biggest_T Amateur 31 posts since
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    10. Jun 9, 2011 7:13 AM (in response to altrepublic)
    Re: What type of socks do you wear?

    altrepublic wrote:

     

    It's a breathable wool blend and since they wick moisture they keep you pretty cool.  They're also not itchy at all.  I am a sock fanatic and they are by far my favorite brand.  Get one pair, try them and let me know what you think!

    Are these socks thick or thin?  If they are thin, can you suggest a thick pair? [bows down to sock guru] :-)

     

    ~Tory





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  • raf66 Expert 49 posts since
    Jan 15, 2008
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    11. Jun 10, 2011 6:23 AM (in response to Katie21784)
    Re: What type of socks do you wear?

    Asics Nimbus.  Very light and thin and they fit snugly to keep from slipping around on your foot.  They do a great job of keeping moisture off your foot. They are also lightly padded in the balls of your feet and on the heel, and I think they have strips of padding in other strategic areas as well.  I've been wearing them for 7-8 years and really like them.  No blistering whatsoever.  YMMV.

  • Phillip Senter Pro 48 posts since
    May 3, 2011
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    13. Jun 29, 2011 4:22 PM (in response to Katie21784)
    Re: What type of socks do you wear?

    Katie A

     

    http://ww2.sierratradingpost.com/smartwool~b~19440/

     

     

     

    Try here, you can sometimes find a deal on running apparel.  You can also sing up for weekly emails and get additonal %off on already discounted items.  Great company, and no, I'm not affiliated.

     

    Phillip

    NE Mississippi

     

    ps.  I will say that usually the heavily discounted items are sometimes 2nds or blems but I've never ordered anything of this nature that has any discernable flaws.  Also there will be sometimes a very limited selection ie. colors and sizes but sometimes you luck up and find just what you are looking for.





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  • altrepublic Rookie 5 posts since
    Jun 6, 2011
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    14. Jun 29, 2011 4:31 PM (in response to Katie21784)
    Re: What type of socks do you wear?

    I'm glad you liked the SmartWool socks and thanks for giving some feedback.  They can be a bit pricey, but they are fairly durable and to me they are well worth it if my feet stay blister-free and comfy!  Keep in touch and let me know if you come across any other socks you like.

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