For each sport its own socks


For each sport its own socks



The functions of the sock


During the practice of a sport, the main function of the sock is to allow an adaptation of the foot to the shoe. It serves as a sort of shock absorber and protection to limit friction between the foot and the shoe that can cause blisters. Also, the sock allows the evacuation of perspiration, thus avoiding "maceration" and the easy development of fungus for example. And in cold weather, the sock keeps the foot warm!


How to choose your sports socks


When we practice a sport, most of the time, we put everything on the shoes, and forget the socks. Indeed, it seems normal to pay more than 100€ for a good running shoe for example, but not more than 5€ for a pack of 3 pairs of sports socks. And yet, they are just as important.


Factors to consider


We often ignore it, but to make the right choice, it is not enough to look at what color we like. There are many factors to consider.


* The comfort of sports socks


In addition to keeping your foot in place and allowing you to be comfortable, the socks prevent friction, and therefore the formation of blisters and other irritations. So choose seamless models and never too big. Opt for an optimal support and therefore a shape that completely fits your foot.


* Thermal regulation


First and foremost, your socks must ensure proper evacuation of perspiration. Indeed, during exercise, your foot heats up and therefore regulates your temperature by evacuating perspiration. A material that stores perspiration and keeps your foot wet can be harmful to your health. Therefore, your socks must keep your foot warm in winter and cool in summer, while keeping it dry.


* The price of your socks


Even if it seems excessive for most of us, it is better to prioritize quality and invest the necessary price in a quality pair. Your physical effort will only be improved. So accept to spend a budget of about 15€ for the one of your choice.


* The size


Unlike sneakers that you have to choose one size up to practice a sport, socks follow the opposite rule. Indeed, choose one size smaller than yours. For example, if you wear size 39, choose a pack size 35-37 and not 38-40. Contrary to what you might think, these will stretch, and therefore can roll and form annoying folds.


* The material


As you know, it is preferable to buy seamless models, but also to avoid cotton and nylon as much as possible. Think of the more technical materials available, such as polyamide-elastane. Even so, natural materials are not to be neglected completely, or for all activities. Also, merino wool remains the best ally of the sportsman, but unfortunately represents a more important cost.


Now that you know the different characteristics of your sports socks. Adapt your choice according to the activity you want to practice. Some can be used in several activities, others are more specific. The key is to use and maintain them well, but also to change them regularly.




Which socks for which sport?


Badminton: you can choose between low socks or mid-high socks (up to mid-calf). Low socks are knitted from combed cotton, with reinforced heels and toes. Mid-high socks are a little thicker and have loops under the foot to cushion shocks.


Basketball: for occasional or regular use, choose low, mid-high or high cotton socks depending on where you play: indoors or outdoors. They have a tightening band, fine mesh and specific feet (socks have an R for the right foot and an L for the left foot).


Cycling: if you ride a bike on the road or track, choose low, thin socks. For mountain biking, choose low, thick socks. In cold weather, choose socks with loops.


Fitness: choose thin, low, cotton socks with loops. Some socks have non-slip studs to prevent slipping, especially if some exercises are done without shoes.


Golf: choose mid-high cotton socks (covering the ankle and lower calf), thin with or without a sole, with thin loops.


Hiking: the most suitable socks are cotton socks that reach mid-calf, with reinforced areas for better support in the shoe.


Horse Riding: comfort is ensured by high, thin socks with a looped interior and mostly cotton.


Rollerblading: socks are high, thick and may or may not have support zones. Choose socks with support zones in the foot and calf area if you are prone to muscle pain.


Rugby: You can choose between two types of socks: low or high socks, with reinforcements in areas subject to high pressure and areas that facilitate the elimination of sweat. High socks allow you to wear shin guards.


Running: for occasional runners, choose thin socks with flat seams at the toe to avoid chafing. Since feet sweat a lot when running, choose socks with an airy mesh to help eliminate sweat and a tighter mesh on the middle part of the foot.

Regular runners can choose more specific socks: high with calf compression to reduce muscle fatigue, with threads to reduce the risk of blisters, with specific feet (R = right foot, L = left foot) and a material that helps eliminate sweat.

For runners on steep trails, choose mid-high socks with ankle support by tightening bands, with threads to reduce the risk of blisters and an airy mesh to help eliminate perspiration.


Skiing: choose high, thick socks, reinforced in the support areas, maintaining the instep (top of the foot), reinforced in the heel and Achilles tendons. The inside of the shoe should be looped to keep the foot warm.


Soccer: for occasional practice, choose high and wide cotton socks that do not tighten the calves, and for regular practice, choose high cotton socks with stretchy bands at the arch, ankle and calf. Choose materials that allow for rapid elimination of perspiration.


Tennis: since the foot is subjected to strong pressure, the socks must be adapted, thin with loops.




And after the effort?


Some socks promote recovery. They act according to the same principle as support stockings by promoting venous return (blood circulation from the foot to the upper leg) through adapted compression points.

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