Walking socks, hiking socks, running socks, tennis socks, golf socks, aerobics socks, ski socks – there are socks made for each and every sport, and each one is slightly different. There are thick socks, thin socks, socks that are thick in the heel and thin in the toe and some that are just the opposite.
Not only do you have to worry about the design of the sock based on your sport but you have to consider style. Do you prefer knee hi socks, crew socks, mini-crews or socks with little balls at the heel? You can buy socks made specifically for women or men or unisex socks.
I have a whole drawer dedicated to socks and they are in a rainbow of colors. Although most are white, I also have black, brown and even bright pink socks.
When we were children all we cared about was that our socks did not slide down in our shoes, but now we have to choose what is important to us for each and every activity we enjoy.
Do you really need to spend that much time thinking about your socks? Absolutely! Having socks that don’t fit just right can turn a nice walk into one where you are stopping every 5 minutes to pull up your socks. Or worse, if your socks are too thick and your shoes too small you can get sore toes.
Before you buy your socks consider the following:
- Is durability an issue?
- Do you need minimal padding (which can cause blisters on long walks) or heavy padding (make sure your shoes are big enough to accommodate the extra bulk)? I prefer a medium thickness.
- Wet socks can cause blisters, so consider a fabric that wicks away moisture
- Do you prefer higher or lower cuts. I like crew socks, for some reason low cut socks always go into my shoe, even with all the technology in place that is supposed to prevent just such slippage.
And since I like to buy from companies that care about their customers and the environment I buy Thorlo socks. So go to amazon.com and explore the wonderful world of socks.
Thorlo, the originator of the activity-specific sock is a family-owned company that designs and manufactures sock products for everything from hiking to tennis. Every pair of Thorlo’s socks–from original concept to finished product–is made in North Carolina. Thorlo goes to great lengths to ensure that its manufacturing processes are environmentally friendly, while also using only recycled or recyclable paper in its packaging.