The Importance Of Performance Socks

When it comes to getting our kit, sports socks usually take a back seat. We might spend ages finding the best boots or trainers, but barely a couple of minutes buying new socks to go in them.

If you don’t consider sports socks, you’re seriously harming your performance. Sports socks are huge contributors to the safety and movement of your feet — imagine wearing your footie boots barefoot or the blisters you’d get running in just trainers.

Sports socks give you the protection and stability to perform at your best and reduce the risk of injury. Without them everything from motion and flexibility, to accuracy and comfort would be knocked off balance. Check out why performance socks are important sports gear and what to look out for to get the ideal pair for your sport.

 

What are sports socks?

Performance socks are essential items of footwear for anyone who takes part in sport, from professional athletes to gym goers. Just a single day of walking puts about 100,000 tonnes of pressure on your feet, so imagine what happens when you factor in running, kicking, pedalling, and resistance training.

Essentially, decent sports socks should improve your performance; providing a dry, comfortable and supportive environment to protect and stabalise your feet during intense activity and continuous movement. If you’re struggling to choose from the variety available, Trusox sports socks are currently taking the market by storm with its pioneering non-slip technology pads. These hold your foot to the sock and your sock to the shoe, delivering maximum stability and security to ensure your foot doesn’t slide inside your footwear and helping you move with more accuracy and power.

Why wear sports socks?
Each human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 12,500 sweat glands, and more than 100 tendons/ligaments/muscles. During exercise, your feet are more susceptible to strain and injury, so sports socks are specially designed to provide the extra protection and comfort you need that standard socks can’t provide. Here’s a rundown of exactly what performance socks should be and why you need to wear them:

  • Cushioned: to absorb shock.
  • Comfortable: to help you cope with intense activity for longer .
  • Durable: to withstand continuous and rigorous movement.
  • Lightweight: to help you move quickly and easily.
  • Flexible: for maximum movement of different parts of the foot.
  • Supportive: targeted compression for weaker parts of the foot to prevent injury.
  • Moisture-wicking: to trap and transfer sweat from skin.
  • Reinforced (particularly the heel and toes): to provide extra comfort and protection to high-impact areas.

Sports socks by activity
There’s a performance sock type for all kinds of activities. So, if you’re focused on a particular sport, it’s worth knowing what to look for to help you excel at your game.

Running
Good running socks should feature cushioned zones and a lightweight feel, so that they’re able to take the shock impact of pounding feet without making them too heavy in order to keep you nimble. Ideally, the padding should be minimal, placed on the ball Good running socks should feature cushioned zones and a lightweight feel, so that they’re able to take the shock impact of pounding feet without making them too heavy in order to keep you nimble. Ideally, the padding should be minimal, placed on the ball and heel of your foot, and the material should promote moisture-wicking to minimise dampness brought on by profuse sweating during long runs.

Football
Similar to running socks, football socks need to provide padding to protect vulnerable areas of the foot, including ankles and toes, from tackling. Proper football socks need to be long and elasticated enough to go over the shinpad and keep it in place, so flexibility and ability to return to its original shape are key. On top of this, football socks need to remove sweat efficiently from the skin to avoid playing in wet socks, and odour-eliminating properties are perfect for making changing rooms more bearable.

Cycling
Unlike high-impact sports, cycling is much easier on the feet. Forget looking for socks with added padding and instead focus on thin sports socks with excellent wicking technology. Avoid cotton socks, as they soak up moisture and keep it sitting on your skin, and steer clear of wool due to its thickness.

Hiking
If you’re a keen hiker, you need your feet to feel as little strain as possible to keep you striding for hours on end with minimal fatigue. Make sure you get a lightweight, reinforced sock that hugs your foot and cups your heel for optimum support. This should also help you avoid developing arch-related foot issues, such as plantar fasciitis and flat feet. Seam-free toes also significantly reduce the chance of blisters, which makes for a longer and more comfortable hike.

Best sports socks right now

Like we said earlier, there are hundreds of sports companies producing thousands of sports socks. Great for selection, but bad for making a choice quickly. Of all the varieties out there, the Trusox brand is a real standout one for us and definitely worth a look at before you buy. This brand focuses solely on performance socks, creating them for rugby, football, cricket, running, and baseball. The brainchild of sole founder and ex-football player, Jim Cherneski; Trusox is now worn by the world’s best sports people — including cricket’s Joe Root, rugby’s Owen Farrell and football’s Gareth Bale.

The internal and external non-slip technology of Trusox keeps the player’s foot secure both inside the sock and inside the shoe, which makes it one of sport’s hidden tactics. But with no formal endorsement deals and mega global sports brands paying billions in sponsorships, the incredible performance-enhancing benefits of six-year-old Trusox company remains under the radar.

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