During packet pickup for my last 5K race, I decided to treat myself to a new pair of running socks. After perusing the rack and getting the input from the sales associate, I pick a pair that appealed to me, truthfully, based on color alone. They are a brand called Feetures. I have small feet, although somewhat Fred Flintstone-like, so I grab size small and pay for them. 5K race, done, no problem.
The next time I wear the socks, I notice they feel a little tight on my toes but attribute that to them being brand-spanking new. I keep yanking on the toes of the socks to give my tootsies breathing room before stuffing the Fred’s into my shoes. Next run, done, no problem. Back at home, as I’m relaxing, I look down at my feet and see this:
When I first started running, I just wore whatever socks were in the sock drawer. I quickly discovered that you don’t want to wear just plain old cotton socks. I had problems with the Costco footie socks sliding off my foot inside the shoe and also giving me blisters. The new synthetic materials that socks are made of are designed to wick moisture, which apparently is the preemptive measure for blister avoidance. I think it’s mainly a ploy to get your money, but in the end I do have to admit that if the feet that are plodding me along are happy, it is worth the extra dollars to make sure they are comfortable and outfitted in the latest, lightweight tech material. And in my mind, it makes me so much faster to boot!
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