Socks have taken on a life of their own. Recent innovations in knitting technology and market demands for better socks have fueled a revolution in what we wear on our feet. So what is happening? Cotton is out. Synthetic is in. Here is why:
Cotton is Out
Cotton is comfortable and soft; “the fabric of our lives.” But when it comes to running, it’s practically the fabric of our demise. Cotton naturally soaks up and holds on to moisture, making it very difficult to evaporate. That moisture could be your sweat, dew from grass, or water from an aid station. This is bad for a number of reasons. First, it promotes blistering by softening your skin with the buildup of moisture. Second, that build up of moisture and sweat increases your foot odor. Third, cotton has a hard time regulating body temperature. In the summer, it is harder for moisture to evaporate and draw heat from your body to keep you cool. In the winter, wet cotton socks will ensure that your feet remain cold.
Synthetic is In
There is a better alternative! Here are the benefits of a technical synthetic running sock:
Runners and walkers aren’t the only ones who can benefit! In fact, many non-runners have discovered the advantages of running socks. Those who go to the gym, do aerobics, cyclists, etc. can benefit from the extra comfort and features of a synthetic running sock, too.
If you haven’t made the switch, ditch your cotton and try a sock made specifically for running. They will knock your socks off!
(Fritz is a valued team member at the Runners Forum. He really enjoys nice socks. Please send any questions or comments to Fritz at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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