What is the worst thing that you can think of when working out? Think really long and hard… You’ll probably kick yourself for this, but the worst thing about working out is the sweaty socks. Sweaty socks leaves for sweaty shoes, and sweaty shoes leaves for smelly feet.
There are tons of solutions out there, like “don’t workout” or “wear more aerated shoes”. The first solution that was listed isn’t really a solutions, as it is a cover and the second won’t help unless you’ve got the right socks to help prevent sweating.
What Comes From Sweaty Feet?
Athletes foot doesn’t come from sweaty feet, but the fungus does accumulate in hot, sweaty community areas such as the gym shower, the locker room floor, and maybe even swimming pools. Athletes foot is itchy and uncomfortable, a fungus that only goes away with a doctor prescribed prescription.
On top of the athletes foot jaunt, you’ll more than likely have smelly feet. Smelly feet may not seem like a big deal, but really, it is. The odor that your feet put off will not only saturate your shoes and socks, but with time your socks and shoes will also have a residual odor.
You’ll Go Through Shoes
Speaking of residual odor, you won’t be able to get rid of the of the smell after a while. More than likely you’ll wash your shoes and socks more often. It’s proven the more that you was your shoes, the quicker they fall apart; This is a great cover, but after a while, this will lead to deterioration. Quicker and quicker, you’ll be getting new shoes. This can get expensive after a while.
Don’t Buy The 8 Pack
More than likely, when you buy the bulk pack of socks, you’re getting socks that are generically made for the everyday person. They are more than likely made from cotton, which locks sweat in. This is exactly what you’re trying to avoid. More than likely you’ll pay $12 to $15 a pair for one pair of socks. The price may be a little higher, but at least your feet (and your shoes) will thank you!
You may have to experiment what works best for you, but you want fabrics made from polyester, nylon, or merino wool. These materials will pull the moisture from your skin and allow it to dry quicker. If you find socks made of these materials, great! But more than likely, you’ll find bulk packs of socks made of cotton.
MudGear Trail Running Socks for Men and Women
Made for those tough days when working out seems like it’s going to be an obstacle. Heavy duty socks for heavy duty workouts with built in compression ankle and vents for ultimate flow.
Champion Women’s Double Dry 4-Pack Performance Heel Shield Socks
The name says it all! Double dry with a bonus of arch support and a heel shield. Great for those that run or jog. The heel gets the most beat up when it comes to the up and down rubbing motion, so this is a great addition to the moisture wicking sock.
Under Armour Men’s HeatGear Solo No-Show Socks
These low cut socks are prefect for those going for a daily gym routine, the arch support give even more support as the sweat wicking fabric takes away sweat from the body.
Endurance Pro Performance No Show
Made of merino wool, nylon, and polyester, this sock is the anti-cotton sock that makes the most perfect sock for working out in because not only do they wick the moisture away, but they also they endure a tough workout.
Darn Tough Men’s Merino Wool No-Show Light Cushion Athletic Socks
Darn Tough socks are just that, darn tough. A great sock to workout in with a breathable mesh that allows your foot to breath all the while utilizing the best support and ankle cushion around.
Imosh Men and Women Sports Socks
Imosh men and women sports socks are great for those with athletes foot too. This sock wicks away moisture and has an anti-smell feature. Pretty great if you ask me! The great thing about this particular sock? They come in a six pack! I know we told you to stay away from bulk packs due to their ingredients, but luckily this sock is perfect for those that suffer from the itchy fungus of athletes foot and for those that tend to have sweaty feet.
Darn Tough Vermont Men’s Coolmax Micro Crew Cushion Sock
This performance sock allows for your best workout as it this sock doesn’t bunch, doesn’t slip, and doesn’t allow blistering. Pretty awesome right?
FUN TOES Men’s Merino Wool Socks
Fun Toes socks are easy to wash, easy to care for, and super easy to wear. They are warm for those cold workout days and allow you to stay warm without sweating your feet off.
MERIWOOL 3 Pack Merino Wool Blend Socks
With wicking and odor blocking technology, the Meriwool socks are super easy to care for and super easy to wear. They are mainly maid of merino wool, which doesn’t hold in the moisture.
Merino Wool Hiking & Trekking Socks
Love hiking? Trekking through the woods? These socks are for you and they’ve got support, comfort, and sweat wicking technology that will keep your comfortable for the duration of your hike, trek, or workout.
High Versus Low
High socks offer a more stable and supportive fit, the only down side? They may keep you warm, too warm for your workout. Being too warm for your workout doesn’t allow you to be comfortable while working out. Consider the workout conditions and when you want to workout. If you’re working out in the winter time, you’ll be set with comfort, support, and stability.
Another thing to consider with high socks, is the compression factor. If you’ve got poor circulation that leads to sore legs, muscles, or serious health risks, high socks or compression socks may be best for you.
Low socks have a benefit to them as well– I mean, all socks are beneficial to your shoes, especially when your feet sweat. But low socks are beneficial to you if you’re looking for comfort while working out. Working out in low cut socks allow you to have a the range of motion and flexibility to perform the workout that you wish. Some low cut socks have a cushioned back to adjust for rubbing or chafing on the back of your heel.
Something to consider with low cut socks, if you’ve got poor circulation, you may want to choose another option as they may not hold the support that you need.
I never realized the affects my socks had on my workout until I wore a sock that was meant for a workout and same with my husband. He has circulation issues in his one leg from a motorcycle accident. Wearing low cut socks for a workout really caused him pain after a workout. Once he found the right socks to help with the circulation, his workout routine became some much easier. Think about your sock choice before your workout and hopefully you find the best sock that fits you and your routine. What are your favorite socks to workout in? Have you seen the benefits? Happy workout!
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