Do they actually help reduce blisters etc?
I thought for £10 - £15 i'd give them a miss however if they really do help when running I might go and buy some.
I use the Hilly Twin Skin ones, and yes they do help. Before this I suffered some whoppers on the arches of my feet and on the inside of my heels, but since using these (touch wood) no blisters at all.
Well, the Twin Skin socks gave me the biggest blisters I've ever had. Not saying they're crap, cause loads of folk love them. Really it's just a case of trial and error. My best results have been with toe socks. Like little gloves for your feet. Some people hate them though...
I think toe socks would drive me crazy, but I have funny shaped toes... I use x socks and more mile socks, both of which I find fine. More mile the quality can be a bit rubbish though, I find they fall apart within a year usually, but at under £4 I don't expect miracles. I have 2 pairs of x socks that have lasted me over 10 years, so I would say are worth the money.
I think it's like runs-with-dogs says - it's trial and error for what works with your feet.
For me - I had a cracking pair from Decathlon that lasted 18 months but washing took the flexibility out of them and I had to throw them away - i've not had a decent pair from them since.
I rely on Falke socks for races as they're the best socks and mould to my foot.
Being a cheapskate I stock up on the Lidl and Aldi socks when they're available. They work for me as well as anything costing ten times the price. And they last for years.
The Aldi ones are great... I stocked up when they were out back April time. Definatly bargain at £2.50 a pair!
Yes, sports socks do help. You don't need to spend £10-15, but its definitely worth shelling out for "proper" socks. I've got Nike Dri Fit ones, about £4 a pair from Sports Direct; and some X-Socks which are more expensive but I got as a pre-marathon pressie from a friend
I've had umpteen packs of Karrimor socks from Sports Direct, 2 pairs for £3.99. In between I've tried More Mile and New Balance ones and had blisters and sore toes so strictly Karrimor for me now.
I`ve bought and tried all types. I do like my long x socks but I really like the Aldi ones. I did a marathon in them. I wasn`t so keen on Karrimor or 1000 mile. Got some Lidl ones recently and they seem ok.
Got holes in both pairs of dri-fit Nikes very quickly, but then I do have funny shaped toes, hence my moniker!
+1 for the Aldi ones - I'd pay much more for them!
Can't stand the Twin Skin Hilly ones aand the woolly ones are worse!
Aldi socks work a treat but I find that by the time i can get to aldi - they've sold out of my size
+1 for the ALDI socks from me. I like them for shorter distances and colder weather. Like everyone else has already said, they're a total bargain and really long lasting.
I've had blisters, I use two pairs of socks, I think my feet need to get used to being in a shoe, I normally walk in flip flops this time of year and even normal shoes do the same so trial and error but dont give up!
If you want to splash out on some socks designed to prevent blisters for the longest ultramarathon distance events then checkout Drymax socks particularly the 'maximum protection' models now available in the UK
I was given a pack of Ashmei socks and although arguably the most expensive on the market they are extraordinarily comfy, L/R foot-fitted, merino wool/carbon mix to reduce smell and are lasting my trail-exclusive running habits well. I even did a video blog on them but I wont upset Muttley by posting the url
the asics ones at sports direct have always been good to me. £3.99 a pair too
I have the 1000 mile double skinned ones which work OK, but like Wacky Sox for the look.
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