Choosing the wrong sock can be agony during a workout. Bunching, rubbing and sagging can not only ruin your concentration, it can damage the skin on your feet. On the other hand, the right sock can prevent blisters, keep your feet nice and dry and provide warmth on chilly days. What athletic sock you choose depends on personal preferences and exercises you do.
Choose the Right Size
If you've ever had your sock wiggle its way down into your shoe and bunch up, it's because the sock didn't fit. Have a professional at a shoe store measure your foot and suggest the right size of sock. If the sales clerk at your favorite shoe store has no clue how to measure feet, do it yourself with a ruler. Most packages of athletic socks that have a size chart on the back; find the size that matches up with how many inches long your foot is.
Choose the Right Fabric
You may be surprised to find out that cotton tube socks aren't the only athletic socks on the market. You can find socks made from all types of materials to fit your needs these days. Socks made from acrylic or an acrylic blend are good for wicking moisture away from the foot so they are warmer and dryer. Many athletic socks have vent-style technology built into them so that the feet stay dry and cool. This is a great option for people who workout indoors or in a warm climate.
Choose the Right Cut
Cut is mostly about personal preference. Some people prefer a sock that goes up to the knee or mid-calf. Other people prefer crew socks that just barely peek over the tops of their athletic shoe. If you hate the way elastic feels on your leg, you may want to try a crew-style athletic sock.
Choose the Right Sport
Look for socks that are made for your sport. Sport-specific socks give you more cushion where you need it most, almost like a built-in insole. This can help you avoid injuries and discomfort. For example, socks designed for running have more cushion in the ball of the foot and anti-blister technology. Socks designed for hiking, on the other hand, may be specifically designed to keep feet warm and dry.
Choose the Right Seam
Seaming is an important comfort factor. Choose a seam that lies as flat as possible to avoid blisters on the tops of your toes.