Socks are one piece of your attire you might not put much thought into. In fact, it may be one of the number one things you go a little cheap on in your wardrobe. However, finding the right socks for your lifestyle and situation takes a few steps, and it’s worth putting the time to do so.
There are a few factors to consider. For one, how active are you? What issues do you have with your feet? Do you have a high arch? General questions like these about your feet and lifestyle are the key to finding the right socks.
Fabrics for Activity
The first thing you should look at when buying a pair of socks is the fabric content. Most socks have a blend of fabrics, and you will find different fabrics each have their own strengths and weaknesses.
Popular among hikers and backpackers, merino wool is so breathable that it can be worn year-round. It also has a good cushion, is highly durable, itch-free, and resists odors and shrinking.
Synthetic fibers are used in many socks. Different parts of the sock will often be made of different material for a purpose. Nylon and Lycra spandex help socks retain their shape, create a good fit, and, in some styles, provide arch support. Coolmax polyester and Wickspun acrylic and Isofil polypropylene are commonly used fibers that get rid of moisture to prevent blisters and keep your feet dry.
Ingeo is an eco-friendly alternative to polyester that helps wick moisture and control odors. Silk is a natural insulator used in some liner socks. It’s good at fighting moisture and has a comfortable texture.
Cotton is known for its comfort. It is a 100% natural fiber with a soft, smooth feel. It is also a strong fabric that keeps its shape. However, this fabric does trap moisture, so it’s not ideal for your typical athlete. They are nice for non-active uses and are inexpensive.
Bamboo is another all-natural, eco-friendly material. It’s soft, breathable, repels odors, and has antibacterial properties.
Microfiber is often used for athletic attire because of its ability to wick moisture away from the body. It is durable and allows manufacturers to create thinner socks. It is widely used in the medical and sports industry. It is also very stain resistant and maintains the quality of its appearance for a long time.
Polyamide is known as the most attractive fiber for hosiery. Nylon is type of polyamide material. It allows you to range between sheer, semi-sheer and opaque shades. It can be finished to help resisted ladder formation.
Nylon is a very strong, versatile material that can be silky thin or bulky. It is often used with other fibers to combine added stretch or or durability.
See SockWellSocks.com for more information about the sock materials available and to find the ones you need.
Size and Fit
Making sure you have the right size and fit for your socks is very important. You first need to start with your shoe size. Socks are sized in a wide range, so it’s important to note what end of the size you fall on. If they are sized for a 6-10 and you’re a size 7, you’re on the smaller end of that size and may want thicker socks to help fill in the excess space.
Women tend to have shorter feet, with a higher arch and softer skin. Women also put more pressure on the balls of their feet (because of heel-style shoes). Therefore, women should usually look for socks that have more cushioning on the ball of foot, a heel tab to prevent slippage and friction on the back of your heel, and built-in arch support.
Men tend to have flatter, thicker-skinned feet. They usually carry their weight on their heels. Therefore, they usually need a fully-cushioned sole, moisture-moving technology and a stay-put leg to keep socks in place.
For children, the main thing to remember is that children are always growing. So, replacing their socks regularly is important.
Some socks are made specially for medical conditions, while others even help prevent them. Compression stockings essentially improve your blood flow. They can lessen pain and swelling in your legs. They also decrease the chances of getting deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is a kind of blood clot, and other circulation issues.
Compression stockings gently squeeze your leg. People who wear them include people with circulation issues, DVT, varicose veins and diabetes. Others who wear them include people who have just gotten surgery, those who can’t leave their bed/have a hard time moving their legs, people who stand all day, athletes, pregnant women, and people who spend a lot of time on airplanes, such as pilots and flight attendants.
Compression socks are also used for metatarsal relief. Metatarsalgia is pain in the ball of foot. It’s not a serious condition, but left untreated it can pose a lot of risks.
Plantar fascitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. Specialty compression socks help to relieve these symptoms as well.
There are also socks for bunion relief, which help you recover and heal. Bunions is a bony bump at the base of your big toe. It forms when your big toe pushes against your next toe–forcing the joint of your big toe to enlarge and stick out. The skin over it might be red and sore.
It Can Make a World of Difference
Maybe you are a simple person who buys cheap, cotton socks for everything. Now that you’ve read this article, you know that there are so many more options out there. Whether you have simple issues such as sweating and odor in your socks, or more serious medical issues, there is something you can do just by changing the socks you wear.
If you suffer from a medical condition involving the foot, it is best to consult your doctor. Changing your socks may only be part of the treatment plan.
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