Do you have an obsession with running socks?
But what if your relationship with socks isn't quite that simple?
If you're anything like me, you might have a running sock obsession.
Just answer YES or NO to each statement:
How did you do?
If you answered YES to one or more of these statements, you probably have a running sock obsession, like me.
Take a peek inside my running socks collection, and I'll show you:
Some people have a running socks drawer. I happen to have a bin that I use to hold my wide variety of running socks.
I like it because it offers the opportunity to quickly dump the entire contents out when...
On any given day you may walk into my closet and find that the bin is just permanently dumped out.
And sadly, when I have neglected to do laundry, I'm left with the tough choice of picking from the last resort socks (not a good feeling). That ever happen to you?
So as this is still a new year with fresh goals and fresh mindset, I will broach the sock subject in order to organize my:
I’ll try to explain my mindset for a few different types of running I do in order to tell you how I determine my socks for a run.
DISCLAIMER: If you are anything like me, this may be a fun read. If you are an ultra-serious runner more obsessed with mile pace, PRs, and finish times, than running socks, well, you may find this a seriously ridiculous read, and I would understand.
So let's say I am going out for a run by myself on the bike-and-hike-black-top-metro-park trail that is near my home.
It’s the kind of path that is frequented by all types of people:
For this type of run, I'm putting on my ‘serious runner’ look. And you should, too.
Why? In a public place like this, you can count on a few things happening when you go for a run like:
And you need to be prepared with the right running socks.
For this type of run, I'm going to wear my Feetures Elite Max Cushion No Show tab running socks.
Not many folks will even notice them peaking out of the tops of my Brooks Ghost 13’s.
But I will know that I have the premiere socks for my feet on this day, and that alone will make me more confident to stride tall and smile and wave at all who pass.
The next pair I’m going to reach for will be a great looking sock that maybe no one will see during my run.
When I trail run, I’m looking for extreme durability, along with more coverage.
That's when I grab my Darn Tough Stride Micro Crew Ultra-Lightweight Running Socks.
It's the perfect sock to traverse the rocky bramble, creek beds, and dew covered grass of the national parks I run through.
Can running socks really make that big of a difference?
Look at it this way. When I wear these socks, my ankles feeling protected, and the shade allows me to forget about any consequences of a tan line.
But seriously, a few things that make this sock a must-have in your collection...
So I've given you my recommendation for an everyday running sock and trail running socks.
But there's another type of running sock you might want to put in your bin or drawer...
The sock with personality
I'm a fun-loving guy. I love to run in groups or in running series’ where I get to know everyone. Both are good venues to show off your running personality with your choice of running socks.
My fun and flashy running socks: The On High Sock.
Here's a few things I think you should know about this sock by On. Besides performance, they'll help you:
I'm always excited to see what running socks and shoes On will come out with next!
Here's how much I love the On High running socks: I'll wear these socks with any shoe, including some casual shoes for a night out on the town! Why not have fun and maybe have a conversation starter for fellow enthusiasts out for a little reward beer!
It’s 2022 and you need to reward your feet, especially if they're taking you on some great adventures this year (like WeeViews contributor David Moore, who set a goal to run 1,200 miles).
So what's my very best tip for running socks?
That way, you can always have your favorite running socks ready in a moments notice. But if laundry is at the bottom of your to-do list, stock up, sock up, and keep on running.
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