All to often the importance of proper running socks is overlooked when choosing footwear for your endurance running.
|Pitted Keratolysis - sweat!|
At this stage we should all be aware of the importance of correctly fitting a running shoe, but did you realise that the socks are just as important?
Cotton socks are a no, no. The cotton absorbs sweat, retaining it close to the skin, softening the skin (making your feet clammy) and being the primary cause of 'hot feet' and blistering.
Don't run in cotton socks!
|My personal favourite|
The most important factor about choosing your socks is to get the size right. Most will come back a little in size with washing so be sure to have wiggle room (sorry about the pun!) by going up a size. This will also mean that your toes will not be constrained by the socks, which can also be a contributing factor to runners toenails and subsequent loss of said nails.
My own personal favourite is the Mizuno Biogear range of socks which feature Drylite moisture management and a really comfortable band of support around the arch & plantar areas of the foot. An expensive sock, but not as costly as losing toenails or developing blisters in a marathon.