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Are your dogs barking? It’s time to listen

Posted on October 19, 2009 in Miscellaneous Shoes and Apparel

Maybe your feet are doing more than barking. I know there are times when mine are screaming.

However, I do my best to limit those occasions, which means good socks hold a spot very close to my heart.

The importance of socks hit me at a young age. You see, as a youngster I once threatened to run away from home. My bluff was called when I reached the front door of our house, and after running to my mom for a hug, she looked in my bag to see what I had packed. Along with a few other random items, I had packed every pair of socks I owned.

So it seems from an early age I’ve been of the opinion, if you’re wearing the right socks for the job, you’ll be all right.

Take tennis for instance. I pay very close attention to my socks when I play. I wear crew socks almost exclusively. Yes, this means I have great tan lines just above my ankles, but for me that’s not the main attraction. Rather, I just love the fit and feel of a good pair of crew socks. My ankles feel naked without them. I also often wear lace-up ankle supports when I play, so having crew socks helps prevent any rubbing around my ankles.

When heading out to play or practice, rarely is one pair of socks enough. Some folks double bag their groceries, I double bag my feet. That’s right, two pairs of socks do the job perfectly. The simple reason is that two pairs of socks provide better blister protection. The outer sock can slide against the inner sock, so there’s less rubbing for the skin to absorb.

Another plus for me is shoe fit. I have skinny feet, so wearing two pairs of socks helps me fill out the width of shoes a bit and gives me a more supportive ride. With two pairs of socks, my feet are less likely to slide around inside the shoes and that also helps me from getting blisters.

There are only two kinds of socks that I don’t double bag, Thorlo Level 3 and Eurosocks Slam Cool socks. Both offer the kind of protection around my heel and under my toes that I usually only get from two pairs of socks. The Eurosocks feature a thinner, more ventilated feel on the top of my foot making them more comfortable and breathable. That makes the Eurosocks my current favorites.

On big tennis days, socks are at the top of my priority list. Before a big match, I’m going to be digging through my sock drawer, looking for my favorite socks. After all, good tennis starts with good footwork, and good footwork comes from happy feet.

Keep your feet happy. Don’t underestimate the importance of good socks.


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