Whether you’re new to grip socks or have tried dozens of pairs, it can be hard to differentiate between different styles. Here are some ways to distinguish between the different ones available:
✔️ Materials: Socks are typically made using a blend of fibers, including synthetic ones like polyester or nylon, to add necessary shape and structure for the sock, and spandex or elastane, to add stretch for a good fit. Nylon and polyester are typically more moisture-wicking compared to natural cellulosic or protein-based fibers. Other fibers like cotton or acrylic, which mimic wool, are good for adding softness. Cotton is also known for its breathability, thanks to its fiber structure.
✔️ Style: The main styles available for hold socks vary from traditional ankle socks to those with mesh and toe socks to socks with cutouts or even ballet shoe-like top straps or toeless options. Each style has its own merits, so this is more a matter of personal preference.
✔️ Sizing : To ensure a proper, stay-in-place fit, those with smaller or larger feet should search for socks that come in multiple sizes.
✔️ Features : Some socks have unique features, such as mesh ventilation or compressive bands, which can help add breathability for those prone to sweaty feet or provide a secure fit for users who need more grip than others. Cushioned soles are typically preferred by most of our testers but may not be ideal for those who like being able to feel the ground beneath them.
✔️ Grips: The “grips” on grip socks are typically made of silicone or a thin polyvinyl chloride or even PVC. The pattern of the grips on the sole assist determine exactly where the clothes provide traction and stability. If you typically find yourself on your toes during your workouts, look for a pair with more grips in that area.