Whether you’re running a marathon, playing basketball, hiking --you name it, make sure you are choosing the socks that will help your feet in the long haul! The best materials to be on the lookout for include:
Coolmax is a moisture-wicking technical fabric developed by DuPont in 1986. Best used during extreme physical exertion and in combination with other materials to provide warmth.
Nylon or Polyamide is a lightweight polymer fabric that is extremely strong, easy to clean, and resistant to heat and water, meaning there’s a decreased chance for blisters to form!
Polyester is a synthetic fabric that is quick drying, strong whether wet or dry, wrinkle resistant and easy to clean. It is more breathable and absorbent than nylon.
Spandex is a synthetic fabric that can be stretched more than 500% without breaking. It is stronger and more durable than rubber yet lightweight, soft, easy to clean and provides an excellent combination of comfort and fit without bagging or sagging.
Wool (Merino, Mohair, Other) is an exceptionally soft, durable natural fiber that keeps the body at an even temperature by insulating instead of trapping heat. Wool keeps you cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather. Superior breathability and wicking properties prevent clamminess and blisters! The natural elasticity of wool fibers allow garments to stretch and then return to their original shape, preventing sagging, bagging and irritations that can often lead to blisters.
Blisters thrive in warm and wet environments, so the cooler and dryer your feet remain, the better!