Blisters can be the bane of any runner!
But something as simple as purchasing a pair of anti blister running socks can make an enormous difference on the frequency and intensity at which you might experience a blister.
After having experienced many blisters firsthand after running, and I know how it feels (*big ouch).
Therefore if you are experiencing a blister, you have my condolences however you are not alone.
Research shows that over 50% of runners have suffered from blisters at some point in their careers.
to reports, the major cause of blistering in the feet of runners is
friction - more precisely friction between the skin of your foot and
your running shoe. (Here's a guide to the best running shoes for marathoners.)
Socks are meant to be the shield that reduces friction and prevents your feet from blistering, but the bad news is not all socks are built with the features to carry this out.
So, getting socks with the right features to reduce this friction while you run is a top priority if you want your feet to stop suffering blisters.
And to that effect, I have saved you the stress and taken the time to make a proper collection of some of the best running socks you can use to prevent your feet from blistering while you run, and here they are!
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My top 3 picks are first!
Now, let us take a proper look at each of these socks.
My top choice anti-blister socks is the Balega Unisex Blister-Resistant Quarter Athletic Running Socks.
I have used Balega socks to run for a long while and I can confidently say they are one of the best if not the best anti blister running socks for blister-free running.
These socks are built with a combination of mohair, Drynamix, nylon, microfibre, and elastane materials to regulate the temperature of your feet and keep it cool despite the weather condition, and prevent the skin of your foot from suffering blisters.
And all thanks to the moisture-wicking fibers that the Drynamix material is built with, the socks are well-ventilated and keep your feet dry and non-sweaty at all times.
In addition, they are built with a high heel tab and a seamless toe box to prevent chafing on the top of the foot and minimize the friction between your foot and your running shoe.
They also have a wide arch band for more arch support, compression, comfort, and snug fit.
Furthermore, they have an additional deep heel pocket to hold them firmly to your feet and prevent them from moving down into your running shoe. They also have padding on the bottom of the sock just like the Balega Hidden Comfort socks.
Their shrink-resistant mohair fibers are properly cushioned to ensure your feet remain comfortable no matter how long your run and to ensure that they last for a long time.
Although some people consider it to be expensive, it is worth every penny that you spend on it and that is why it is nearly impossible to see a bad review from anyone who has used them for either running or walking purposes.
Aside from the blister-resistant prowess of these socks, they are built with unique technologies in the right places to ensure all-around comfort, and protection while you run.
The 3D dots on these ankle socks are not just for beautification. They are incorporated with a gripping technology that holds your feet in firmly and prevents the socks from slipping or slipping down your running shoe.
In addition, this technology improves the cushioning of the sock, making it more comfortable, improving its traction, and ensuring it absorbs impact effectively.
The back of these mini-crew socks is adequately padded to shield your Achilles tendon from blisters and abrasion. They also have a seamless toe box that prevents chafing, irritation, and blisters while you run.
Besides that, they also have a unique moisture-wicking technology that expels sweat from your feet and keeps them light, dry, and stink-free.
This technology is complemented by thin breathable mesh panels that create airflow and keep your feet at the right cooling temperature even when you run, walk, or work out for the whole day.
Lastly, these athletic socks have an anatomical fit that differentiates the left foot from the right foot.
If you are looking for a low sock that prevents chafing, and blisters effectively then this is the perfect pair of anti-blister running socks for you.
These socks are built with 47% recycled polyamide, breathable fabrics that regulate the temperature of your feet to the optimum, and superbly soft fabric that has double layers that rub against each other and hence prevent friction between your feet and your running shoe.
The fabrics of this lightweight sock are accompanied by a moisture-wicking material that removes sweat and any form of moisture from your feet, making it perfect for all-day wear.
In addition, these ankle socks grip your mid-foot area firmly to prevent it from slipping down your running shoe and have an ergonomic fit for both the left and right foot to ensure your feet are comfortable and your toes don't bunch.
They also have adequate cushioning for extra support, a high tab just above their heel area for protection against blisters, and reinforcement in certain areas to ensure that they last for a long time.
These socks have all the features that the right running socks for anti-blistering should have and more. The good news is, you do not need to break the bank to get them as they go for a very affordable rate.
AKASO Unisex Quarter Athletic Running Coolmax Socks are built with ribbed support to protect your feet from blisters, bunching, and slipping. They also have enhanced arch support for maximum comfort.
They also have cushioned protection to absorb the shock and impact of every step your feet take and prevent them from slipping down your running shoe.
The DuPoint Coolmax fiber material which they are built with makes it breathable and expels moisture from your feet, keeping it dry at all times, no matter the weather condition.
Not to forget their seamless toe box design which prevents chafing, and irritation and ensures they fit securely. And the L and R inscriptions which differentiate the left foot from the right foot of the socks, for a great fit and reduction in friction.
In addition, they have a deodorizing treatment technology that removes bad odor from your feet and keeps them fresh at all times.
This is the second running socks from the Balega brand on this list, and despite being built with similar materials and features as the one reviewed earlier, these socks stand out for their efficiency in preventing blistering and discomfort during and after long runs.
With these socks, you can run 5 to 10km either indoors or outdoors and your feet will still feel very comfortable with no trace of blisters, pain, or sore feet.
In addition to this, they have a very stylish look, adequate padding, and offer light support to your arch. They also give your feet a soft feeling and fit like a glove.
if that was not enough, these socks are also shrink-resistant, and
stand the test of time. Unlike regular socks, despite washing them
repeatedly, they still maintain top performance and shape.
This pair of anti blister running socks is actually a knee-high sock from the renowned Zensah brand.
One standout feature about these socks is that they not only resist blisters but also stimulate blood circulation in your feet after long runs and other strenuous activities, to ensure they recover quickly and properly.
The material which they are made up of, have moisture-wicking abilities, to keep your feet dry at all times. And for enhanced comfort, they have an anatomical buildup to specifically fit your left and right foot.
These socks are also your go-to socks if you need socks to help keep your feet pain-free despite standing for a long time.
And although these socks are styled like women's socks, they are actually unisex and can also be used by men too.
These athletic running socks from the Dimok brand are seamless and have unique padding on their heel and toe regions to prevent your feet from suffering from blisters and sweaty feet.
They absorb moisture in a unique manner and ensure that your feet stay fresh despite the sweat that accumulates on them. They also offer maximum support and comfort to your feet.
Plus, they have a high tab on their heel area that holds them firm to your feet, and an elastic band that prevents them from slipping into your trainers.
They are also versatile and can be used for either short or long trail runs, and when you are not using them for racing, you can style them with your casual wear and they will maintain a great look.
Finally, these socks are complemented with stylish looks.
One of the major factors which determine whether a pair of socks can prevent your feet from blistering or not is the material it is made with.
First, ensure that the material is made up of quick-drying fabric which can expel sweat and prevent you from having sweaty feet as you run.
Cotton socks are renowned for holding moisture for a long time, and wicking moisture slower than socks made with a moisture-wicking material such as merino wool, and this can cause your feet to have blisters in warm weather conditions and iciness in cold weather conditions.
So, ensure if you are looking for anti-blister socks, you should avoid getting one made with cotton material, and go for one that is made with synthetic materials that can wick moisture away swiftly and properly, and allow you to enjoy both short and long runs.
Next, ensure you check the thickness of the material that the socks are made up of.
Thick socks are usually less breathable than thin socks but offer more warmth for your feet while running in wet weather conditions, extra padding in the arch of the foot, forefoot, and heel regions, and hence provide more protection.
However, if you put them on while running for long distances, especially during warmer weather conditions, then your feet will sweat more and will be at a high risk of suffering from hot spots and blisters.
So, if you need socks that offer more warmth to use for wet runs, and winter runs, then the best option will be to go for a thicker sock, but if you are looking for a sock that offers more breathability, that you can use in the warmer weather then you should go for a thinner sock. It all draws down to personal preference, and the purpose the sock is meant to solve.
The durability of the socks will also be determined by the material which it is made up of, so ensure you put it into consideration if you want to use the socks you will get, for a long time.
While running, your socks undergo abrasion with running shoes, and if it doesn't have a good amount of durable materials added in areas such as the Achilles, heel area, and forefoot, they tend to wear out more often and start showing signs of wear shortly after you use them and you will need to get a new sock in a shorter period of time.
So, if you want a pair of socks that will last for a longer period, then ensure you get one that has a reasonable amount of polyester and nylon materials added to its inner layer to effectively prevent abrasion that will make it wear out swiftly.
Note: The addition of materials in the inner layer of a sock will cause thickness on its outer layer. So, if you are looking for durable socks, then you will most likely go for thick socks.
Runner socks are either made with light or heavy cushioning and which one you should choose depends on a few factors.
Socks with heavy cushioning do a great job of preventing your feet from suffering from painful blisters and the most impact when you go on trial runs in rocky areas.
All thanks to the double layer it is built with, it offers your feet extra cushioning and padding but also makes it difficult for it to fit you properly.
However, they do not dry off sweat quickly from your feet when you are running, and this makes them a great option for running in cold conditions but not warmer climates. (Here's also a guide on the best face and neck wraps for running in cold weather.)
Socks with light cushioning, on the other hand, are best for runs on soft trails and do not prevent your feet from blistering, but do a great job of drying off sweat quickly from your feet while you run in hot weather conditions.
This type of sock gives your feet a lightweight feel and gives you more space in your running shoes.
Do you know that running in socks that do not fit you properly can also cause toe blisters? If you didn't, now you know.
Running in socks that are smaller than your shoe and feet size will cause your toes to bunch hence causing them to suffer blistering and be unable to engage while you stride.
Also, running in socks that are bigger than your shoe and feet size can make your mid-foot and heel bunch and cause blisters, a situation which I believe you wouldn't want to experience.
So, the best option is to check out the different sizes of socks and get the right socks to fit your running shoe and your feet size.
You should also ensure that the socks are the right size and gives you a comfortable fit before you go out for the next run.
Before choosing an
anti-blister sock, ensure it doesn't have seams. Seams are small
particles from socks that produce a large amount of discomfort.
Seams can cause chaffing, and make your feet feel uncomfortable while you run long distances, as they rub on your feet in an irritating way.
These seams are usually located in the heel and toe areas, so ensure you get socks with seamless toe and heel areas, or flat seams which wouldn't irritate your feet while you run.
Socks come in different lengths which means there are pros and cons, so it is hard to say which specific height of socks you should go for while looking for the best socks to help prevent your feet from blistering.
Sock length varieties include no-show socks, and show socks such as crew socks, ankle socks, and knee socks.
However, in terms of the prevention of blisters, long compression socks do a better job than other sock lengths. They serve as a shield to prevent the rubbing of your shoe against your ankle and also enhance better blood flow and circulation more than other shoe lengths.
The only exception here is if your foot often suffers blisters in its toe areas, then you can get toe socks that fit like a glove, and has padding, to prevent it.
Note that aside from socks that can't prevent friction between the skin of your foot and your running shoe, there are other causes of blistering such as:
However, in this article, we have focused on the right socks to prevent your feet from blistering while you run.
I have also highlighted the key factors you should consider before choosing an anti-blister sock, with the hopes that after reading this article you will make an informed choice of anti-blister running socks so that you can run absolutely blister free!
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