Choosing the Right Running Socks

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Tell the truth – have you already picked out what you’re going to wear for your Pretty Muddy run?

Whether it’s your 1st race or your 101st race, you want to look great in your race photos, right? I know I do. But there’s so much more to selecting your race day outfit than color coordinating your skirt with your shoes. It all matters – from your shoes to your bra to your socks. Yep – socks!

I have learned the importance of wearing the right socks the hard way – during my first half marathon, I was barely able to limp across the finish line because of the horrible blisters on my toes and heels. That was two years ago, and I’ve learned a lot about choosing the right running socks since then. Here are a few tips to help you pick the right pair for you:

  1. Avoid cotton socks. If you only remember one thing, remember this. Cotton absorbs moisture. Your sweaty feet will make your socks wet. Moisture + friction causes blisters.
  2. Look for synthetic materials instead. Acrylic, polyester, and spandex work really well. They will wick moisture away from your feet, which will keep them drier and reduce the chance of blistering.
  3. Make sure they fit. They shouldn’t bunch up or slide around, and they should cover your entire foot. Bring your running shoes with you when you shop, and try the socks on with them.
  4. Experiment with different styles. Running socks come in a variety of lengths and thickness, and this is largely a personal preference. No matter what length you choose, make sure that the socks cover the backs of your heels to avoid rubbing up painful blisters. Try different socks until you find a thickness that you like. They range from super thin to thick and heavily cushioned. It’s also important to try them on with your running shoes because the thickness of your socks can affect the fit of your shoes.
  5. Always wear socks made for running. You might have to spend a few extra dollars, but it’s worth it to avoid painful blisters and chafing!

So what are you wearing on race day? What kind of socks do you train in? Stop by Mommy Runs It and join the conversation!

Until next time,


Author: Sharon Wilhelm

Hi, I'm Sharon! I'm a mommy and a marathon runner, and I'm doing my best to balance both without losing my mind. Sometimes I even find time to blog about it. Stop by and say hi!