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The fuzzies of the Este Luxe Crew Sock
• high cotton content •
• smooth texture •
• soft drape •
• lightweight •
• feels like a t-shirt •
Dream Stockings & Dreamer Socks
For everyone else, their Navy varies across the board, from perfectly neutral to basically blue.
We’re a month into spring marathon and running season, and it seems like April really is where things kick off. Looking at all the big running lists, there are twice as many runs happening in April as in March, and then May has twice as many as April!
We know that we’re not folks’ first stop for technical running socks. That’s super understandable! There are awesome (often local to you brick & mortar shops) places that specialise in running gear and have more brands and options than we do. However, if you are checking out what we got for running (and running-like activities), we do have some sweet options for your sporty feet.
I’ve mentioned the wide variety of styles that live in our Sports Socks section before, but “sports” is pretty general and the needs all those styles fulfil go well beyond just running. Luckily, socks designed with runners in mind like to say so, and searching for “running” then limiting the search to just our Sports Socks gives you some awesome options. Whether you’re looking for compression, padding, toed styles, or something for more casual use, we have some solid options that may be just the thing!
There’s been some debate, and now studies (enjoy this dry abstract of a compression sleeve study over at PubMed.gov) about the effectiveness of compression garments in improving a runner’s performance. What can be agreed on is that if you think they’ll help you, they probably will and they are a great help in muscle recovery, especially if you put them on correctly.
The CEP styles we carry are designed for runners, with a slightly higher graduated compression of 20-25mmHg than the 15-20mmHg of the “casual” compression styles. We also particularly love the neon and reflective safety aspects of the Night Running Compression!
Padding & Wicking
Having smartly placed cushioning that doesn’t smother your toes in sweat is an ideal situation for running feet. And we’ve got a couple little anklets that know just how to treat you.
The only difference in basics between the Trainer Running Anklets and the Inspire Micro Anklets is that the Trainers have a “dual-tab” cuff to protect the front and back of your ankle from abrasion and the Inspire have just a back tab for that delicate Achilles tendon. Sure, the Inspire are merino blended with bamboo instead of merino blended with alpaca, like the Trainers, but those fiber blends do the same thing: working with a smart wicking system to keep sweat from hanging out in gross places while you run. Both styles have a linked toe, venting at the top of the foot, built-in arch support and feel awesome.
One of the interesting benefits of toe socks is an increase in balance. Letting your toes do their thing and spread as you step can do wonders—particularly if you’re pairing toe socks with shoes that have a smart amount of room in the toe box for just that.
Injinji has some great toed options for runners, and they’re the kind of thing you see in toe socks a lot. Liner-style with no real padding (though the Lightweight Running No-Show Toe Sock has a tab in the back to protect your Achilles), their focus is being “barely-there” and being your feet’s fairy godmother, wicking away sweat to some magic elsewhere. With an option in Coolmax® and another in Nüwool, you’ll find your match!
Leggings & More
It’s still a bit chill in places, so pairing leggings under your running shorts can be a great way to keep those muscles warm during morning jogs. We have several styles that stand up well to sporty use, but the Bamboo Leggings, with their great breathable and wicking bamboo blend, may be our favourite.
And if your involvement in spring running season is more in the themed fun-run vein, the athletic style Gumball Poodle knee highs, with their terry lined feet and clear themes are a great match to whatever you and your team have signed up for (there are doughnut runs, right? Don’t tell me if I’m wrong, let me live the dream.)
No matter how fun your run, don’t forget to keep hydrated! Our logo waterbottles have a sturdy cap that needs only a quarter turn to open and close and are easy to sip from on the go!
Whether you’re fun-running, marathon-ing, or just briskly enjoying a park trail, we’re happy to keep you and your toes comfy and supported. Drop us a line if you have any questions and remember, fun run and 5K teams, generally we only offer group discounts on 48 pairs or more so check out our FAQ for all the deets.
Pastels are pretty straightforward. The fancy words for them are “high value and low to intermediate saturation”, which just means “bright, but not, like, vivid.” They’re all your basic colours, but tinted with a heavy dose of white.
What’s interesting about pastel tints are that some things, like beige, are technically pastels of something else (brown, in this case), but we don’t always consider them that. Pastels can be terribly contextual, but we know ‘em when we see ‘em. Some of the colours we’re going to look at have been touched on in other colour posts, but they all qualify (for us, anyway) as a pastel.
Disclaimer time! I’m not trying to define pastels. If you want to go down the learning rabbit-hole, Wikipedia is a good source. The Color Sorting Wiki actually barely touches on pastels, saying only “Think pastel when you think spring. Although not all spring colors are pastels and not all pastels are spring colors, the frequency of spring colors matching pastel colors is quite large.”
I’ve done my best to accurately represent these hues in relation to each other, so you can gather a good idea of what matches and what doesn’t. Since it’s sorta a subjective colour, to some degree, we’re just going to look at the pastel-iest of what we’ve got classed as “Pastel” in our colour search. That said, let’s get down to it!
Did you know, back in The Day, the O Basics were split up, with “O Pastels” on their own product page? As yarns changed over the years, we lost some of our favourite pastels for a while and, along with site changes, it just made sense to consolidate them.
And, of course, the O Lovelies are the prima donnas of the pastel, soft little shades that are whispers of colour. I tried my darndest to show that Lichen O Rayons are a soft colour, but they look so dark next to the other pastel Dream Stocking yarns!
Always more of a “winter”, in colours as well as fibers, B.Ella doesn’t have that many true pastels. But what they do have are classics. The cotton Bastia best exemplifies pastels for this brand. Though the Kimi, Erin and Sophia all have colours that we’ve classed as pastel, when you put them next to these Pima cotton pretties, they glower with tone (which is when you mix a colour with grey) rather than shine with tint.
Their soft heather styles give EG Smith an advantage in the pastel game, though really only their heather pink qualifies. Other than that, EG only represents pastel via the classics.
Though denim heathers and soft browns and beiges could be considered pastels (and we have Foot Traffic’s versions classed as such) for pastel purists only two colours really fit—their singular Mint and their thigh high in Pink.
As usual, Tabbisocks brings colour to the table, with a perfect pastel offering in several tints.
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