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I haven’t been in school in a long time, but I can still feel the edge of the school year drawing ever closer. Sure, we’re not in summer yet, but you can taste the promise of what summer might be (and I have to admit, almost-summer is one of my favourite seasons, more full of possibility than true spring). Schedules start to shift after US Memorial day, there’s more half days, summer plans get cemented, there are more perfect days to have cookouts.
And, of course, we have a sock (well, several) for that.
Camping isn’t for everyone, but it’s a big part of a lot of folks’ summers. Whether your camping means tent, RV, car or going off to a structured sleep-away camp, having socks that are sturdy and more forgiving about how often they’re washed lets you focus on other things. Like having fun, making memories, battling werewolves…
Wool blends and bamboo are not only a little better than other fibers at not getting ultra-foot-gross after a day, wool can air dry quickly so you can give them a wash or rinse and they’ll be dry and often ready to go the next day. Using our Advanced Search to limit Sports Socks to those that have wool brings up some favourite sturdy options. The separated toes of the Wool Lightweight Running No Show Toe Socks helps keep your feet happy and healthy on long treks, and the Extraordinary Wool Socks are nice and tall to protect your legs from mean bushes and brambles.
Combining wool and bamboo makes for what are my personal favourite camping socks: Sockwell’s crews and midcalves. Any time I pack for camping, they go in my bag and on my feet! For all their cuteness, they’re sturdy as heck, comfortable to wear for a long time and wash up easy.
Late spring and early summer also brings the start of backyard barbecue, picnics and other ways of celebrating that the weather is being sunny enough to be outside, but not so hot the idea of eating outside is gross.
Fun, novelty, crews are like the perfect condiment complement to outdoor eats.
And this may just be something specific to where I’ve always lived, but what starts as a sunny cookout often grows surprisingly cold as the sun sets and the yard lights go on. It isn’t really summer yet, after all! Arm warmers and knee socks that play equally well scrunched down or pulled up will keep you warm enough to keep on chilling (without being chilly) outside.
Now, if your travel plans are a bit more involved and take you far from home, styles that are comfortable and useful in lots of occasions are key. Packing for the plane is an art! Plus, if you’re going to be doing a lot of sitting, either during a car trip or in an airplane, you want to keep your toes in best health.
A style that fulfils all those requirements are the Sockwell compression knee highs. They look good while keeping you comfortable as you stand and sit for long periods at a go. Graduated compression helps keep blood from pooling in your poor feet while cute and classic patterns go with a lot of different looks.
What are your favourite travel socks? My go-tos are always Sockwell (as mentioned earlier) and a couple Dreamer Socks like the Dreamer Jacquard Ripple OTK and the Acrylic Slouches. If I’m camping or travelling, all other socks go by the wayside! As we inch into true summer, I hope your plans live up to your dreams and that this is the best summer ever!
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.
With Daylight Savings Time this weekend, all I can think of is how I’m going to lose an hour of sleep. But at least what sleep I do get will be paired with the ideal sleeping socks!
Wearing socks to bed isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. If socks make your toes feel confined or over-warm, it’s hard to imagine how much other folks love finding the right socks to sleep in. We’ve talked about bed socks before, but that style is more specifically an in-and-out of bed cuddle sock that does just as well when you’re tucked up on the couch as snuggled under covers.
Socks to sleep in tend to fall into a couple of groups: socks you can kick off, socks that stay put, and socks with serious levels of warmth. From there, it’s a case of individual coverage and warmth levels. I personally never understood wearing socks to bed until I found a style that I could kick off when I got too warm, so let’s start there!
Sleeping socks to start the night in
Sheets can get so cold that it shakes sleep off when your toes encounter their freezing caress. Sure, later the bed is all warm, but that doesn’t do any good when you’re first settling in! So, you wear socks to bed, only to drift to awareness hours later, way too warm but also way too sleepy to break your feet free of sock jail! There is only one solution: a looser sock!
Now, I don’t necessarily mean a loose sock. It’s gotta last part of the night and not skin off right away. What works best for you is going to depend a lot on your legs and comfort levels, but here are some Dreamer favourites for socks that stay on until you want ‘em gone:
The Harajuku Scrunchy Socks on the left are my favourite. I’ve got larger feet, so they stay in place until I kick them off in my sleep. They’re tall enough to protect even my knees from the monstrosity that is a bed in an unheated room, but their loose body means even the most uncoordinated fumbling shucks them easily.
The EG Smith Original Bootsock (pictured on the right) and the GoGo Bootsocks (not pictured) are a shorter option of the same idea: a looser-bodied sock that stays put but is easily removed with little effort.
For a little more stay-put-ness, roll top styles like the Sunnie Striped Slouch Midcalf, on the left, are the way to go. A practised scrape of one foot against the other ejects them from the bed—and no cuff means more talented toes can grab hold and pull off (though that’s advanced level sock sleeping).
Another reliable, removable style are the QT Feet crews, like the Lima Lurin Crew. Especially if they’re a bit worn in, these soft cotton socks will melt off you as soon as you ask, but stay where they’re supposed to as long as you want.
Socks that sleep over
For other folks, the idea of finding themselves sockless (or half-sockless!!) in the middle of the night is a terror to be avoided. But what will stay in place without leaving ouchy dents in your soft, sleepy flesh?
Non-constrictive styles, like Sockwell’s Relaxed Fit (such as the Easy Does It, shown above left), or the Bastia Comfort Top Crew, are a good match for folks who want shorter socks that stay in place while they snooze.
Another good bet, especially for extra cold nights, are any of the B.Ella wool blend midcalves and crews. There are lots of styles and textures, and with larger footed midcalves and smaller footed crews (like the Maniche on the left and the Erin on the right, above), there are more options for more feet!
It’s tougher to find a taller option that comfortably lasts the night, since our feet can be so much pickier when asleep than awake. But our Dreamer Sock knee highs and OTKs are a good bet, with wide cuffs that distribute the stay-up. The breathable Dreamy Patterned Bamboo OTKs are a particularly good way to ride out the chills without overheating. And the smooth stylings of the Space Dyed OTK Stockings and the other EG Smith OTKs are like your favourite sleepy t-shirt for your toes.
Socks for serious sleeping
Sometimes you need a little more warmth and snuggliness. These styles from the depths of our Warm! category should be your go-to when sleeping gets tough!
If the cold is just not messing around, forget the pyjama bottoms and go for something like the Thermal Fleece Leggings. Super fuzzy-furry insides keep you cozy at night and in the bitter cold mornings. In the same vein, Polar Feet’s various fleece styles, like the Jellybean Fleece Knee Highs, are serious sleep sock business. The Ribbed Wool OTK are a taller option that can slouch down well without coming all the way off, if you need to adjust comfort levels in the middle of the night.
Do you sleep in socks? If so, share what your go-to sock is!
Happy Fourth of July! Fireworks, cookouts, lots of flags! It’s an important holiday folks tend to celebrate in a fun way. The most patriotic thing is to celebrate and support the States by buying things made in the USA.
Of course, all of our Dream Stockings and Dreamer Socks styles are made here in the USA and we have some pretty slammin’ reds and royal blues.
We only have a handful of American Flag socks, but the run the style gamut from the practically superhero-like Old Glory Printed Trouser Socks to the almost vintage-feel of the Old Glory Midcalves (which are, funnily enough, the only flag socks we have that are made in the USA).
Now, you know my weakness is colours and pairing colours. So let’s shuck the origins for a little bit and just splash around in the boldly beautiful combo of red, white and blue after the jump. Consider it a tiny sock fireworks show! Heck, we’ll throw in some fireworks too!
Last year we looked at footies and openwork as a way to keep rocking socks as the weather grows warmer. But sometimes even less coverage isn’t enough for overwarm feet. With summer officially starting tomorrow, I thought I’d share some styles that are particularly kind to too toasty toes.
First, let’s be honest. We’re talking about foot sweat. There’s a lot of fancy ways to say it, like “moisture”, or there’s the emphasis on “keeping dry.” But sweat is sweat and we all drip it at our warmest moments. The plague of summer is foot sweat pooling in shoes and somehow making your feet clammy, yet still too warm. That is pretty gross, so let’s reset your brain with this snuggly picture of Ferous from our Instagram.
Back to the matter at hand. There’s only so much you can do to prevent your feet from sweating. Less sock is a part of that, and we know folks who go straight to sandals and no socks as soon as the weather heats up. But, not everyone gets to rock sandals (closed-toe shoe policies, personal taste, etc), so: folks who keep en-socked through summer, this is for you.
For all of the fabulous lightness of cotton, it transforms into a soggy sock when it gets wet and it takes its time to dry. But you combine cotton with a fiber like bamboo and you get a breezy sock that practically feels cool against the skin, lets your toes breathe and doesn’t get bogged down by “moisture.” The bamboo multi-pack styles from Foot Traffic are a great example of this. And! They’ve got lightly vented tops to maximize breathability.
Wicking. What exactly does that entail, when it comes to a sock? Well, that can mean a couple of things: they channel sweat off to where it can evaporate, they’re more absorbent and better at getting sweat off of you, they dry faster. A bonus is that a lot of them are super durable fibers that can take quite a beating and are less likely to aromatically convey just how hard a day your feet had.
Sounds fab, right? What if I said wool was one of the best fibers for just all that? It sounds madly counter-intuitive, but most technical (read: science-y) socks employ wool in styles you’ll be sweating up precisely because it’s a great fiber for wicking and insulation. Remember! You can insulate things to keep them warm AND to keep them cool. That’s the principle behind these four fabulous footies:
Another wicking wool blend shortie are the Wool Lightweight Running No Show Toe Socks. This style even has a ventilated top (that waffle-y pattern) to help manage the heat.
Toe socks in general can be a boon in warm weather. The idea of separately wrapping each toe in fabric when it’s warm is probably making you sweat just thinking about it, but that extra fabric goes a long way in dealing with excess moisture and helps prevent blisters and general discomfort caused by sweaty toes all rubbing up against each other.
If the concept of wool toe socks is too much, how about Coolmax®? A synthetic fiber designed to really amp up the whole wicking of sweat process (we go into a better explanation in this post), it’s a fabulous summer combo with toe socks.
The ultra best lightweight summer fiber is going to be silk, though. A particular favourite as a liner in the winter, the whisper-thin touch of silk in the summer is cooling to just think about. One of our Dreamers with particularly overwarm feet personally recommends silk toe sock styles as her ideal during warm months.
There are other styles that different kinds of feet love in hot weather as well (every foot is unique, after all), but these are our top favourites for really beating the heat. Of course, we always encourage folks to drop us a line with their measurements and needs, ‘cause nobody deserves the sweaty foot of summer!
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