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Post  healdgator on Thu Jul 07, 2011 2:22 pm

In the past, I just ran in normal athletic socks. After reading more (including these forums), I bought some wright socks last year for long runs and have bought a few similar brands this year. I never really have had problems with blisters from the old socks, but I wasn't running 20 miles either.

Here's the problem: I hate those socks. They wick away all the sweat - straight into my shoes. My shoes are now disgusting. I can't believe that it makes a difference, but it does. What do you people wear? I'm tired of my shoes being soaking wet a whole day later.
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Post  Chris M on Thu Jul 07, 2011 3:52 pm

I've been experimenting around with a bunch of different ones (Nike, Asics primarily but others too) and the ones I currently like most are Balega. See link below. I just bought them because I liked the little stick figure dude but the Ventillator and Enduro ones are my favorites I own now.

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http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=balega+socks&tag=googhydr-20&index=apparel&hvadid=4601212277&ref=pd_sl_38qd9ztqkg_e#
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Post  Joel H on Thu Jul 07, 2011 3:55 pm

Not socks perse but what I use to dry out my shoes since I live in similar conditions that you do (I live in Houston, TX) is something called Stuffitts Shoe Savers (http://www.stuffitts.com/). They reduce the drying of my shoes from a couple of days down to a couple of hours at most. They reduce the smell as well since it has cedar inside of it. They cost about $20-$25 but are worth every penny.

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Post  Pete B on Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:21 pm

@Joel H wrote:Not socks perse but what I use to dry out my shoes since I live in similar conditions that you do (I live in Houston, TX) is something called Stuffitts Shoe Savers (http://www.stuffitts.com/). They reduce the drying of my shoes from a couple of days down to a couple of hours at most. They reduce the smell as well since it has cedar inside of it. They cost about $20-$25 but are worth every penny.

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Cool - just ordered a couple pair from Amazon - my shoes stink! Shocked

But I swear by the Wright Socks Double Layer Anti-Blister Socks - never had a single blister since using them.
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Post  Joel H on Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:23 pm

@Pete B wrote:
@Joel H wrote:Not socks perse but what I use to dry out my shoes since I live in similar conditions that you do (I live in Houston, TX) is something called Stuffitts Shoe Savers (http://www.stuffitts.com/). They reduce the drying of my shoes from a couple of days down to a couple of hours at most. They reduce the smell as well since it has cedar inside of it. They cost about $20-$25 but are worth every penny.

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Cool - just ordered a couple pair from Amazon - my shoes stink! Shocked

Sweet - if you have size 10 1/2 - 12 shoes I have a pair that I can't use (I bought the wrong size) and I can give them to you in January (at the Houston Marathon) if you want. Just let me know.
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Post  Mark B on Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:32 pm

Yipes. I was going to suggest Wright Socks, but that's not working out for you. Did you get the types with CoolMesh? Those have worked pretty well for me over the years.

The real key is to avoid cotton. It gets pretty abrasive when it gets wet, and that can mean blisters on longer runs.
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Post  healdgator on Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:35 pm

Thanks, Joel!
Just ordered a pair
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Post  healdgator on Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:39 pm

@Mark B wrote:Yipes. I was going to suggest Wright Socks, but that's not working out for you. Did you get the types with CoolMesh? Those have worked pretty well for me over the years.

The real key is to avoid cotton. It gets pretty abrasive when it gets wet, and that can mean blisters on longer runs.

That's what I have. After the first 5 or 6 miles, it feels like I'm running in a puddle. Frankly, I prefer the cotton.
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Post  Peg Coover on Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:48 pm

@healdgator wrote:
@Mark B wrote:Yipes. I was going to suggest Wright Socks, but that's not working out for you. Did you get the types with CoolMesh? Those have worked pretty well for me over the years.

The real key is to avoid cotton. It gets pretty abrasive when it gets wet, and that can mean blisters on longer runs.

That's what I have. After the first 5 or 6 miles, it feels like I'm running in a puddle. Frankly, I prefer the cotton.

I swear by Wright socks--no blisters. I never attributed my wet shoes to the wicking effect, though! My shoes are gross too, and I run on gravel, so they get wet from sweat and then dirty from the road...oh well! Better than blisters!
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Post  Ken Mello on Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:57 pm

How much do you people's feet sweat?!? Shocked

But seriously, i use Brooks thin socks, and have no issues. But apparently foot sweat is not an issue for me
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Post  Matt W on Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:42 pm

@Chris M wrote:I've been experimenting around with a bunch of different ones (Nike, Asics primarily but others too) and the ones I currently like most are Balega. See link below. I just bought them because I liked the little stick figure dude but the Ventillator and Enduro ones are my favorites I own now.

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http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=balega+socks&tag=googhydr-20&index=apparel&hvadid=4601212277&ref=pd_sl_38qd9ztqkg_e#

I run almost exclusively in Balega, but I'm all about hidden comfort style, although I do have some of the other types.
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Post  ChasMcG on Fri Jul 08, 2011 1:37 am

I wear the Walmart special. They don't typically last but a few washes Smile Thin. Holes after one time wearing them. Lots of air to dry up that sweat!

They do come in pink if you're interested!

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Post  Nick Morris on Fri Jul 08, 2011 7:42 am

I go with Balega Hidden Dry Low Cut Socks for the most part. But I also have a few others that I mix in.

http://www.runningwarehouse.com/descpage-BHDLS.html


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Post  Jerry on Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:06 am

@Nick Morris wrote:I go with Balega Hidden Dry Low Cut Socks for the most part. But I also have a few others that I mix in.

http://www.runningwarehouse.com/descpage-BHDLS.html


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I stopped buying low cut ones as they don't work for all shoes.
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Post  fostever on Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:36 am

I've heard using anti-persparent on your feet before a run can help. Tried it and it seemed fine, although my feet don't sweat as much as you've described.
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Post  Alex Kubacki on Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:31 pm

I was having massive blister issues before I switched to the Write Double-Layer sock. I love them. I think the double-layer keeps my shoes from being a mess from the sweat.
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Post  healdgator on Fri Jul 08, 2011 3:36 pm

Honestly, though I sweat truckloads, I never noticed a problem with my feet until I switched to these tech running socks.
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Post  Jim Lentz on Fri Jul 08, 2011 4:34 pm

@healdgator wrote:Honestly, though I sweat truckloads, I never noticed a problem with my feet until I switched to these tech running socks.
Did the cotton socks get drenched instead of the shoes? I have only had a couple of times when my shoes have been soaked from sweat, but that has a lot to do with being in the midwest.
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Post  healdgator on Fri Jul 08, 2011 4:37 pm

@Jim Lentz wrote:
@healdgator wrote:Honestly, though I sweat truckloads, I never noticed a problem with my feet until I switched to these tech running socks.
Did the cotton socks get drenched instead of the shoes? I have only had a couple of times when my shoes have been soaked from sweat, but that has a lot to do with being in the midwest.

They were certainly get nasty, but I never felt like I was running in a marsh.
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Post  Jim Lentz on Fri Jul 08, 2011 4:55 pm

@healdgator wrote:
@Jim Lentz wrote:
@healdgator wrote:Honestly, though I sweat truckloads, I never noticed a problem with my feet until I switched to these tech running socks.
Did the cotton socks get drenched instead of the shoes? I have only had a couple of times when my shoes have been soaked from sweat, but that has a lot to do with being in the midwest.

They were certainly get nasty, but I never felt like I was running in a marsh.
Perhaps a tech sock with more meat to it, like the Balaga would work better for you. It would hold more of the sweat in the sock and not transfer it to the shoe liner.
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Post  healdgator on Fri Jul 08, 2011 4:58 pm

Thanks, will try the balaga.
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Post  Nick Morris on Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:10 pm

@healdgator wrote:Thanks, will try the balaga.

You ever try putting plastic bags over your feet?? J/K...you should try the balegas. They make a comfort sock that has more substance for cushioning which would be better than their thinner lightweight model.
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Post  Julie on Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:29 pm

You can put newspaper in your shoes to dry them too. The water will be absorbed into the paper. I do this after a run in the rain.

I wear smartwool socks usually.
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Post  Pete B on Sat Jul 09, 2011 11:43 am

@Joel H wrote:Sweet - if you have size 10 1/2 - 12 shoes I have a pair that I can't use (I bought the wrong size) and I can give them to you in January (at the Houston Marathon) if you want. Just let me know.

Thanks Joel - but I'm a size 9.
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Post  Ken Mello on Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:42 pm

@Pete B wrote:
@Joel H wrote:Sweet - if you have size 10 1/2 - 12 shoes I have a pair that I can't use (I bought the wrong size) and I can give them to you in January (at the Houston Marathon) if you want. Just let me know.

Thanks Joel - but I'm a size 9.

Well lucky for you, Joel, I wear a size 12. Very Happy
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