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10 Reasons for Toe Socks

When I was preparing to run my first ultra last year, the Big Basin 50k, I was chock-full of questions. Handheld water bottle or hydration pack? How many calories should I take in per hour? Are blisters inevitable? Will I run off-course? When do hallucinations set in? Is it cool to go in the woods? And so on.

Looking back, the best decision I made was to buy a pair of toe socks. Why? Well, since we have ten toes, I’ll give you ten reasons – in no particular order – for their awesomeness.

1. Toe Freedom

Your hands are most useful when all phalanges can move about independently. Think about it, if you’re wearing mittens, you can’t quite grip something as well as when you’re wearing a glove. So, why would you do the same thing to your feet? I realize wearing shoes is like wearing mittens, but wearing a “glove” underneath allows for more stability. There’s a reason toe-boxes in shoes are getting wider.

2. Breathability

Thanks to a mesh top and Injinji taking the time to tediously wrap each toe in a sweat-wicking material, toe socks dissipate moisture like a champ. Go ahead, get your feet wet! They’ll dry fast and you’ll be blister free.

3. Blister Prevention

I used to think that blisters were inevitable. Then I ran an ultra-marathon. Then a longer ultra-marathon. Then an Ironman triathlon. Then a trail marathon. I wore toe socks in each event and guess what, no blisters. Given that my toes can’t rub skin-to-skin, there’s no need to worry about side-toe blisters even if my feet are slightly wet. Heck, I haven’t even gotten a blister on the bottom of my foot either. Moisture management for the win!

4. Wicking Wool

Injinji recently released NuWool, a merino wool-blended toe sock. This makes their socks even more awesome, because now you get better temperature regulation, moisture management, and less smelliness with the requisite blister prevention.

5. A Sock for Every Occasion

Going for a trail run? Wear the Trail 2.0. Running a marathon where it’ll be quite warm? Reach for the Run 2.0 Lightweight. Going to work? Go loud with a sock from the Sport Lifestyle Sorrento Collection.

6. A No Show that Doesn’t Show

While this is more applicable to a lifestyle collection, Injinji makes a true no show toe sock. As in, it actually doesn’t show when wearing shoes. It’s a style thing, but I either prefer my socks to be tall and loud (i.e. colorful) or hidden. Injinji covers both bases.

7. Colorfulness

As I mentioned above,  I’m a fan of loud socks. Purples, pinks, yellows, greens, and blues. The more personality, the better. Of course, the traditional whites, blacks, and grays are available. Again, Injinji covers the bases.

8. Compression Toe Socks

If you thought wool toe socks were awesome, behold compression toe socks! I tend to travel a bit, so I find myself in compression socks quite often. In the past, I’d reach a point of irritability wearing them. However, with my toes free to roam, I’ve never been more comfortable wearing compression socks for long periods of time.

9. Happy Feet

Your feet are your most important asset when running. If they’re happy, it’s very likely that you’ll be happy. The right sock makes all the difference. There’s no such thing as being too comfortable when running, so you might as well wear the most comfortable sock.

10. They’re Sexy

Want 40% off at Injinji.com?

If you’d like to try a pair of Injinji socks or order a bunch, leave a comment below and I’ll email you a coupon code. FYI, I only have so many coupon codes.

29 Comments
  • Ko on June 27, 2014

    This is great, these are my favorites for races too. They’re great at not bunching up under the root of my toes. Could you send me a coupon code? Thanks!

  • andrew downey on June 27, 2014

    love injinji socks. blister free since I started wearing them. would love to get some more!

  • Fletcher on June 27, 2014

    I lovethe idea of toe socks – especially the wool and compression ones but didn’t think I could justify the price. But if you hook me up with 40% off I’ll definitely give them a go!

  • Oscar Brenninkmeyer on June 27, 2014

    Love them with my Vibram Five Fingers, but always looking for non-loud mid calf length. Please send coupon. thanks O

  • Shai Simchi on June 27, 2014

    Hey Erich,
    Sounds like something I would like to try 🙂
    Thanks,

    Shai

  • Gemma Hollis on June 27, 2014

    Couldn’t agree more! Just need to perfect getting them on quickly so I can race in them!! Great blog looks like you’re having great fun in Bali 🙂

  • Erich on June 27, 2014

    For those that have commented thus far, check your inboxes for the coupon code. Enjoy!

    • Jack Lenzo on July 1, 2014

      Very generous of you to offer Injinji Coupon Code… I would love to take you up on it! Thanks in advance, and great production value on your vids, btw, you may have another calling. ~Jack.

  • ohhorob on June 27, 2014

    I’ve had at least 4 or 5 toe socks in rotation for the last two years of blister-free running 🙂

    They’re also great for being able to wear flip-flops around before and after training!

  • Phillip on July 10, 2014

    I love the idea of toe socks.. I get blisters on any run over 10miles!

  • Sarah on July 27, 2014

    Injinji socks rock! I just picked up a few new pairs at Zombierunner, love the variety in padding and color.

  • David on August 5, 2014

    I will be trying these on my run tomorrow morning! Hoping these are the answer to the continual blistering on the front of my toes. I would love a coupon code if they are still available. Thanks!

  • Sean McMillan on September 2, 2014

    I’ve heard a lot of great things about these socks. I paced for a racer in the leadville 100 and he loved them. River crossing and all he said he didn’t have to switch out socks or shoes. Amazing! I’m going to try them out!

  • Jason Parker on January 4, 2016

    Thanks for the gear recommendations. I’m hoping to learn from other ppl before attempting my first 100. I have used swiftkick socks in the past and they work great also.

    • Erich on January 4, 2016

      I have several pairs of Swiftwick myself and love them! My dream sock would have the compression and fit of a Swiftwick coupled with Injinji’s classic toes.

      Which 100 are you targeting?

  • Bud Rutherford on January 22, 2017

    A beginner runner, and after reading about these socks, I really need to order a few. Thanks for the 40% off!

    • Erich on January 22, 2017

      You’ll love ’em! If the code doesn’t work, let me know. Cheers.

  • Chrissie Happs on May 1, 2017

    I just started running seriously at 50yrs old! Toe socks have been a godsend!! I’d love to see if these are truly better than the others.

    • Erich on May 2, 2017

      It’s never too late to start running! Hope the toe socks work out well for you!

  • Monica on May 19, 2017

    Sound great. After foot problems, and super arch running shoes,I’m making the jump to minimalist foot wear

  • Alex on June 5, 2017

    I would love to try these!

  • Nathan on June 24, 2017

    Hey thanks for the article, I love how you choose 10 reasons like 10 toes!

    I’m in the neighborhood for these socks, figured I’d see if you still have that coupon offer! Thanks for reading!

  • Linda on August 22, 2017

    Hey Erich, Thank you for your evaluation of the Injinji toe socks. I have some cotton “yoga” toe socks. I was looking today to find out what the benefits are. You nailed it. I only have a few pair, I’m a sock lover. . . and I wear socks for any occasion. Even with skirts and dresses. That’s just me.
    Again, thank you for your explanation.

  • Kathy George on October 18, 2017

    I would love a coupon, please and look forward to trying your product.

    • Erich on October 19, 2017

      Thanks for leaving a comment, Kathy. Unfortunately, I don’t have any more coupon codes to hand out, as the blog was initially published in 2014. Sorry!

  • Rebecca on November 21, 2017

    I would love to try a pair of toe socks.

    • Erich on November 22, 2017

      Thanks for leaving a comment, Rebecca. Unfortunately, I’m out of coupon codes (this blog post was initially published in 2014). Sorry!

  • Rev Jenni Walker on November 28, 2017

    I have been told they will help with my feet spreading and help straighten them…hope so! Have only worn them for a few days but already loving them!

    • Erich on November 29, 2017

      Glad to hear you’re enjoying them! They’ve been my go-to sock since 2012. And yeah, the socks do allow for natural toe splay. Couple that with a wide toe boxed shoe and you’re golden!

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