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4.0 out of 5 starsVery Comfortable and Cool Design. But Not Worth $15.
Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2018
These socks feel like butter! Cool design and are very comfortable to run in. Not sure how the antimicrobial feature comes into play yet. Technically they aren't "no show" since the heel blister guard sticks out of the back. For the most part I really like them. 4 stars because they definitely are not worth $15, maybe $10. Maybe.
So I purchased a bunch of socks like these for high quality workout socks. I researched a bunch of ratings lists for running socks and these came up on all of them. I bought the size suggested and HATED them as they squeezed the crap out of my toes. I really don't like the sensation of squeezed toes. I gave them to my wife (who has significantly smaller feet than I do) and they fit her well. I then ordered the biggest size and they're much better. My feet are about 11, the L was good for my wife and her size 7, and the XL were fine for me.
I typically wear a few of the other brands of running socks, but decided to try these. I bought two pair and I have to say that they are outstanding. I've had them for about a month now and run, walk or bike most everyday. I haven't seen any issues, threading coming loose, or shrinking with wash. When walking or running in them, they help provide a little extra padded bounce in my step, and I'm going to order a few more pair. I've even caught my wife wearing them around the house.
I bought this pair with a pair of Balega Blister resistant socks and have used both for my workouts (both lifting and cardio). While these are comfortable, they're not as comfortable as the blister resistant socks when doing cardio. These are comfortable but I no longer use them on cardio days and to be honest, I'd say they're no more comfortable than cheaper brands so I'd rather save my money and use cheaper socks for non-cardio days or pay the extra to get the blister resistant version and use them all the time.
I can't speak to the "antimicrobial" properties, I simply bought these because a Google search showed these were one of the best running socks on a few results. Funny thing is that none mentioned the blister resistant version which I found to be much better.
Finally, I purchased Large and wear size 12 in Nike and somewhere between 11-12 for other brands, they seem a bit tight but I think I'd prefer that so they don't slop around and cause slippage. I definitely wouldn't go any smaller.
I have three pairs of Balega socks, and their quality has impressed me so much that I will definitely continue to buy from this brand. These socks offer an amazing amount of support that I feel comfortable wearing all day long, but they are a tad warm when it gets to those long summer runs (I live in Austin, TX).
My hubby is an avid runner & loves these! I usually buy his running socks from a local running store, but with corona virus they were closed so I tried these, & they’re just as good & the same price. Will definitely be ordering more in the future
I was super surprised how soft and comfortable these socks are. I have used them for workouts and playing golf. Very happy to so far. They are a bit pricey, but preventing blisters and comfort are worth it to me!