New to running.. why choose these socks over let's say nike dri fit? Are these really that better? Isn't it the shoes more important?

asked on January 10, 2017

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Haven't tried the Nike Dri-FIT socks, so I can't comment on those, but I have tried other socks and haven't found any that I like better than these from Balega (although there are a couple of other brands at a similar price point that I like just as well). These have a nice amount of padding in the areas where I need t… see more Haven't tried the Nike Dri-FIT socks, so I can't comment on those, but I have tried other socks and haven't found any that I like better than these from Balega (although there are a couple of other brands at a similar price point that I like just as well). These have a nice amount of padding in the areas where I need the most protection from impact and the friction that causes blisters while still having areas that allow airflow. The tab plays an important role in preventing the chafing that can cause blisters on the Achilles tendon. The socks play a very important role, but I would agree that shoe selection (and the insole/support structure) is slightly more important. Things like arch support, heel drop, cushion level, etc. all play a factor - you might be surprised at how much difference a change of +/- 4mm in heel drop makes. I would recommend a gait analysis and shoe fitting from a running store if you are buying your first pair. After that you should have a good idea of what you need in a running shoe and can shop around. You probably won't find the cheapest price at a running store that does those things, but for some people it makes a huge difference in whether or not they stick to running. If your feet (or knees or back) hurt during or after your run, you'll probably quit. Since you can buy quality running shoes from so many places these days, some people discount how much difference the right pair of shoes makes when it comes to running. Another thing, some stores offer insoles that are custom molded to fit your feet (they normally cost about 70% of the price of the shoes themselves so that can be a tough pill to swallow). Not everyone needs these, but if you do then the difference is amazing. see less Haven't tried the Nike Dri-FIT socks, so I can't comment on those, but I have tried other socks and haven't found any that I like better than these from Balega (although there are a couple of other brands at a similar price point that I like just as well). These have a nice amount of padding in the areas where I need the most protection from impact and the friction that causes blisters while still having areas that allow airflow. The tab plays an important role in preventing the chafing that can cause blisters on the Achilles tendon. The socks play a very important role, but I would agree that shoe selection (and the insole/support structure) is slightly more important. Things like arch support, heel drop, cushion level, etc. all play a factor - you might be surprised at how much difference a change of +/- 4mm in heel drop makes. I would recommend a gait analysis and shoe fitting from a running store if you are buying your first pair. After that you should have a good idea of what you need in a running shoe and can shop around. You probably won't find the cheapest price at a running store that does those things, but for some people it makes a huge difference in whether or not they stick to running. If your feet (or knees or back) hurt during or after your run, you'll probably quit. Since you can buy quality running shoes from so many places these days, some people discount how much difference the right pair of shoes makes when it comes to running. Another thing, some stores offer insoles that are custom molded to fit your feet (they normally cost about 70% of the price of the shoes themselves so that can be a tough pill to swallow). Not everyone needs these, but if you do then the difference is amazing.
Anymouse
· January 16, 2017
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I've tried other brands, but hands down Balega Hidden Comfort is the best running socks. The cushion & breathable fabric truly has prevented blisters on long runs.
Amazon Customer
· January 10, 2017
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The wrong socks can leave you with blisters and black toenails—on no toenails. It took me 2 years and six toenails to figure this out. Then I switched to Balega and Feetures, and I’ve only lost one toenail in 7 years of trail running and marathons. Shoe choice is critical, but socks are very important, too
A. Lee
· November 28, 2018
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These socks add a little more cushion to your feet. Why not try one pair each for comparison?
Stephen C.
· January 10, 2017
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For me the socks are as important as the shoes. You know that feeling when you don a new pair of socks? Well imagine it everyday with these socks. I was a believer until a friend who runs the Boston Marathon every year turned me in to these socks.
wcl
· January 10, 2017
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Shoes are very important. But you want a sock that will cushion your feet and ventilate also. These socks do not cause your feet to slush around. So so comfy! And the back tab keeps the sock from sliding off the heel. I suggest that you try one pair and see what you think!
Bethany
· January 10, 2017
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