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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.
Edited to add that these socks sprung holes in them after only about 4 months of light usage.... These socks are very comfortable and fit very well but the antimicrobial properties seem to be nonexistent as odor was no less than any other regular sock I have had. This was the main property I was looking forward to so a big disappointment.
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 was looking for a cushioned sock when I found the Balega brand. I originally ordered Balega Blister Resist No Show Socks For Men and Women (1 Pair), Legion Blue/Grey, X-Large. I tried them for a few days and really was impressed with the cushioning they provide and their fit, they don't bunch up or slip down over the heel. I wore them with my Hoka shoes.
I then ordered Balega Hidden Comfort No Show Socks for Men and Women, Legion Blue/Teal, Extra Large and Balega Silver Antimicrobial No-Show Compression-Fit Running Socks for Men and Women, Midgrey/Neon Lime, X-Large. They are both 'no show'. Both pair kept slipping down over my heel and bunching up, so I returned them. I don't know why they slip down; I would think that all of the 'no show' socks would be made the same (I wear XL men’s). My advice is that these two socks both run a small.
I then ordered Balega Blister Resist Crew, Orange, X-Large Unisex-adult. I absolutely love them. The fit is perfect and the cushioning is superb! I ordered 3 more pair.
They are super comfy. Extremely padded yet not hot.
2 reasons why I gave them only 3 stars: 1. The size is just right. But I'm 43-44 and I got size L... Would expect it to be a bit bigger. 2. After the first run, some strings started to pop out in one of the socks... Not cool. I don't think they will live long.
One weird thing - they don't come in one righty and one lefty... Never seen that before. Hope that really is the case and not that I got 2 lefty socks.
I loved that you get a sticker with the face of the person how hand checked the socks. And the fabric is superb. To conclude - mixed fillings.
They smell like a sock after a workout. Used when new. I had hoped the antimicrobial feature would prevent that. Also keep in mind the antimicrobial coating washing out after a few washes so that's not a long term buying point.
The sock is not ultra thin, it features the weaved loops on the inside bottom of foot like many socks do. I like more of a minimal sock.
I can make no statement as to the durability because I haven't owned them long. Maybe that's the redeeming factor of them.
3 stars. 1. It's advertised as no show which it does. Not that big of deal. Washed them one time and already started pilling. Not sure about quality if these will last. Super comfortable. However not worth the price if they fall apart after 1 wash.
These are very comfortable to run in and walk in. While there was less sweat pooled around my toes than there is using cheap regular socks from Target, the difference was slight and I still felt uncomfortably wet at the end. I'm not a heavy sweater by any means and my Smartwool running socks do the job perfectly. I was hoping to find something cheaper that could accomplish the same, but I'll have to keep looking.
I was hoping that these would be my ideal socks. They look very nice and fit okay. I ordered a medium for my woman's size 8 shoe. However, I was disappointed that, after wearing them for awhile, they started to slip down from my heels. Note: I was formerly a runner, so have worn many brands of running socks.