I never really gave socks much
of a thought until I became a runner. I started like most beginners
do, in a cotton sock thinking the cotton would let my feet breath.
Wrong! Soggy feet are not a good way to run, and cause a lot of
slipping around in your shoes leaving you prone to blisters. I had
issues with socks not fitting correctly, the toe of the sock was
stitched so that it rubbed my toes and caused pressure that was
uncomfortable, and they offered no support.
I became a more advanced runner, I started taking notice of not only my
running shoes but also socks. I tried various brands at first and
wasn’t happy with the way they washed and balled up, plus I couldn’t get
the proper fit. Then I tried Feetures!, and I was sold!
tested three of their products: Elite Light Cushion, High Performance
Light Cushion, and Elite Ultra Light. First off, they fit my foot
perfectly, like a glove! They hugged my foot in all the right places
and even supported my high arches. I was impressed with the feel of the
sock, due to the high thread count. Feetures! uses a higher number of
stitches per square inch that creates a cushioning that protects the
foot with less bulk. No one wants a bulky sock in their running shoe!
The socks stay put and never roll up or slip down.
Elite type of sock uses their patent-pending Sock-Lock technology to
provide targeted support where it is needed most. Basically, it hugs
your foot in all the right places so there is no bulk and it supports
the foot well, that your foot and sock become one. I did prefer the
Elite Light Cushion over the High Performance for running only because
they are thinner, and I like a really thin sock. When I am working out
with clients, I prefer a little more cushion, so that’s when I turn to
the Ultra Light.
Here are the basic differences between the Elite Ultra Light and the Elite Light Cushion according to their website:
Ultra Light “Our
Ultra Light socks are super thin and extra breathable, and are designed
to keep your feet cool under the most intense conditions. These socks
take up less room in the shoe and are perfect if you prefer a lighter,
Light Cushion Our
Light Cushion socks are designed with high-density cushioning that
provides extra protection in high impact zones. Light Cushion socks are
great for those who prefer cushioned comfort without a lot of bulk.”
those running in wet conditions or those with stinky feet, you may like
the Merino+®. “Merino+® is our unique blend of super fine Merino wool
and rayon from bamboo. It is luxuriously soft, machine washable and has
inherent anti-odor properties. Most importantly, Merino+® insulates when
wet—keeping your feet warm in wet, cool conditions.”
Another great feature is the iWick™
iWick polyester and nylon fibers combine an incredibly soft hand with
outstanding moisture managing properties. iWick fibers pull moisture
away from the skin and move it to the outer layer of the fabric where it
evaporates and dries quickly. In addition, iWick fibers are specially
engineered to enhance breathabilty by allowing air to move through the
fabric with ease. The result is that iWick fibers do a superior job of
keeping feet cool and dry.”
socks stay firmly in place and eliminate movement between the foot and
sock that often causes blisters. I never even noticed I was wearing a
sock because they fit so well.
One other exceptional feature is the Perfect Toe —
trademarked seam-free toe closure. The "Perfect Toe" is hand-linked so
both the inside and outside surface of the sock are completely smooth,
eliminating the irritation and discomfort caused by traditional toe
seams. In addition, we use a combination of the world's best natural and
synthetic moisture managing fibers that not only work to keep your feet
dry, but also feel soft against your skin. As a result, Feetures! socks
provide unsurpassed comfort to make your activities more enjoyable.”
socks wash up really well and don’t ball up like some other brands I
have tried. This is probably because they reinforce all of their socks
in the “high impact zones.” All of their products are backed by a
unique Lifetime Guarantee. Now who can say that about their socks?!