Once you’ve slipped on a pair of premium, cushioned, no-slip running socks, you can never go back to the low-quality junk. While other clothing essentials like tees and shoes get most of the attention, quality running socks are also essential for top performance.
The right pair of socks will help keep your feet comfortable no matter how far you’re running or how challenging the weather. Although they might seem simple, there are several key features to look for when shopping for running socks. Breathable fabrics will keep your feet from overheating when it’s warm; materials like merino wool can trap heat to keep them from freezing when it’s cold; and compression can help alleviate running aches and pains, like shin splits and tight leg muscles. There are a multitude of lengths to choose, too, from knee-high to no-show.
1. Bandit Running Performance Socks
Bandit Running was created because founder, Tim West, couldn’t find high-quality running socks cool enough to fit the vibe of New York’s run culture. Why wear $275 Nike Alphaflys with socks that’ll go threadbare after a month? So he made his own. These performance socks boast a blend of nylon, spandex, cotton, and COOLMAX® cooling technology for optimal moisture-wicking performance. Cushy right out of the package, these socks break in beautifully and provide a nice buffer for high-chafe areas (read: toes). Light compression, sole cushioning, and breathable mesh help you go the distance, be it laps around the track or a full-fledged marathon. Stay tuned for more product drops from this new community-driven brand.
[$48, 3-pack; banditrunning.com]Get it!
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