If you’ve only just heard about toe socks, you’re probably wondering what the heck they are all about.
I happen to be the shoe guy and I want to talk about toe socks and how to use them in your own life.
I personally think they look silly and most people will probably agree with me.
But girls love toe socks and use them everyday. And some guys, of course.
I first saw them in school because that is when they first made a comeback, and I thought they looked cute and weird at the same time.
But as an adult there is no way I’d be rocking these things.
As for others, they swear by them.
What are Toe Socks and Their Purpose?
Toe socks are socks knitted the same way a glove is knitted. They are designed to fit your toes individually into its own knitted “pocket”.
Again, exactly like a glove but for toes.
Other names they are known by are glove socks, finger socks, 5-toe socks or digital socks.
Toe socks first became popular in the 1970’s as it was fashionable for girls to wear them with clogs or sandals.
This slowed down but made a comeback in the 90’s and that’s where I first discovered them in primary school (or elementary for you US folk).
The purpose of toe socks is to offer a way to wear socks without the restrictions of a normal sock.
This means they can be worn with flip flops or just to look cute as there are thousands of different colors and designs, which is why lots of girls like wearing them.
Today they are fashionable more than anything.
You’ll likely see girls on Snapchat or Instagram with their feet up wearing a pair of toe socks, but certainly not out and about.
They are not limited to length either.
All toe socks are available in many different lengths. From no show socks, to ankles, to crew socks and even over-the-knee socks!
Do They Actually Work?
They do actually work as intended but that’s not why people use them.
They are made for wearing with flip flops, clogs, sandals, etc, and even for athletes for running.
People use them mostly for walking around the house. But using them for running is becoming more and more popular because they’re less restrictive than normal socks.
Athletic toe socks are designed different than everyday toe socks. They are reinforced to prevent blisters and have moisture-wicking properties for sweat absorption.
Whereas normal toe socks don’t have the extra features, which is why they are often cheaper.
Toe socks may look silly but they do actually have a purpose and they do work for what they are designed for.
Do They Keep Your Feet Warmer than Regular Socks?
There’s a common mistake that people make. They think tight and warm socks is going to make their feet warmer.
However, if the sock is too tight, it will slow down blood circulation thus causing your feet to be colder than before.
The thing with toe socks is that your toes are individually wrapped in its own little sock.
This actually encourages more blood circulation into the toes and makes the wearer warmer!
Normal socks provide too much restriction and that cuts down blood circulation, but toe socks have that extra bit of movement.
Also toe socks have no seams which is going to create even less restriction than normal socks.
So yes, toe socks are much warmer than regular socks.
Instead of opting for those thick and ugly looking pair of crew socks, you may want to try a pair of toe socks that come over the knees.
The Benefits of Toe Socks
Toe socks offer many benefits and are not just for style or athletics.
Below I am going to outline some of the biggest benefits toe socks offer so you know whether or not they are good for you.
High absorption – These socks are designed to absorb moisture and sweat, leaving your feet happy and in good condition
Prevents athletes foot – Toe socks stop foot fungus in its tracks due to the advanced moisture-wicking abilities
Increased blood circulation – Normal socks restrict our toes from moving which cuts down blood circulation. However, toe socks encourage blood circulation
Warmer than normal socks – The increased blood circulation allows our feet to be warmer than regular socks
Less friction – Normal socks cause our toes to rub against each other which causes friction, and sometimes blisters due to the excess heat. Toe socks eliminate that problem
Ergonomic fit – Toe socks are designed for the best fit and feel possible. They are made thin so there’s lots of movement in the toes
Good for athletes – At the end of the day, athletes require maximum feeling, least restriction possible and ultimate flexibility. Normal socks don’t offer that, making these socks the go-to for sporting activities
No more blisters – Toe socks eliminate skin-on-skin friction which is the reason for blisters in regular socks. You may want to try toe socks if you find yourself always getting blisters
Compression Toe Socks
There are also compression toe socks which you may be thinking “Brandon, didn’t you say the tighter the sock, the less blood circulation”.
Well there’s a difference between compression and too tight.
Compression stays as close to the skin as possible, whereas tight socks actually tighten the veins and skin which is how the restriction happens.
Compression toe socks actually feel like a second-skin rather than a sock.
The proper use of a compression sock is long distance running but can also be used for short distance.
The reason these work better for athletes than regular toe socks is because they don’t move in transition. They act as an anchor to keep them close as possible to your skin.
Plus they have amazing moisture-absorption abilities.
Regular toe socks can bunch up and twist during running activities, which is going to cause discomfort and irritation.
I do not recommend compression toe socks for casual/day-to-day use, but for runners and athletic situations, compression toe socks are the best.
At the End of the Day
At the end of the day I want you to take at least 3 things away from this article.
- Total foot utilization
- Moisture management
- Blister prevention
Proper foot utilization makes us more aware of our feet and how they work, and the moisture-wicking abilities keeps us drier and more comfortable than normal socks.
I hope you are more aware of the benefits of toe socks and how you can use them in your own life.
There are lots of benefits and you might prefer them over normal socks. But it all comes down to personal preference.
Personally I’ll stick to my ankle socks.
Well thanks for reading this article.
Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments below and I’ll be happy to answer them as soon as I can 🙂