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2014-07-16 3:38 PM

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Subject: Blister-proof Socks for Olympic and HIM races?
My favorite socks are the Injinji toe-socks. Since I discovered them about 5 years ago through a friend that does Ultramarathons, I have found that my feet have been healthier, less likely to get blisters, and a tiny bit prettier (still far from pretty, however).

Anyway, when I do Olympic and HIM distances I really don't to take the time to put on "toe-socks", which is exactly what they are! It just isn't conducive to quick transitions. Going barefoot has not really been an option and regular socks always cause blisters. I am training for an IM and really don't want blisters after my race next week (and after additional August and Sept races) because I will need to get right back at it after the races. I have typically gone barefoot for my Olypmic races but am usually plagued with blisters regardless of how I have trained.

FYI- I am always barefoot on the bike inside my shoes. Don't ever get blisters from bike shoes. So, T2 is when I need the socks.

So, what's your favorite blister-proof (or close to) sock for anything Olympic distance and beyond?


2014-07-16 9:45 PM
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I like Smartwool ankle cut running socks. I've put many miles on them with no blisters. Additionally I have had to run several miles with them completely wet from having to run through water with no blisters.

Actually I am pretty high on Smartwool, or other similar merino wool socks, in general as I wear heavier versions for 16+ hours a day on wildland firefighting assignments with no ill effects. In this scenario I usually have to wear a pair of socks for several days, rotating through pairs, as our packing limitations dictate we limit ourselves to 7 or so pairs of socks for a 14 day assignment. As a matter of fact I have since switched to wearing merino wool socks year round.

But back to the original question, the Smartwool ankle cut running socks are awesome. Plus they have a "gripper" of sorts on the back making them quick to put on: http://www.smartwool.com/activities/run/mens-phd-run-light-micro-so...
2014-07-16 9:47 PM
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Subject: RE: Blister-proof Socks for Olympic and HIM races?
Ive run in Balega socks for about 7 years and never had problems with blisters.
2014-07-17 10:29 AM
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Subject: RE: Blister-proof Socks for Olympic and HIM races?
best pair are double lined sweatsocks or swift socks something like that
2014-07-17 1:34 PM
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Subject: RE: Blister-proof Socks for Olympic and HIM races?
I have always worn white cotton socks from Kohls - the six pack. I have done 6 marathons, 7 1/2 IMs, numerous half marathons, and miles and miles of running. lived in the northern cold and the steamy south. I have never had blister. ..until I try the $12 a pair socks.
2014-07-17 3:50 PM
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Subject: RE: Blister-proof Socks for Olympic and HIM races?
Originally posted by martindc1

I like Smartwool ankle cut running socks. I've put many miles on them with no blisters. Additionally I have had to run several miles with them completely wet from having to run through water with no blisters.

Actually I am pretty high on Smartwool, or other similar merino wool socks, in general as I wear heavier versions for 16+ hours a day on wildland firefighting assignments with no ill effects. In this scenario I usually have to wear a pair of socks for several days, rotating through pairs, as our packing limitations dictate we limit ourselves to 7 or so pairs of socks for a 14 day assignment. As a matter of fact I have since switched to wearing merino wool socks year round.

But back to the original question, the Smartwool ankle cut running socks are awesome. Plus they have a "gripper" of sorts on the back making them quick to put on: http://www.smartwool.com/activities/run/mens-phd-run-light-micro-so...


Another vote for SmartWool here.... love them!


2014-07-20 4:50 PM
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Subject: RE: Blister-proof Socks for Olympic and HIM races?
Originally posted by sheesleeva

I have always worn white cotton socks from Kohls - the six pack. I have done 6 marathons, 7 1/2 IMs, numerous half marathons, and miles and miles of running. lived in the northern cold and the steamy south. I have never had blister. ..until I try the $12 a pair socks.


You are VERY lucky. I have worn every type and brand of sock from expensive to super inexpensive and will get blisters so bad I have had to have the bottoms of my feet completely cut off at the doctor's office (3 weeks before I ran the Prague International marathon from running a 20-miler in the rain). UGH! I get blisters underneath my toenails that won't go away for months at a time, too. They are awful. I am guessing I may just be more prone to blisters. These toes socks are the only socks that have alleviated MOST of my issues. Every now and again, though, I will get blisters from workouts that are longer than 3 hours. ;(
2014-07-20 5:12 PM
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I too love Smartwool. I only have a couple pairs, too pricey for me to have a whole load. The pairs I do have I tend to wear for my long runs or rides.

I don't have a huge problem with blisters though, so I'm lucky there.
2014-07-21 9:42 AM
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Subject: RE: Blister-proof Socks for Olympic and HIM races?
Originally posted by midwesttrimom

Originally posted by sheesleeva

I have always worn white cotton socks from Kohls - the six pack. I have done 6 marathons, 7 1/2 IMs, numerous half marathons, and miles and miles of running. lived in the northern cold and the steamy south. I have never had blister. ..until I try the $12 a pair socks.


You are VERY lucky. I have worn every type and brand of sock from expensive to super inexpensive and will get blisters so bad I have had to have the bottoms of my feet completely cut off at the doctor's office (3 weeks before I ran the Prague International marathon from running a 20-miler in the rain). UGH! I get blisters underneath my toenails that won't go away for months at a time, too. They are awful. I am guessing I may just be more prone to blisters. These toes socks are the only socks that have alleviated MOST of my issues. Every now and again, though, I will get blisters from workouts that are longer than 3 hours. ;(


Have you tried changing brand or sizes in shoes?
2014-07-21 10:21 AM
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Subject: RE: Blister-proof Socks for Olympic and HIM races?
Originally posted by EKH

Originally posted by midwesttrimom

Originally posted by sheesleeva

I have always worn white cotton socks from Kohls - the six pack. I have done 6 marathons, 7 1/2 IMs, numerous half marathons, and miles and miles of running. lived in the northern cold and the steamy south. I have never had blister. ..until I try the $12 a pair socks.


You are VERY lucky. I have worn every type and brand of sock from expensive to super inexpensive and will get blisters so bad I have had to have the bottoms of my feet completely cut off at the doctor's office (3 weeks before I ran the Prague International marathon from running a 20-miler in the rain). UGH! I get blisters underneath my toenails that won't go away for months at a time, too. They are awful. I am guessing I may just be more prone to blisters. These toes socks are the only socks that have alleviated MOST of my issues. Every now and again, though, I will get blisters from workouts that are longer than 3 hours. ;(


Have you tried changing brand or sizes in shoes?


Yes, several times. Typically don't get any blisters until I start running half marathon distance or longer.
2014-07-22 8:19 PM
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Subject: RE: Blister-proof Socks for Olympic and HIM races?
Originally posted by midwesttrimom

Originally posted by EKH

Originally posted by midwesttrimom

Originally posted by sheesleeva

I have always worn white cotton socks from Kohls - the six pack. I have done 6 marathons, 7 1/2 IMs, numerous half marathons, and miles and miles of running. lived in the northern cold and the steamy south. I have never had blister. ..until I try the $12 a pair socks.


You are VERY lucky. I have worn every type and brand of sock from expensive to super inexpensive and will get blisters so bad I have had to have the bottoms of my feet completely cut off at the doctor's office (3 weeks before I ran the Prague International marathon from running a 20-miler in the rain). UGH! I get blisters underneath my toenails that won't go away for months at a time, too. They are awful. I am guessing I may just be more prone to blisters. These toes socks are the only socks that have alleviated MOST of my issues. Every now and again, though, I will get blisters from workouts that are longer than 3 hours. ;(


Have you tried changing brand or sizes in shoes?


Yes, several times. Typically don't get any blisters until I start running half marathon distance or longer.


You might try using Glide on your toes for longer runs. If it works it will only take a couple of seconds to hit your toes with some Glide in T2.


2014-07-23 11:09 AM
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Subject: RE: Blister-proof Socks for Olympic and HIM races?
Originally posted by EKH

Originally posted by midwesttrimom

Originally posted by EKH

Originally posted by midwesttrimom

Originally posted by sheesleeva

I have always worn white cotton socks from Kohls - the six pack. I have done 6 marathons, 7 1/2 IMs, numerous half marathons, and miles and miles of running. lived in the northern cold and the steamy south. I have never had blister. ..until I try the $12 a pair socks.


You are VERY lucky. I have worn every type and brand of sock from expensive to super inexpensive and will get blisters so bad I have had to have the bottoms of my feet completely cut off at the doctor's office (3 weeks before I ran the Prague International marathon from running a 20-miler in the rain). UGH! I get blisters underneath my toenails that won't go away for months at a time, too. They are awful. I am guessing I may just be more prone to blisters. These toes socks are the only socks that have alleviated MOST of my issues. Every now and again, though, I will get blisters from workouts that are longer than 3 hours. ;(


I do always put Glide on my toes. Honestly, I think when I get tired I grip with my toes a bit! Seriously! This has been going on for years. If I would just be blister-free my runs would be so much easier. I have learned to adapt but going in for a pedicure is always a treat. My feet look terrible!

Have you tried changing brand or sizes in shoes?


Yes, several times. Typically don't get any blisters until I start running half marathon distance or longer.


You might try using Glide on your toes for longer runs. If it works it will only take a couple of seconds to hit your toes with some Glide in T2.
2014-07-23 10:21 PM
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Subject: RE: Blister-proof Socks for Olympic and HIM races?
I've had good luck with Pearl Izumi "bike socks" (they have bike motifs but are anklets and look like running socks) or similar ones by Sock Guy and DeFeet. They are some sort of synthetic material (Polypro?) and quite thin--keeps my feet cool and generally blister-free in the hot conditions that I usually train and race in. For cooler conditions, Smartwool or similar socks work well. Basically, stay away from cotton and anything too thick. Especially if you tend to pour water over yourself, they'll become soggy and bunch up, inviting blisters and just making you feel like you're slogging along.
2014-07-24 8:13 AM
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Originally posted by Hot Runner

I've had good luck with Pearl Izumi "bike socks" (they have bike motifs but are anklets and look like running socks) or similar ones by Sock Guy and DeFeet. They are some sort of synthetic material (Polypro?) and quite thin--keeps my feet cool and generally blister-free in the hot conditions that I usually train and race in. For cooler conditions, Smartwool or similar socks work well. Basically, stay away from cotton and anything too thick. Especially if you tend to pour water over yourself, they'll become soggy and bunch up, inviting blisters and just making you feel like you're slogging along.


After reading quite a bit about Smartwool I did decide they may not be great for me in the summer months. It is SO HUMID here and I look like I've
taken a shower after even early AM runs. I picked up a pair of Defeet socks and will try those. I think I may go ahead and waste some transition time at my race this weekend and put on the toe socks! Afraid it will set me back a week if I get too many blisters. Fingers crossed for ZERO!!! I especially have issues when I wear racing flats without socks (Olympic distance). Thanks!!
2014-07-24 11:15 AM
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Subject: RE: Blister-proof Socks for Olympic and HIM races?
Several years ago I used to get blisters on most runs over 10 miles. I tried almost every running sock out there and still got blisters. After some experimentation I found out that it was my shoes that were causing the blisters.

After I changed to a shoe that was a half size larger with a flatter arch and had a wider toe box my blister problem went away. Even though my shoes seemed to fit in the store they were a little too small when I ran the terrain around my house which is very hilly.
2014-07-24 1:14 PM
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Subject: RE: Blister-proof Socks for Olympic and HIM races?
Might be worthwhile to spend some time looking at the web site I linked.....

http://www.blisterprevention.com.au/the-advanced-guide-to-blister-p...

Socks may be a part of the solution for most people, but, if you have major issues, socks are only one piece of the puzzle. Personally, for long, wet runs I either wear Injini or Wright socks.


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2014-07-28 1:19 PM
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Subject: RE: Blister-proof Socks for Olympic and HIM races?
Well, I bit the bullet and just took the extra transition time to put on my toesocks. My transition was still under 3 minutes and this was a 70.3 course. I figured it wasn't that big of a deal. I wear INJINJIS and I have ZERO blisters!! Whoo hoo! And, this run course was pretty hilly. I am guessing it's just fine to take the extra time at the Ironman. )
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