Which Socks to Wear for Each Workout

Change Up Your Workout Socks For the Ultimate Support

<p>Getty images / Westend61</p> Women lacing up her shoes for a workout

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Women lacing up her shoes for a workout

Reviewed by Michele Stanten, ACE-GFI

As part of your getting-ready routine in the morning, chances are slipping into socks falls somewhere in the mix—and this is especially true if you’re an avid exerciser. Working out without socks can be super uncomfortable for most activities, as bare feet in sneakers can exacerbate sweating, chafing, and even lead to the formation of pesky blisters that can hinder your future workouts. Socks also make your feet feel more comfortable while you’re working out, which can motivate you to exercise harder and for longer periods of time.

“The feet have the second-most concentration of nerve endings in the body aside from the hands, which means that the feedback of information from the feet to the nervous system is essential in determining how we move,” explains Marvin Nixon, MS, NBC-HWC, CPT, certified nutrition consultant, and health and wellness coach. “Wearing socks allows more information to flow from the ground to the brain and helps create powerful movement decisions and better balance and stability while providing protection to the feet.” While you may think being barefoot provides optimal sensory feedback, there is some research that shows compression socks have a similar effect.

Here is what you need to know about different types of socks, their benefits, and how to select the right socks for your workout.

Different Types of Socks and Their Benefits

Of course, socks come in all shapes, sizes, fabrics, and styles. Just like it’s important to choose the right shoe for your specific workout, it can pay to be smart about which type of sock you wear. Here’s a look at the different types of socks out there—and the benefit they

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