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ToeSox look strange- I really had to be sold on wearing them. I had concerns that the added space between my toes would make my feet too wide to fit comfortably in my running shoes. In fact, I've been given them before at retail shows and events and always handed them off to a friend, without even giving them a second look. When ToeSox sent me a variety of socks to try, I figured the least I could do was take them for a run. It felt odd at first to have fabric between my toes, but with the advice of a friend, I decided to give them a chance. I agreed I would give them a week of consistent wear. That was about a month ago and since then, my sock drawer has begun looking decidedly different. I am totally sold. I find myself digging through my usual running socks to look for clean ToeSox. Now I completely understand why they've become so popular!
In addition to the added comfort, they align the toes and bones in the feet for optimal performance while running. I actually feel a bit more stable while wearing them. I'm a barefoot/flip-flop girl normally, so foot stability really hasn't been an issue with me- I was surprised that I felt a difference. Shoes that do not allow for for correct foot splay might feel a bit tighter in the toe box even with the light-weight Ultralite, but to put it bluntly, if they're that snug, you probably shouldn't be running in them anyway.
Another concern I had was that sweat would gather and I would end up with soggy fabric between my toes. This wasn't the case at all. In fact after a run, I expect my socks to be at least slightly damp when I take off my shoes, but with the Ultralite, they were completely dry. They have put a lot of time into their drying technology and it's evident.
With a lack of seams around the toes, I have no issues with chaffing or rubbing creating blisters on longer runs. In fact, I didn't even feel any hot spots that would cause concerns. I would be very interested to hear if anyone uses them for Ultra distances.
ToeSox has a large variety of thicknesses and styles, (even minimalist liners) built to suit any sport or casual endeavor. Of course, I loved the Ultralite for running and boot camp/strength-training, but I also tried some of the thicker versions for hiking and cycling in the cold morning and was just as pleased. In fact, I refuse to hike in any other kind of sock now! I was completely blister free and enjoyed totally dry feet the whole day.
While I still think they look a bit odd, I'm so happy with them, I really don't care! Absolutely worth giving them a try.
For more information about ToeSox products, go to: www.toesox.com
ToeSox is giving away two pair of socks to three lucky fans! To enter, go the TriEdge facebook page and post your best training horror story. Lost a toenail mid-run? Chased up a tree by a rabid raccoon? Lost in the rain for hours? We want to hear it!
Contest begins today, Fri. Sept. 14th at 9am (MDT) and ends today at 6pm (MDT). Winner will be announced shortly after the contest closes. Contest is open to all US residents and is void where prohibited.