it turns out there is a difference between el cheapo socks and nice, moisture managing ones. it's not as obvious as rubbing sandpaper on your skin, but there is a noticeable difference.
lucky for me, i started getting free socks at races, for my birthday/christmas, and occasionally from sock vendors themselves.
recently, i received a pair of new balance socks with coolmax® fabric technology, available at academy sports and outdoors (and other retail locations). i've only run in them once (i did just take a month off) but i've worn them casually around the house as well. i also wore them to work once, because nothing says "i'm a professional" like white athletic socks!
|fit comparison of new balance coolmax sock to one of my typical socks|
most of my socks are tight-fitting and no-show (such as the sock on the left side of photo). the new balance coolmax socks are "looser" (in a good way) and low-cut (sock on the right side of photo). these socks are incredibly soft. it's like slipping a cashmere sweater on your feet, except a breathable one of course. perhaps cushiony is a better word.
these socks can be worn for other sports and activities other than running, such as hiking and cycling. the coolmax® technology is designed to wick moisture away, keeping your feet cool and dry.
i wore them for my first run back and had no problems. i haven't given them a thorough test (one 2-mile run doesn't seem sufficient) but i like them so far.
so what does all this jibber jabber mean for you? well the fine folks behind coolmax® technology would like to give you a week's worth of new balance coolmax socks for free!
leave a comment on this post with the words "sock it to me".
winner will be selected at random. he or she will receive six pairs of new balance coolmax socks. giveaway ends thursday 9/8 at 11:59 est.
many will enter. one will win.
disclaimer: i was provided the socks free of charge in exchange for a review and hosting a giveaway. the enjoyment of the socks thus far is my own.