Tips for Selecting Running Socks: One Ripping Good Yarn
By: Austin Bonds
As a fan of Seinfeld for life, I always make reference to the episode of note if a conversation with someone touches on subject matter that provides an appropriate segue for this iconic television series. This article is derived from an exchange between Kramer and J. Peterman concerning Kramer’s encounter with the Van Buren Boys (from a 1997 episode). As Kramer recounts the story to Peterman, he makes mention of the fact that he inadvertently flashed their secret sign and thus avoided significant bodily injury. Peterman calls Kramer’s adventure “one ripping good yarn.”
As you may gather, “one ripping good yarn” is another way of saying that Kramer told an exciting story. I’d like to preface the forthcoming content with this Seinfeld reference as it makes for more interesting reading than socks – or more to the point – running socks. That said, my aim is to inject some excitement into the process of identifying and purchasing a sock for running.
When people inquire about what socks are the best socks at the store I work for, Big Peach Running Company, I reply by telling them that the ideal sock is based primarily on personal preference – much like running shoes. With this in mind, there are a few considerations to mull over when your eyes peruse rows and rows of socks.
I can think of no better way to conclude this article than by circling back to the title and reflecting on it in a literal sense. A few months ago I ran in a favorite sock, the Balega Ultra Light No Show, and unbeknownst to me, the yarn around the first toe on the right foot had started ripping, albeit slightly. The result of this ignorance was a sizable blister underneath that first toe.
This good yarn had literally started ripping. How could this be? This is a high quality, running sock.
Like running shoes, socks also have a life span. I hope that you will learn from my painful mistake and periodically check your socks for any tearing or small holes that may have developed around the toes or the arch or heel area. Replace them with a new pair so you too can avoid blisters.
Unlike the stories of Cosmo Kramer, that blister story wasn’t very exciting. Socks, for that matter, are not the most exciting subject for runners. But they have a profound impact on whether a run is good or turns out to be a painful bust. Find yourself a good sock, run well, and proceed to tell others about your “ripping good yarns” from the roads or the trails or the races.
The Believe in the Run team can usually be found wearing Balega, Feetures! or Swiftwick socks. We even gave Feetures! a spot in our 2014 B.I.G. (Best in Gear) Guide.
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