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Best socks to avoid blisters?

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HarerunnerGraduate

Went out on a run round the lanes with hubby. Had a week break as both poorly. Ran 5.9 km but came home with blisters on inside of feet. Noted that I had put on adidas socks on by mistake instead of my white mono skin running socks that go with my saucony iso ride 2 trainers. Can anyone recommend socks that avoid blisters for future reference please?

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Sorry I cant help as I hardly ever get blisters. I am just wondering if there is something rubbing in your shoe or if you can do the lacing slightly differently?

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HarerunnerGraduate in reply to Couchpotato2

Thank you. Will look at lacing…

Running socks are running socks and are not the cause of blisters. Your foot repetitively moving in relation to your shoes is the normal cause of blisters and this is generally down to poorly fitting shoes or inappropriate lacing.

This page of lacing techniques may help runrepeat.com/top-10-runnin...

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HarerunnerGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thank you. I read the other day about lacing techniques which sounds like a whole new world! Will check out the link. My shoes are good and this is the first time of having blisters so just put it down to wring socks otherwise everything else is same routine. Thanks again for info.

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nowsterGraduate

IannodaTruffe is right that the cause of blisters is the foot moving within the shoe causing friction.

Fixing the movement is the first thing to attempt.

There are also tricks which might help, like wearing two pairs of thin socks, one over the top of the other. The inner sock rubs against the outer sock, saving your foot. This one is an old hiker's trick.

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HarerunnerGraduate in reply to nowster

Thank you I will check out the lacing techniques and maybe a couple of pairs of socks and see if that helps too. Thanks again😀

Although the other replies are probably correct about foot movement, I find a decent pair of socks essential for both walking boots and running trainers. The ones I'm using at the moment are 'more miles' ones. They were a lot cheaper than many of the running socks I looked at but seemed to have good reviews so I gave them a chance and I'm very pleased with them - I will be buying more when they need replacing!

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VespinaGraduate in reply to Devon_straggler

Another vote for More Miles. Also had some success with Nike.

I did have one random run where I got a blister for the first and only time. I think I hadn’t quite smoothed out my sock. I now always check and haven’t had a problem since.

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HarerunnerGraduate in reply to Vespina

Thank you for the advice. 👍🏻

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YesletsgoGraduate

If you've got blisters I recommend special blister plasters, I had one the size of a 10p but with the special plasters it healed within a few days painlessly. Since then I've worn Balega Hidden Comfort merino socks and no more blisters!

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HarerunnerGraduate in reply to Yesletsgo

That’s great! Thank you for that. I will check out merino socks. Hubby loves merino stuff for cycling!! Thanks again for info.👍🏻

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Kirst13Graduate

My daughter tried a pair of Mund runners socks and has raved so much about them that I am considering a pair (even though I don't get blisters at my slow pace). She says they have 2 layers (similar to wearing 2 pairs of socks, I suppose) and she feels they are really worth the extra cost.

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HarerunnerGraduate in reply to Kirst13

Hey there, thank you for this info. I will get some more running socks and hope that works out along with lacing etc. if still suffering may need to look at my trainers. I love this forum, so much info!! Thanks again. 👍🏻

I'm probably not the best person to respond to this post, having attempting a 34 mile walk in trainer socks in a new pair of trainers - causing quite oversized blisters and pain.

You kind of answered your own question, wear your white mono skin running socks on all your runs, if they do them black try those just to give you an option.

Best advice I can give is lay your kit out the night before so its all there - including the right socks.

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HarerunnerGraduate in reply to ethreeguy

😀👍🏻 good advice. Thank you. 👍🏻

I was given a pair of Feetures socks for Christmas. My wife was recommended them. (She works in a leisure centre bwith a lot of Marathon runners). I got another pair off the Interweb. I now don't want to wear any other socks, ever!

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HarerunnerGraduate

That’s a good recommendation for socks if ever there was one! 😁👍🏻 Thank you.

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