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10 reasons why our socks rock...
10 Reasons why RunBreeze Technical Running Socks help you:
- The Material. To combat irritation, RunBreeze use breathable fabrics such as CoolmaxTM that helps to absorb moisture.
- The Fit. Ordinary socks move up and down the foot and are one of the reasons for blisters. Our technical running socks are designed ergonomically around the shape of the foot so movement is limited and the sock stays in position.
- The Toe. A RunBreeze sock has a seamless toe to help prevent rubbing that can occur in a normal sock.
- Achilles Heel protection. RunBreeze’s trainer liner range has a padded support to help prevent rubbing.
- The Mid-Foot. Our technical running sock has a mid-foot grip to help keep the sock in place.
- Left and Right Footed. Left and right feet differ in shape our socks are designed to mould the contour of both.
- Cushioning. RunBreeze Cushioning socks incorporate a thicker layer sole that help with impact protection.
- Anti Blister. Blisters are a runners arch enemy. RunBreeze socks help prevent them by using double layered technology.
- Health. For best performance running socks should be changed regularly. Use our sock calculator at RunBreeze.com to advise you on how many socks you will need per year based on how many times you run.
- Performance. Our technical running socks will not only help protect your feet but will also aid your performance.
RunBreeze socks…the ultimate running tool…!
Socks…the forgotten running tool.
When we think of running kit we think the right sort of trainers, a comfortable pair of shorts and a fast drying t-shirt. We may also consider Ipods or MP3’s and a GPS system. However the one item often neglected in our thoughts is the sock. Or two of them on most occasions.
The sock. A simple product used as a bridge between feet and shoes…or is it?
Richard Edmonds, founder of the technical running sock company RunBreeze.com tells me ‘Socks are bit of an enigma to runners. People often spend hundreds of pounds on kit and then put on any pair of old socks! At RunBreeze we believe socks are as integral to running as any other item – at the end of the day without our feet we couldn’t run!’ True but how much can you do with a sock? My investigation began with a trip to the RunBreeze head office where an enthusiastic Richard beams as he goes through their whole range. He asks me what type of running do I do? Mostly on the road I say. Richard passes me a pair of the RunBreeze Cushioning socks. They feel like a cushion on the bottom. He tells me ‘If you are running on the road up to 5 times your own bodyweight of pressure is going through the joints. We use cushioning in our trainers to help this but why not use an extra bit of help? The RunBreeze cushioning socks has padding in the form of a terry mix of Cotton/CoolmaxTM to protect the impact on your feet.’ He continues ‘Most runners tend to wear their trainers longer than they should, making the cushioning in their trainers very limited. Why not keep the cushioning levels up by using a sock with extra padding?’ He has a point. However I am sceptical on how hot my feet will feel in such a sock. ‘Your feet will feel cooler in these socks’ Richard says ‘We use breathable fabrics such as CoolmaxTM to help wick away sweat from the fabric, keeping you cool and dry.’
Ok so I am sold on the cushioning sock but what about the age old running foe – the blister? I for one struggle consistently with these and have worked through the pain over the years, occasionally having to stop training for them. Richard steps in ‘The main reason for getting blisters is the rubbing of the sock against the foot within the shoe. The way we combat this is through using a double layered sock. By using this we allow the two layers of fabric to rub against each other rather than your foot, helping to prevent blisters.’ Hmm I need a little more convincing on this. Surely every runner would be wearing this sock if it were the case? ‘Unfortunately the runner isn’t sufficiently educated on socks’ Richard says passionately. ‘We really want to educate the running world into the benefits of technical running socks so it becomes a staple item of the runners kit bag.
Recently we had a lady called Nina who ran in a 100km race (The Trailblazer). It is ran in teams of 4 people and she was participating with two teams. Se emailed me before the event and I advised her on our Anti Blister sock, she ran the Ultra and emailed me afterwards saying ‘Absolutely AMAZING socks. Not a single blister after walking/running 100km (Trailwalker 2010)! I used 3 pairs of socks which I changed after 30km, 60km and 90km. Walked in them for 29hours and 40 minutes. And, still, NO blisters!!!’ Ok so I have some evidence to back it up and I am taken by Richards enthusiasm on the subject. How accessible on price are technical running socks? Richard tells me that ‘The RunBreeze Cushioning and Anti Blister socks are only £8. We sell directly to the consumer from RunBreeze.com to make sure they got the top quality technical products direct from the manufacturer so the price is affordable for everyone.’ He continues ‘It is important to us, as runners, to offer the running community this. We wanted it as runners ourselves, which is why we started the company in the first place.’ Ok so a couple of hours with the RunBreeze boys has given me a valuable education in the world of running socks. Before I was very much a running sock atheist, but an afternoon with RunBreeze has turned me into a believer.