Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Injinji Socks

Confession: feet have always bothered me.

Some people have foot fetishes, but what's the opposite of a fetish? I'm not sure how I got into thinking that feet are just eyesores and smell-bombs.

Luckily, there are socks and shoes to cover up feet. For the longest time, I did not care for any shoe (sandals, etc.) that revealed them, but I traded my insecurities for comfort.

So when a sock comes out that highlights the "feet-ish" things about feet (i.e., the toes), I am the first to squirm, which is probably why it took me so long to try them.

Side note: I wrote about those Vibram shoes several years ago in my bewilderment, and it's actually my most searched-for blog entry!

Say hello to my Injinji socks. I bought these (crew cut) at a marathon expo recently for $12. I wanted to try the compression ones, but they were $38, an investment I wasn't ready to make considering I didn't know if these normal ones would work for me.

Against all conventional wisdom, I wore these socks at my marathon just days after buying them. I walked around town the day before to "get used to them," and they weren't even noticeablely different from my normal Hanes socks.
During my race, I did notice them at some points, but only in the sense that I was feeling a nice cushioning between my toes rather than them rubbing together. Overall, I don't think they impacted me one way or another. I only wish they had more cushioning at the bottom or something or some sort of arch support.


  1. I don't mind feet in general, but I do hate my own feet..

    I've tried these socks before (and the vibrams, too), and have come to the conclusion that they only work if your feet are shaped a certain way. I find the shoes and the socks to be really uncomfortable - they just don't fit my toes right!

  2. Good to know about the socks :) I thought about them before, but I never took the plunge!