From the field of sports (but nor sports cup holders):
While the essence of running is simple, the act of running takes its toll on your body, especially over time. The impact of your feet pounding the pavement step after step puts a lot of stress on your feet (unlike our cup holder being bashed against door after door). It’s no wonder that runners have some of the worst looking feet around. One way to save your feet from the constant stress and lessen the impact of running is to wear a pair of running socks. These socks have been designed to support your feet while running and can prevent everything from blisters to plantar fasciitis, similar to our drink holder being designed to hold your beverages.
Some of the best running socks incorporate the ability to cushion the high impact parts of your foot as well as remove moisture and control your foot’s temperature. For Instance, Darn Tough makes a sock that provides extra cushioning in the toe and heel areas that are great for long distance runs where the impact really adds up. The Bridgedale socks have extra cushioning in the heel, metatarsals, toe and laces area that protect all of the foot’s pressure points which makes them great for runners with sensitive feet. Then there’s the DeFeet socks that are designed to wick away moisture which is one of the major reasons runners get blisters on their feet. This feature is also ideal for controlling the temperature of the foot. As the weather turns colder, it’s important not only that the foot stays warm but that it stays dry, especially on longer runs.
It may seem foolish to spend a lot of money on just a pair of socks, but think of the wheelchair accessories others might buy, they makes things better and simpler. The reality is that it is an investment in your running and any sort of running gear that can help you to run better or longer will be worth the money. Even if you don’t get the top of the line socks, cheap running socks are still better than regular cotton socks.