The length of socks seems to go up and down as fashion dictates. But if you’ve noticed more runners in knee-high socks, that isn’t because they’re trying to stay on-trend.
Many have found that long compression socks are beneficial to their performance. How so? The theory is that gently compressing the muscles in the leg can improve circulation, increase the delivery of oxygen and help with the removal of lactic acid. In a nutshell, compression socks can help reduce fatigue and promote faster recovery.
If you’re looking to put that theory to the test, the American-made Aspire Twelve socks from Swiftwick are an excellent option. The lightweight socks are very breathable, keeping you from getting overheated.
They’re moisture-wicking and minimally padded in just the right places to ensure a proper fit with your running shoes. (The additional support may work wonders for those who work on their feet all day as well.)
If you’re not quite ready to jump to the full knee-high look, the Aspire series includes additional lengths, including a zero- (no visibility),1-, 2-, 4-, and 7-inch rise above the shoe.
They all include compression elements and breathability to help make your running more enjoyable. But give the long ones a try. You may discover why they're more than a fashion choice.
Price: $30, swiftwick.com
– Jeff Banowetz, Tribune News Service