FiveFingers And Socks?
I’ve never been much of a sock fan. They make my toes mush together, do a poor job of ever really drying and make laundry way more complicated. When I got my first pair of FiveFingers, the last thing on my mind was what kind of socks to wear.
No sock for you!
And wear them I did not. I ran my first three races and did all of my training sockless. I wore Injinji socks a few times in NYC and Chicago when temperatures dipped below freezing, but never unless the environment absolutely demanded it. But then I took a closer look at the wear on my feet after a five-plus mile run, and discovered that socks were exactly what I needed.
Socks combat old age
On runs longer than my typical four to five miles around the block, I noticed that my feet began to have odd rub marks where the seams in the shoes were fitted together. This definitely hadn’t always happened, but as my Sprint FiveFingers age, stretch, and are slowly destroyed by the washing machine, the fabric is pulling in a way that increasingly bothers my feet.
Some days it will rub on the outside, others on the arch, and every so often, the heel. These “injuries” don’t hurt at all, but they’re annoying. I didn’t like the slight pinch I felt when they were happening and I longed to learn how to fix it.
Turns out, I sweat too much. And when I say too much, I mean I’ve ALWAYS sweated like a huge fat man. Whether I’m 165 or 215 lbs, my sweat glands are always working really hard. This is likely because my heart rate shoots way up when I exercise, but because it’s always been like that, I’m not going to worry too much unless it causes light headedness, which it doesn’t.
When I sweat, my feet get slippery. When they get slippery, I have to tighten the hell out of my Five Fingers. When I tighten my Five Fingers, they pull a bit at my toes. When my Five Fingers pull at my toes, it hurts my always-there ingrown toenail.
New kicks, new socks
So when I bought a new pair of Sprints, I bought them one size too big AND will be wearing Injinji socks when I run. My first attempt at wearing socks with my size 44 Sprints went okay, but because I’ve dried my Five Fingers more than once (they do say not to) mine have shrunk just enough to make wearing the socks uncomfortable.
I am what I am
So now I have socks. My god, I used to make fun of people wearing socks with Birkenstocks. Am I worse?