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Injinji Toe Socks – Review


Now, this is a strange product to review – socks. Well, not just any socks, men toe socks to be more precise. What made me buy toe socks, or five finger socks as I like to call them (a little hail to the Vibram 5 fingers here)? Men toe socksWell, ever since I changed my running style a few months ago (going from a heel strike to a midfoot strike, or more of a forefoot strike), I have started to get blisters. I had been running for nearly 18 months before the change with no blistering at all, but the change (for the better), had the side effect – blistering. Not very serious, but irritating. In large part, I blame the shoes, but I am not in the position to buy new ones (especially since I had bought 2 new pairs shortly before my revolution). I tried using thinner socks, then double socks but not much improvement was visible. Then, I came across toe socks. I had a look at a few brands and I decided to go with the Injinji men toe socks. They were not the cheapest but at the same time, not the most expensive. A reasonable price I would say.

The Difference Between Socks And Toe Socks

The first thing you notice when putting on Injinji toe socks on is how they embrace your toes and foot. It is a totally different feel, mainly because the toes are free and separated. Men toe socksThe great benefit of toe socks is that the toes act independently – especially the large toe. You may argue that you could scrap socks all together and go barefoot in shoes, but then the sweat also causes blistering as the shoe is not able to absorb the water (trust me, I tried this as well). The Injinji toe socks are made of fabrics which keep feet dry.
The other advantage toe socks have is that they keep toes apart. When squished in together in a regular sock, toes can rub against each other, creating friction and blistering. Toe socks keep the toes separated and allow them to hit the ground more naturally.
Finally, the toe socks do not have thick seems at the front, like most socks do. The small seems are alright when walking, however, when setting off on longer runs, they too tend to cause irritation.

The Verdict

Created for women and men toe socks by Injinji are high quality and worth the price. Made of quality and lasting material, they provide a very natural feel. If your feet blister, getting a pair of these is a cheaper option than buying a new pair of running shoes. They will not eliminate all your problems but will provide for a more natural feel and help reduce blistering.

Injinji toe socks are widely available in online sports stores, Amazon and on Ebay. There is a range of styles and colours to chose from.

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  1. Lucie Palka says

    I can’t imagine toe socks to be vert comfortable. I have tried a pair on years ago and had to take them off right away. A lady at works has a pair of shoes that are similar (toe shoes???) and she swears by them.

    • Marek
      Marek says

      Hi Lucie,
      I got a pair of these when I started running longer distances and changed from heel strike to forefoot strike. This caused frequent blistering, however, toe socks did help a great deal to get rid of the problem. At first, they feel a bit awkward, but are thin and snug. I tried once or twice since, to run in normal socks, but find them uncomfortable now, as all the toes are squeezed together. Toe socks, in a way, give the toes freedom to move…
      It’s worth giving them a shot!
      Happy running!
      Marek

  2. Tim says

    Thoughts on wearing these with Vibrams? Would they fit/be worth it?

    • Marek
      Marek says

      I personally have not tried Vibrams but from what I’ve read, these will be just right. They are perfectly fitted to the foot and not bulky so will easily slide into a glove shoe. I am currently trying out Nike toe socks, but compared to the Injinji, they are bulkier and not as snug fit. The Nike socks are ok for normal shoes but would not be as ideal as Injinji when it comes to fitting into Vibrams.
      Hope this helps. Enjoy your day!

  3. Alex says

    While training for my first half marathon, my toes rubbed. I would get blisters between my toes, which was not comfortable. I first tried athletic tape (taping my toes apart) then vaseline (lubing them up). This worked, but wasn’t convenient to do every weekend long run. I saw toe socks at a running store… tried ’em… and haven’t had an issue since.

    I only use ’em for long runs (>14km), and consequently they’ve kept in good shape (considering the mileage they get.) They’re far more expensive than normal athletic socks, but they’re worth the lack of toe blisters.

    • Marek
      Marek says

      Thanks Alex for sharing your experience. I also feel that toe socks are very helpful in eliminating (or at least reducing) the problem of blistering. And the convenience is worth the extra cost. Do you have a specific brand that you use?
      All the best!

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