WHAT ARE THE BEST FOOTBALL SOCKS? HOW TO WEAR THEM LIKE A PRO?
Today we bring you a comprehensive guide to an accessory that is underestimated by many football players: performance socks. Here’s a look at the best socks on the market.
Amateur and professional football players have always played with “classic” socks. But players looking for better performance and comfort have come up with alternative solutions. First, there were white tennis socks, then an American brand, TRUsox, came along and revolutionized the market. Since then, more than a dozen brands have been offering performance socks. From TRUsox to Tape Design via Ranna, MC Protech, or Falke, there is no shortage of different models.
HOW TO WEAR YOUR FOOTBALL SOCKS?
- Put on your performance sock
- Cut your club sock by removing the bottom part.
Tip: to prevent the club sock from fraying, you can gently heat the edges of the cut section with a lighter to make the threads shrink with the heat.
- Slip your club sock over it.
- Overlap the two socks by about 2 cm.
- You can put a strip of elasto to hold the two socks together and finish the seam more neatly.
WHAT ARE THE BEST PERFORMANCE FOOTBALL SOCKS?
TRUSOX, THE PIONEER
Released in 2014, TRUsox socks address two classic footballer issues: The first is when the season resumes asI your feet go from your best flip-flops to your new boots. Every footballer knows the painful sensation of new shoes that will have to be “adapted” to your feet (or the other way round…).
The second phenomenon is more related to the sock itself, the quality of which is very often poor and which causes slippage between your foot and your sock, but also between your sock and the shoe.
So the TRUsox company has tackled these phenomena to improve the foot-shoe relationship by unifying the famous footballer’s triptych (foot – sock – shoe). Like golf gloves, the roadmap was simple: stop all energy losses caused by foot slippage inside the sock but also inside the shoe to avoid injuries to your feet and also to guarantee better reactivity and power during your movements. TRUsox has therefore developed a simple but effective solution: the integration of anti-slip pads inside the sock and on the outside. This way, your sock becomes one with your foot but also with your shoe.
NIKEGRIP, IS A SURE THING
In 2016, Nike decided to go all out by launching several technologies, including NikeGRIP. These are new socks that aim to improve performance by eliminating friction. As with the TRUsox socks, the NikeGRIP promises socks that do not slip inside the shoes. This prevents friction (and therefore blisters) but also ensures greater stability of the foot. To achieve this, Nike has optimized the grip on the inside and outside of the sock to allow for better traction during ground contact and to allow the user to focus solely on the game. To achieve this optimal grip, the engineers had to be particularly careful because not enough grip causes friction, but too much grip handicaps mobility. “We tried to find the perfect balance to give the athlete total freedom and maximum confidence,” says Tim Clark. The engineers have increased the contact points in the big toe and heel area, but also refined the sock’s silhouette to limit unnecessary excess and provide a more precise foot lock system.
TAPE DESIGN, THE AUSTRIAN INNOVATION
Like Trusox, Tape Design relies on small, round pellets instead of rectangles like Trusox, which considerably improves the grip of socks in shoes. The advantage of this grip is that it prevents the foot from slipping inside the shoe, which can cause blisters and more generally unpleasant sensations. Like the Trusox socks, the Tape Design socks are made of breathable materials that allow for better evacuation of perspiration during play. The big difference between Trusox and NikeGRIP is the role of the pads in the shoe. While Trusox relies on the combination “foot – sock – shoe”, Tape Design only plays on the relationship “sock – shoe”. This is an interesting way to stand out from the crowd, as well as the customization which is a differentiating point compared to other brands.
RANNA: KNOW-HOW MADE IN FRANCE
In addition to brands from the United States, Austria, and Italy, French companies have also entered the battle for performance football socks. This is the case of Ranna, a company from Strasbourg that manufactures products that are 100% made in France. Its non-slip grip, right/left foot adjustment, and compression effect make Ranna models very good competitors to other manufacturers.
MC PROTECH: THE HERITAGE OF A PROFESSIONAL PLAYER
In addition to Ranna, another French brand develops performance football socks. Launched a few years ago by Nicolas Benezet, a former player of Guingamp, Nimes, Evian, and Caen is indeed one of the creators of this and the one who develops it. This pair stands out for its relatively long life compared to its competitors.
SOXPRO: THE ITALIAN ARROW
Like the other manufacturers in the family of performance football sock brands, SOXPro shares the same objective: to improve the foot/shoe relationship by limiting foot slippage in the cleats. Like the other brands, the Italian company stands out for its special grip technology, while the visual signature of SOXPro products is the arrows on the heel.
FALKE: AN EXPERIENCE AT THE SERVICE OF FOOTBALL
Capitalizing on its experience in knitting caps, tights, socks, under-layers, or even suits for Formula 1, the German company Falke launched itself some time ago in the performance football socks. However, the product still falls short of its competitors in terms of grip quality.
TIP: HOW TO WEAR YOUR FOOTBALL SOCKS LIKE THE PROS?
We’ve come up with a little tip on how to wear these socks in training and in matches. We are convinced that this market is only at the beginning of an adventure. We can see it very well thanks to the news to come: Trusox will propose a version 2.0 of its sock very quickly & specialized brands like the German brand FALKE are looking into this sports market. Other specialist brands should also offer this product in the coming months/years!
Don’t hesitate if you have any questions !