Runners tend to love new running gear. When a bright new shoe makes it’s debut or a great new hydration vest comes out on the market, we’re all there for it. But socks? Well, we don’t seem to get as excited for socks and it’s really too bad that they are taken for granted so often. Because honestly, a good pair of running socks is as important to our training as anything else you put on for your run.
Some companies don’t get it right, but I love it so much when they do. I’ve always said that if I don’t think about my socks while I’m running in them, that’s the mark of a good pair. You’ve got enough to worry about when you’re out there .. Your endurance, your speed, good form, no digestive issues, plenty of water. Your socks should be the very last thing on your mind.
I was fortunately enough to get to test out a few socks from VIM & VIGR and Dahlgren. They were totally different from each other and served two very different purposes. However, both brands (spoiler alert!) performed very well.
VIM & VIGR provided me with some 15-20mm HG Compression Socks, which is just a fancy way of saying that they are moderate on the compression scale. If you’re new to the compression sock game, they serve many purposes. They are often used for travel, mild to moderate edema, pregnancy, and spider and varicose veins. They energize tired legs and help reduce swelling when you’ve been on your feet for a long time. They alleviate any achiness or that heavy feeling you get in your legs when you’re tired. They also help promote muscle recovery, so you’ll be out there running again in no time.
I loved the VIM & VIGR socks because they have a contoured leg and heel, so they are actually shaped like they should be. This here girl has a problem a lot of other runners do .. large calves. These socks have a wider section through the back to accommodate this.
VIM & VIGR compression socks are safe to use, as there are listed with the FDA and they were developed in partnership with both vascular surgeons and vein clinics. Since these socks offer a moderate level of compression, they are great for all-day, every day wear. These would be perfect for after a long run, as they reduce ankle and leg swelling as well as ease tired and achy legs. They are also really cute and have lots of fashionable patterns, so no one has to know you’re wearing those sexy compression socks if you go to the grocery store in them after a long run.
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The Dahlgren socks are made for comfort. They offer many different styles and lengths, and many different color combinations as well. I tried out the Sprint Classic Mini Crew, the Legacy Crew, and the Heritage Crew. All were a medium weight sock, with the exception of the Heritage, which was a light weight option. All of the socks are patented with Dri-Stride Technology, which blends Alpaca wool, Merino wool, and synthetic fibers.
The Sprint Classic is called a classic for a reason. These socks have built-in arch support and offer some significant cushioning. These will keep your feet warm, wick away moisture, and they are blister-resistant. Our feet take a beating, and these socks are ideal for running, training, golfing, and basically any activity that requires you to be on your feet for an extended amount of time.
The Legacy is a fan favorite that, again, is meant for all-day support as well as comfort for our tired tootsies. The blend is a tried-and-true favorite among runners. I loved the look and length on these for hanging out in the house and for running too.
The Heritage has stripes at the top that create a vintage look, but with updated technology that takes us out of the 70’s and into the modern world. Though these are the lightest in weight that I tried, the added cushion on the bottom was really stellar. These socks have great wicking abilities, so you stay nice and dry even as you sweat it out on the roads or trails.
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Thank you to VIM & VIGR and DAHLGREN for providing us with a sample pack. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.