How to Pick Socks for Ice Skating
Socks used during ice skating need to serve two basic purposes––they need to keep your feet warm and protect your feet from blistering or rubbing. Choosing a good pair can take time to perfect, but once you find the socks that work for you, buy them in multiples.
Figure out what type of skating you'll be doing.
- More serious skaters should go to a professional shop and buy skating/dance skin toned tights or socks that are the right thickness and durability for a more serious level.
Decide whether you'd prefer socks or tights.Some skaters prefer tights because the whole leg is covered and the tights can provide more warmth. However, other skaters find tights too constrictive, such as around the waist, or may even find the tights itchy and hot. If you prefer tights, then the rest of the article isn't relevant, and you may wish to read How to pick tights for ice skating instead.
Consider knee-high stockings.
Try knee high socks.These can be the perfect combination of height and sufficient thickness as many knee-highs are made with the colder seasons in mind. Try different brands and ask people who have gone skating what they wore.
Try thin socks if you don't like your skates to be too tight.They should be at least at the height of crew cut and preferably higher. Too low and the socks may simply not do what you need them to, namely protect your feet. That said, if you have great inserts in the skating boots, ankle level socksmightwork and can prevent unsightly sock lines, if that's an issue.
Try to balance thickness with practicality.If socks are too thick, it may be hard to wear the skates comfortably. On the other hand, if they're too thin, you may damage or hurt your foot due to it not being adequately protected. If renting skates, be on the safe side and stick with long, thick socks.
- Ask your coach, teacher and other skaters for their preferences with respect to socks. They'll have different suggestions and it's a good idea to try one pair from each suggestion before choosing the brand and type that best suits your needs.
- It's a good idea to bring a few different pairs of socks along to a training session when testing. If one pair proves really bad and is hurting you, you can quickly change to a better pair.
- Seamless socks can be a bonus, as there is nothing to rub inside the boot while skating.
- Cheap socks can break down quickly, leaving them loose and uncomfortable. Look for socks with quality materials. If you choose not to, prepared to replace cheaper socks more often.
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