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Higher State Freedom Lite Trainer Socks (6 Pack)

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My first impression of the Higher State Freedom running socks was that they looked like great value for money. The Razer socks get the nod from me because they offer a little cushioning without making the material too thick, and have an anti-odour coating so you can use them a couple of times before washing.

Most, however, use a mix of synthetic fabrics—nylon, polyester, and spandex—which offers good value and durability, plus prevents irritation. One tester who had a little extra space around the pinky toes thought left-right specificity could make the fit even better. The upper utilises a fine mesh weave that sits lightly against the skin, the featherweight design draws perspiration away from the skin, pulling it into the mid/outer layer to be evaporated.

In the past running socks were very plain affairs, especially for men, but brands like Stance have helped to spark a revolution in design that means your socks will often be the most exciting bit of kit you pull on for a run, so make sure you pick a few pairs you’re ready to show off. This classic 3/4-crew-length pair from veteran Irish sock brand Bridgedale are perfect for off-road running. The Kiprun range from Decathlon contains a variety of good-value socks to suit different tastes, and the Kiprun 900 Mid Thick are my favorite of those I’ve tested. These socks hugged my arch and heels and didn’t move around at all–almost like a second skin,” agreed another tester, who wore the no-show height for both runs and HIIT workouts.

Many socks are soft when you put them on, but that softness can mean they’re also moisture-absorbent or fragile. Instead of super-thick underfoot padding—which can get heavy and soggy if you’re splashing through puddles—the brand uses flexible gel webbing in the heel and forefoot. The golden rule 'nothing new on race day' definitely applies when it comes to socks, so make sure you've worn them several times in advance of any planned events.The impermeable membrane sandwiched between the inner and outer layer means they are unfailingly waterproof, which saved me from running for at least an hour with freezing cold and sodden feet one winter, when faced with a flooded field early in a point-to-point countryside run. We found that even after four wears back-to-back, the sock smelled immensely better than standard cotton or polyester models that endured the same sweaty treatment. Crew-length running socks have made a comeback in recent years, but the cut offers little performance value—although one could argue that the sock is unable to slide into your shoe like a no-show length sometimes can.

Designed for the runner, by the runner the Freedom Running Socks will become an essential addition to your training arsenal. The concept utilises extra padding along the length of the base to assist with alleviating impact shock and creating a smoother transition from heel to toe.

Darn Tough uses a high stitch count for the Run Ultra-Light, so it’s velvety soft against your foot and wraps the arch with just enough compression for a secure fit and a smidge of extra support.

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