Runners know that having the right sock on their foot is just as important as the right shoe. The right sock will keep your foot blister-free, dry, and ultimately more comfortable as you run, making the run more enjoyable. The folks at Swiftwick sent me a pair of their Aspire socks to try out and I wanted to share my thoughts about the socks with my readers! (Disclosure: Swiftwick provided me with the socks to try, free of charge, but I was not compensated in any other way for my review.)
The Swiftwick Aspire line of socks are thin socks that offer compression through the foot. The folks at Swiftwick put a lot of thought and technology into the sock to make sure that it fits the foot really well and feels comfortable against the foot. The foot of the sock is made from Olefin, which helps keep your foot really dry. The sock also contains antimicrobial materials to help fight stink. They come in a lot of fun colors, which is always a big bonus in my book. And, I love that Swiftwick guarantees their socks—if you don’t love the sock, they’ll replace it.
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I love the feel of the sock itself, very silky and soft. The “seam” at the toe is perfectly flat and is done really well (better than most running socks I’ve tried). The sock really stays snug to the foot, which is a huge pro for runners because extra fabric can irritate the foot and cause blisters. The arch support is really good, too. It doesn’t have the strongest arch support of any running sock I’ve tried, but it has more than most running socks. I think the Aspire sock would be perfect for someone who wants more moderate arch support from their running sock. It’s a thin sock, so if you prefer more padding under your foot, I’d go with a different sock.
Overall, I was very happy with the performance of the sock. Since I’m not currently training for any longer races, I didn’t try them out on any really long runs—I think I maxed out around 4 or 5 miles. They kept my feet nice and dry and 100% blister free. My feet felt supported throughout the run and the compression in the sock kept my feet feeling fresh. If you’re looking for a running sock with a bit of compression through the foot, definitely consider going with the Swiftwick Aspire!
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