Injinji Toe Socks Review

Review of Those Funny Looking Toe Socks

Injinji Toesocks Review
Injinji Toesocks Review. Photo courtesy of PriceGrabber

Injinji toe socks are like little gloves for your feet. Designed to help prevent foot blisters by reducing friction and wicking moisture away from the feet with CoolMax fabric, Injinji socks are ideal for long-distance runners or walkers.

The Upside of Injinji Toe Socks

If you've ever had to tape specific toes to avoid blisters or crowding in your sports shoes, you'll appreciate these socks. They may look like old fashioned toes socks that showed up on kids in the 70s, but these socks are made with athletes in mind.

Like other athletic socks, they are made of CoolMax fabric (and other wool blends) to help wick moisture from the skin to keep the feet (and toes) dry.

Toe socks are also seamless which helps reduce pressure and chafing near the toes, and they come in a variety of sizes and colors.

All this makes a good sports sock, but the real magic of Injinji is the individual toes. Having each toe in its own 'sleeve' keeps the toes from overlapping, reduces skin on skin friction, and allows each toe to move a bit more freely. And because each toe is surrounded by this wicking fabric, the entire foot seems to stay drier than with regular socks, which keeps feet warmer in the cold and cooler in the heat.

The Downside of Injinji Toe Socks

Yep, they do feel strange at first. It takes a few minutes to get accustomed to feeling material between your toes, and that extra material does take up just a bit more space in the shoes.

However, the extra material didn't seem noticeable to me during my runs.

Another downside of toe socks is that they take longer to put on than other socks and you need to be much more deliberate about the fit. I need to spend a bit of time getting my toes in the right spot and then pulling all the material up to the base of the toe to "fill out' the sock entirely.

Leaving any extra material at the tip of the toes simply defeats the purpose, so take the time to get them on all the way.

Finally, while Injinji offers a variety of colors, the color schemes are pretty standard for most of the series (white, black, grey, blue), except for the rainbow stripes of course. Perhaps as they catch on, there will be a better selection of colors.

Injinji Toe Sock Styles and Price

Injinji has several styles of toe socks, including the Performance Series, the Outdoor Series, the Travel Series, the Echo Series, and the Yoga Series all designed for a specific use. Injinji socks are a bit more expensive than most standard sports socks (MSRP: $12-$14 US), and they can be a bit harder to find unless you shop online.

My Experience With Injinji Toe Socks

I love my Injinji Toe Socks for running and hiking. I can't imagine going back to regular socks for these activities, but then again, I have two toes that like to curl under the adjacent toes, and toe socks keep them from getting crushed and creating blisters. If I had perfect feet and no trouble with blisters or toe crowding, I probably wouldn't need toe socks.

I also find Injinji socks keep my feet more comfortable and drier than regular socks made from the same material (wool-blends or CoolMax).

My one complaint about Injinji socks is that they seem to start wearing out much faster than my other running socks. After about a dozen runs of 5 miles or less, the socks are showing signs of fraying and thinning. Perhaps they will last a long time to come, but I don't like my socks wearing down so quickly.

Overall, I'm a fan of Injinji. If you are a runner, walker, or hiker dealing with unhappy feet, I'd recommend you give Injinji a try.


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