Background. Who puts a picture of their own feet on their blog? I do. I run a lot, but have never worn anything but cheap cotton 'sports' socks. In fact, the socks I wear most often are inexpensive sports socks that my Grandma got me one year for Christmas (no offense Grandma). I have always figured that these were good enough, but are they? As you can see, it is time for a new pair. Do I invest in something more sophisticated?
Methods. Select 3-5 different types of running socks. Wear each type through 1-2 weeks of running (with a typical week of about 15-20 miles). Compare each experience to that with my old, faithful, cotton-laden pair. Document sock experience in terms of comfort (feet temperature, cushion, overall feel), moisture-level, amount of blistering/rubbing, and price. Describe each pair in terms of fiber composition, special features or technology. Choose the best and enjoy running even more.
(Photo taken by my patient and talented boyfriend, M, and his fancy camera. These are my actual socks, not an imitation.)