Socks are just socks aren’t they? They keep your feet warm and stop your shoes from rubbing.
Well maybe that’s so for some socks but others are a little bit more technical. Take the1000 mile Ultra Performance sock. Not only do they have extra padding at the toe and heel where most impact occurs, and airflow channels on the top to help let your feet breathe, they are also made with Cupron copper fibre technology.
So, what’s that? Basically, copper oxide is integrated into the fibres of the sock in order to combat bacteria and fungus and so keep your feet healthy and odour free!
Is it a gimmick? Well fell running comes with the inherent risk of damp or wet feet. I spend a lot of time with feet that are moist at best, soaking and muddy at worst and no doubt in an ideal climate for bacteria to thrive! Anything that can help keep my feet healthy is worth considering and at a tenner a pair they aren’t going to break the bank.
The 1000 milers are comfortable and easy to put on (unlike some other brands!) They also have a clever little touch; the toe seam is a different colour for different sizes – great if you have similar pairs for different members of the family. I’m not sure if I’ll actually get one thousand miles out of them and I doubt they’ll make me run any faster but at least I won’t have smelly feet!