Lots of devoted runners may be obsessed with socks. From sprinters to endurance athletes, fitness-minded folks tend to care deeply about their feet, investing extra in sneakers and socks. Feetures Light Cushion Low Cut Socks, retailing around $12 per pair, are popular with runners. Is it worth going the extra proverbial mile to purchase such high performance hosiery for running?
Curious, I picked up a pair of Feetures Light Cushion Low Cut Socks at a local triathlon shop. Had I chosen three pairs, I could have scored a fourth pair for free, but I was leery of the price tag, so I curbed my initial enthusiasm and stuck to a single pair.
These sports-engineered socks are constructed of wicking polyester/nylon/spandex fabric, and they sport lycra stretch bands to add support and prevent slippage. The toes are enclosed without seaming.
After road-testing Feetures Light Cushion Low Cut Socks, here’s what I found. The socks offer excellent arch support, even for high-arched feet. They are comfortable to slip on and wear, with a snug fit and no slippage. On the other hand (er, foot), Feetures Light Cushion Low Cut Socks felt too tight for longer distance running. Within a few miles, the dreaded toe pull cropped up. As my toes began tingling, I actually wondered if my close-trimmed toenails would even poke through the uber-thin sock fabric. That’s how hard the socks tugged on my toes.
Note: This product review was based on a purchased item, not a free sample or promotional request.
What about sizing? Runners tend to go up a half size or so when purchasing athletic shoes. I followed the same rule of thumb in picking out the Feetures Light Cushion Low Cut Socks. Even so, they felt a size or two too small. Sure, they are designed to be snug compression socks. But they seemed overly so, even before washing.
Feetures socks may be found at All Seasons Runner, Endurance House, Fleet Feet, Foot Solutions, Grand Bluff Running Company, InStep Physical Therapy & Running Center, Mel’s Trading Post, Movin Shoes, Performance Running Outfitters, Revel Sports, Rodiez Running Store, Rogan’s Shoes, Run Away Shoes, Scheels, The Athlete’s Foot, Treadmill Sports, and other athletic specialty stores. The socks are also sold online through the company’s own website and large e-tailers from Amazon to Zappo’s.
Overall, I found Feetures Light Cushion Low Cut Socks to be less comfortable and effective for longer runs (such as runs extending over three to four miles) than most of the cushier, more durable, and more economical sports socks already filling my sock drawer. Certainly, sock fit and comfort is an individual matter, impacted largely by each wearer’s foot anatomy, running style, and other unique traits. Despite the lifetime guarantee offered with Feetures socks, I found the purchase price too steep for sports hosiery that offers this wearer less than ideal fit and function.