Best socks for cushioning?

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  1. jonahnaturals

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    Hi there -

    I've been using Thorlos, level 3, for the past few years, and while I like them, I find that they wear out a little too quickly right where the balls of the feet are.

    Does anyone have any recommendations for other socks that provide as much cushion but are more durable?

    Thanks a lot.
     
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  2. ArliHawk

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    Nike Elite basketball are pretty solid.
     
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  3. wrxinsc

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    make sure you turn them inside out for washing. mine have lasted two seasons so far. far longer than 'regular' cushioned socks for me anyway.
     
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  4. Carolina Racquet

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    I believe they are the best for cushioning. I've been told to not put them in the dryer and it will help them last longer.

    On a side note, I tried the cushioned PowerSox and they wore out much faster than Thorlos.
     
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  5. jmjmkim

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    Costco has white socks that are real thick and perfect for my sore feet. This is the best socks that I have had for tennis.
     
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  6. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    They are indeed comfortable, but I think they're the same as their generic dri-fit version. The ones that come as a 3pack.

    I will say this though, I found them to be somewhat slick. There were a few times where I felt them "move" during aggressive lateral movements/change in direction.

    Wonder if anyone else have that problem?
     
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  7. ArliHawk

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    Not with those, but definitely with Thorlos. Thorlos are way too slick for my liking.
     
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  8. jonahnaturals

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys.
     
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  9. NJ1

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    I've found the Elites to be very different and better for tennis than other Dri-Fit variants. Not worth what Nike are now asking ($14 pair is ridiculous) but they offer much more blister protection over the course of two hours on the courts than other Nikes while they breathe and wick far better than Thorlos which are very slippy.

    Other than Elites, my other socks are the 70% Nike tennis socks that Nadal and Del Potro wear. They get waterlogged faster but do slip/move less than primarily synthetic socks. Good socks.
     
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  10. parasailing

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    Nike Elites are the best. I never thought I would pay $14 for a pair of socks but now I am hooked. They offer great cushioning and blister protection as good calf support.

    They also come in many colors which allows you to match your shoes and outfit. They don't feel slippery and like all socks, you must line dry them otherwise they will not last long.
     
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    double socked
     
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  12. netguy

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    Most tennis shoes provide good cushioning in my experience, what kind of shoes are you wearing?
     
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  13. NJ1

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    Nah, that's personal preference. The washing guide says you can chuck them in the dryer with your other sports gear, and I've done this with no ill effects on low heat (and no dryer sheet) since the good old days when they were $12 a pair. Like with all socks, I just make sure to turn them inside out so they fluff back up. :)
     
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    I second that!
     
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  15. eidolonshinobi

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    The new Drymax socks are pretty awesome. I like them better than the elites, but if you play for longer than 2 hours, they can get a bit slippery. Although I always bring a couple pairs on the court anyways, oh! and they're much cheaper.
     
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  16. parasailing

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    That's probably true but I like to dry them with my other clothing which would require normal heat thus I just line dry them. I always thought that the Elite socks would suffer a similar fate as Dri Fit clothing in dryer even at lower heat. I guess I don't want to risk damaging those Dri Fit clothing :).
     
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    Nike elite hands down
     
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  18. Bobby Jr

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    Best socks for cushioning? Two pairs of socks ftw.
     
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  19. NJ1

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    Again, totally not trying to have you change your way of doing things as it's all personal preference, but curious what issues have you had with Dri-Fit in the dryer on low heat? That's all I've ever done and it works great. For what it's worth, I wash my perf stuff separately so it doesn't get cotton pills, and make sure to use extra rinse and then dry low without softener/bounce.

    Only the GHAOTs have the luxury of hang drying, but if you have the patience it is certainly not going to do any of your clothes harm either. :)
     
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  20. NJ1

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    For sure two distinct camps on this subject. For me, two pair is too hot and doesn't offer enough feel. That said, no doubt people's feet are fickle and whatever keeps them happy is the best way.
     
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  21. parasailing

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    I agree with you that two pairs of socks is too stuffy but to each their own. The Elites are great since they just add extra protection in the forefoot and heel and leave the arch with a thinner material to allow for better ventilation.
     
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  22. scotus

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    Costco carries socks made by Head. They are seriously thick and you get 6 pairs for the price of 1 pair of Thorlos. Once in a while they come in black as well.

    I used to have the same durability problem with Thorlos Level 3. But I found a solution for that. Wear another pair of socks over the Thorlos and they last far longer (like 1 month vs over a year).

    Of course, not everyone can handle wearing 2 pairs of socks, especially when one of them is the Thorlos, but they feel fine to me.
     
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  23. jonahnaturals

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    Thanks for the tips. I wish Costco in Canada would carry those Head socks - they sound great.
     
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  24. goober

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    For cushioning, I have found getting a cusioned insole and replacing the usual cheap ones that shoes come with does far more than any socks I have tried.
     
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  25. skuludo

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    Drymax says that socks don't provide any cushioning. It suggests replacing the insole and/or shoes for improved cushoning.
     
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  26. Rozroz

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    just wanted to add a question:
    i'm pretty satisfied with my level 3 Thorlos ,
    but i tend to get holes at the toe-tips really fast..
    are there any socks that could somehow help postponing this?
     
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  27. scotus

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    Wear any pair of socks over the Thorlos and they will last 10X longer.
     
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  28. rufus_smith

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    Yeah, I used to use thorlo but switched to these and they are comfortable and nicely priced.
     
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    Power stripes!
     
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  30. NJ1

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    Is the OP not asking about cushioning for the skin (as opposed to knees/ankles)? I would hope no one believes that socks are for cushioning joints, as some makers imply.
     
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  31. Rozroz

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    one more sock on top of a level 3 Thorlos??
    i won't get my foot into the shoe!
     
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  32. Boricua

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    I like Thorlo. Great quality and fit, Just bought level 2
     
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  33. tandayu

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    Most thick socks only good the first time you use it, and will not as good after the first wash.

    The insole is the important part for cushioning, Walmart sells good one at $10 - 415, or of course buy from TW
     
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  34. skuludo

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    I don't know. I think that the OP is talking about joint cushioning.
    I can't find anything that indicates the OP is looking for skin cushioning.
     
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  35. scotus

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    Ha, maybe you need larger shoes! :)
     
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  36. Ronaldo

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    Found Wigwam Double Sole crew socks are great, last a long time, and inexpensive compared to Thorlos.
     
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