Synthetic socks that don't slip.

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  1. fuzz nation

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    I got a free pair of socks with some sneaks last year that were synthetic, not all cotton like I've been using. I was happy to try them since they're supposed to be less absorbent, better wicking, etc., but they turned out to be really slick, even with my laces good and snug. I shelved them to save me from rolling an ankle.

    Anyone having especially good luck with a synthetic--or even the same bad luck?
     
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  2. slice bh compliment

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    JoxSox are synthetic, but they've got a little texture to them, and they feel a little bit cottony. The do not slip, even with shoes that have seen better days (like my running shoes).
     
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  3. Tennis Man

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    I just use UnderArmor. The best moisture mgt stuff I've had so far and they don't slip at all. I want to try Thorlos, too some day.
     
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  4. TREX

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    Wigwam Ulitmax or Ingenius. Also Wrightsocks and EuroSocks

    So far the only ones that slip to me are the darned Thorlos.
     
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  5. snoflewis

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    the UA socks that i had were pretty slipper at first..but once they started wearing down they had more grip...
     
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  6. 10sstringman

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    Thorlos suck. Get Ultimax socks with static-x for the best wicking and antimicrobial properties.
     
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  7. mctennis

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    I bought a bunch of Thor Lo's and thought that would help wick away the sweat. I found my feet slip inside the socks and I feel my toes trying to grab for traction and I end up with cramped toes or sore toes. I've switched back to cotton socks and I've been much happier. If I need to change socks after a match I just keep an extra pair of socks to change into after the match. I keep them in to switch into if I shower but if I'm heading home I will at least switch into dry socks. Now I've got two dozen Thor Lo's I won't use. What a waste of money that was.
     
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  8. BreakPoint

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    Yup, same thing happened to me. Got a couple of dozen pairs of Thorlos that have only been worn a couple of times. :(
     
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  9. fuzz nation

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    Much appreciated my friends. I think that the if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it clause will have to do for the good ol' cotton sox for now unless I happen upon those ok ones. Two extra pairs in the bag in the summer will have to do.
     
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  10. TREX

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    I have several pair left that I only wear when I am goofing

    around. I started back Tennis this year and immediatly Screwed up my toenails wearing Thorlo Socks.

    Thanks to the guys on here I was able to pinpoint the problem. I changed to Wigwam's, WrightSocks, and EuroSocks and all three are fine. My toenail is just about grown back out.

    Something about the material that makes them slick on the outside and inside. Feet move inside the sock and you cannot tie shoes tight enough to fix it.

    So far Wigwam Ironman running socks seem best to me but Wright Socks and Eurosocks are great too. Amazing how much better they all perform than Thorlos. You dont need the thick crap on the bottom. It compresses anyway while playing.
     
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  11. slice bh compliment

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    Maybe it depends on the fit and the lacing of your shoe?

    I think THORLOs are the greatest. I play at a solid level, I play 4 or 5 days a week, and I play an all-court game. Ever since I have used Thorlos, I have not gotten a blister or a toenail problem.

    That said, I use fairly new shoes and I do replace the insoles every month or so.

    Ever since I have gone up a size in Babolat shoes, I have experimented with a thin sock over the Thorlo. A little more laundry, but, it's only socks.
    This is by far the best combination I have ever used. It's what Willis was talkin'bout.
     
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  12. TREX

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    Not the shoe fit. It's the Thorlos. Glad they work for you

    I will not wear the ones have left while playing Tennis. And I will not buy any more of them.
     
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  13. TonyB

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    If anyone wants to get rid of their Thorlos socks, I'll be happy to take them off your hands.
     
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  14. Richie Rich

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    me too. love thorlos. anything TonyB doesn't want I'll take
     
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  15. TREX

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    I have 3 pairs which I will sell half price shipping included

    They are new and still in the package. All are size XL which is Mens 13-15 shoe size. I will take $15 for all 3 pair shipped. One is Tennis Crew One is Tennis Rolltop and One is Baskball Crew.

    The few used pair I have I wont bother you with. The tend to wear easily on certain points anyways and I will use them for non Physical activities.
     
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  16. TonyB

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    Unfortunately, I can't take those. I wear a men's 8-1/2.

    Good price. Thanks anyways.
     
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  17. goober

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    I have found a solution that works for me for slippery synthetic socks such as Thorlos. Buy some thin cotton no-show/ankle socks and wear them with socks such as Thorlos. I have tried wearing them over as well as inside. Wearing them on the outside seems to work better as you get the feel and moisture wicking of the Thorlos and the nonslip properties of the cotton on the outside. Give it a try!
     
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  18. TREX

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    Why not just buy Wigwam Ultimax or Ingenius or Wrightsocks,

    or maybe even Eurosocks?

    Thorlo quality has suffered over the years. As Breakpoint and others have pointed out they wear out much more quickly than thes others and worse than that they have the slippage issue. Why pay that much for a sock that sucks and then have to turn around and double sock to try and fix it? And then defeat the wicking of a synthetic by putting a cotton sock next to your skin?
     
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  19. Serve 'em hard

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    I too was a bit concerned about the slippery-ness of the thorlos (but not to the point where I worried I would roll an ankle, which seems a bit alarmist). But then I recently read a post from Chris of TW that said the Thorlos are supposed to slip. It's not a design flaw -- they are designed to do this on purpose to prevent blisters or something like that.

    This information changed my atttitude toward my thorlos a bit. So I wore them again the other day (level 2), and they felt great and frankly, I didn't notice any slipping problem either, and that's without the nightmare of wearing a second sock over them -- outer sock, schmouter sock, I say!

    Moral of the story? It's all in our heads. Once the authorities told me that my thorlos were actually a great sock with no design flaws, I was set free to appreciate them in all their cushioned glory. I was made whole again.
     
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  20. TREX

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    I am kinda tired of talking about this so I summarize it

    Wore Thorlos and my feet slipped on hard stops and my toenails suffered for it.

    Quit wearing Thorlos April of lat year and the problem is gone.

    End of story.
     
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  21. BreakPoint

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    I don't agree that Thorlos slipping prevents blisters. Think about it, what causes blisters? Rubbing and movement. If your feet were locked in place and never moved, you wouldn't get blisters. Personally, I don't believe that Thorlos were designed to slip. I think they slip because of the material they use to make them and also because they're too thick. I think the "designed to slip" idea may have been made up by Thorlo's marketing department in an effort to cover up a common problem with their socks and to try and sell more socks. Just my opinion.
     
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  22. Ronaldo

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    Slippage or not, Thor-los certainly become threadbare under the heels and balls of my feet faster than any other sock. Prefer Wigwam and Smartwool socks.
     
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  23. Serve 'em hard

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    End of story? I think not! I think the story is just beginning here...

    I have some wigwams, and they feel great. But not as thick as thorlos level 2. Does Wigwam makes some comparable thickness socks you boys could rectummend?

    FYI - Here's what Chris said in that other thread about Thorlos for what it's worth:

    "The Thorlo socks are designed to slide - there's an inner part and an outer part to the sock. This allows the socks to rub against each other when your feet move inside the shoe rather than having any rubbing transferred to your feet. Wearing this type of sock or wearing two pairs of regular socks can drastically cut down on blisters etc. I always either wear two pairs of socks or wear a Thorlo type of sock when playing.

    Chris, TW"
     
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  24. hiltonhead

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    slippage

    Solution: Merino wool w/some nylon in hiking sock. Just can't get them in white color. Smartwool merinos don't have enough nylon in blend and therefore become coarse after a few uses from heat in sweating and washing. Be sure to wash "cold cycle". Target used to have great merinos under Cherokee label. But now best place to find is on *bay. Just make sure to get atleast 30% nylon in blend. Wool will not slip and merino is not itchy and has great loft. Keep it natural......
     
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  25. Ronaldo

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    May want to find Wigwam's double sole crew sock, http://www.wigwam.com/Products/ProdImg.nsf/Lkp/f1073.jpg/$File/f1073.jpg
     
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  26. TREX

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    I am calling ******** on Chris. His explaination

    doesnt hold water.

    Sounds like Thorlo has ol Chris in their back pocket.

    Thicker socks are not needed. If you think you need them replace your insole with a thicker one and wear thinner socks.

    or Heck just make some little featherbed pillows and walk around on them. That was a joke. At least I am not trying to fill you full of BS about socks designed to slip.
     
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  27. Caswell

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    I like the C9 socks from Champion (@ Target). I've worn them for around two years with Asics gel running and tennis shoes (Resolutions / GT2120 currently), and I've been blister and slip free. They're cheap to boot, so if you don't like them you're out about $4.

    If you decide to try some, just make sure you find the one's that are 85%+ synthetic. Most of the stuff on the racks there is 100% cotton.

    I can't even imagine wearing wool socks in Florida. Good grief.
     
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  29. tnkGod4tns

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    my two favorite socks so far, eurosocks and thorlos level 2 (not too thick and not too thin, just the right blend, I find the level 3 thorlos too thick, they tend to slip)
     
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