any sock recommendations for cold weather?

heycal

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Can anyone recommend some not too thick\heavyweight -- or too thin -- sports socks for cold weather tennis and softball (wearing cleats, if that matters)? Something that actually does seem more warm on the feet than standard athletic socks?
 

heycal

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I think I have a pair of both around. I think of them more as hiking shoes for some reason, as if the the wool will make me slip around in my shoes or something during sports, or cause blisters if I sweat. Is that just psychological, or is there any validity to my concerns?
 

heycal

Hall of Fame
I don't think I could be happy in normal socks like those Adidas you mention. They must be "cold weather specialty socks!" to give me the peace of mind I need out there:)
 

BorgCash

Legend
Yes, there are many types of them with different structure and materials, wool, wool/synthetic, synthetic, thin, thick, thick in some particular places, high, low, compression or not.
 

mctennis

Hall of Fame
Wigwam socks are the best socks I have ever used. I have been using them for tennis and softball mostly. I have used my other socks and always have been disappointed in them and come back to Wigwam every time. I use the Wigwam King Cotton- all versions.
 

Tennis_Hands

Talk Tennis Guru
Can anyone recommend some not too thick\heavyweight -- or too thin -- sports socks for cold weather tennis and softball (wearing cleats, if that matters)? Something that actually does seem more warm on the feet than standard athletic socks?
Merino wool socks from Icebreaker, Smartwool, Teko etc.

Typically, if your normal tennis socks are insufficient to keep your feet warm during play, you will need warmer material, which the Merino wool is.

Additional benefit is that, if they are high quality (all of the above manufacturers are), they will not stink.

:cool:
 

heycal

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Merino wool socks don't cause you to slip around in your shoe, or blisters if you sweat? Somehow I have both fears in my head from somewhere, real or imagined.

Anyways, can someone make this even easier and point me to specific sock or two with a ringing endorsement, like "Get this sock! Has special warming ingredients and has all the great properties of cotton socks! Designed to withstand temperatures down to 20 below and favored by the Austrian Alpine skiing association, you'll perform better than ever on the courts and on the ballfield in these socks that aren't too thick to fit into your tennis shoes and cleats, your feet will love you for it!" etc?
 
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Tennis_Hands

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Merino wool socks don't cause you to slip around in your shoe, or blisters if you sweat? Somehow I have both fears in my head from somewhere, real or imagined.

Anyways, can someone make this even easier and point me to specific sock or two with a ringing endorsement, like "Get this sock! Has special warming ingredients and has all the great properties of cotton socks! Designed to withstand temperatures down to 20 below and favored by the Austrian Alpine skiing association, you'll perform better than ever on the courts and on the ballfield in these socks that aren't too thick to fit into your tennis shoes and cleats, your feet will love you for it!" etc?
Not in my experience.

Just any medium weight socks from a quality manufacturer will do. Just don't go for the lightweight, as they lack any cushioning.

If you must buy what the Austrian Alpine Skiing Association uses for its athletes: Lenz, but I don't think that that is what you are after.

:cool:
 

mctennis

Hall of Fame
Like I mentioned "Wigwam King Cotton Socks". I have used them for 15+ years. Last a long time. Thick and comfortable. Do not slip on my feet, unlike Thorlo's, and give great cushioning. Buy some, you will not be disappointed. Other socks make my feet get hot and uncomfortable or do not have the right cushioning and end up making my feet hurt.
 

Ronaldo

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Like I mentioned "Wigwam King Cotton Socks". I have used them for 15+ years. Last a long time. Thick and comfortable. Do not slip on my feet, unlike Thorlo's, and give great cushioning. Buy some, you will not be disappointed. Other socks make my feet get hot and uncomfortable or do not have the right cushioning and end up making my feet hurt.
Hey seems some like it hot and don't sweat when the heat is on
 

woodje12

Rookie
I use the regular Thorlos padded tennis crew socks in the winter (versus Thorlos Experia low cut in the spring/summer/fall). I'm a believer in that brand -- great quality.
 

mctennis

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I use the regular Thorlos padded tennis crew socks in the winter (versus Thorlos Experia low cut in the spring/summer/fall). I'm a believer in that brand -- great quality.
MY feet actually slip inside the Thorlos socks when I wore them. It was such a odd feeling. My feet would actually cramp because I was trying to curl my toes to keep my feet from sliding inside the socks. Sounds odd and it was.
 

mctennis

Hall of Fame
I have several different colors that i don't care about, yes. I'm not out there to be a fashion plate.
Okay. I was just wondering if they possible had some more plain colors for tennis I did not see on their site. I agree with you, I want function over fashion.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
MY feet actually slip inside the Thorlos socks when I wore them. It was such a odd feeling. My feet would actually cramp because I was trying to curl my toes to keep my feet from sliding inside the socks. Sounds odd and it was.
You're not crazy - some socks are more slippery between our feet and our shoes than others. Although good ol' cotton can be too much of a sweat sponge in hotter conditions (cottton socks can hold too much sweat against my foot), I've always appreciated that they do a decent job helping my shoe hold onto my foot. If they can slide around too much, that's when I'm at risk for doing something horrible to an ankle.

I haven't experimented too much with warmer winter socks for tennis, but I have been turned off by some synthetics that are just too slick inside my shoe. I should pay closer attention in future trials and see whether there's a proper ratio in a cotton/poly blend that wicks away some sweat and also retains enough of the cotton's grippy personality.
 

woodje12

Rookie
Are Thorlos too thick for many?
Obviously not that bad for me but I admit I also cinch my laces up super tight since I have fought toenail jamming at various times (Barricades seem to give me the most trouble in terms of my foot moving within the shoe FWIW).
 

Ronaldo

Talk Tennis Guru
Obviously not that bad for me but I admit I also cinch my laces up super tight since I have fought toenail jamming at various times (Barricades seem to give me the most trouble in terms of my foot moving within the shoe FWIW).
Must have a narrow foot. Used to have that problem. Now that middle-aged spread has settled in my feet. Fred and Barney would be proud
 

woodje12

Rookie
Must have a narrow foot. Used to have that problem. Now that middle-aged spread has settled in my feet. Fred and Barney would be proud
LOL, nice. Maybe that's one thing to look forward to about getting old.

Yeah narrow foot to the point where I have some shoes where the eyelets from opposite sides are darn close to touching. With some shoes I have so much extra shoe lace left after tying (including double knotting) that I have to thread the loop(s) through the bottom lace cross otherwise I would step on the loop(s).
 

Ronaldo

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LOL, nice. Maybe that's one thing to look forward to about getting old.

Yeah narrow foot to the point where I have some shoes where the eyelets from opposite sides are darn close to touching. With some shoes I have so much extra shoe lace left after tying (including double knotting) that I have to thread the loop(s) through the bottom lace cross otherwise I would step on the loop(s).
Ever try the King of all shoes in a B width?
 

woodje12

Rookie
Wow those things look like something Jerry Seinfeld wore in 1992! You know I haven't tried a b width shoe which may be stupid on my part.

The most narrow shoe I've used were the Nike Breathe 2K12. Good looking shoe (all white with navy sole) but that almost felt a little uncomfortable (tight in the mid-foot IIRC).
 

Ronaldo

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Wow those things look like something Jerry Seinfeld wore in 1992! You know I haven't tried a b width shoe which may be stupid on my part.

The most narrow shoe I've used were the Nike Breathe 2K12. Good looking shoe (all white with navy sole) but that almost felt a little uncomfortable (tight in the mid-foot IIRC).
Push comes to shove and have a size AAA foot, may need to go here,
 

FedLIKEnot

Professional
Thorlos or Merrell hiking socks, or any hiking sock really. Most are made with modern tech so they will be moisture wicking while having the thickness underfoot and insulating properties.
 
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Thorlos or Merrell hiking socks, or any hiking sock really. Most are made with modern tech so they will be moisture wicking while having the thickness underfoot and insulating properties.
+1 on hiking socks
thick & wool/poly... is the way to go.
 

Ronaldo

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Believe it or not, thinner socks are better for cold weather tennis.
From experience special insoles for cold weather can make a big difference when standing on concrete during the winter. Btw, cold feet were the least of my problems when playing tennis during cold weather.
 
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