Two NikeCourt Socks > Thorlo Tennis Socks

RedClayFan

Rookie
Unfortunately I got meme'd into buying a few pairs of Thorlo socks given the reviews I'd read about them online. I thought I'd share my review here in case it's of any value to anyone.

Thorlo Tennis Socks
As expected, they're a very thick sock. If you're looking to fill out your shoe more or add some cushion these might be a suitable option. Aesthetically, I find the part of the sock that goes up the calf to be far too thick and gives 80's gym mum vibes. It's just not a good look, frankly speaking. The overall feel and design reminds me far more of a hiking sock than a tennis sock designed for lots of lateral movements and pivoting.

The primary issue I found when playing with them though is that the padding itself is kind of useless. Sure it's there, but the sock isn't very tightly woven and doesn't hug the foot like Nike socks do. This means that you get a lot of movement and rubbing between the foot, sock, and shoe when moving with any amount of speed. This makes them pretty useless as far as blister or callous prevention goes. The only solution I could think to solve this is to wear a thin ankle or no-show suck underneath, but that ultimately defeats the purpose of Thorlos in my mind.

Thorlo vs Two Sock Method
Upon realising that Thorlos were basically useless at what I'd hoped they'd be good at, I went back to double-socking two NikeCourt socks. The ones I use are the modern variety, so they're quite tight around the foot and thin, especially when compared to the Nike Everyday crew socks that are often sold in packs of 6-12. Individually, the socks are not the greatest. However, I actually find that them being so thin makes it more manageable when wearing two. You don't end up feeling like your feet are super bloated inside the shoe, and because of how tight they are around the foot I get hardly any rubbing as the sock on the foot doesn't slip much, which is further aided by the outer sock that is touching the shoe.

tl;dr Based on my usage, I would recommend wearing two socks before going for Thorlos. I think Thorlos are probably best suited to a player who doesn't move very much and is after added cushion, rather than blister/callous prevention.
 

SinneGOAT

Hall of Fame
I can interchange both, I don’t have a lot of nikecourt socks as they don’t sell the high quality thick ones on Nike.com but thorlos definitely protect my feet.
 

innoVAShaun

G.O.A.T.
Which NikeCourt Socks? Multipliers, Multiplier Cushioned, Essentials?

It would depend on each of our own fabric preferences, compression points, cushioned points etc. It's just as bad as looking for the best shoe that cater to your feet.
 

SinneGOAT

Hall of Fame
Which NikeCourt Socks? Multipliers, Multiplier Cushioned, Essentials?

It would depend on each of our own fabric preferences, compression points, cushioned points etc. It's just as bad as looking for the best shoe that cater to your feet.
I think he may be referring to just the regular Nike dri fit socks or the essentials, the multipliers or multiplier cushioned are rare and I only own a few pairs.
 

innoVAShaun

G.O.A.T.
I think he may be referring to just the regular Nike dri fit socks or the essentials, the multipliers or multiplier cushioned are rare and I only own a few pairs.

OP stated NikeCourt socks. I would assume he/she is doubling up on the thinner Multipliers which are a straight polyester and spandex blend.
 

The Big Kahuna

Hall of Fame
Unfortunately I got meme'd into buying a few pairs of Thorlo socks given the reviews I'd read about them online. I thought I'd share my review here in case it's of any value to anyone.

Thorlo Tennis Socks
As expected, they're a very thick sock. If you're looking to fill out your shoe more or add some cushion these might be a suitable option. Aesthetically, I find the part of the sock that goes up the calf to be far too thick and gives 80's gym mum vibes. It's just not a good look, frankly speaking. The overall feel and design reminds me far more of a hiking sock than a tennis sock designed for lots of lateral movements and pivoting.

The primary issue I found when playing with them though is that the padding itself is kind of useless. Sure it's there, but the sock isn't very tightly woven and doesn't hug the foot like Nike socks do. This means that you get a lot of movement and rubbing between the foot, sock, and shoe when moving with any amount of speed. This makes them pretty useless as far as blister or callous prevention goes. The only solution I could think to solve this is to wear a thin ankle or no-show suck underneath, but that ultimately defeats the purpose of Thorlos in my mind.

Thorlo vs Two Sock Method
Upon realising that Thorlos were basically useless at what I'd hoped they'd be good at, I went back to double-socking two NikeCourt socks. The ones I use are the modern variety, so they're quite tight around the foot and thin, especially when compared to the Nike Everyday crew socks that are often sold in packs of 6-12. Individually, the socks are not the greatest. However, I actually find that them being so thin makes it more manageable when wearing two. You don't end up feeling like your feet are super bloated inside the shoe, and because of how tight they are around the foot I get hardly any rubbing as the sock on the foot doesn't slip much, which is further aided by the outer sock that is touching the shoe.

tl;dr Based on my usage, I would recommend wearing two socks before going for Thorlos. I think Thorlos are probably best suited to a player who doesn't move very much and is after added cushion, rather than blister/callous prevention.
I have done both. It really depends on the shoe which is better. Some shoes are just cut too narrow to accommodate a double sock treatment. I find the Thorlos to be like wearing one and a half Nike socks.
 

dkmura

Professional
Since we all have differently shaped feet, it seems that sock fit is a lot like shoes. In other words, what works for the OP may only apply to a percentage of other tennis players. For myself, I find ThorLos work perfectly with my size DD feet, orthotics and the type of shoes I wear. I bet the results will vary widely for most tennis players,
 

McGradey

Hall of Fame
Thorlos are excellent at blister prevention ... I've had blisters while wearing Thorlos only once — while wearing a pair of shoes which just did not fit my foot ... switched the shoes, et voila, problem solved, and never had the same issue with Thorlos in any other shoe.

I would be interested in trying a thinner sock if they worked as well, but in my experience the slight inconvenience in selecting shoes due to the thickness of Thorlos is well worth the trade off as they really do protect your feet.
 

tennisfit45

New User
Unfortunately I got meme'd into buying a few pairs of Thorlo socks given the reviews I'd read about them online. I thought I'd share my review here in case it's of any value to anyone.

Thorlo Tennis Socks
As expected, they're a very thick sock. If you're looking to fill out your shoe more or add some cushion these might be a suitable option. Aesthetically, I find the part of the sock that goes up the calf to be far too thick and gives 80's gym mum vibes. It's just not a good look, frankly speaking. The overall feel and design reminds me far more of a hiking sock than a tennis sock designed for lots of lateral movements and pivoting.

The primary issue I found when playing with them though is that the padding itself is kind of useless. Sure it's there, but the sock isn't very tightly woven and doesn't hug the foot like Nike socks do. This means that you get a lot of movement and rubbing between the foot, sock, and shoe when moving with any amount of speed. This makes them pretty useless as far as blister or callous prevention goes. The only solution I could think to solve this is to wear a thin ankle or no-show suck underneath, but that ultimately defeats the purpose of Thorlos in my mind.

Thorlo vs Two Sock Method
Upon realising that Thorlos were basically useless at what I'd hoped they'd be good at, I went back to double-socking two NikeCourt socks. The ones I use are the modern variety, so they're quite tight around the foot and thin, especially when compared to the Nike Everyday crew socks that are often sold in packs of 6-12. Individually, the socks are not the greatest. However, I actually find that them being so thin makes it more manageable when wearing two. You don't end up feeling like your feet are super bloated inside the shoe, and because of how tight they are around the foot I get hardly any rubbing as the sock on the foot doesn't slip much, which is further aided by the outer sock that is touching the shoe.

tl;dr Based on my usage, I would recommend wearing two socks before going for Thorlos. I think Thorlos are probably best suited to a player who doesn't move very much and is after added cushion, rather than blister/callous prevention.
Has anyone tried the new light version? THORLOS TENNIS LIGHT CUSHION CREW-T1CXU WHITE
I bought the Asics Tennis Crew socks and looking to switch. The reviews I've read are generally very very encouraging, just wanted your thoughts. I play 5.0 level 3x per week and have a long term callus under both large toes caused by friction on hard courts in particular.
 

tennisfit45

New User
Unfortunately I got meme'd into buying a few pairs of Thorlo socks given the reviews I'd read about them online. I thought I'd share my review here in case it's of any value to anyone.

Thorlo Tennis Socks
As expected, they're a very thick sock. If you're looking to fill out your shoe more or add some cushion these might be a suitable option. Aesthetically, I find the part of the sock that goes up the calf to be far too thick and gives 80's gym mum vibes. It's just not a good look, frankly speaking. The overall feel and design reminds me far more of a hiking sock than a tennis sock designed for lots of lateral movements and pivoting.

The primary issue I found when playing with them though is that the padding itself is kind of useless. Sure it's there, but the sock isn't very tightly woven and doesn't hug the foot like Nike socks do. This means that you get a lot of movement and rubbing between the foot, sock, and shoe when moving with any amount of speed. This makes them pretty useless as far as blister or callous prevention goes. The only solution I could think to solve this is to wear a thin ankle or no-show suck underneath, but that ultimately defeats the purpose of Thorlos in my mind.

Thorlo vs Two Sock Method
Upon realising that Thorlos were basically useless at what I'd hoped they'd be good at, I went back to double-socking two NikeCourt socks. The ones I use are the modern variety, so they're quite tight around the foot and thin, especially when compared to the Nike Everyday crew socks that are often sold in packs of 6-12. Individually, the socks are not the greatest. However, I actually find that them being so thin makes it more manageable when wearing two. You don't end up feeling like your feet are super bloated inside the shoe, and because of how tight they are around the foot I get hardly any rubbing as the sock on the foot doesn't slip much, which is further aided by the outer sock that is touching the shoe.

tl;dr Based on my usage, I would recommend wearing two socks before going for Thorlos. I think Thorlos are probably best suited to a player who doesn't move very much and is after added cushion, rather than blister/callous prevention.
This is a hugely relevant post. Thanks for sharing your experience. Just bought Asics GR9 half a size larger than usual (both clay and hard court models) to avoid the Dynawall pressing into my outer midfoot area, and have been wearing Thorlos (Light version) and still my foot was moving all over the shoe with lateral movements. I'm going back to my old love the Nike Court Multiplier Cushioned socks which were tried and tested on my GR8s in the hope that I can fix the slippage issue with the GR9s.

Thoughts?
 

Bagumbawalla

G.O.A.T.
Even as I write this I am wearing a pair of Nike Dri-Fit asymmetrical socks (left and right).
Don't remember where I got them. Not even sure they are "tennis" socks. They might be running or soccer socks,
but they fit snugly and are padded or reinforced in just the right places where most abrasion takes place.
Don't remember how much they cost, either, but I like them and recommend them if you can find some.

I also have a pare of Thorlos, and I like them too. They don't look like much, but they are very comfy
during a long day of tennis. You can get them in different thicknesses. I got the thinner ones and they do the job.
 

teckid

Semi-Pro
I'm wondering about that too.
Wow, wild coincident in timing, I just got a pair yesterday. They are... weird, but seem better than the multiplier. They are heavily textured and 'structured' in a way. I will have a chance to play with them tomorrow afternoon. They feel nice on food and fit in my snug size 9 V11 and GPTs just fine. I'll try to remember to post back with impressions.
 

teckid

Semi-Pro
I had a discount code for NDC, also explains the hot lava GPC1s! (I’m not a big of this color blocking)
 

teckid

Semi-Pro
Update after playing -- they seemed alright to fine. Nothing bad or uncomfortable and I forgot I was wearing a new different sock while playing so mission accomplished?

A few notes:
  • They really seem half thick and half thin so it kinda evens out. It did not feel as thick as my latest pair of basketball Elites that just feel really thick.
  • The alternative woven band under the arch of the foot seemed to shift a little near the end of a set... I could kinda feel the edges of that section pushing against itself (doubling over?), it was irritating or a deal breaker but I could feel it. I thin any sock with this style of texture in that spot is susceptible to doing this. (see photo, orange circle)
  • The thick waffle pattern I think is to help sweat evaporate more easily, similar to the older Nike Sphere material from 20yrs ago, but I couldn't really tell and it did seem a bit full with moisture when I took them off.
  • I played one set in the new GPC1s and then a set in the V11s - sock was fine in both. BUT the GPC1 was not a good shoe, had lots of toe box jamming and overall didn't feel more advantageous/comfy than the V11. (returning the GPC1s).
Overall fine, maybe after a few washes and wears it will settle down a bit.


 
Yep, appears to be bunched at the hemline/join; not sure that will flatten out. The tennis elites also do this where the thick material meets the thinner material at the base of my big toe.
Can’t believe that you can wear shoes & then return them - I be shocked if you could do this in Australia, unless things have changed? I just try any new model on very carefully in store. Seems like it would encourage experimental purchases though.
 

d-quik

Hall of Fame
I think these unicorns run smaller than the size suggests. I wear size 12 and the "12-16" or "XL" size still feels small/tight
 

d-quik

Hall of Fame
I am very biased towards the Elite basketball socks. L/R specific and mostly eliminate the need for me to double up socks.
Are these socks also imbued with some kind of moisture wicking technology? I got a pair of Kyrie Elites just now and my feet feel dryer than a desert (in a good way)!
 

Rosstour

G.O.A.T.
Are these socks also imbued with some kind of moisture wicking technology? I got a pair of Kyrie Elites just now and my feet feel dryer than a desert (in a good way)!

Nice! Yeah, I think they are also Dri-Fit. I love them, can't wear anything else. I have several pairs of Kyries bc I find them cheap but I can't stand him lol
 

d-quik

Hall of Fame
they are also Dri-Fit
You are right. Just fished the label out of the recycling to find out it literally says "With DRI-FIT Technology" on it!

I usually don't bother reading the labels since over 50% of it is just marketing BS but this DRI-FIT tech is actually the real deal! :giggle: Good to know for future purposes but personally, I am all set for socks for years to come now.
 
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