In the Spotlight: Running Essentials
Heat Holders Ultra Lite Socks
Designed with heavy bulk yarn to provide thermal protection and comfort in a lightweight profile, these socks are ideal for wearing in tighter fitting shoes and cold temperatures. With a Thermal Overall Grade rating of 1.04, they are scientifically tested to be 3x warmer than regular cotton. Heat Holders are non-binding, making them diabetic friendly. MSRP $9.99.
OS1st AC4 Active Comfort Socks
Part of the Socks with Purpose line, the AC4 Active Comfort sock has a Y-Gore Heel (no slip design), arch compression, moisture wicking, and has silver antimicrobial with bamboo charcoal in the heel and forefoot. OS1st’s Skin Thin design (on the top of the sock) was created to work along with the breathability of a running shoe for a cool, dry experience. MSRP $13.99.
Falke RU3 Invisible
This Spring ’22 sock is invisible in the shoe, but still has a high level of cushioning and padding. Special heel construction provides optimal support and prevents slipping. The moisture-wicking socks offer high shock absorption and maximum comfort, along with protection against blisters by reducing pressure points. MSRP $23.95.
Drymax Run Lite-Mesh
Made in the USA, and providing a balance between thin and thick running socks, the Run-Lite Mesh is engineered with plush terry loops underfoot and a seamless toe for comfort. Mesh Stripe Vents over the foot provide breathability, helping keep feet cooler and drier. MSRP $13 to $15.
Darn Tough No Show Tab Lightweight with Cushion
A new run offering for Spring ’22, this no show is crafted in a space dyed merino wool yarn with a digital print. There are endless possibilities for unique patterns in each pair. A performance fit offers no slipping, no bunching, and no blisters. Fine gauge knitting makes for high durability. MSRP $17.
Zensah Calming Sleep Sock
The thermoregulating nature of merino wool in the Calming Sleep Sock keeps body temperatures cooler in the heat and warmer in colder environments. This leads to deeper, more uninterrupted sleep, according to Zensah. A breathable yarn blend with a soft feel, and terry texture on the stretch band makes for a not-too-tight fit at the cuff. The Sleep Sock is ideal for athletes looking to recover faster. MSRP $20.
Balega Hidden Contour Recycled
Drynamix, a proprietary moisture management yarn, is incorporated into recycled yarn in this Spring ’22 sock to keep feet cool and dry. Hidden Contour has a snugger fit, so the sock stays put in the shoe while running. Three elasticated zones provide structure, while 200 needle cushioning offers comfort on the footbed. A seamless toe reduces bulkiness. MSRP $16.
Feetures Elite No Show Tab
Feetures introduced its first ever 360 print designs this season with the City Collection. 360 print provides the ability to direct garment print on socks in a truly seamless design. For Fall ’22, a new Geo Print design is in the works for the Elite Light Cushion No Show Tab style. The sock is engineered with an anatomical design and targeted compression, providing a custom-like fit and reduced risk of blisters. A light cushion offers impact protection. MSRP $17.
LP Trail Running Compression Socks
The Target Compression System is designed with biomechanics in mind, placing emphasis on specific muscles and joints. The System rotates from the sole of the foot to the lateral side of the ankle and extends to the calf muscles. Graduated compression provides support to the arch to strengthen coordination and movement control of the ankle, while also promoting calf muscle contractile efficiency.
CEP Run Compression Sock 4.0
With new directional air channels in the foot, mesh structure in the calf and ventilation zones in the toe, CEP’s Run Compression Sock 4.0 is designed to offer maximum moisture management and ultimate comfort. The sock also has CEP’s true graduated compression. Run Compression 4.0 is available for Spring 22 in five heights and six colors. MSRP $59.95.
Created in response to increasing demand for more sustainable product solutions and the brand’s expanding commitment to closing the loop on production waste material, HybridPlus insoles elevate total eco-content to 50% via a unique blend of 7% recycled rubber and 43% recycled production waste foam. The insoles will be utilized in Fall 2022 footwear styles from various brands.
Sorbothane Ultra PLUS
The Ultra PLUS insole integrates a custom composite stability system with the impact protection and cushioning of Sorbothane. Expanded Sorbothane forefoot protection, stability, and a deep heel cup for rear-foot stability combine to create the brand’s next-generation insole. MSRP $59.95.
Designed to support the foot and its natural movement, Currex’s SupportSTP insoles may help reduce pain from plantar fasciitis through their shock absorption and cushioning. The SupportSTP is available in three different arch profiles. All Currex insoles have a 60-day guarantee. The company will accept returns even if the product has been cut to the customer’s shoe size. MSRP $69.95.
Cadence Low Volume
Catering to the run specialty community and offering exclusive in-store only models, Cadence insole designs combine contoured support with enhanced comfort under the heel and forefoot. The brand’s most popular styles in the run specialty channel are the Original Orange, Low Arch and Low Volume (shown here). MSRP $49.95.
PowerStep Pulse Thin
The brand’s new insoles for 2022 are focused on relieving and preventing pain through support, alignment, and impact control. Offering semi-rigid arch support and PORON cushioning, insoles in the Thin line will retain a 95 percent compression set, absorbing the pressure and impact. A narrower and thinner design delivers support and cushioning while also fitting in more minimal running shoe options. MSRP: $49.95.