Thursday, March 19, 2009


You'd have thought I said I ran in cotton or something. The reactions I got from parenthetically mentioning I ran with no socks ranged from ridicule to disgust.
  • TFH wondered, how do I keep my feet from stinking?
  • Vava accused me of disrespecting my shoes and feet.
  • Spike asked if I followed my run with a Natty Ice. (Not sure what that's supposed to mean.)
  • Jess assumes my feet are a hot sweaty mess and can't see how I didn't get blisters.
  • And joyRuN, well, she doesn't think it's all that strange, actually.

This is not the first time I have run without socks. But for some reason, I decided that no socks would be my thing this year. As long as the weather is suitable.

No, my feet don't sweat so exceptionally. In fact, I figure that my socks are actually keeping them wet. As you might have noticed, running shoes are made with technical fibers and mesh. They breathe pretty well and keep my feet dry and cool.

If I do happen to catch a whiff of stench, I have Target's version of Gold Bond medicated powder to take care of the odor and dampness.

The insoles do tend to stick to my feet upon removal. I have to unlace each shoe a bit more than normal or the insole will come out with my foot.

My feet so far have not blistered. Most running shoes are pretty foot-friendly and are virtually seamless. Even if my feet did blister, then they would form a callous when healed. So I'm not too worried about that.

To further persuade you that I didn't drink the purple cocktail, allow me to present Exhibit A: Brian Sell, 2008 Olympic marathoner.

Brooks modified its T6 Racer specifically to accommodate Sell's preference to run minus socks.

However, you do have to be smart about running without socks. After the Beijing Olympics, Sell's feet were ravaged because of the humidity. Those shoes don't look so pretty now, do they?

Sell talked about the weather and his feet after the marathon in an interview with Flotrack:


Aileen said...

I guess whatever works best for you is the way to go! Cool interview though; Sell's pretty awesome.

Spike said...

I simply meant that people who run sockless are likely to drink cheap college beer and profess to love the taste. But the application of Gold Bond adds some level of respect.

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

I'm surprised joySashaY wasn't more condemnatory; because in her latest blog post, she comes out pretty strongly anti-IRS, so we know she's not afraid to take controversial stands and if she alienates a few people along the way, hey, them's the breaks, p*ssies, but she's gonna keep SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER no matter HOW much the rest of us love paying taxes!1!!

Ian said...

Hmmm. I'm intrigued. Perhaps I'll have to give it a shot.

Vava said...

Respect if earned, not given freely, so I suppose your shoes earned the respect of your feet?

Anyway, it's cool if it works for you. A lot of hockey players wear their skates without any socks. They also wear their skates 1-2 sizes too small.

What the hell was my point??? Damn you television!

tfh said...

I love going sockless because it makes my legs look longer and slimmer (which I assume is what you're going for, too--no shame) but no amount of Gold Bond in the world (or baking powder, which I've also tried) can combat the odor that creates in my shoes over time (lots of shame-- lots and lots of shame).

tfh said...

Speaking of shame: can we pretend I just wrote "baking soda?"

Marcy said...

Hmmmm I don't think this could work for me. Doesn't' the tongue of the kicks annoy you after awhile? I wear kicks without socks all the time (for everyday running around shiz) and after about an hr or 2 the tongue gets annoying.

X-Country2 said...

While I wear heels without socks all the time, I just can't get behind this. Sorry dude, it's still EW to me.

Sun Runner said...

Spike asked if I followed my run with a Natty Ice. (Not sure what that's supposed to mean.)

I knew exactly what he meant-- that sockless running brings an air of trashiness to the proceedings that will eventually manifest itself in the consumption of cheap, bad beer.

joyRuN said...

How you describe the blister-callous formation almost makes me want a blister myself.

Unknown said...

There is no way I could do this. I think I just got a blister reading this.

Jess said...

No socks!? Next thing you know, you'll be one of those barefooted hippies!

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