Grip Socks aren’t the end-all

They can’t cover for everything

In the past year there has seemingly been an explosion of new grip sock companies on the market and its virtually impossible to miss them. This isn’t a bad thing though, since the more competition there is, the more everyone has to step up their game. The flip side of this is that it is almost expected that people will use grip socks with their boots. The big issue with that, it that its not always the case.

Even taking a quick look around my own team, of the 30 players in the squad about 8 of us use grip socks. Even across the league it isn’t the norm. The same goes for the professional level, where although a majority of players cut their socks, not everyone is using grip socks. Again, this shouldn’t be an issue but there seems to be a rise of people who think that if you wear certain boots, you should wear grip socks.

Part of this comes down to marketing. Nike, for example, advertises their NikeGrip technology on their insoles for their boots with the idea that wear their GripSocks with their boots will give you the best performance. Indeed, one of the most common feedback I (and others) received for my Vapor 13 review is that I didn’t get the performance or comfort I wanted because I didn’t wear grip socks when testing it. Now, when I review a boot I do sessions with and without grip socks. And I do have Tabio Sports for my go-to grip sock but as people like Jay will attest, the grip isn’t super strong on them, and they are mostly popular because of how well they fit my (and other’s) feet. In fact, the pair I wear for practice and lot of pictures has almost no grip left because I have used them so much, though the fit is still great.

What this all comes down to is boots should perform with or without grip socks. Grip socks are there to enhance the performance but not be required for said performance. Personally, I feel that too many people are pushing the whole “the boots work much better as long as you wear grip socks” rather than the boots performing well on their own merit. Again, this is why I don’t wear grip socks for most of reviews and boots will only get used with grip socks during matches.

So, if someone recommend boots to you but then follows that up with telling you that you need grip socks when wearing said boots, take their advice with a pinch of salt. Grip socks are great, but we shouldn’t have to rely on them to get the performance expected out of boots.

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4 thoughts on “Grip Socks aren’t the end-all

  1. For me it realy matters what boot I wear. For example the Phantom Venom is to wide in the forefoot for me. If I wear gripsocks I don’t slide and feel very comfortable and love the boots. Without gripsocks i can’t wear them because i hate the fit.
    In my Morelia 2’s i hate gripsocks because they take away the natural feeling of the boot.
    In other boots like the Morelia Neo 3 Beta I am undecided, yet.

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  2. For anyone with problem feet like me, I thought I’d share my experience.
    Before lacing up I partake in an ancient and elaborate ritual of multi-layered strapping on toes, heel and ball of foot to avoid stud pressure and/or blisters on my bony feet, and essential ankle support so I don’t roll my breadstick-like ankles on a hard turn.
    It doesn’t seem to matter what boots I choose, how broken in they are, or what socks are worn, unless I strap up, 30mins into a game pain and/or injury will be expected.

    The upside is once you know your own feet you know how to best prepare them and how boots should feel for best performance.

    I’ve always rocked the double sock method to separate tape from ankle support and secure my shin pads, and I’ve experimented with a number of grip socks over the years.

    My current fave has become Storelli Speedgrip as thin and tight base layer sock under the ankle support, and a Trusox thin over the top. As the Storelli and Trusox are both pretty thin they don’t bulk or lose sensation, even when wearing a relatively lightweight and tight-fitting K-leather boot like my Neo II. And as both socks seem to use the same grippy suede-like material, they lock onto each other (especially when they get a little damp) and that locks them into the boot like my feet are welded in there. Zero slippage.
    Ridiculous I know. But it works.

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