They keep you warm, boost your prowess and protect you from all sorts of yuckiness. My friends, let me introduce you to the world of yoga and pilates socks.
Why Should I Wear Socks?
I practice at home and just wear my shoes.
There’s nothing wrong with wearing flexible, athletic shoes while doing yoga. You’ll still be able to do all the poses. They are great for protection if you have any structural issues with your feet, such as weak arches or past injuries.
However there are some downsides to wearing shoes. They can tear your yoga mat. They also track outside dirt and germs onto your mat and the studio floor. That’s why most studios say no to shoes.
You will have lots of grip when you are wearing shoes so your feet won’t move smoothly on the mat. A sticky shoe can cause you to tweak a knee or ankle when transitioning between poses.
Shoes can also change the alignment of your foot. Since your feet are the foundation for many poses, if they are out of whack, your whole posture will be out of whack.
I already wear socks, because my feet are always cold.
Those big, fluffy, bright, warm socks are terrible for yoga though. Your nose hates them, so does your tooshie. They know if you are wearing your big, fluffy, bright, warm socks while doing yoga, they are in grave danger. Today we are going to show you iceboxers what socks you need to be wearing for your own health, wellness and warmth while doing yoga.
The right socks give you ample grip, so you could actually practice without a mat.
I go barefoot. That’s the way it’s supposed to be done.
Going barefoot is the choice many pilates and yoga fans embrace. It helps you maintain solid contact with the floor, which in turn helps you find balance and stability in your poses.
It also gives you the opportunity to strengthen your feet. Wearing shoes all the time causes you to lose mobility, strength and stability.
If you are a barefooter practicing in a studio or fitness center, there is one big reason you should be running out and buying a pack of yoga socks today – fungus.
Fungus is a friendly chap. He likes to hang around as long as possible and chat with as many folks as he can. He even sends them away with a gift. Trust me you do not want this gift. Anyone who has had athlete’s foot, ringworm or unsightly toenail fungus knows. In addition to fungus, going barefoot can expose you to viruses that cause warts, colds and the flu; staph infections; e.coli; and other unpleasant experiences.
Now that you have the uncontrollable urge to go wash your feet, please feel free to do that. Then come back, and we will enlighten you on the beautiful world of yoga and pilates socks. We’ve got some great socks at reasonable prices to keep you warm, strong and safe.
Yoga and pilates socks typically come in four styles – closed toe, five toe, toeless and bella. Closed toe are like your regular socks. Much like wearing a mitten, your toes are all together in one cozy cocoon.
Five toe socks are like wearing gloves on your feet. Each toe has its own space. These socks naturally spread your toes which helps you balance better.
Bella socks are inspired by ballet shoes because that’s what they look like. The top of the sock is open with a thin piece of material going across the base of the ankle. The toes can either be closed, five toe or toeless.
The type of sock style you go with is really your personal preference. A really important feature to pay attention to when selecting a pair is the grip. What kind of grip design do they have on the bottom of the sock to keep you in place? If you’ve ever been in the hospital, you’ve worn socks with rubber grips on the bottom. They are pretty neat and comfortable and keep you from toppling over on your IV pole when you make your way to the bathroom.
Top Socks for Yoga and Pilates
Now that we’ve talked about some things to look for in choosing the best non-slip socks, here are some of our favorites:
These lovelies are made of breathable 95% cotton and 5% spandex, so your feet will stay dry. They are ankle length, closed toe socks.
- Grips – awesome sun pattern on the heels and across the toes that are a 360 degree, non-slip design. Made of environmentally friendly, soft and flexible silicone so they won’t crack and deteriorate.
- Arch bracing – for added support and to keep the sock in place.
- Machine washable.
- Only comes in women’s size 5-8.
- Only 4 color options – gray, black, pink and white.
- Only come in one style.
These ankles socks are also very popular with yoga and pilates enthusiast. They are made of 75% cotton, 22% polyester and 3% spandex.
- 60 day warranty – they will refund or replace, no questions asked.
- Several styles – closed toe, five toe, toeless and bella.
- Lots of color options – black, gray, teal, brown, maroon, dark purple, light purple, blue and several striped.
- Recommends handwashing.
- One size fits most (women’s shoe size 5-10).
Toesox are pricier than other socks on the list; but they are available in so many different options and have such great reviews, they belong here. My personal favorite is the half-toe or toeless, low rise socks. They are made of 90% cotton, 8% spandex and 2% rubber on the soles.
- Several styles – low rise or ankle. Closed toe, toeless, five toe and bella.
- Several sizes – extra small (women’s 3-5.5, men’s 3-4.5), small (women’s 6-8, men’s 5-7), medium (women’s 8.5-10.5, men’s 7.5-9.5), large (women’s 11-13, men’s 10-12), extra large (women’s 13.5-15, men’s 12.5-14).
- Arch band – for added support and to keep the sock in place.
- Raised heel tab – protects Achilles tendon.
- Grip – excellent. Rubber dots extend over the whole bottom of the sock.
- Tons of color options.
- Machine washable.
- Higher Price
The Mato & Hash socks are another brand we’d recommend you check out. The company touts you will achieve a “barefoot feel” when you are wearing these socks. They are made of 75% cotton, 22% polyester and 3% spandex. They also have toeless socks available.
- Grip – whole bottom of the sock covered with a non-slip, rubberized grip pattern.
- 9 color options – bright green, black/gray, black/radiant orchid, blackout, gray, black/scuba blue, black/bright green, radiant orchid an scuba blue.
- Machine washable.
- Only 2 sizes – small/medium (women’s 5-10, men’s 4-9) or medium/large (women’s 10-11, men’s 10-12).
Wrapping It Up
There are tons of yoga socks on the market. The ones featured in this article are highly-rated and will get the job done – whether it’s protecting your piggies from the evils that lurk on the yoga mat or just keeping your icebox feet warm while you work out. Pick a style that appeals to you and give them a try!