Blisters are probably the worst part about wearing and breaking in any new football boot. Traditionally, the double sock method has been used to reduce the chances of blistering, but now with newer technologies available, TruSox has stepped into the light with a product that not only claims to eliminate blistering but also make you faster. We were lucky enough to get our hands on the TruSox and test them out for ourselves.
Although it is just a sock, there is a fair bit of technology behind the TruSox. The main concept of the sock is that by eliminating movement within the shoe, the transfer of power will be maximized. Slipping and sliding around effectively makes you less explosive and through non slip pads on both the outside and inside of the sock they’ve tried to eliminate slipping and make your foot more secure. The same non slip pads come into play in eliminating the chances of blistering, as there is less repetitive motion between your foot, the sock and the shoe.
A large bulk of my experience with the TruSoxs came during a four day, eight match tournament. It set the perfect stage for the TruSoxs to prove their worth to me as more than anything, blistering would have been pretty disastrous. Ideally, you wear the TruSox over your regular long football socks, although professionals have been seen to cut up their long socks like this to wear them. Design wise they go well with almost all standard long socks and so you won’t have to worry about looking weird on the pitch. A minor concern I did have from the off was the durability of the pads. While they do lose their initial colour, they don’t become any less grippy or fall off and they should last for a good while.
The big question is: do they work? Yes they do. Your feet really do feel a lot more secure while wearing the TruSox and this security does mean that sharp turns and cuts are a lot less clumsy. The pads really do grip not only your foot but the inside of your boot, and to be honest, once you’ve worn the TruSox it is a bit hard to go back to wearing regular socks. In terms of eliminating blisters, the TruSox also do the trick as I never once got blisters while using the TruSox, no matter what boot I was wearing. A small part of it may be a placebo, but you feel a lot sharper with the TruSox on and actually trying them does explain why Premier League stars such as Aaron Lennon and Cheik Tiote have taken to them.
The TruSox have fast become one of the most important things in my football bag. Even if I’m just going for a kick around with my friends I bring along my TruSox as they do make you feel a lot sharper and secure. Price wise they cost about the same as any ‘top of the line’ sock out there coming in at $24.99, and I’d highly recommend going out and buying a pair. You can get a pair from the official TruSox website.