Any sport that requires dynamic and explosive movement requires the correct gear to support the player. Choosing the best tennis socks to conquer the court requires a little thought, because the right socks for your next set are as important as your racquet or outfit. Tennis socks offer vital support, cushioning, and protection during play, minimising foot injuries and potential discomfort. Consider the following when choosing your next pair of tennis socks:
Moisture wicking: Sweaty feet create friction which leads to discomfort and blisters. Choose socks that draw moisture away from the skin and allow it to evaporate.
Breathability: Circulating air around your feet can help prevent overheating. Socks with mesh panels or ventilation channels will assist with airflow to promote healthy temperature regulation, keeping you cool and comfortable.
Cushion: Absorb shock and reduce the impact on your feet with padding at the heel and tip of the foot, as well as arch support to prevent fatigue.
Fit: A good fit is everything. Seamless construction prevents rubbing, and an above-ankle cut will help to eliminate chafing. No-show socks aren’t considered as high performance for tennis players, with the preference being for low-cut, crew or mid-calf.
While it may be tempting to go for the cheapest pair of socks you can find, investing in quality performance socks can make a big difference in comfort and delivery on the court. If you regularly play on harder surfaces more cushioning could be essential to your serve, whereas a clay court would better suit socks with grip to counter the slippery and dusty nature of the surface.
When given the choice, always choose socks with environmental attributes, like the Eco Run range, with two plastic bottles in every pair.