What Makes a Good Soccer Sock

TYPES 

Game Socks → Long enough to go all the way up to the knee and cover your shin guards. 

Training Socks → Shorter than game socks and often only go halfway up the calf. Best for non-contact training sessions where you have less chance of injury to the shin.  

THE FIT

Sizing → Believe it or not, it matters! If your socks are too big, the extra fabric could impact the fit of your cleats and even give you blisters. Each brand will likely have its own sizing guide based off of your shoe size.

Comfort → Some higher quality socks will offer extra padding under the sole and heel of the foot for greater comfort and durability. 

Grip → Some players seek out more grip within their cleats by wearing specialty grip socks and then cutting the feet off their game socks before sliding them over their shin guards like a sleeve. While this has become a popular aesthetic among many players, be sure to check with your parents or coaches before cutting up any game socks! 

ACCESSORIES

Tape → Some players choose to use tape on their socks to keep slip-in shin guards from falling down. There is shin guard-specific tape out there nowadays, but general athletic tape will do the trick as well. 

Cleats with Socks → While not exactly an accessory, many brands are starting to offer cleats with a built-in ankle sock that they claim provides additional ankle support and makes the cleat feel even more like a natural extension of your foot. 

 

tobin heath wendie renard marta on the field in soccer socks

HOW TO WEAR

As mentioned in our guide on choosing the right shin-guards, we recommend wearing your socks over your shin guards. Whether you choose to stretch the sock all the way above your knee or fold it just below… that’s up to you! 

COST

Soccer socks generally run between $12 and $25, with some specialty socks running as high as $40.

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