Skate Socks vs. Barefoot Skaters
When lacing up before a game, your hockey skates aren’t the only pieces of equipment that you wear on your feet. Or maybe they are…more on you guys later, barefoot skaters. Skate socks are getting more and more attention with every passing year. They come in all thicknesses, sizes, and with all sorts of new features for today’s game. What you wear inside your skates is a choice that completely comes down to personal preference and there are many preferences that a skater could have.
Maybe you haven’t bought into skate socks yet. That means you are either rocking your everyday socks, or you’re going barefoot. The barefoot skater does not wear socks at all and can be referred to as a savage. Working at the retail level, selling skates to all ages, you realize that this type of skater is a dying breed. The majority is made up of men’s league players that can’t even bare to think of sliding a sock on before a skate. The barefoot skater most likely has an above-average amount of chest hair. Then you have the skaters who use their everyday socks. Half-calf, ankle cut, or standard crew cut; it doesn’t matter. This skater is going to take off their shoes and put their skates right on. Admittedly, I am this skater. I’m not sure if its apathy or tradition at this point, but I’ve always been more of an ‘its-not-the-gear-its-the-player’ type. I also wore my youth elbow pads all the way through junior. The everyday sock wearer is that kind of skater.