What Socks Should I Wear with Hockey Skates?
What kind of skate socks you should wear with your hockey skates may not seem like the most important decision you must make about your hockey gear, but getting the right skate sock can affect your comfort level and the feel of your foot inside your skate. It’s not an easy choice. While some hockey players simply wear whatever hockey sock they wear for everything else, and others buy special socks that are super thin or extra thick, still others wear no socks at all.
Should I Wear Socks or Go Barefoot in My Skates?
Some hockey players like the better, tighter feel of wearing their hockey skates without socks. But sweat from your bare foot will increase the moisture inside your skate boot. And if you play a lot, you may find there isn’t time for your boots to dry sufficiently between games or practices. The skate boot may also smell more. If you’re going to skate barefoot, then your high-end skates should be thermoformed without a sock to ensure the fit is right. But wearing skates without socks before they are baked will likely lead to blisters and hot spots. And wearing tall socks with protection woven into them may actually help protect the back of your legs from nasty cuts by skate blades.
Should I Wear Multiple Socks in My Hockey Skates?
Some players do. This probably started back in the day when parents were trying to make an older brother’s skates fit a younger sibling, despite the fact that the skates were a tad too big. But some hockey players like the extra cushioning they get from wearing more than one sock, or they like the tighter feel an extra layer of socks provides. Another good reason to wear more than one sock is protection from blisters. A blister is caused by friction between your foot and the boot. Some players find that wearing a thin, sanitary sock under a thicker sock allows the friction to happen between the layers of socks, rather than against the skin, thus helping to prevent blisters.
How High Should My Hockey Socks Be?
Hockey socks come in a variety of heights; choose your socks depending on the feel you like:
- Tall socks come up to the knee.
- Medium socks come up to the calf
- Short socks rise to the top of the boot, barely over the ankle.
How Thick Should My Hockey Socks Be?
One of the biggest debates over hockey socks is whether to wear very thick or very thin socks. Thin sock enthusiasts tend to like the feel of them, while other hockey players appreciate the cushioning they get from thicker socks. The answer comes down to what your feet want. Some players discover that wool hiking socks are exactly what they need under the hockey skate. Others like a pair of knee-high pantyhose. Try various kinds of socks until you find the fit that works for you.
Socks Will Affect Your Hockey Skate Fit
Just remember that if you skate in a pair of socks that are thicker or thinner than the ones you wore to your skate fitting, your skates will fit differently. It’s important to wear the same socks to your fitting that you plan to wear when you skate. Also, if you have your skates thermoformed, wear your game and practice socks when your skates are baked.
Choosing your socks is personal. Wear what makes your feet happy. If you go sockless, you’ll deal with moisture and odor, but you might enjoy the feel. Choose thin or thick socks, tall or short—whatever makes your feet comfortable and makes you feel good in your skates.