There are so many sock choices it can often be difficult deciding what to buy.
Finding the sock that works best for your activity, the weather conditions, and
your feet makes all the difference in your comfort. Too often we blame a shoe
or boot for “not working right” when in all actuality, it’s probably the sock
you’re wearing. Read more to see why the right socks are so critical to your
Wearing the proper sock is critical to the enjoyment of athletic activities.
Every action creates different stress points on the body, and in order to
prevent injury, vulnerable spots must be protected. The incidence of blisters
and other foot problems can be reduced by wearing socks that fit exceptionally
well and that wick moisture.
Fox River’s patented Wick Dry® Health System is designed
to help keep feet dry and comfortable, no matter what the temperature. This
system combines an inner layer of moisture-repelling (hydrophobic) yarn with an
outer layer of moisture-attracting (hydrophilic) yarn to wick moisture away
High-performance socks protect feet against cold or excessive heat and assist
the foot’s own temperature regulating function. Under varying climatic
conditions, socks help balance the body’s temperature and manage perspiration
creating a pleasant “microclimate” next to the skin.
Since human core temperature of the head and torso must remain at approximately
98.6°F (37°C), it is essential that heat be removed at the same rate it is
produced. With increased physical exertion, more heat is generated throughout
the body which causes people to sweat. The prerequisite for cooling is
evaporation. Therefore, clothing (including socks) must have good moisture
transfer capacity to ensure the microclimate next to the skin remains dry and
Fox River uses a combination of natural and synthetic fibers to help keep feet
dry and comfortable, minimizing friction and creating an environment that
promotes healthier feet.
The human foot is very complex. With 26 bones and many joints, ligaments,
muscles, and tendons, it isn't always ideally suited to weight-bearing and
getting around. That’s why proper foot care, and wearing the right socks and
footgear is essential.
Did you know...?
In a lifetime, each person logs an average 70,000 miles on their feet.
Feet sweat about 10-15 gallons per foot per year, and 5-8 gallons of that
perspiration gets absorbed by socks.
Fiber content does make a difference in socks! Avoid all-cotton socks. Cotton
is great at absorbing moisture, but then the moisture stays there against the
foot. This moisture softens the skin, increases friction and, in turn, causes
85% of people wear shoes/boots that do not fit correctly.
Most foot problems are caused by improper fitting footwear.
As we age, our feet grow by as much as a size (or even two) in length and
You should measure both feet when buying shoes/boots and get the pair that fits
the larger foot.
The best thing you can do to prevent foot problems is wear a great-fitting pair
of socks made from fibers that wick moisture away from feet. Look for high-wick
microfiber acrylics, CoolMax®, Thermolite®, or
Getting the right fit is essential to comfortable feet. After all, if your feet
aren’t comfortable the rest of you won’t be either. And you won’t want to
finish that hike, workout or walk. Here are tips to help you get the proper fit
the next time you buy shoes or boots.
Make sure you know your correct foot size. If possible, measure feet with a
Brannock device for more precise fittings (found in shoe departments of most
Take advantage of retail sales associates’ expertise in helping you select
shoes/boots to get the best fit possible.
Look for shoes/boots with leather, mesh or perforated uppers to allow for air
circulation. Replace athletic foot gear when wear is visible or when
shoes/boots no longer have that same cushiony feel as when first purchased.
Shoes/boots should feel a little roomy, especially in the toe box. Allow at
least 1/2-inch extra space at the toe of shoes/boots for toes.
Buy socks at the same time you purchase shoes/boots. Oftentimes, it is hard to
find shoes/boots that fit perfectly. So socks can make the difference for a
proper fit. Socks that fit your foot precisely will enhance both comfort and
performance of the shoe or boot.
Socks should fit foot length and width perfectly. If they are too tight,
they’ll restrict circulation in the foot; if they are too loose, they’ll
increase friction which leads to blisters.
Sock toe closures should be “no-feel”—smooth against the skin with no bulkiness
or irritation. You don’t want to crowd the toes. Toes need room to wiggle, but
not so much room that there’s constant rubbing against the sock or shoe causing
Buy socks with the right fit. Fox River’s women’s socks are made specifically
to fit women’s feet. Women’s feet are different from men’s. Most women have
smaller feet, more rounded toe “boxes”, and narrower heels. Comfortable socks
with exceptional fit are critical to good foot health and athletic performance.
Unisex socks are designed using lasts that are modeled for men’s feet.
Kids need great-fitting, high-performance socks too. Keeping kids’ feet dry and
healthy is important, and excellent fit is part of that. Most socks made for
children are simply shortened adult socks or little, uncomfortable tube socks.
Fox River’s kids’ socks are designed to fit the size and shape of a child’s
foot. Features such as Lin Toe® no-feel toe seams, high-wicking
fibers, and fun fashion accents on the girls’ socks make these a must for any
Great high-performance socks are about the fit and the function. Both of these characteristics
are largely affected by the type of fibers used in the socks.
Aegis Microbe Shield® is a revolutionary bonded antimicrobial technology. It
provides protection against odor, staining and deterioration causing bacteria, fungus
and other microorganisms and is a permanently bonded antimicrobial barrier. Aegis
physically ruptures the bacteria’s cell membrane making it a physical control process,
not a chemical treatment.
CoolMax® takes the sweat out. The specially-engineered fibers used in
CoolMax® fabrics transport perspiration away from the body to the surface of
the sock where it can evaporate quickly. CoolMax® provides great breathability, even
when wet. The breathability further enhances the thermoregulatory effect; so you stay
dry and comfortable.
Cotton is a soft, natural fiber that absorbs moisture. Cotton provides softness, shock
absorption, moisture absorption, breathability and temperature control.
ECO 50/50 is a high-performance combination of super-washed merino wool and fine
denier recycled post consumer polyester. Socks made with ECO 50/50 dry 20% faster
than other merino wool socks, are 3 times more wear-resistant than merino wool socks,
have high thermal protection, and move moisture to keep feet dry.
Space age Hollofil® fiber offers superior insulation. Each Hollofil®
fiber has a column of trapped air which runs through the center. This hollow-core cross-section
makes Hollofil® fibers thicker, fluffier, and warmer than solid-core fibers of the
same weight. Ounce for ounce, no other fiber delivers greater warmth… unmatched insulation without
Responsible innovation is what Fox River® is all about. Our socks from
Ingeo plant fiber are a 100% annually renewable resource and fully compostable
in the right conditions. Ingeo fiber gives you all the performance benefits
you expect from a Fox River® sock: moisture wicking, exceptional fit,
durability and comfort. All this, while helping to minimize our imprint on the earth.
How plants become socks: First, plants are grown and harvested. Sugars are then extracted from
the plants and fermented (in a process similar to yogurt making) and transformed into polylactide
(PLA), a high performance polymer. Then, PLA is extruded into Ingeo fiber,
naturally dyed, and lovingly knit into socks. Plant fiber socks are compostable and chemically
recyclable (under the right conditions). The life cycle of production, consumption, disposal
and reuse comes around full circle.
Merino takes the itch out of wool. Merino wool fiber is so fine that five strands equal the width
of a human hair. Its long silky fibers guarantee a wool sock that won’t itch. In addition to
comfort, wool is nature’s technical fiber. Wool is the most hydrophilic (moisture attracting) of
all natural fibers, absorbing as much as 30% of its weight without feeling wet. Besides being a
natural wicking fiber, wool doesn’t attract dirt because it is an anti-static fiber. Fox
River® merino wool socks retain their soft feel, wash after wash.
Microfiber acrylics are exceptionally soft, high-wicking, low-bulk synthetic fibers. Microfiber
acrylics wick moisture way from feet to help eliminate blisters.
This is a lightweight synthetic fiber with higher thermal insulating value than most other solid
core fibers. Polypropylene offers excellent wicking in socks.
PrimaLoft® Yarn with Quick Draw Technology™ combines the hydrophobic (moisture
repelling) properties of PrimaLoft® and the hydrophilic (moisture wicking)
properties of wool to form a dynamic “force field” that pulls moisture away from the skin and
push it out. The end result is an ideal moisture management system that provides dry and
Scentry uses a silver embedded fiber that provides antimicrobial protection to
help eliminate odor. Silver, a natural element, inhibits the growth of a broad spectrum of
microorganisms that cause odor. Scentry technology’s silver ions along with
Fox River’s unique Wick Dry® Health System combine to produce
socks that keep feet dry, healthy, comfortable and odor free.
Silk is a natural fiber that does not conduct heat and is a natural thermal retainer. It is
luxuriously soft, durable and moves moisture well.
Thermolite® provides warmth and comfort without weight even when wet. With its hollow-core
fibers that trap air for greater insulation, Thermolite® is lightweight while offering
heavy-duty performance. Hollow-core fiber technology provides the most warmth with the
least weight. The larger surface area allows for faster evaporation by speeding moisture
away from the skin to the surface of the fabric where it can evaporate quickly.
Thermolite® dries 20% faster than other insulating fabrics and 50% faster than cotton.
Thermolite® is the ideal layering fabric because it’s comfortable and light weight allowing
more freedom of movement.
X-STATIC®—The Silver Fiber
Helps eliminate odor naturally! X-STATIC®—The Silver Fiber is a
high-performance silver-coated nylon that naturally and permanently inhibits the growth of odor-causing
bacteria and fungi in our socks. Because silver is also the most conductive element,
X-STATIC® naturally regulates temperature. X-STATIC® is safe and natural
and will last for the life of the product.
Fox River Knitting Technologies
Fox River’s Wick Dry® Health System
is designed to help keep feet dry and comfortable, no matter what the temperature. This system combines an
inner layer of moisture-repelling (hydrophobic) yarn with an outer layer of moisture-attracting (hydrophilic)
yarn to wick moisture away from feet.
Fox River® uses a combination of natural and synthetic fibers to create their exclusive
Wick Dry® Health System. By keeping the foot dry, this unique system
maximizes comfort while minimizing friction, creating an environment that promotes healthier feet.
Fox River’s Women-Specific Design
Fox River® was the first sock maker to design a line of sport socks to truly fit the shape
of a woman’s foot. Fox River® for Women socks feature rounder toe boxes
to eliminate extra material at the toes (no more bunching); and comfortable fibers to ensure the best
high-performance wickability and a lightweight “memory fit”. The socks are knit with a special
“flex-stretch” design at the heel to keep socks from slipping and help prevent blisters.
Toe Seams that Maximize Comfort
Fox River® produces a “no feel” flat, smooth toe seam. Extra care with the toe seam
results in a more comfortable, better fitting sock without irritation at the toe.
A form-fitting structural fabric constructed with knit stitches of spandex and a primary yarn or yarns
in a technique that holds its shape through all types of conditions and activities. “Form-fitting,
holds it shape without sag or bag.”
Stay cool during summer
It’s a myth that your feet will stay cooler if you skip wearing socks in your
shoes. In fact, perspiration causes friction between the foot and the shoe, and
that in turn causes hot spots and blisters.
Sweating is the way our body temperature stays regulated in the heat. Drinking
enough water to keep the body perspiring is key. Your sweat will evaporate from
your skin, but when feet sweat, that perspiration can cause foot problems
unless you wear a high performance sock that will wick the moisture away from
Socks with an inner layer of synthetic fiber knit against the skin (as in many
Fox River Wick Dry® socks), transfer moisture away from the foot to
keep it dry. Merino wool—an often overlooked fiber for summer use, but very
comfortable—also does an excellent job wicking moisture away from the foot.
Keep warm in the winter
Keeping warm as the temperature drops is critical to staying comfortable,
healthy and safe. Wind-chill, frostbite, and hypothermia are the three biggest
dangers the cold brings. Any outdoor activity requires extra precautions.
Many people know that dressing in layers and wearing a hat, are key ways to
stay warm. However, some overlook the importance of keeping feet equally
protected. In fact, because blood goes to protect vital organs first, blood
vessels in the feet constrict which reduces circulation and increases the
likelihood of frostbite. The basic concept you should look for in cold weather
clothing applies to socks too. The best fabrics offer insulation from the cold
and allow the body to release perspiration.
Cotton is a poor choice because its absorbency causes the fibers to collapse
against the skin, drawing heat away from the body. And trapped perspiration is
a major cause of cold weather health problems. If you’re wet, your risk of
hypothermia increases dramatically. Studies have shown that the rate of heat
loss through wet clothing can be 240 times that lost while wearing dry
clothing. High-quality socks help retain warmth, and absorb and transfer
moisture away from the skin.
Wool is the best natural fiber for warmth. Even when wet, wool is warm because
wool fibers trap dead air space providing insulation. Synthetic fibers, such as
microfiber acrylics, Thermolite®, Hollofil®, or
CoolMax®, provide superior moisture transfer. Socks with a
combination of these natural and manmade fibers offer great protection from the
cold. Thicker socks are generally warmer because their large loop (knit)
construction traps more air which provides warmth and insulation from the cold.