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IslesZoso 01-25-2011 02:38 PM

Skate socks: hockey name brand or drugstore variety?
I know this may be nit-picking, but do you pay attention to the skate socks you use?

Do you use the hockey company name-brands like Bauer, CCM or Easton? Or do you just use your plain white sports socks from K-Mart ala Hanes, Wilson or Champion, etc.

Briere Up There* 01-25-2011 02:45 PM

Plain white socks, preferably thick, preferably mid shin length.

**** Farise 01-25-2011 02:54 PM

Neither, barefoot.

SouthpawTRK 01-25-2011 03:26 PM

I tried a lot of different socks from dress socks to tube socks from various retail chain stores. The problem with those socks, was that they seemed to always slip and/or bunch inside my skate; sometimes causing a blister/hot spot. I purchased some of the Bauer Vapor socks and have not looked back since. The Bauer socks don't slip and my feet stay relatively comfortable (temperature wise). They have held up fairly well; I've had them for over year.

Jarick 01-25-2011 03:28 PM

I bought a pair of the nice Easton skate socks (the gray ones) and lost one of them, so I'm back to using black dress socks. I need to buy more though. I do like that the Easton socks are a lot tighter than dress socks, but dress socks are really cheap over at Target.

Badger36 01-25-2011 03:30 PM

I use the ankle length Champion Duo-Dry Light socks that Target sells. I like them because they are really thin.
At some point when I start playing hockey more seriously and start wearing full pads I will likely make the switch to an actual hockey sock.

Briere Up There* 01-25-2011 03:32 PM

Maybe I should get some skate socks.

nullterm 01-25-2011 03:53 PM

Hiking socks. Keep my feet dry, adds cushion, warm.


cptjeff 01-25-2011 03:56 PM

Starter performance socks from Walmart for me. I haven't had any issues with 'em.

beth 01-25-2011 05:16 PM

This question has been on my mind so I'm glad you've asked it. I've been wearing regular ankle-high athletic socks and they work okay, but I was wondering what actual socks for hockey would be like. I think I would like to add some non-slip action to my socks, so maybe I'll have to check out the vapor ones mentioned above...

mbeam 01-25-2011 05:34 PM

I did not know such a thing existed. You guys who use hockey-specific socks: what have been the advantages? I've never had an issue with socks slipping/being too cold, etc. And I always just wear whatever it is that I'm wearing when I go to the rink.

rwr 01-25-2011 05:34 PM

if i wear socks, they are the moisture repelling type (underarmour style)

budster 01-25-2011 07:40 PM


Originally Posted by nullterm (Post 30456666)
Hiking socks. Keep my feet dry, adds cushion, warm.

I used to use dress socks, but switched to hiking socks and I really like em.

ponder 01-25-2011 08:12 PM

If you have skates that fit well thin socks are definitely the best, thick socks are really only a good idea for skates that fit poorly. I will often use thin athletic socks, which work fine, but I also have a pair of these that I love:


I bought just one pair at a LHS though, and they were $10 (on this site they only come in packs of 2 for $26). They're thin, soft, and just feel real nice inside my skates. If you have problem with heel hold in your skates, though, I don't think they'd do anything, not a "gripy" sock at all, but if you have skates that fit you well they're super comfortable.

nystromshairstylist 01-25-2011 10:29 PM

Wigwam thermax liners are ideal, and made for this purpose. At about $5, they are not expensive:


I buy mine from here:


Pierre Gotye 01-26-2011 12:43 AM

Don't buy manufactured skate socks, GO GET RUNNERS SOCKS!

Much better!!

This is what I use, way better than anything made by Easton or Bauer:

ThorNton Apologist 01-26-2011 12:49 AM

Barefoot, without the insoles(it fits perfect). If you have to wear any kind of thick sock it means your skate is a poor fit.

mbhhofr 01-26-2011 07:12 AM

I wore Gold Toe, knee high, black cotton, dress socks.

rinkrat22 01-26-2011 07:25 AM

barefoot... like Bobby Freakin Orr baby!

WhipNash27 01-26-2011 08:11 AM

I just wear a regular pair of socks. Don't like having my bare foot in there. So other than that, don't need anything special.

Pittsburgh Proud 01-26-2011 08:31 AM

Anything that makes it to my knee. I like a thinner sock too.

swede84 01-26-2011 08:53 AM

for me personally, I only pay attention to the kind of socks I wear when I am breaking in a new pair of skates. And even then, its just a typical athletic sock you could buy at the dollar store. Once my skates are broken in, I will wear whatever... I have worn ankle cut socks since often time I walk into the rink I'm in shorts. I would skate with no socks, but I like having something to keep my skates from absorbing all the sweat

blueberrydanish 01-26-2011 09:17 AM

Ive had these snug thin socks that come up to lower calve that I got a 5 pack for 10$ or somethin like that years ago from Academy. Great sock, holds up well for a few hours, doesnt keep your foot soaked so its wrinkly or anything after.

Jarick 01-26-2011 09:31 AM

I don't like a thicker sock or cushioned sole because it reduces feel for the skates. My Grafs have a thicker cushion liner already. Skated once barefeet but I don't like it. Also need socks that aren't too slippery.

shoeshine boy 01-26-2011 10:34 AM

I prefer soccer socks, usually either Nike or Under Armour. they can be had fairly cheaply and are wicking material.
I've never skated barefoot because it makes your skates absolutely RANK! I have my own sharpening machine and when barefoot skaters give their skates I make them put dryer sheets in the boots and double-bag them. even then sometimes I have to ride home with the windows open. :laugh:

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