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08-15-2007, 01:49 AM
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What socks do you use when wearing your skates?

I know a lot of NHLers go barefoot. I don't want to experience any blister problems. I'm thinking maybe an extremely thin sock that won't absorb sweat will be the best? Anyone have any recommendations on where I can get a good pair of hockey skate socks from? And the brand?

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I use whatever socks I'm wearing in my shoes.

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I know a lot of NHLers go barefoot. I don't want to experience any blister problems. I'm thinking maybe an extremely thin sock that won't absorb sweat will be the best? Anyone have any recommendations on where I can get a good pair of hockey skate socks from? And the brand?

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I used to just wear regular socks, then one time I went to the rink and realized I was wearing sandals and didn't have any socks. I bare-footed it, and it was much more comfortable.

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CCM Oxysocks

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Either the Bauer Skate sock or the Easton grip skate sock (the grey one)

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I found a pair of socks that wick sweet away, which I've been using since getting new skates. I found those at a local running store.

I hadn't worn socks in my old skates, but beware that they get pretty nasty. Especially if you have to play for more than an hour at a time. Besides the nasty feel, I really believe the sweet made the skates break down quicker.

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I wear football socks (closest to what you'd get in north america would be soccer socks). They're thick at the foot (which could be one downfall), but go up to my knees, so the pads don't rub on the back of my legs, and they're also relatively tight.

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CCM Oxysox are the best. I used to skate barefoot (and did not have any blister problems at all) but was encouraged to try a pair of Oxysox by the then equipment manager of a USHL hockey team (who has since become a collegiate equipment manager). I tried them, and they were unbelievable. They help wick away the moisture from my feet and they also provide significant support to my arch and feet and also to my calves. I bought four pairs before CCM bought them out, and they look the same to me, so....

Some people complain about them feeling tight at first, and I know some people experience some cramping in the arch the first one or two times (I experienced this very mildly) but I could also feel the significant support they were giving me. Plus, given I have flat feet and have experienced getting used to orthotics, I had experienced this feeling in my arch before and new it was for the better. The support the Oxysox give me allowed me to increase my ankle mobility by not using the second-to-the-top eyelets and helped make my feet and calves less fatigued, and I skated six to seven days a week at that time (I played Junior B and then ACHA college hockey).

No, I'm not a rep for CCM

But I do believe strongly in the Oxysox, just like I do Graf skates.

Also, it is my experience that ill-fitting socks cause more blister problems than going barefoot ever could (unless your skates are also not fit properly). If your skates fit you properly, you should not get blisters from them when skating. If you do, it means you have too much "slop" and you need to have them rebaked OR you need a narrower skate. (My foot is very narrow, C width instep a B width heel, so I obviously use the narrow Grafs). Add in that they're flat, and you get someone whose had to learn a lot about feet and what works.


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I used to wear regular cotton socks but the last couple months I've had blister problems on one of my toes. Didn't want to buy fancy socks so last week I used a pair of those really think black dress socks. Ended up working really well, even if it looked strange.

Might look into OxySocks, I've heard good things.

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sometimes i go w/no socks, that feels ok

but i like adidas sport performance climalite cushion socks
cushy, but thin, wick moisture really well

http://www.amazon.com/adidas-Sport-P...7190541&sr=1-5

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i just started to not wear socks in the last 2 months and i havent had any problems with blisters or anything. before that i used to use the Easton grip sock.

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Are these oxy socks thin socks or are they thick like regular socks?

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I used to wear regular cotton socks but the last couple months I've had blister problems on one of my toes. Didn't want to buy fancy socks so last week I used a pair of those really think black dress socks. Ended up working really well, even if it looked strange.

Might look into OxySocks, I've heard good things.
I use the thin dress socks too. Just make sure they are the non-ribbed kind and you'll be fine.

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These thin spandex hockey socks, but I don't wear them all the time.

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I love the easton skate socks.

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Are these oxy socks thin socks or are they thick like regular socks?
The Oxysox I use for skating are thin. When I first learned about Oxysox (before CCM bought them out), they had a thicker variety that did not cover the entire calf. I bought these for running and cycling purposes.

Today, I believe CCM only makes the skating variety of Oxysox, and they are thin.

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do you guys wear these socks under your hockey socks during games?

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I use to wear regular ankle socks but i think from now on im going to try commando style and ive only herd great things about no socks so i hope it not to difficult to make the transition.

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I wear football socks (closest to what you'd get in north america would be soccer socks). They're thick at the foot (which could be one downfall), but go up to my knees, so the pads don't rub on the back of my legs, and they're also relatively tight.
Yeah soccer socks work fine for me...I also like the feel of the Easton Synergy sock you all are talking about. I'd back those too, but mine don't seem to be too durable...but then again it's a performance product.

Cotton socks are fine, but they can't be any old cotton socks. Stuff I'd get from Target or Wal-Mart just wear suck, but higher quality ones by Nike(what I currently use) work better. They arn't as rough and the seams and fit are better quality so there is less rubbing.

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I like going without socks sometimes too. But understand, that playing barefoot and sweating into your boot like that will prematurely wear down your boot.

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I wear thin, cotton, ankle length, dress socks.....don't think i'll change.

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I like going without socks sometimes too. But understand, that playing barefoot and sweating into your boot like that will prematurely wear down your boot.
Yep, good call on the wearing boots down when not wearing socks. I took great care of my CCMs when I skated barefoot (later switched to Graf) but still found that the boot would start to rot and I'd start losing eyelets when not wearing socks. Today, I take great care of my Grafs and have had them for two years and they look almost brand new. I always take the footbeds out, which for me are custom-made orthotic ones and hang them up on the equipment tree. I also sharpen my own skates. I've found that taking six or seven passes every two skates or so does a lot to keep the steel in excellent conditioning, which means you won't have to take off a lot of steel at one time. I primarily own my own sharpener because I got tired of people f-ing up my skates, and I'm fairly particular about the feel of my skate blades. Just like with tires, they're your contact patch. If they're not right, you cannot play your best.

GreekDrummer: Yes, the Oxysox are ones that go directly on your foot, not the socks you wear over your shinpads.

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i may try the oxysocks because i use normal ankle socks that i wear in my shoes on land and everytime i take my skate off when im done skating, i have these bubbles on my big toes. theres not really any fluid or anything in them so i dont know if i should call them blisters but they look kind of nasty even though they dont hurt. would the oxysocks maybe help this?

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