Thought I’d create a page for squash socks so people can ask questions / leave suggestions on what they use.
For the longest time I just wore regular white athletic crew socks. These were cheap and fine, but after a while, the elastic started to wear away and they got sort of droopy, so I was in the market for some new socks.
TruSox are a brand of socks that have special grip pads on the soles of the sock, both on the outside AND the inside of the sock. They look like this:
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Buy (UK): amazon.co.uk
I was lucky enough to get a chance to try the socks out, and I put together this video review for you:
Here’s a review from a soccer-related website, which goes into more detail about the different sizes and colors that are available:
I mentioned in the video that TruSox have put together a research study on the effectiveness of their socks, which is pretty cool.
There’s also a fun article in Sports Illustrated from a few months ago, which goes into some of the back story behind TruSox. You can check out the article here.
You can also learn more on their website, trusox.com.
Ramy Ashour was wearing these at the 2018 Grasshopper Cup. Thanks to D-Man for the tip.
Photo via squashsite.co.uk →
Sarah-Jane Perry was wearing a pair of TruSox at the 2016 British Open:
Photo via Steve Cubbins →
Fox River Socks
About a year ago I picked up a few pairs of Fox River socks (aka Fox Sox) on the suggestion of a Squash Source reader.
Images via foxsox.com
The pairs I’ve been wearing are from their “PEAK Sport” collection and are called the Velox LX Quarter Sock. These are quarter socks, which cover my ankles but do not rise up quite as far as crew socks, which reach the base of my calf I think.
I did a quick video look at my Fox River socks way back in March of last year, and I never got around to posting it, but here it is:
It’s been a year now and I feel like the socks are still in good order. They are still comfortable and are still holding their shape well. These socks are made of mostly nylon, which funnily enough is what squash strings are usually made from.
My only complaint about these socks is the first couple times I wore them, I felt like my foot was sliding around a bit in the shoe. Partly that was because my shoes at the time needed replacing. Anyway that feeling only lasted a couple weeks and it doesn’t happen any more. I have been happily using these for 12 months now.
Here’s the original comment from reader John V about these socks that led me to check them out:
Have used these socks for about 6 years, I got 10 pairs and none have worn out. They are really good at blister prevention
Karakal X4 Ankle Socks
Here’s another one called the Karakal X4 “Technical” Ankle sock:
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I have never tried these, but I heard about them via a comment from a reader named Joran. Here’s what he had to say:
Check out the Karakal X4 Ankle socks. I prefer a lower and rather thick sock. Furthermore it has a kind of anti-slip dots on the ball of your foot so you stay rightly positioned within the shoe, even when you do big lunges! They can also be bought as trainers (socks aboven the ankle).
From the picture, these look about the same size as my Fox River quarter socks.
Asics Kayano Classic Socks
Here’s another pair, from Asics:
And the blue version:
Rod says, “I use these and they seem to last pretty darn well.”
I tried these out and here’s my review:
Salming 365 Advanced Indoor Socks
Here’s another one, from Salming:
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Bygagabog commented below that the Karakal X4 socks are a bit thick; he prefers these Salming 365 socks, which are nice and thin.
Harrow ProWear Socks
Travis mentioned in the comments:
I only use Harrow’s ProWear ankle socks. They are thick which helps in nail and blister protection and wicks sweat away from my foot/shoe. I’ve had six pairs which have lasted years of play.
Do you have any recommendations for your favorite squash socks? Please leave a comment below, and see what other readers have suggested!