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Performance sock - aptly named!
on January 30, 2012
I bought five pairs of these "No Show" style socks for 11.99 each (pricey) and have worn them daily since October 20, 2011 (3 months as of this writing). All four pairs of my Vibram Five Fingers shoes were new and I wanted to protect them from what another reviewer calls the "Five Finger Funk" : ) These socks did it for me! All four pair of my VFF shoes smell like new after 3 months. Love these socks!!
They are thin and while they haven't shown wear, I recommend being really careful about keeping toenails short and smooth or the socks look like they might get holes. No signs of wear for me yet though and I have worn the socks in my VFF shoes for 3 months using them for everyday wear, hiking, walking miles on pavement, road, jogging, treadmill, gym, etc. I do hand wash them(see Care below).
I thought being so thin the material might be abrasive to my skin, but it isn't. It is "gentle on the skin" just like the manufacturer claims. (Info found at permara.com/fresh-gear). They are very comfortable.
My ONLY complaint (besides being pricey) is the round elastic at the top edge of the sock leaves quite an indentation on my foot. When new I found it a bit uncomfortable but with time the elastic seems to have loosened just enough that I don't notice it anymore. However, for those of you who may have sensitive skin, a rounder/larger foot, or edema, you might find this uncomfortable or downright painful.
These puppies are so expensive that I decided to hand wash them. The antimicrobial properties have to be "recharged" according to the manufacturer by using chlorine bleach. (Info found at permara.com/technology). I bought a bottle of Clorox Bleach and since I didn't want any bleach mishaps decided to transfer a small amount into a large dropper bottle that I now keep under the bathroom sink where I wash the socks. I wait until I have three pair to wash and plunk them into a sink of warm slightly sudsy water (I use a few squirts of castile from the dispenser we wash our hands with at the bathroom sink) with two dropper-fulls (1 tablespoon) of bleach, soak the socks while I'm taking a shower, then hand wash the socks by squishing them (no rubbing), squeeze them (versus wring) and hang to dry. The time/trouble to hand wash isn't really the big a deal I thought it would be and perhaps has paid off in keeping these pricey socks like new as they show absolutely no signs of wear at this point.
I wear a women's 8 1/2 - 9 shoe, have a wide foot, and the M/L fits as if the manufacturer made them just for me! I'm buying five more pair so when I travel I can wait until I get home to wash them.
This performance sock is performing for me!
May 2012 Edit:
Bought hubby Vibram Five Fingers and he tried on my socks (the M/L) and they fit his huge feet. He says they're snug but not uncomfortable. So far no sign of wear from his use but he's not overly hard on clothing/socks etc. He wears an 11 1/2 shoe size and Five Finger size 45 in the Komodo Sport)
Wear added note: I put some long, hard, hot and sweaty miles on my most worn pair of these socks and very little signs of wear occurred on the inside under the heel area. Still a fan of these socks!