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This little piggy went to the market, this little piggy stayed home. You likely know this children’s rhyme that calls the toes “little piggys”, but the vast industry of footwear has forgotten it completely. For decades, socks have been made in the same way, squeezing all the little piggys together into one uncomfortable pile. Not only does it sound uncomfortable, but it can easily lead to rubbing, chaffing, and other toe problems. Fortunately, there is an alternative that keeps your toes comfortable as well as safe from these maladies. Meet the Injinji toe socks and see why outdoor enthusiasts are turning to them more and more.
Highlighted Features of Injinji Toe Socks
While anyone can benefit from these toe socks, the Injinji Trail Midweight Mini-Crew toe sock is specifically designed to support those on outdoor terrain. Injini uses their 5 Toe Fit System to allow the toe flexibility within the shoe to maneuver over uneven ground with ease. In the process of freeing the toes to move with the ground, the foot is able to make the appropriate corrections to maintain a healthy posture on the trail. Establishing the correct alignment prevents injuries and strains to the feet for many more miles of trekking.
The feel of toe socks in general may take some getting used to. Most people have become so comfortable with our toes closely squeezed together that it is a foreign feeling to have fabric between them. In addition, The Trail Midweight Mini-Crew uses “Darn Tough Coolmaz Vertex” which is a thicker material than average socks. Having a thick fabric does make the socks more durable, but also warm. In a cooler season the Midweight Mini-Crew is a great choice, but this sock is a little too hot for some summer days, especially if worn inside poorly ventilated shoes.
I found The Injinji Trail Midweight Mini-Crew toe sock to be true to shoe size. However, not all toes are alike. Some users state that the toe socks do not fit well around the toes and caused blisters or discomfort. An easy fix is to return the socks for a size larger, but before writing the socks off as the wrong size, give your feet a little time to get used to the feeling. They may be the right size after the new feel of toe socks wears away.
Most people do not look for socks to give them the cushioning that their feet need; this role is usually filled by the shoes. That being said, socks can often provide a level of padding. The Injinji trail socks are right in the middle for their measure of cushion. They are thick enough to give them feeling of a small amount of padding while not being too voluminous to add too much cushion in the grand scheme.
The fabric of the Injinji Trail socks is designed to be moisture wicking . The major component of the socks (55%) is polyester, a hydrophilic (moisture-loving) material that is great for pulling sweat from your feet. This is intended to keep the feet dry and free from blisters caused by moisture. My husband can personally attest to the efficacy of these socks as he walked rim-to-rim-to-rim across the Grand Canyon last May in them. After more than 40 miles on the trail he had no blisters, chafing, or pain.
Buying a pair of Injinji toe socks can seem a bit expensive. Many people balk at the cost and opt out of buying them on account for their price tag. Undoubtedly you can buy far cheaper socks, probably six pairs for the same price. The matter, however, is about quality vs quantity. Although they may be pricey, the socks do what they claim, keep your feet dry and your toes free and flexible. When it comes to getting blisters or painful rubbing in your feet, the price may just be worth it.
- Durable Materials
- Double cuff
- Promotes proper toe alignment
- Mesh top lock
- Blister and hotspot prevention
- Some users experience discomfort between toes
- Difficult to put on
- Not ideal for hot weather
The Injinji Trail Midweight Mini Crew Toesocks are designed with the purpose of keeping your feet and toes happy and healthy while you put in the miles on the trail. Whether running or hiking, they will work to keep moisture from becoming irritating, and allow your toes to individually function in stabilizing your every step. However, if you are just looking for a day to day sock, look for cheaper and easier to put on options. Additionally, bear in mind that these socks are not optimal for very hot weather, as they are of a slightly thicker build. If you are perplexed at the idea of putting toes into their own little socks, then try on the Injinji trail socks and you will likely be a convert.