Injinji Original Weight No Show Socks Review

My quest to try new pairs of socks for the ultimate in running comfort has led me straight to the Injinji line. I spoke about my reasons for wanting to try the toesocks from Injinji here. Well, today I received delivery of the first pair of socks that I have bought so far which happened to be a pair of Injinji No Show socks. There was no time like the present so I took them for their first run to gauge their performance.

Featured below is my in-depth review of the Injinji Original Weight No Show socks starting from my impressions upon opening the package to how they felt while on their first couple of runs.

You can buy Injinji Original Weight No Show running socks here.

About Injinji No Show Socks

Here is what the company printed on the packaging of the socks. According to the packet the Injinji no Show running socks feature a 5 toe fit system. This system is made up of the following features

• Anatomic 5 toe design properly aligns toes, prevents blisters and promotes proper posture and balance.
• LYCRA fiber dual welt band with increased compression that holds sock in place.
• Mesh top provides maximum ventilation and breathability.
• Reinforced heel and toes along with COOLMAX Xtra Life fiber for increased durability.
• Designed to support arch.
• 55% Polyester, 40% Nylon, 5% Lycra

The package also reminds us that Original Weight is a moderate interface, everyday performance sock.

Here is a look at the socks as they were appeared in their packaging when I opened them.

Injinji No Socks In packet

The socks are certainly thin, thinner than the running socks I have been wearing and this gives them a lightweight feel. The inclusion of the LYCRA means that there is some stretch to the socks and this also keeps the weight down.

I was very impressed to find that there are no seams around the toe region which is a typical problem with many traditional running sock. Many is the time I have pulled on a pair of socks only to find that either side of the sock has a honking big knot that rubs on the smallest and largest toes. These socks have no pronounced seam and that bodes very well for its chances on being comfortable.

The Injinji No Show Running Sock Colour Range

This might be a good time to provide you with a look at the complete range of colours that are available in the Injinji No Show running sock line. I bought the Grey socks but they’re only 1 of 9 different options. Seven of the nine color options are made using the CoolMax XtraLife fiber while the Oatmeal and the Charcoal options are made using Nuwool Australian Merino wool. Here they all are below.

 Injinji No Show White Socks  Injinji No Show Teal Socks  Injinji No Show Pink Socks
 Injinji No Show Grey Socks  Injinji No Show Green Socks  Injinji No Show Blue Socks
 Injinji No Show Oatmeal Socks  Injinji No Show Charcoal Socks  Injinji No Show Black Socks

Putting The Socks On

Not surprisingly, putting these socks on is a little more involved than what you might find with a more traditional pair of socks. First of all, you’ve got to line each toe up properly so they go into their assigned spot. Once the toes are partway in you need to individually push the material down so that the toe is fully fitted into each sleeve.

I’ve got to admit, when I pulled the socks on for the first time and had them properly adjusted to my toes it felt a bit strange. That stands to reason seeing as how I have never worn these types of socks before so I would expect them to feel somewhat different.

At this point, too, I should add that I already have a bit of a problem with athlete’s foot so the skin between my toes is a little tender. For a few minutes after putting the socks I was acutely aware of the material between my toes.

The Socks On the Run – First Run

For my first run with my Injinji socks I decided to wear my old Asics Kayanos. I’ve owned these shoes for over 2 years and they have done around 700-800kms including a marathon. They are definitely molded to my feet and a reliable pair of shoes over the longer distance.

I went for a 10k run at a moderate pace so that I could get a real feel for how they performed. My overall consensus was very positive with a few observations to be made.

Firstly, I wear a size 11.5 shoe so the socks are Larges which are designed for a shoe size range of US 11-13. They fit fine and felt fine when I was walking around and stretching before my run. The first 500m of my run is a reasonably steep downhill gradient and I couldn’t help but notice that the socks were allowing my feet to move just slightly within the shoes. This is not something I have noticed with other socks before and while it didn’t hurt my feet or affect my running style, it was noticeable. This could be attributable to the newness of the socks and is something I will keep in mind as the socks get older.

Once I hit flat ground there was no movement within my shoes and the socks felt very comfortable. I felt the socks sort of settle and the slight movement first noticed subsided. This could also have been due to heat and perspiration causing the slipperiness of the brand new material to be reduced.

The initial feeling that came with getting used to the toes quickly disappeared and after the first kilometre they just felt normal.

The Socks On the Run – Second Run

The second run with the socks was a couple of days later and I wore my Nike Free 3.0 shoes. These shoes are around 5 months old and I have done just over 300km in them. I have a feeling they are responsible for a painful callus on the end of my second toe (which is longer than my big toe…I’m abnormal) but other than that they are very comfortable shoes.

The slippage issue that I noted on my first run was completely absent this time and the socks performed very nicely. I have quickly become used to putting the socks on as well as the feeling on the toes.

There was one issue that I noticed after the run. I have already mentioned that I was suffering from a case of athlete’s foot and this involves peeling skin between my toes. The skin was stinging between my little toe and its neighbour following this run and I believe it has happened because of the material from the socks irritating the damaged skin.

I can’t blame the socks for the small amount of discomfort that I’ve experienced because it was really caused by a pre-existing condition. Using the socks has highlighted the problem and has prompted me to get it treated properly.

My recommendation is to get any skin problems fixed before using these socks if you want to avoid any irritation.

They Keep Your Feet Dry

The socks are thin but not overly so. They allow you good feel and natural movement within the shoes. But it wasn’t until I reached around the 8 or 9 k mark that their true strong point became clear. Although sweat was pouring down my face and running into my eyes (as is normal on most runs) my feet were going through a different experience.

The socks were still completely dry at the end of the run. This is going to be a big plus when running in the warmer months because hot and sweaty feet can be a problem. The wicking performance of the socks was impressive but I’ll be interested to see how they perform over a longer run and on a warmer day.

When I took the socks off at the end of the run I was interested to find that they were virtually gripping my toes and had to be peeled off. This is obviously part of the key to preventing blisters because there is no movement between skin and material.

No Raised Seams

I think this is something worth highlighting again – there are no noticeably raised seams anywhere on these socks. The absence of raised seams anywhere on the socks ensures they are completely comfortable. The toe sleeves are only an issue in as much as I had never used them before. I quickly adapted to the feeling of each toe being “held” and it wasn’t a problem at all after about a kilometre of running.

I will also be interested to see if there will be any improvement in the health of my toes which have become pretty knocked around from running every day.

Take Care After Washing Your Socks

This warning may possibly sound obvious to some people but it’s better to mention it and avoid the problem rather than assume people will notice.

Injinji toe socks are left and right foot specific.

This is important because it means you’re going to have to be careful to match up the pairs back up again after they have been washed together.

You don’t want to throw them into your gym bag only to find when it comes time for your run that you have two left foot socks or two right foot socks. That will definitely make your run an uncomfortable one.

Let Your Toes Be Individuals

The bottom line is that it is surprising that running socks featuring individual toes weren’t introduced earlier. It makes sense that the toes should be allowed to perform independently of each other and be protected from rubbing against each other while they do it. We pull on a pair of shorts with our legs in separate holes and the same with gloves so why not socks?

The price is reasonable at around $12.00 a pair.

After trying these socks a couple of times I can safely give them the thumbs up for runners no matter what their ability might be or how serious about running they are.

More Customer Reviews

If you’re not convinced by my experiences you might like to read more customer reviews at Amazon.com.

Although I am mainly concerned with the running socks produced by Injinji this is not all the company focuses on. Injinji also makes a line of trail socks, yoga socks, liner socks and compression socks. For the complete range of socks made by the company as well as far more information about each you should visit the Injinji website.

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