Socks for CrossFit – important yet often overlooked

by Gabriel Simon

Socks for CrossFit are an important yet often overlooked item clothing

People spend a lot of time choosing the right type of shoes for CrossFit or other gear for CrossFit to wear, but getting a good pair of socks for CrossFit is something often overlooked. There are a lot of different types of socks out there, though, and it can sometimes be confusing figuring out which ones are right for you. From men’s socks for CrossFit to women’s compression socks and more, each variety offers specific benefits to the person who is wearing them.  This article will highlight the different types of socks for CrossFit and help you decide which type of socks is the best to meet your needs.

sock for CrossFit

The Custom Sock Source make good socks for CrossFit

Knee-High Socks for CrossFit

Probably the most common type of socks you’ll see in the box is knee high socks. There are two reasons to wear above the knee socks.  First and foremost, they help protect your shins during deadlifts and box jumps. In fact, it might be more appropriate to call them deadlifting socks.  If you’ve even been doing CrossFit for short while, you will have probably scraped up your shins during deadlifts.  The extra barrier between the bar and your knee really helps to reduce that direct friction and will decrease the likelihood of your shins bleeding. This is particularly relevant for CrossFit girls who want the awesome CrossFit workout, but don’t want marks all over their shins! It helps with box jumps too, but obviously if you completely smash your shins on the side of a hard edge, you’re still going to get hurt. So don’t!

knee high socks for CrossFit

Rogue are the official supplier of the CrossFit games, and make good knee high socks

Rogue (the official supplier of the CrossFit games) make a knee high sock. Click on the picture to purchase.

Also, remember that there are A LOT of knee high socks out there, and you don’t need to stick to only  brands related to the CrossFit community.  Just have a look at amazon and search for knee high socks.  A lot of people like to wear soccer socks, for instance.

addidas socks for crossfit

Addidas make socker socks that are perfect for CrossFit

The second major reason to wear knee high socks is, well, to look good! To put it simply, it’s become very fashionable throughout boxes around the world to wear knee high socks. It’s almost become the CrossFit outfit in many ways.  And there are certainly a lot of great looking knee socks out there.  For example check out this argyle sock from the custom sock source.

deadlifting socks for crossfit

Check out these Argyle socks from the Custom Sock Source

One of the most popular style is the striped knee high sock.  Check some out here.

striped socks for CrossFit

Striped socks are very popular among CrossFitters

There are also some great Reebok CrossFit knee high socks. Unfortunately, however, they’re all of stock at the moment.  I hope to update this soon when they’ve got more in.

Compression Socks for CrossFit

Compression socks do more than cover the foot—they can actually help you both recover in between workouts and gain more power during them. They’re generally knee high, so they can also be thought of as a specialized type of knee high sock.  Compression socks work by helping to stabilize the muscles, which in turn allows you to increase your strength and have more control over your body. Plus, because they’re knee high, they can also protect you against the bars rubbing against your shins or from rope burn.  Also keep in mind that they don’t have to be literally “socks”.  There are a lot of calf ‘sleeves’ out there, which have exactly the same effect.

There are a lot of different types of compression socks out there, so have a look around here and choose the one that best meets your needs and aesthetic taste. Quickly, here are a few things you want to look out for:

  1. Excellent compression system; this is a given.
  2. Antimicrobial – so your feet don’t smell!
  3. Moisture wicking – so you don’t overheat.
  4. They should stay in place! The last thing you want to be doing during a WOD is pulling up your socks every couple of minutes.

Some of the best brands for these are 2XU, Zensah and CEP. For example, 2XU’s compression calf guards (below) have a world class compression system made from  antimicrobial and wicking material, and is specially designed to stay in place.

compression socks for crossfit

2xu calve compression sleeves

Remember, we also have an article written about other types of compression gear for CrossFit so check it out.

No Show Socks

The final type of socks we’re looking at are ultra low-cut socks, which are an extremely popular choice amongst both men and women.  CrossFitters who are looking for a lightweight sock that isn’t visible above the outside of the shoe. CrossFit Reebok makes a type of low cut sock that features antibacterial fibres that work to reduce potentially embarrassing foot odor. This will mean that your socks won’t smell as much, and let’s face it, that’s something that would be mighty helpful! These socks also feature built-in arch support to help stabilize the foot during workouts. Reebok CrossFit (below) make an excellent pair of low cut CrossFit socks.

reebok crossfit socks

Reebok make great ‘no show’ CrossFit socks

Do you have any questions about socks for CrossFit? Or do you have your own opinions – agree or disagree? Please leave a comment about the best socks for CrossFit below!