These days, there are a lot of different terms and names to keep straight with socks. Health conscious people may want copper oxide socks, while the fashion conscious will look for “No Show” socks. And then there’s the “Smooth Toe” sock, which, upon first reading, doesn’t seem very descriptive at all. How is a toe smooth? How does that work in a sock?
Let’s look at the smooth toe sock to see exactly what it is, how it works and why you might want to wear them.
The smooth toe sock gets its name from its design, specifically the way the toe area is made. In normal socks, usually for cost reasons, the toe area and the main body of the sock are two separate parts, or designed “open,” and needing to be closed later. This means that the toe area needs to be attached to the rest of the sock at some point during the manufacturing process. In a lot of cases, this can create a seam between these two portions, and that seam can create unintended pressure, squeezing against the foot from all directions. For people with circulatory problems, this is a very bad situation.
A smooth toe sock however, uses a more labor intensive process to create a sock that has no connecting seam between the toes and the main body. It is all one piece. So, because there are no seams in the toe area, this is a “smooth toe” sock.
This provides a much better overall circulatory and comfort experience for people that decide to wear the sock. When a smooth toe sock is combined with moisture wicking properties, which is standard for many Pro-Tect sock lines, this means a much more comfortable and healthier foot experience. Circulation is unimpeded, a lack of seams means no interference from the pressure of shoes, and the moisture wicking properties carry any excess fluids away from the feet, keeping them drier, more comfortable and far less prone to infection.
If you’re thinking of getting better socks for a healthier, more comfortable foot experience, a smooth toe sock may be just what you need to get started.