The Design of Thorlos Padded Running Socks


We designed our Thorlos running socks based on a five-element
design matrix. These elements assure your feet are properly protected and will feel
better especially when running longer distances on hard concrete surfaces. Our design matrix
includes: Shoe construction; Foot kinetics the way your feet move while you re running;
Surfaces you ll run on; Climate; and Consumer testing. Together, these elements ensure Thorlos
clinically-tested padded golf socks will deliver the guaranteed benefits and provide you with
all the foot protection you need to enjoy your run. The Shoe & The Last When we analyze
the running shoe, we look at things like: The material that the shoe is made of; The
breathability of the shoe; The hardness of the sole; and The taper to the toe box. Each
of these elements impact how we design our clinically-tested padded running sock. Foot
Kinetics There are two popular running techniques today. The first is the traditional heel-ball-toe
action. The second is to land more flat-footed to help dissipate the energy and impact. Regardless
of which technique you use, Thorlos running socks are designed to absorb the impact similar
to the way a catcher s mitt absorbs a fast ball. Thorlos clinically-tested padded running
socks reduce blisters and other foot conditions by absorbing impact forces, absorbing shearing
forces, and wicking, or moving, moisture away from your skin. And we ve taken into consideration
that you re going to spend a lot of time running on concrete and hard pavement. Climate The
climate inside your shoe is actually more important than the climate you re running
in. Regardless of temperature or humidity, you re going to be sweating because of all
the physical exertion. The demands placed on your feet create a high-moisture environment
in your shoe. You need a protective sock specially designed to move that moisture away. Thorlos
exclusive THORLON yarns are designed to wick that moisture away to the outside of the shoe
where it can evaporate. Testing With the design matrix in place, we then create a prototype.
We ll have a diverse group of in-house runners put the initial prototype to the test. Typically
there s some tweaking, and then a larger test. We continue to test the prototype over and
over again, until we re absolutely sure that it s going to deliver the benefits that we
promise. That s how we guarantee your feet will feel better or your money back! Importance
of Proper Fitting Now remember, your running shoe, the Thorlos padded running sock, and
your foot work together as a system. It s absolutely critical that you get the right
fit. So, I encourage you to watch our fitting video.

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