We’re here today to address a BIG rumor in the sock world: It’s bad to wear socks all the time. If you’ve ever wondered whether your love of novelty socks might be bad for your health, first of all, you can breathe easy now. Second of all, let’s debunk this rumor together in more detail, shall we?Check Out Our Collection of Fun Compression Socks
Some people think wearing any kind of socks all day, every day can be really bad for your feet, causing them to get smelly and leaving you with health problems. The argument behind this is that your feet need to breathe, and if they don’t because they’re covered up in socks all the time, they’ll grow fungus.
We think this rumor might come from the reality that ailments, such as Athlete’s Foot, do seriously thrive in warm, damp environments, which can be created when your feet spend long hours squishing around in socks and shoes that have been saturated with sweat.
As long as you’re not wearing the same pair of socks day after day without washing them in between, you really don’t have anything to worry about. No matter the fabric, no matter the style, wearing fresh socks daily really isn’t bad for your feet or toes. In fact, there are many benefits!
It’s actually really beneficial to wear clean, absorbent socks with your shoes. When moisture is wicked away from your feet by your socks, it minimizes the chance you’ll develop not only a fungal infection, but also helps you avoid developing blisters.
Studies on the effects of wearing socks while walking have shown socks help cushion your stride, limiting the friction that takes place when your feet rub against your shoes. Less rubbing equals less of a chance of cutting your feet open and having to hobble home. (If you’ve ever worn a pair of heels in your life, you know exactly what we’re talkin’ about here.)
Aside from performance blends that help wick moisture, certain types of socks offer even more therapeutic properties. Compression socks have been getting more attention lately, especially because they now come in cute colors and patterns.Browse Our Assortment of Novelty Socks
If you’ve ever asked yourself, “why do nurses wear compression socks?” or wondered why athletes turn to compression garments, there are a few reasons:
- They can reduce fatigue in your legs by helping pump oxygenated blood throughout the body more quickly and efficiently.
- They minimize swelling because they help prevent a buildup of fluid in the legs and feet.
- When blood pools in your veins, they can sometimes twist over themselves causing what’s known as varicose veins. Compression socks help prevent them from forming by keeping that blood flowing up toward the heart!
- The replenishment of oxygen throughout the body aids in muscle recovery, helping you feel energized again more quickly.
Remember, you really don’t need to be an ER nurse or a basketball star to enjoy the soothing benefits of fun compression socks.
socks and sleep
There seems to be a lot of debate about whether people should wear socks while sleeping. We’ve heard from staunch supporters as well as people who are totally opposed to the idea.
Those who feel this is similar to (or even worse than) wearing socks all day might be the people who get really really warm and sweaty while sleeping. If you find yourself getting overheated at night if you’re under layers of covers, you certainly don’t have to wear socks to bed, but if you’re someone who’s always on the chillier side and finds comfort in sleeping in a pair of cozy socks, then have at it!
The only exception to this is that it’s generally recommended you take off any fun compression socks you were wearing during the day once it’s time to go to bed at night. Unless your doctor specifically requests you sleep in your compression wear, it’s best to simply elevate your legs instead.
socks all day, every day
If you’re a big sock lover like we are, we really hope this has helped you feel a little more comfortable wearing socks whenever you want to. And hey, maybe it’s even inspired you to stock up on some more of your favorite novelty socks so you always have a fresh pair at the ready!