Looking for some ergonomic sport socks for trekking and running? I would guess probably not as ergonomic is not a term often used with clothing let alone socks. But read this review of Falke Socks to find out why you should be looking for socks that use science to make them more comfortable and more effective.
Lets be honest, socks are not the most exciting bit of gear. But for hikers and joggers they are one of the most important to get right. If you wear socks that are too thin or too thick, too big or too small and don’t wick sweat or have holes in then you’ll probably end up with sore feet or blisters.
Falke are a German family owned business that have been making fashionable clothing since 1895. They are known for using high-quality materials, to make products that are finished with handcrafted perfection and an eye for detail.
They have turned their one and a quarter centuries worth of experience to producing the best socks money can buy. And just in case their expertise was not enough they have pulled in related experts to help create ergonomic sport socks for trekking and running plus many other activities.
But Falke say it best themselves:
“The FALKE scene is made up of multilingual globetrotters, headstrong individuals, curious explorers, fanatical perfectionists, sensitive creative types and incorrigible aesthetes. Their imagery, their interior design and their clothing are visible expressions of their instincts.”
“We constantly keep them in mind as we pursue the perfect design and the best handcrafted quality. Our friends who share our ethos expect their understanding of aesthetics to be perfectly translated into modern clothing. We make jumpers, bodies, fine tights and legwear whose designs help transform our shared sense of style into a reality with harmonious fabrics and colours.”
In many ways reviewing socks is a lot harder than reviewing other products. This is mainly because with fewer features there is very little to say about them. But that is normal socks. This review of Falke Socks goes into more detail, purely because so much more attention has been put into the creation of these socks.
To review these socks I have been running, hiking and biking in them all. Furthermore, I have worn them all day with a variety of different shoes. My goal has been to thoroughly test them so I can give a proper opinion of these ergonomic sport socks for trekking and running.
First up all the socks look the part. There are plenty of nice colour options for each style so you can go traditional or have an alternative look if you prefer. They also all come in men’s and women’s versions plus they have different length versions of each sock.
Strangely, the first wear of each of the socks below brought about my biggest criticism. I was away for a weekend in Birmingham with some friends that involved food, drinks and lots of walking. It was hot weather and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to test the socks.
For some reason the first wear of each pair led to very sweaty feet. To be fair I was wearing a pair of skate trainers the whole time, but I still expected the sweat to wick away. But when I took my trainers off my socks were so damp they left wet footprints.
But this problem only happened on the first wear of the socks. I have subsequently worn each pair at least ten times and the issue has never been repeated. So my top tip would be to wash these ergonomic sport socks for trekking and running before you wear them for the first time.
So I think it is best if I talk about each pair of socks individually. Below I have copied the main info from the Falke website about each sock and followed it up with my opinion.
Thanks to their medium cushioning and merino wool mix, these TK2 hiking socks offer great comfort and superior thermal insulation when hiking in easy terrain, whatever the weather. Rapid moisture wicking and the optimised shape guarantee perfect temperature regulation and superior comfort.
I have found these socks to be great for everything from days out with the family to a hiking in the Lake District. They work well with trainers or hiking boots keeping your feet nice and cool. Being lighter weight than traditional hiking socks they are best for warmer conditions.
Unlike many hiking socks they are not thick and padded. This means you can feel and understand the terrain a little better. And with precise sizing and optimate left and right socks it means there is no excess material to get in the way or cause blisters. I wore them on a 25km hike with no problems.
I really like wearing them with trainers on days out where we do a range of activities. I have even been running in them but found they felt a little too thick for my liking.
Thanks to their light cushioning and merino wool mix, these TK5 hiking socks offer great shoe contact and superior thermal insulation on city trips or during leisure activities. Rapid moisture wicking and the optimised shape guarantee perfect temperature regulation and superior comfort.
These socks are thinner than the TK2 and have become a favourite every day sock for me. While they are fine for shorter walks, particularly in trainers or hiking shoes, in my opinion they are not quite thick enough for a full day in boots.
However I found these socks to be excellent for mountain biking. I have worn them for a few rides including all day downhill mountain biking in Saalbach bike park of Austria. I also found that they are good for running and that the merino wool helps to avoid smelly feet.
Thanks to its thin sole, the ankle-length “RU4 Light” is perfectly suited to runners who highly value direct power transmission and direct shoe contact. The light padding reduces pressure points and thus protects against blisters. Quick-drying moisture transport and the anatomical FALKE fit provide high comfort and the perfect fit. The best prerequisites for successful competition!
I generally wear two pairs of socks for running to help avoid blisters. Typically it would be a very thin pair of ankle sport socks plus a pair of long compression socks to help avoid calf injuries. Both pairs are thin, however wearing the RU4 socks felt much thinner. At first I was not sure I liked it but I never got any blisters.
I have also liked wearing the RU4 during summer activities. Bring white and only slightly longer then invisible ankle socks they go well with shorts and the cooling air channels help stop your feet getting too hot. They are good for shorter walks, although are not long enough to wear with hiking boots.
Socks that are made to fit your anatomy, with precision sizing and features to improve their comfort are (unsurprisingly) more comfortable than normal socks. And when you design socks for a particular job they (again unsurprisingly) do that job exceptionally well.
The Falke socks are clearly very well made, using top quality materials and are exceptionally comfortable. But not only are they great socks for their target activity but they work for many other activities to.
We began this article by asking if you are looking for ergonomic sport socks for trekking and running. Personally I wasn’t and I doubt you were either! But having conducted this review of Falke socks I certainly will be going ergonomic with my sock choices in the future.
We hope you found this Review of Falke socks helpful. If you want to buy some of their ergonomic sport socks for trekking and running plus other activities then head to www.falke.com