Last Updated on September 27, 2019 by Heather Hart, ACSM EP, CSCS
I feel as though the term “unless you are living under a rock” should be replaced with “unless you don’t have a Facebook account”. Let me demonstrate:
Unless you don’t have a Facebook account*, you have noticed that knee high socks are all the rage these days. (*Your Facebook results may vary, dependent upon number of crazy athlete friends). Be it ultra runners wearing life saving (literally) compression socks, CrossFit fanatics protecting their shins from deadlift and rope climbing battle wounds, obstacle course racers protecting themselves from the hazards of the trail (poison ivy anyone?), or gym goers who just want to look cute: knee high socks are incredibly popular right now.
In our house, these socks have become a necessity. Often referred to over here as “shiggy” socks (an H3 term for super thick brush, thorns, poison ivy, etc) they are lifesavers against the ruthless Vermont terrain that we so often train in. And what’s better than knee high socks that protect you from raspberry thorns, deadlift scrapes, and rocks tearing at your shins while you crawl under barbed wire? Knee high socks that have WORDS on them. It’s the little things in life…
- The Sox Box was founded by husband and wife team Athena and Vincent Suich. The story (which can be read here) goes a little something like this: Athena was searching for knee high socks that would fit around her muscular CrossFit calves, and thought it would be great if the socks had sayings that represented the strength of her CrossFit community. Bam, The Sox Box was born.
- The socks are made in the USA, of 68% Cotton, 25% Nylon, 4% Spandex and 3% Polypropylene. The designs come in various colors, and feature a wide variety of sayings such as “Strong Mama”, “WOD Killa”, and even “Yay Burpees” (one of my favorites). There are many gender neutral socks, so gentlemen, there are Sox Box options for you too.
- The company has pledged a lifetime donation of 20% of all Sox Box profits to the Independence Fund, a non-profit group that directly supports the wounded ill and injured service members.
I will admit, when Athena contacted me about doing a review, I was already a huge fan of the socks. Introduced to me a while back by my CrossFit bada$$ pal Hope at Sportymom.me, I had already put a few pairs of Sox Box socks though rigorous testing. But I wasn’t going to turn down the opportunity to do a review AND give one of my readers a chance to win a pair of these awesome socks for themselves, so I chose a pair of “Left, Not Left” socks, then proceed to put them on the wrong legs. You know, just to see if anyone was paying attention (they weren’t).
Now, as I said, I’ve put these socks through rigorous workouts. For example, here I am at the Citi Field Spartan Sprint this spring, burpeeing in “Train Insanse” socks (not standing on the wall, the picture is deceiving)
|photo credit: New England Spahtens|
What I love about the socks:
They are thick. There really is no point in wearing knee high socks for protection against the elements (or ropes or Olympic bars) if they are so thin you get scratched through them anyway.
They stay put. Even when soaking wet (see above photo), running, or knocking out a few hundred burpees, the socks stay up. The LAST thing you want to worry about when working (or playing) hard is having to constantly readjust your clothing.
Comfortably snug. These are NOT compression socks, however, they are snug enough that they provide that same supportive feeling that you get from compression gear.
They are cushioned. There is an extra layer of cushion on the sole of the sock. Everyone has varying preferences in this department, but I run in these, blister free.
They are HILARIOUS. I’m outspoken as it is. But a pair of socks speaking for me is just icing on the cake. My bootcampers know they are in trouble when I show up in my “yay burpees” socks
They are affordable. At $9.99 a pair for durable, stay put, great looking socks, you really can’t go wrong.
Athena and The Sox Box were aweosme enough to offer up a pair of socks to one of my readers. There are a few ways to enter, follow the RaffleCopter below. But for the most points, be sure to visit The Sox Box on Facebook, like their page, and let them know I sent you! Tell them which style is your favorite, or suggest a new saying! Winner will be chosen on Friday August 16th. Good luck!
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One pair of Sox Box socks were provided to me at no charge, however all opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Heather Hart is an ACSM certified Exercise Physiologist, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), UESCA certified Ultrarunning Coach, RRCA certified Running Coach, co-founder of Hart Strength and Endurance Coaching, and creator of this site, Relentless Forward Commotion. She is a mom of two teen boys, and has been running and racing distances of 5K to 100+ miles for over a decade. Heather has been writing and encouraging others to find a love for fitness and movement since 2009.