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Comparable to Lycra, these soft Nylon Spandex Swim Socks from Sporti are perfect for those looking for extra protection from swim fins or water shoes.
Love these swim socks!
My daughter is growing pretty rapidly and sometimes has trouble with her fins being too loose or too tight. These socks are fantastic! They are really well made and help with sizing when the fins are just a bit too loose, in that slip-off phase. Later, they reduce chafing on the heel and toe area. She was always staunchly resistant to wearing regular socks, even to the point of buying other fins from different manufacturers to get half-sizes, but after wearing these socks she said, "huh, these are pretty cool." That is a rave review from a pool rat that is picky about her fins! I'm so glad I tried these!
This sock has a padded sole that is not necessary for my use. I put them on when I use fins and that works well to prevent chaffing, but don't need the padding as I remove them poolside with the fins. The biggest downside is the weak elastic around the top edge. It stretches out quickly and the socks keep sliding down onto my heels. Believe they used to make these without the sole padding but that elastic at the top also failed after a few uses. Would be willing to pay more for a sock with longer functioning elastic top-edge. Silly to have to throw them away just because the elastic fails so quickly. Have not seen other socks here that are just thin nylon with a decent elastic top. Others seem to be heavier with neoprene and serve other functions.
I work as a swim instructor so most of my time is spent walking up and down the pool deck and walking through the water. My feet were getting torn up and I thought these would help. The first day I put them on, they felt great, my foot was protected and they're lightweight so I almost forgot I had them on! Unfortunately, I wore them several days in a row and the pool deck and bottom proceeded to tear them up. Both socks ripped along the seam and holes appeared in the soles. I guess our pool deck is pretty intense, but I was hoping the socks would last a little longer than a week. Pretty disappointing.
This is the second pair I buy from this brand. The first one was blue and with the chlorine, it fade over time and started to make some holes in the neoprene sole. That was probably my fault as I was walking out of the pool with the socks on and started to run in the shallow pool with the socks. I swim 5 days a week and use them all the time with my fins. It last for about 6 months so this time I bought black. In a couple of months, it will look grey but I like it regardless. I will be more careful now and make sure when I leave the water, the socks is off.I prefer this nylon spandex socks than neoprene. I used both before but the nylon spandex is a LOT more comfortable on my toes and feet. It feels I am not even wearing anything and the nylon spandex gives a cooling effect to my feet when in contact with the water, love it!
I bought these for two snorkeling trips in Indonesia where we snorkeled twice a day for 4-5 hours per day, for about 16 days. Unlike others in the group, I never had a problem with my feet getting blistered or rubbed in any way by the fins. The socks have washed out beautifully, kept their elasticity, and were so comfortable to wear. I have had stress fractures in my feet in the past so these socks were just the cushioning and sun protection I needed. I found if I wet them before I put them on, the fins went on easier. I highly recommend them.
Having small feet (size 4.5) is a real disadvantage. All my life I can get close, but never really a perfect fit. This is true of the TUSA fins. They needed a little help to stay snug. These socks are well made with a little padding in the toes and heels. The bottom is a black light foamy material. It is stretchy and the weight is not too thick or thin. Very comfortable. It is really youth sized: boys size 2 and women's 3-5. If black becomes available, I will buy it.
I bought these to reduce the friction with my fins. Yay, they do a great job for that, but the padding on the bottom of the socks is a little awkward. The seams it's put in with seem, well, kind of oddly shaped and if I don't like them up just so, I'm too aware of the seams. Also, the padding makes them just a touch too big to use with my monofin. Le sigh. They're great for my overlarge biofuse short fins, and I'm sure that they'll get some play at the beach next summer as well too- I just think the seams for the padding on the bottom are a little weird.
After the second time I used them, there was a hole in one of the socks
I ordered a size 13-15 for my size 13 feet, and indeed that's what the label says. The only reason I give them 2 stars is because my wife (size 9) decided she can use them, although I think they are too small for her, too. I also ordered neoprene swim socks that turned out to be reasonably sized,
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