Protective Padding

At Drymax, we donít make thickly padded socks, because we believe they cause problems unnecessarily. Sock thickness directly affects the fit of the shoes, and ultimately the comfort of your feet. Over the past few years, the inside comfort of footwear has improved dramatically, eliminating the need for ultra thick socks. Thick socks have more insulation causing feet to sweat more, leaving them sweat soaked and more susceptible to blisters, nail fungus, frostbite and Athleteís Foot.

Drymax socks are designed using one of five density levels of protective padding: Low -, Low, Medium, Medium+, and High. Dense padding is used as opposed to thick padding, because dense padding protects the feet without adversely affecting the fit of the shoes.



There are 43,200 terry loops in a square inch of a Medium Density Drymax sock.


The two photos show that Medium Density Drymax socks are knit with denser
terry loops than a competitorís equivalent sock.

Medium Density Drymax Sock

Competitor's Sock

We have yet to see any credible evidence demonstrating that thick socks absorb much shock. However, it might be best said that a sock can reduce areas of higher pressure. The F-Scanģ computer pressure mapping graphic at right illustrates the pressure on a bare foot while walking versus the same foot walking in a Drymax protective padding sock. The Drymax sock reduces peak pressure in the heel, forefoot and toe areas which equates to a more comfortable foot.

If you want to really increase cushioning we suggest that you buy a good replacement insole. Insoles cushion much better than thick socks.