Boutique fitness has everything we love – a great workout, a community of goal-setting people, and, of course, grip socks! More and more studios are requiring grip socks to be worn for the safety and hygiene all of clients. If you’re new to the studio fitness environment you might be wondering why you can’t just wear shoes or even go barefoot.
Wearing shoes causes the expensive equipment and flooring to get scuffed up and worn out. Using equipment that is in tip top shape is what keeps you in shape, so it’s best to care for it well. But more importantly, your toes are constrained inside the structure of the shoe. The movements you perform inside the studio call on specific articulation and flexibility of the feet that is more easily and more comfortably done sans shoes. For example, relevès in barre class; exercises on the Pilates reformer, and balancing in yoga.
Going barefoot may seem like a good solution. However, once you get moving, sweat happens. And your feet and toes no longer have a grip on the floor and equipment, causing you to slip and lose your form. Plus, did we mention your feet are bare and sweating? That means they are in direct contact with dirt and germs. You’re better off wearing grip socks.
The best solution for your feet is also the cutest. Grip socks not only keep you safe, they’re also a stylish piece of must-have gear. ToeSox grip socks are best for your feet, and the most technical for your practice. The five-toe design allows your feet and toes to perform naturally, so you can perform your best.
With so many grip sock styles available, the question now is which ones do you get? Every grippy style will give you what you need for class, so you can choose based on personal style and preference. However, if you need more guidance, we explain below why we love certain styles for specific studio workouts.
For Barre Class
The minimalistic design and ballet-inspired silhouette of Bellarina and Plie Grip Socks make these the perfect barre socks. Bellarina barre socks feature a heel tab to cushion your Achilles for any leg stretches on the floor or barre. Pliè barre socks feature a leather pad that will comfort the ball mound of the foot as you rise and pulse in relevè.
For Pilates Class
The arch band that wraps your foot in Low Rise Pilates Socks cue your arches to engage while also supporting them for accurate movements. After all, Pilates is all about control.
For Yoga Class
From Bellarina to Scrunch Knee High, every grip sock style will send your feet straight to zen during yoga class. We love Half Toe yoga socks because it gives us a more barefoot feeling while still giving us optimal traction during each pose and transition. Oh, and don’t forget your grip gloves if you need hand support, especially during downward facing dog and arm balance poses.