Football Socks in the Modern Game — What do you know?
We are living in times of such rapid technology advancements. Those technological improvements are continuously happening on a global scale, but what impact has it had on the world of football? For the fans? To follow a football match in the past they had to tune into the radio for commentary, which was succeeded by games being screened live on television, as the world was in awe at the ‘instant replay’ feature invented back in sixties. Over 50 years later football is being watched in every corner of the globe, on every medium, channel, with 100’s of different angles — we can now even watch fans watching football live…if that’s your cup of tea. What about the referees? After years of having just the whistle to defend themselves, they now have headsets, and VAR implemented into the game. Equipment has changed too, with balls getting lighter with more flight and swerve, goal posts going from squared to circular and training facilities impeccably improving. Football has evolved in so many ways, but is there an area that is lacked progress in technological development? Our gear, our kit, our attires. Sure, the shorts are longer, the shirts are comfier, and everyone loves to wear a rib protector now and then, but essentially, the difference is minimal. None more so, than the socks we put on our feet.
How do professional footballers wear socks?
We’ve seen evolutions of football boots throughout the years, but socks worn by Cristiano Ronaldo have similar length, design and material as George Best had all those years ago. The nuts and bolts of socks are analogous, but some trends have been popping up courtesy of the world’s greatest players. First of all, some players wear extra socks to help their performance and comfort, and use them in varied ways. In recent years, players have worn these additional socks to improve the grip on the feet, with some socks having an added element of gripping pods on the bottom and back — Welsh wizard Gareth Bale is the most notable player that wears them. In wackier ways, Brazilian international Neymar adds an additional cut sock to cover his shin guard up to above his knee to robustly keep his shin guards in place, and also, probably to make a fashion statement. On the other end of the spectrum, Italian legend Francesco Totti used just the one standard sock, and kept half of his shin guard uncovered. For us regular folk, some are happy with wearing socks like a commoner, whereas some people try to emulate their footballing heroes. Many people like to use tapes, cut their socks, or use tubular grips too, but I’ll get into that shortly.
Gripes of Wearing Socks
For people that play the game, you’re fully aware that wearing socks can cause inconvenience and annoyance, and many people are left irritated by the experience. Here are the major gripes footballers have to endure;
- Shin guard constantly moving whilst playing
- Socks falling down
- Rarely comfortable
- General wear and tear problems because the socks are poorly made
- Purchasing additional socks and tapes to combat with the other issues
- They don’t look trendy enough! (Maybe, I don’t know…)
How can we solve the gripes?
As I allured to earlier, many footballers have their own trends of how to wear socks, or additional socks, to cut socks, but most frequently, we can use tape. Footballers love tape. We can put tape on our socks to keep our shin guards and socks in place, and not have to worry about them altering whilst playing football, however that’s easier said than done. The clear peeves of this ‘workaround’ is that it questionably solves one problem, but automatically creates other issues as most sock tapes can damage the socks with its stickiness. Perhaps more significantly though, is that tapes are known to constrain the blow flow in your body. To keep our shin guards in place, others have found that using tubular grips can be a better solution. Underneath your match socks, merely place the tubular grips on your shin, and the shin guard underneath it. The aim is that the elasticity will keep the shin guard nice and tight for your match in an ideal world. Nevertheless, despite this having somewhat better success with keeping shin guards in place, you are still not eradicating the potential issues that can strangulate your calf muscles. Also, does it prevent your socks from falling down? And how long do they even last? So many loopholes and questions not answered. Ah, who would have thought wearing football socks would be such a minefield.
Can we solve ALL the gripes?
Yes. Time has come for socks to have that technological advance, where using tape, cutting socks with scissors, adding additional socks, are no longer required. Introducing inPocket Football Pro Socks from INBICTUM Performance— the most innovative and revolutionary football socks. The socks are adequately manufactured, as they are produced from high performance fibres with graduated compression. No need for tapes or straps, as the socks are double-layered knitted that will keep your shin guard in place, and keep your socks resisting from falling down. In addition to removing that common discomfort, the socks also include an Achilles protection cushioned area to combat friction, and a softened sole to prevent blisters and vibration on muscles. Gripes can be solved, but you can get more bang with your buck as the socks don’t only offer better comfort, they also offer improved performance. The product, made locally in Portugal, has been tested and used by professionals’ who have seen improvement in blood flow, reduction of muscle fatigue and has optimised their performance. It’s been a long time coming, but now the socks have caught up with the technology the rest of the sport has adhered too. Finally, future football socks have arrived…today.