Saturday, February 12, 2011
What Size Toes Fit in Performance Injinji Toesocks?
GENERAL INJINJI QUESTIONS:
Q: What’s the advantage of Toe Socks?
A: The key design principal in the development of the Tetratsok was to create the best possible interface that allowed the entire foot to perform naturally and freely inside our shoes, just like being barefoot. Everything about the conventional tube sock works against your feet’s natural form and function. Consider the difference between gloves and mittens: Mittens keep your fingers together to create a warmer, oven-like environment, while gloves offer less warmth but more dexterity. The same principles can be applied to our feet. Conventional tube style socks force your toes to work together as one unit creating heat and moisture build up, unprotected skin on skin friction and reduces healthy air and blood circulation to the foot. Why have we been wearing mittens on our feet all this time?
The human foot has toes to facilitate proper balance, posture, stability and grip. Each series of Injinji patented tetratsoks are specifically designed to enable your entire foot to perform naturally and efficiently from your heel to five toes inside your shoe. By providing a restriction free environment, your toes are able to become activated, providing you with increased dexterity, tactile sensitivity and allowing them to perform as they were intended. In addition, the flat knit weave and seamless construction of the Tetratsok means there is nothing to rub or irritate the foot within the shoe providing an excellent interface to prevent common foot problems from developing; blisters, hotspots, moisture build-up, transference of fungal conditions and neuromas caused by improper footwear and athletic form.
Q: Doesn’t it feel funny having something between your toes?
A:You will definitely notice a new sensation when you first slip on your Tetratsok as your body and mind is not accustomed to the luxury of having individual compartments for your toes. This sensation soon dissipates much like putting your watch on the other arm; you know it’s there for the first few minutes then your body becomes accustomed to it. You will soon feel that separating the toes prove to be exceptionally comfortable.
Q: Are they hard to get on?
A:Compared to a normal tube style sock, when fitting straight out of the packaging it will take you approximately
10 – 20 seconds longer to properly fit the Tetratsok. This is due to the toe compartments being flat and yet to form to your particular toe shape. Once you have worn and washed your socks once or twice you will find that the sock material has a memory and your toes will slide into the pockets with relative ease.
Q: My toes are a funny shape, will they fit?
A: We have seen short toes, long toes, fat toes, skinny toes, overlapping toes and even a variety of each on the one foot! However, the Lycra component of the sock uniquely allows the Tetratsok to conform and mould to the myriad of different toe shapes and sizes.
What’s the difference between the Performance and Outdoor Series?
Each series of the Tetratsok is designed with the same patented AIS technology. The primary difference being the Performance Series uses 70% CoolMax to provide the exceptional cool, moisture wicking properties of the sock. The Outdoor Series utilizes the natural fibers of Australian Merino Wool to provide a transeasonal sock that keeps your skin temperature refreshingly cool in summer and warm in winter.
Q: I am a men’s 10.5 foot, which size should I wear; medium or large?
A: Sizes that lie in between two sizes (As Above), we recommend sizing up to the next size (ie) 11 or Large.
Q: Wouldn’t Toe Socks be hot?
A: Conventional Tube style socks act like mittens on your feet creating an oven like environment. On the contrary, separating the toes significantly increases the flow of air between the toes and forefoot. This combined with the breath ability and moisture wicking properties of CoolMax provides an extremely dry and cool interface.
Q: What does Injinji mean and how is it pronounced?
A:“Injinji“ is pronounced (In-gin-ji) and is an African term which describes when a drumming circle reaches a climax, the peak in the performance, when all of the participants are at one with the rhythm, when everyone hits a stride and there is unison among all.