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Why do we wear high ankle socks?

Old 05-20-07, 07:23 PM
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Why do we wear high ankle socks?

why? I just wear them because everyone else is, but is there a real reason to wearing higher ankle socks as opposed to the ones that show you ankle?
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I, for one, refuse to buy the expensive bike socks and simply ride with the shorter ankle high nike socks. No adverse affects yet...and not even one person has tried to stone me for daring to bare my ankles.
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Because roadies consider themselves better than trackies?
That reminds me, I need some new socks.
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Better yet, why wear socks that are specifically designed for the left or right foot? I got a couple pairs of low cut Nike socks designed for running. The socks are very thin on the bottom and sheer on the top. The socks do a excellent job letting cooling airflow pass over the feet but the balls of my feet start developing a minor hot spot due to the limited padding.
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Because this is sexy.

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especially at the beach
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Yea... add in the glove tan line and its all hawt!
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that is exactly why I don't wear gloves and I wear socks that go below the ankle...
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Click on this link for the best wool athletic socks money can buy! You'll want to select one of the Adrenaline series, my preference is for the mini-crew length, which covers the ankle bones.
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chrisvu05, don't go out of your way trying to get a tan anywhere on your body. Hands are way, way overexposed to sun on the vast majority of people as it is already. Intentional tans are harmful.
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I wear plain white tube socks. I am a diabetic who has lost 2 toes off of his foot due to an infection and my dr advised me to wear white cotton socks whenever possible to avoid that in the future. Cycling socks put too much pressure on my lower legs and do not help my already diminished circulation.

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Originally Posted by Blue Jays
Intentional tans are harmful.
Incidentally, so are unintentional tans.
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chrisvu05, don't go out of your way trying to get a tan anywhere on your body. Hands are way, way overexposed to sun on the vast majority of people as it is already. Intentional tans are harmful.
I'm blonde, blue eyed, fair complection and spent the vast majority of my life in Florida....I'm pretty sure at some point I'll have skin cancer....
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No known reason for the high top socks. There's no need to protect the ankles (but going gloveless is another story.)
I prefer low tops. Hate the tan lines on the ankles.
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I just wear WrightSock...the same ones I use for running. The two layers are fantastic and I've had no foot issues whatsoever from cycling OR running.
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I am seeing a lot more people wearing the longer socks these days. Not just covering the ankles, but halfway up to the knee. They look stupid to me, but I suppose there's an additional place for a sponsor's logo.

Knee-highs are next!
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Originally Posted by BlackTie
why? I just wear them because everyone else is, but is there a real reason to wearing higher ankle socks as opposed to the ones that show you ankle?
So your sponsor, team name, logo, etc has room on the sock to show their name.

I like the added warmth over my ankles on cool mornings but besides the team kit socks or the winter woolies, I usually wear the ankle socks.
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i hate high socks. i either wear no-see-ums or the low cut defeets. i think lance kinda made the high socks cool again, but seriously they are super geeky. the old school no sock look is always better looking.
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Originally Posted by Blue Jays
Click on this link for the best wool athletic socks money can buy! You'll want to select one of the Adrenaline series, my preference is for the mini-crew length, which covers the ankle bones.
Absolutely the most phenomenal sock for any sporting activity.
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The only time I wear the micro socks is in brutally hot weather. It is nice to have the protruding ankle bones covered because they can get knocked around while aboard a bicycle. The small amount of extra padding provided by the elastic and wool rib is helpful in preventing nicks, scratches, and dings to one's flesh!
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Originally Posted by 'nother
I am seeing a lot more people wearing the longer socks these days. Not just covering the ankles, but halfway up to the knee. They look stupid to me, but I suppose there's an additional place for a sponsor's logo.

Knee-highs are next!
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Oh. Well, if it's Lance then it must be cool. Strike what I said earlier about it looking stupid.
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Oh. Well, if it's Lance then it must be cool. Strike what I said earlier about it looking stupid.
No, don't take it back, it looks stupid. When cycling fashion starts taking after baseball with the current eyesore version of leggings, it'll be time to find another sport...
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Originally Posted by Blue Jays
It is nice to have the protruding ankle bones covered because they can get knocked around while aboard a bicycle. The small amount of extra padding provided by the elastic and wool rib is helpful in preventing nicks, scratches, and dings to one's flesh!
From what? Angry squirrels?

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Oh. Well, if it's Lance then it must be cool. .
Worst thing Armstrong did was popularize long socks, and I'm sure he did it just to fit another Nike logo on his person

I'm still stuck in the '80s, so it's short socks for me
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