Let’s put away shoe reviews for a bit and talk about basketball socks. Yes, you heard it right.
I seeing a lot of basketball players completely not paying attention to what type of socks they‘re wearing. But trust me, if you‘re playing basketball on a regular basis, please be smart and spend an extra few dollars on basketball socks – it will change your performance and improve comfort.
Of course, don‘t expect any game-changing improvements (leave it for basketball shoes) as it just socks, but small things like these can improve your overall performance & increase comfort level during the game and after the game.
Now when we know that basketball performance socks really do matter. I will put the best TOP 5 sock models that you can get right now.
Let‘s get it!
SOCK STRUCTURE: 42% POLESTER / 21% NYLON / 20% ELASTANE / 11% COTTON / 6% RUBBER
Stance has a ton of different socks for any occasion you can name it – from main sports to lifestyle, options are limitless. Obviously, the lifestyle version isn‘t that good for basketball since these socks do not offer some of the features, like extra padding, improved breathability areas, and better grip. But comparing them with those regular socks from a supermarket, they still beat them by a lot.
Now, both of the basketball performance versions are the best socks that you could possibly get right now, hands down. That‘s why the NBA made a huge contract with the STANCE brand and that‘s a huge statement why this brand stands at the very top.
These socks feature well-breathable materials for great ventilation & temperature maintenance. Also, there are 80/20 Moisture-wicking fibers built into the Mesh. It nicely absorbs your sweat all game long, so after the game session your feet will stay dry and cool – no bad smell, no sweat.
High density cushioning provides maximum comfort level, improves softness & durability in the high impact areas while protecting your feet from blisters.
Finally, on the bottom of the sock, there‘s a rubberized grip expanding throughout the whole bottom, and even the heel section, in order to add extra friction with a sneaker. But has just a bit looser fit than the Nike ELITE socks.
One more thing before moving to the second place, STANCE brand offers an ENORMOUSLY huge variety of colorways & custom prints. So everyone will find something that they like.
BEST PLACE TO GRAB THEM: AMAZON
SOCK STRUCTURE: 62% POLISTER / 21% NYLON / 15% COTTON / 2% ELASTANE
It‘s probably the most popular basketball socks ever and it‘s for one obvious reason – PERFORMANCE.
The Nike ELITE socks exist in the market for a while now, so it definitely a better option for those who want to spend less but get almost the same performance as the STANCE socks have to offer.
Built-in Dri-FIT technology works perfectly by absorbing sweat and keeping your foot completely dry & cool even after hard playing sessions.
What I like better than the Stance socks, is the snugger fit. They harden to put on, but you‘re receiving better support & containment.
Of course, huge padding is another awesome feature of the Nike ELITE socks – the toe, heel, and ankle area are heavily padded. It increases step-in comfort by quite a bit, as well as, improves durability and protection from those blisters.
Nike is also offering us a huge selection of colorways and prints to match with your sneakers or team colors.
BEST PLACE TO GROB THEM: AMAZON
NIKE ELITE VERSATILITY
SOCK STRUCTURE: 58% NYLON / 29% POLISTER / 9% COTTON / 4% ELASTANE
This is NIKE’S new generation socks which take place from the Nike ELITES’ – brand new design, quite a few changes in the material department.
The main feature setup is identically the same. Obviously, we have Nike’s fame Dri-FIT technology for one of the best sweat absorption ability in the market, as well as, huge padding in most needed areas.
The only differences would be just a tad bit softer materials and that sleeve-like fit in the ankle department. You feel like wearing a pressure gear – super tight & elastic fit. I prefer this tighter, more supportive fit, that’s why the Nike Hyper Versatility has a slight advantage over the old generation ELITES’.
However, they’re still holding that high price and for those who want to get the best value for the money, I don’t think it’s worth it to spend an extra $10 for almost the same product. But if you don’t care about paying 20 bucks for a pair of performance socks, then go ahead and buy them. You won’t regret it.
The only thing why I placed them in third place is the price.
BEST PLACE TO GROB THEM: AMAZON
NIKE HYPER ELITE
SOCK STRUCTURE: 52% NYLON / 33% POLISTER / 9% COTTON / 6% ELASTANE
It’s an upgraded version of the Nike ELITE socks. I wouldn’t call it an upgrade since the only difference they made was a different structure of materials. Personally, I would recommend sticking to the old version because I didn’t enjoy these materials as much as I did on the ELITES. Maybe for those people who like a little bit of harsher materials, these socks would be a slightly better option. But as a comfort lover, I’m gonna stick to the old ones.
Just don’t get me wrong, these socks are still one of the best out there and that’s why they’re on this list. It has the same features as the ELITES or Versatility models – dry-fit technology, grip pattern on the bottoms for that awesome grip and also, padding in high-pressure areas to make increase impact protection and add some extra comfort.
BEST PLACE TO GRAB THEM: AMAZON
SOCK STRUCTURE: 37% RAYON, 34% WOOL, 26% NYLON, 3% SPANDEX
TECH: Sock-Lock, Merino+ fibers
You probably aren‘t familiar with this brand at all and that is completely fine, I will introduce it to you.
This brand is actually making socks for running and not for basketball. So how they made it on this list?
You see, I think that the main concept to keep our foot dry, comfortable & secure is the same for any type of sport, doesn’t it? And Feetures really knows what they’re doing by offering these features with QUALITY.
You can choose from 5 different versions – from a regular version for those who want to save some extra bucks and there’s the Premium version stacked with all of those features, so you can easily choose which version you need.
The Premium version is, obviously, the most advanced out of all. It has every single feature as the NIKE ELITE or STANCE socks, so you ain’t missing out on anything.
However, they need to improve their colorway selection since there’s not much now.
BEST PLACE TO GRAB THEM: FEETURES.COM
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