BEST BASKETBALL SOCKS – DO THEY REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

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 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 a 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!


#1

STANCE

SOCK STRUCTURE: 42% POLESTER / 21% NYLON / 20% ELASTANE / 11% COTTON / 6% RUBBER

Stance has ton of different socks for any occasion you can name it – from main sports to lifestyle, options are limitless. Obviously, 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 super market, they still beat them by a lot.

Now, both of the basketball performance versions are the best socks that you could possible 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 brands stands a very top.

These socks feature well-breathable materials for great ventilation & temperature maintenance. Also, there‘s 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 high impact area, while protecting your feet from blisters.

Finally, on the bottom of the sock, there‘s rubbery grip throughout the whole pad and the heel area to make sock and shoe like a one pace and make an incredible grip with the shoe. But has just a bit looser fit thn the Nike ELITE socks.

One more thing before moving to the second place, STANCE brand offers ENOURMOUSLY huge variety of colorways & custom prints. So everyone will find something that they like.

BEST PLACE TO GROB THEM: AMAZON

 

#2

NIKE ELITE

SOCK STRUCTURE: 62% POLISTER / 21% NYLON / 15% COTTON / 2% ELASTANE

TECH: Dri-FIT

It‘s probably the most popular basketball socks ever and it‘s for a 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 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 increase step-in comfort by quite a bit, as well as, improves durability and protect from those blisters.

Nike is also offers to us huge selection of colorways and prints to match with your sneakers or team colors.

BEST PLACE TO GROB THEM: AMAZON

 

#3

NIKE ELITE VERSATILITY

SOCK STRUCTURE: 58% NYLON / 29% POLISTER / 9% COTTON / 4% ELASTANE

TECH: Dri-FIT

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.

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 slightly advantage over the old generation ELITES’.

However, they’re still holding that high price and for those who want to get best value for the money, I don’t think it’s worth it to spend extra $10 for almost the same product. But if you don’t care paying 20 buck for a pair of performance socks, then go ahead and buy them.  You won’t regret.

The only thing why I placed them in third place is price.

 BEST PLACE TO GROB THEM: AMAZON

 

#4

NIKE HYPER ELITE

SOCK STRUCTURE: 52% NYLON / 33% POLISTER / 9% COTTON / 6% ELASTANE

TECH: Dri-FIT

It’s a upgraded version of the Nike ELITE socks. I wouldn’t call it an upgrade since the only difference they made was 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 little bit harsher materials these sock would be a slightly better option. But for 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 GROB THEM: AMAZON

#5

FEETURES

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 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 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 GROB THEM: FEETURES.COM

 


Hope you enjoyed my TOP 5 BEST BASKETBALL SHOES.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment down below!

4 thoughts on “BEST BASKETBALL SOCKS – DO THEY REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

  • December 3, 2017 at 7:54 am
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    What about the new nike nba socks?

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    • December 4, 2017 at 10:50 pm
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      Super nice as you would expect. A blend between the Nike Elite and the Elite Versatility. Will need to do an update for this article.

      And hey man, thanks for the comment.

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  • May 23, 2018 at 5:14 am
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    Ever try Thorlos? So comfortable.

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