Updated: September 10, 2012

May 7, 2009

I've always heard about the importance of replacing running shoes every few months to prevent injury, but I've never given much thought to the socks I put on before I lace up my sneakers. But Jeanine Detz, Shape's senior fitness editor, recently told me just how much of a boost the right pair can give me during my workout. You can even find socks especially made for specific sports. So since I run, I should buy ones that have extra cushioning in the ball of the foot, right where I strike the ground. And forget about basic cotton-seamless styles in a moisture-wicking fabric won't rub as much, helping to prevent blisters. I'm feeling the difference already.

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