Today we’re taking a look at Strideline socks. The company claims its “the most comfortable sock on earth.” That’s a bold statement, one that isn’t quantifiably measurable and thus subjective. There’s a lot of different people out there with a lot of different feet and different preferences. But it’s nice to know that the brand is confident. And you know what, they do make a really good sock.
I do love Strideline socks. They’re my favorite socks to play basketball in. Socks are one of those things that you don’t ever want to think about, but are moderately important. Some socks just don’t fit well. So when I find the ones I like, I’ll buy a bunch of them to make sure I don’t wear through them. The original Nike Elite socks were my go-to socks for the last eight or nine years until I wore Strideline. They’re very comparable, which is perfect, since I hold the original Nike Elite sock as one of the greatest of all-time.
Key Features of Strideline Socks
- Never Slip Grip
- Memory Yarns
- Anti-Microbial Wash
- Compression Padding
- Left/Right Specific Fit
The never slip grip is real, surprisingly enough. Even my beloved Nike Elite socks won’t stay up, but the Strideline socks do and do so without cutting off circulation.
I’m unfamiliar with memory yarn so I can’t say whether or not that’s marketing mumbo jumbo or if the socks really do “remember” your feet. I mean, I wear the clearly labeled “L” and “R” on the appropriate left and right foot, but I assume they’d eventually shape themselves around my feet no matter if I wore them on the proper foot or not.
The anti-microbial feature is a nice one. As someone that doesn’t do his laundry right away, your socks can get a little crusty and smelly — permanently. My Strideline socks are not crusty or musty, which I love. I cannot say the same for my beloved Nike Elite socks, but I’ve kept them around for the past, nearly, decade because they’re one of the few socks that I don’t give me blisters.
Perforated air vents are sewn right into the sock as are targeted compression zones and cushion zones. Nothing too out of the ordinary as far as a modern day performance sock goes, but I will say that they offer all of this without being too thick. Overall thickness might be the one thing the Strideline does better than the original Nike Elite socks. They’re the perfect amount of thick and thin. If you hoop regularly, then you know that too thin is asking for major blistering. Too thick and you may end up having the bottom of your sock on the top of your foot after your hoop session. These just fit comfortably and stay put the entire time.
For those curious about the materials used for Strideline socks: 45% polyester, 37% nylon, 11% terry cotton, 5% rubber and less than one percent spandex.
Overall, I really do love the socks. I haven’t had a pair of socks I’ve enjoyed more since the original Nike Elite stuff. And I’ve tried them all.
I recommend trying them out for yourself. They come in various lengths and colors:
Strideline Socks Lengths
- Crew – a traditional crew length that reaches mid-calf height
- Mid – the perfect length for basketball, taller than quarter and hits just below the calf
- Low/Ankle – a mid ankle fit that features a heel tab for blister prevention
Strideline Socks Colors
- Ivory White
- Olive Green
- Samba Red
- Heathered Blue (Limited Release)
Other Strideline Socks Options
There’s also a limited Premium Wool in Dark Grey or Light Grey. The added warmth and temperature regulation are perfect for winter wear. The materials used on the wool socks are 35% wool, 29% polyester, 18% nylon, 13% acrylic and 5% spandex.
Strideline does make a no show sock. While the materials listed on the website say they’re the same as the mainline socks, it doesn’t feel that way on foot. They’re much thinner and not made with same quality as the rest of Strideline’s socks. Our guess is they’re made in a different factory. While they do feature silicon at the heel to “stay put” on foot, we don’t recommend them due to the craftsmanship downgrade. If you need great no show socks, we recommend Bombas.
Strideline socks are available in both Men’s and Women’s versions and are sold in 1, 3 and 8 packs with the occasional special edition 4, 5, or 6 pack showing up.
Where to Buy Strideline Socks
The best place to buy Strideline socks is directly from their website. Click the button below to browse their store.
Occasionally, Strideline will have holiday sales. Any current Strideline sales will be included on our Deals page.
Thanks Chris, I am interested to try these out. I have a couple pair of the newer stance and Nike Elite socks that I wear to play basketball. They are just ok. Thanks for the review.
I have two pair of Strideline socks that are themed with different things (one NFL team, one NCAA team) and they really are amazingly comfortable. They’re the “premium” version like these are, they just happen to be themed. The upper part isn’t quite as elastic as some other socks, but the part around your ankle/ foot is super nice.
LOL @ “someone that does not do his laundry right away”… ain’t that all of us…