Banish the blister

The bane of many runner’s existence is the dreaded blister, and this can be especially true in the summer where sweat can cause even more chafing and friction. We feel your pain, your puffy, fluid-filled flap of skin pain. And we’re here to help.

The best way to banish the blister is prevention. There are a few key tools in any runner’s arsenal to help with this. The perennial favorite is Body Glide’s original anti-chafing, anti-blister balm. The balm forms a dry, invisible barrier, effective wherever skin is rubbed by clothing, footwear or skin. Never wet or greasy, this stuff is fantastic. It’s sweat-resistant, provides all-day protection and is made with allergen-free and vegan approved!

The majority of blisters for runners occur on the feet, and while Body Glide balm is fantastic to put on wherever you know you get some chafing, the real key here is wearing the right kind of socks.  Cotton is not your friend here. Cotton is evil. Cotton is to be avoided at all costs. Cotton won’t wick a drop of sweat away from your feet and will turn them into a swampy, blistery mess. You’re going to want to look for some polyester or wool socks (or a blend) that will help wick moisture away from your skin.

Personally, I’m a huge fan of Wrightsock socks. Wrightsock socks have a double layer anti-blister system and actually offer a Blister Free Guarantee. They come in various thicknesses, so you can get a super thin pair even with the double-layer anti-blister action that keeps feet happy. You can grab a pair of these babies, rub the layers between your fingers, and actually feel the dual layers glide against each other. Made in North Carolina, you can also feel good about supporting this family-owned company.

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Others have found amazing success with Smartwool socks. With fun colors, variable thicknesses and ankle height, these socks pack a lot of awesome tech in some very cool design. They use a 4-degree fit system that keeps the sock in place and reduces friction. Their ReliaWool technology in high impact areas provides superior durability. Also made in the USA, these socks provide the ultimate temperature and moisture regulation.

sw0sw211044-1-pThere are plenty of awesome options out there that will keep you running blister-free. Our expert staff will get you in the right product for your unique needs, and our Moving Matters Guarantee means you can take it all for a test drive with the comfort of knowing we’ll take it back if you have any issues. After all, you need to run (or walk) some real miles before you know if those blisters will be a problem. We’re looking forward to helping you find a solution that works for your body!