If you haven’t heard, toe socks are all the rage in running right now. With many of the world’s top ultra runners swearing by them to keep their feet healthy at their biggest races. The thing about toe socks is that they are not cheap. So when I found the AONIJIE Toe Socks with great reviews at a reasonable price, I decided to give them a shot. Wearing them for 13 hours at the Fort Frenzy Ultra Festival on hot and humid in southern Tennessee. So how did they perform? Let’s find out.
AONIJIE Toe Socks Review
Price: $34 (for 24, $1.41 a piece)
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Material: 70% Coolmax, 27% Nylon, 3% Lycra
I ordered the Aonijie Toe sock three pack since it was such a great price. It arrived quickly through Amazon Prime. And the socks’ colors were bright and vibrant right out of the box. They definitely look and feel like a quality running sock based on all first impressions. So before my race, I lubed up my feet and was ready to hit the trail and test these things out.
Putting them on my feet, they felt good. The material is soft and their over size and fit is very similar to Injinji. Just for reference. On my feet the pinky toe, toe sock runs a bit long. But this is the case with every brand I’ve tried so far. And if you have never put toe socks on before, it’s a bit different then regular socks. So just be ready.
On the trail I didn’t even notice the Aonijie Toe sock. Which is exactly what you want from a sock. They stayed cool in the humid weather. And the race was held at a lake in southern Tennessee at the beginning of August. So it was a swamp. Everything was hot and sticky.
Then around mile 40 I noticed a hot spot on my heel. With a large blister developing I ended my race at around mile 48 after it popped. Now I’m not going to blame this all on the socks. I personally think my shoes and a lack of lube were to blame. I’ve run another 50+ miles in the Aonijie socks and haven’t had any issues in combination with a new pair of shoes and adding more lube on my heels.
Conclusion and Would I buy the Aonijie Toe socks Again?
I’ve officially run over 100 miles in the Aonijie Toe socks. As I wrote above, it started out with a rocky experience at a humid race. But I think I’ve dialed them in. Here are my closing thoughts on the toe socks.
The pro. Since switching over to the Aonijie, the spots I usually have issues with on my toes have gone away. As long as I use a lot of lube, I can do a lot of miles and my toes come out better than they have in a long time. They are comfortable. The materials seem well suited for any weather. And they are at a great price.
The cons. You need to make sure you use lots of lube on your feet. They are harder to put on, which could be an issue late in a race when your dexterity is deteriorating. Make sure your toe nails, especially your pinky nails are cut short. Or they can catch going in the sock or later catch the nail while on the run. Also when you wash them, make sure you pull the toes out. Otherwise they will hold dirt. And for over all “construction quality”, you can see in the photo above that one of the socks is already showing a bit of wear on the top.
It took a minute for me to catch on to the toe socks bandwagon, but the Aonijie Toe socks have won me over. For the price it’s a no brainer. So if you’ve been on the edge about trying them, just make the jump. I do think the Injinji toe socks may be slightly better quality. And will probably hold up longer. But for the money, are a great toe sock for training.