Sock Hall of Fame: Thorlo Running Crew

Thorlo Running Crew Sock – XJ

The Skinny

The folks over at Thorlo don’t mess around when it comes to socks. This week’s entry into the GoBros Sock Hall of Fame is Thorlo’s Running Crew Sock, the XJ. Thorlo set themselves apart from the competition with their specially designed pads. Just by turning the sock inside out, you’ll be able to feel the difference in the dense, resilient padding.

The pads found in Thorlo socks are not found anywhere else on the market. Thorlo’s exclusive Thorlon yarn blended with other proprietary yarns creates tens of thousands of loops which help wick moisture, ensuring the best protection for your feet. The padding of the XJ is found behind the Achilles and runs under the foot, ending on top of the toes. The cushion on top of the toes is what makes the XJ different from other Thorlo styles. The placement of the padding is specifically engineered for runners, and it has been clinically shown to reduce blisters, pain, pressure, and moisture. The XJ helps protect against shock, impact, and abrasion associated with running. With a flat instep, there’s less bulk and better fit too. While this sock has ‘running’ in the title, you can also wear this sock everyday and around the house.

You don’t want to be stuck without these socks before laundry day!

Product Specs

Cushion: Thick and targeted

Height: Crew

Facts and Figures:

  • Constructed with THOR•LON® fibers for superior softness, resilience, durability, and moisture-wicking for drier, better feeling feet
  • Cushioning over the toes to help protect against runner’s toe
  • Flat knit instep and cushioning in arch for better fit, more support and less pressure on the feet for a more comfortable run
  • Low profile toe seam won’t rub or irritate the feet
  • Heavyweight pad protects against shock and abrasions
  • Made in the USA
  • 87% Exclusive THOR-LON Acrylic, 11% Stretch Nylon, 2% Spandex


Benefits and design of Thorlo’s padded running socks:

Customer Reviews

Besides the superior cushioning in the soles, the uppers don’t strangulate your ankles, cutting off circulation. I’ve been using Thorlo brand of running sock for many years. -Lance

My husband fought me about getting white socks. However, I ordered them anyway because I have been wearing Thorlos for at least 20 years. There’s nothing like them. Now, on to my husband….. He is now eating his words. He LOVES LOVES LOVES these socks. His feet feel great for the first time in a very long time. He says they are so padded that he feels like he is wearing slippers. You will love these socks, too! -Angie

These Thorlos socks are the most comfortable and protective sock available for running. Using them for 25 years. -Frank

Best socks ever! Plenty of toe room with good cling in the arches – perfect with sneakers, but I wear these Thorlos just running around the house – so cushiony! -Janet

Have sworn by these socks for years–best ones out there! Great padding, stay soft through many washes, wear well.  -Sandi

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