Three years ago, when I was training for my first half marathon, I asked BFF Ultra Vera for advice on what to wear during my runs. One of the things she recommended was Injinji toe socks. She picked up a pair at a race expo and loved them. Given that she is Ultra Vera, I trusted her recommendation and ordered a pair. And I loved them too! I started with just one pair, which I would save for my races and long runs, and eventually started growing my collection. I counted last night and I’m up to about 20 pairs of Injinji socks. How did that happen? (I would enter every blog giveaway and would also stock up whenever I came across a deal … and here we are.)

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Socks pictured above are pairs I purchased myself from their original line.

So what’s with the toes? I think a lot of people initially reject Injinji socks because of that. I know I’ve tried novelty toe socks in the past and wasn’t a fan. These are not the same. I find the toe separation to be really comfortable, in fact I prefer it. (Hence the 20 pairs that I own.) Also there is something about Injinji socks that keeps my feet nice and toasty in the winter (once I start running), but they don’t overheat in the summer. I guess that’s the “performance” aspect of it.

Injinji is starting to roll out their Performance 2.0 line. According to their web site, it is currently available at REI and Road Runner Sports. I was able to try out a few pairs after winning a giveaway from Running and Rambling. Injinji sent me a pair of their regular running socks, a couple pairs of “trail” socks, and a pair of compression socks.

Compression and toe separation all in one? #runnerd heaven. Thanks @injinji

I was most excited about the compression socks. I have actually been eyeing their compression socks for awhile, but their first version of compression socks had mixed reviews, so I wasn’t willing to drop $40 on them. So far I’ve worn the 2.0 compression socks for an 8-mile training run and also during the F^3 Lake Half Marathon.

Verdict? They are great. As good as the other compression socks/sleeves I own, which so far includes Zensah sleeves and Running Skirts RunLove socks. But the bonus for me is these include the toe separation I love, so these will probably be my preferred style of compression socks. I know a lot of people rave about ProCompression and CEP, but I have yet to win a pair in a giveaway try those. Anyway, Injinji tells me that their compression socks will be available in some “awesome new colors.” Because we all know if you’re going to wear knee socks while running, they have to be a bright obnoxious color.

I’ve also tried out their regular running socks and their trail socks, and like them both. I normally wear the “original weight,” but have also tried their lightweight and midweight socks from the original line. The ones they sent were midweight, so the thickest they offer, which is nice this time of year. (Although I’ve never had trouble keeping my feet warm in any weight.)

Note: This post also included a giveaway which is now closed.