Why We Chose It: Recycled materials, double-layered protection, breathable.
It’s no secret that we’re fans of 1000 Mile socks. Aside from their simple, no-fuss aesthetics, we like the fact that they are built with exercise and foot health in mind. From their double-layer, anti-blister system to their breezy venting properties; they’ve got options for most outdoor activities you can think of.
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For precisely these reasons, we’ve got our eyes on the Lite Anklet Repreves this year. Here’s how they got on during our Outdoor 100 testing trip in the Scottish highlands.
Who Are The 1000 Mile Lite Anklets For?
The Anklet Repreves seem best suited to high-intensity sports such as trail running, sprinting, long-distance running, or even short jogs into town.
They are too short to suit the likes of a high-cuffed hiking boot, though they’d work great with a trail shoe such as the Adidas Terrex Speed Ultra, for example. In this sense, we could see them working well for summertime walking too, when you can get away with wearing a shoe with a shorter cut ankle.
Due to 1000 Mile’s moisture-wicking technologies, they’ll also suit you well if you’re the type of runner that runs hot and gets sweaty feet (sorry for the visual).
Materials and Construction
What makes the Lite Anklet socks unique from previous ranges from 1000 Mile is the use of REPREVE materials. REPREVE are one of the world’s top brands for recycled fibres. They create products from 100% recycled materials including post-consumer plastic bottles and pre-consumer waste. Whilst this finds a sustainable outlet for single use plastics, it also offsets the use of virgin petroleum, emitting fewer greenhouse gasses and conserving water and energy in the process.
All REPREVE materials are additionally traceable to ensure transparency regarding their origins, and are certified for recycled content claims by the Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) each year.
The 1000 Mile Lite Anklet uses a double-layer system with an inner layer that helps wick moisture from the skin, and an outer layer with a breathable knit pattern that helps vent out excess heat. Overall, this should help keep your feet dry when you’re on strenuous hikes or out trail running, for example.
They call this double-layer system a ‘sock within a sock’ because the inner layer stays with the foot whilst the outer layer moves with the shoe. Aside from venting properties, this unique build additionally eliminates any friction between your feet and the shoe, creating – in theory – a blister-free design.
There’s also an arch brace for additional support here, further ensuring your comfort and muscle support when out on the trail.