There was a phase, about 3 years ago, where I was obsessed with barre. I only took barre classes and went 6-7 days a week. As a little girl who never took dance and was never graceful, there was something about it that made me feel so fit and elegant. During this phase, I noticed there were several people in the class that were wearing 'barre socks'. Something about it felt uncomfortable or restrictive to me. Then recently, my favorite pilates studio, Studio 45, started requiring that all clients wear socks for safety reasons. I wasn't sure how I felt about this. So I tried a few socks and found a pair that felt the most comfortable and least restrictive to me.
For me, a big part of feeling comfortable on the reformer is the connection and grip my feet have with the cage. This helps me feel as though I have some level of balance and control and won't slip off the machine. However, what I didn't realize is how much better it can be when you have the right pair of socks with a grip. The pair I picked are the ones pictured above with the toe openings (the Half Toe Bella Grip Sox). When I first put them, it took me a second to line up the toes in the right openings and adjust to having something on my feet. But what I quickly realized is the second I had to use my feet for any reason, I felt so much more stable and in control thanks to the grip on the socks. It was literally a game changer.
I had expected that I would feel uncomfortable (maybe even itchy from the socks) through out class. I was convinced I would not be able to focus on class or my form because I would not be able to stop thinking about the socks. But in fact, it was quite the opposite. I could not stop thinking about the socks because all I could think about was how much I loved them. I cannot believe I have gone this long without them!
I felt so much safer and stronger in my movements throughout class thanks to the stability and the grip of the socks. For those of you who have been wearing these for years, you know I'm a little late to the game but if you have never tried them, I HIGHLY recommend you go get a pair!!
I know this isn't technically a workout review but I had to write about ToeSox. They changed my workout experience entirely. I even wore them to barre the other weekend. That's how much I love them!