One of the most overlooked pieces of gear, yet vitally important to your success on the platform is the deadlift sock. A deadlift sock is not like any ordinary sock. It’s a sock that prevents you from tearing up your shins and getting your blood and skin all over the gym. When deadlifting correctly, the bar should slide right along your shins (see video below). Without some type of protection, the deadlift bar will shred your shins like a cheese grater. Although that would make you look like a badass, it is not very sanitary and your gym probably wouldn’t like it. So the solution? Put a sock on it. With so many different types and styles out there, we’re going to help find the best deadlift socks for you.
Moxy Deadlift Socks
The first type we will discuss is the Moxy Deadlift Socks. These socks are some of the best socks I have ever owned. They are designed specifically for deadlifting, so the bar slides smoothly up the shins and does not stick on the socks. This improves technique by allowing you to keep the bar close to your shins without scraping them and causing bleeding. The extra cushion on the bottom of the foot combined with the thin mesh fabric on the top of the foot creates an incredibly comfortable and breathable sock. The fabric is also stretchy and form fitting, allowing the sock to fit virtually any size foot and leg. All powerlifters should be wearing deadlift socks, and these ones are approved for use in powerlifting meets.
Another type of sock commonly used for deadlifting is generic soccer socks. Though not specially made for deadlifting, these socks are effective and can be much cheaper than deadlifting socks. These socks are great for beginner to intermediate level deadlifters, as they will provide minimal protection against scraping and bleeding from the deadlift bar. They are not as thick as actual deadlift socks, and as a result the quality of protection suffers. Most soccer socks don’t include the same kind of foot cushions that deadlift socks do, however the thinner material allows for good breathability.
Other Deadlift Socks
There are many off brand deadlift socks out there. I’ve used one that “claimed” to be a high quality deadlift sock and I tore my groin that day. Now whether the socks had anything to do with that i’m not sure. But they were not very good socks, maybe that’s why they were free. They were way too big and they were sliding around all over on my feet. The only good socks I can find are the Moxy deadlift socks, and these off brand socks don’t compare. Drop the mic!
Protect Your Shins
When you don’t wear deadlift socks, your shins will bleed. When your shins bleed, you will get blood all over the floor. When you get blood all over the floor, you will have to stay late and clean it up. When you have to stay late and clean it up you will get home late. When you get home late, your wife will think you’re cheating on her. When your wife thinks you’re cheating on her, she will kick you out of the house. When you get kicked out of the house you will be homeless. When you get homeless, you will starve to death and die. Don’t starve to death and die. Wear deadlift socks.