"Grow your feet into the floor," my yoga instructor pal, Bine, always says whenever we hit the tree pose portion of her class, "Give them roots." I do my best to visualize my feet sprouting little ferns like Timothy Green and digging through the hard wood floor. The more I can sink my feet into the soil—and ignore my limby branches swaying in the wind—the less chance I'm going to topple.
Makes sense: the feet are the foundation of all physical movement. They are ground zero, providing both stability and mobility and setting the tone for how the rest of your body will move: how your hips, ankles, and knees align, how your body absorbs the impact of running. (Insert a twinge of regret here that I didn't interview an expert about how pronating affects your stride, but this article goes into depth if you'd like more info.) In other words, feet are like parents—and many sayings on Pinterest: they give you roots and give you wings.
Long story short: you don't take care of your piggies and the house to which they're attached, you're playing with fire—or worse, blisters, bunions, and other ailments.
Sof Sole inserts and socks give your feet a leg up (hahaha...I crack myself up.) Seriously, Sarah and I call our Sof Sole Insoles our secret weapons for our feet, and they truly are. My left knee was killing me at the Tinker Bell expo, and I realized on Saturday morning—after two days of standing on it—that I hadn't transferred my beloved insoles into my new pair of Saucony Guide 7's. Bingo: problem solved.
We've got new products from Sof Sole to give away today: three combos of Thin Fit insole and FIT Performance Socks. The Thin Fit insoles are super lightweight at 1.3 oz. (and not surprisingly, thin), as well sweat-wicking, thanks to a layer of Coolmax fabric on the top. With a little cush under the heel and forefoot, the flexible insole support your feet and promote your natural stride. (And the good part? They not only fit into your running shoes, they can also slide into your everyday shoes to make you feel like Wonder Woman from the ground up.)
Sof Sole's top-of-the-line socks, FIT Performance socks pair well with the insoles. The arch support in these seamless, wicking socks hug your feet, while the compact padding under the toe and heel gives you a little spring.
In order to in a Sof Sole Thin Fit insole + Fit Performance sock combo, tell us what kind of shape your feet are in on a scale of one (I barely flip flops: they're so full of black toenails and bunions) to five (I could be a foot model, if an agent would just discover me). I know you're dying to know, so I—Dimity—would rate my scarred, bumpy waterskis a 2. (In the Sof Sole socks, they'd go to a 4: you can still see my bunions, no matter how beautiful the socks are.) Where do your feet rank on a scale of one to five?
[Some fine print for this mighty fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of United States and Canada. It begins on 1/29/14 and ends on 2/4/14; the winners will be announced on 2/8/14. One entry per person. The value of each prize is $32. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.