What do long-distance runners and chefs have in common? Well, they both depend on their feet to stay in good shape. So the right socks can make a big difference.
There aren’t many jobs with the same physical pressures as a chef, staying on your feet for 10 hours a day in high temperatures, turning on a dime and navigating small, cramped spaces while surrounded by danger everywhere. To be on top of your game you need to be in top shape physically and mentally.
Every chef knows that feeling of peeling off their socks after a hard night’s service and feel the throbbing and the burn of blisters from wearing the wrong shoes or socks.
Just as runners have turned to the detail of their gear to give them a little edge, to make them that bit more comfortable and better able to perform, so chefs should too.
The days of wearing whatever cast-off chef’s whites and aprons that they’ve inherited from whatever chef stormed out of the kitchen are long gone and they're looking to get their hands on the best gear that suits them.
With that in mind, we’re looking at designed with chefs in mind.
5 of the Best Socks for Chefs
Design collaboration with Richer Poorer the bright colours are a nod to company founder Ellen Bennett’s Mexican heritage. The socks are designed with full-body mesh venting, extra padding and compression support. They’ve got inspirational sayings emblazoned on the bottom for extra motivation.
Sigvaris make medical-grade compression socks and these are outdoor specific socks that will definitely improve the life of the working chef. Made from Australian Merino wool, they provide compression to improve circulation, provide relief against delayed onset muscle soreness, and boosts energy levels Pricey but worth it.
These guys make socks for firemen so they’ll definitely do a job for chefs too. This redesign of their popular socks include increased breathability with mesh panels on top of the foot, a new smooth ribbing upper that stays put forever, and extended cushion over the Achilles.
These super popular compression socks are made from Lycra fabric and have shock-absorbing sleeves to reduce inflammation and pain while boosting stamina and circulation. Already a hit with chefs, they’re a good investment your feet will love you for.
These socks are made with breathable, high-performance fabric is infused with real copper-embedded fibres, which pull the electricity away from your body to relieve pain and speed up healing.