Custom non-slip socks are a great way to promote your brand and keep customers happy. You can choose from a variety of colors and patterns, and even add a non-slip gripping texture to the bottom. Non-slip grip socks are popular for yoga studios, trampoline parks, and other indoor athletic facilities.
The grippy material on the bottom of these socks is usually made from one of two types of materials: PVC and silica gel. PVC is thicker, and has a rubbery texture that provides good slip resistance. Silica gel is thinner, and has a smooth surface that doesn’t add too much friction to the floor. These grippy fabrics are often combined with a normal sock fiber to provide more support and comfort.
Grip socks are not a substitute for well-fitting shoes. However, when worn correctly, they can help prevent falls from shoes that are too loose. When the sock’s gripping fabric is not properly aligned with the shoe sole, it reduces its effectiveness and creates an unsafe condition for patients.
Many nursing homes use a combination of tools to prevent patient falls, including proper footwear and the right socks. However, it’s important to note that a non-slip sock alone does not provide an adequate level of traction to prevent falls on hospital grade vinyl flooring.
Non-slip socks can be a valuable tool for patients who are at risk of falling, especially those with dementia or cognitive impairment. These patients often have difficulty coordinating their movements in shoes, and may be unaware that the slipper-like socks on their feet are not providing them with the best possible traction.
The sock-branding industry has come a long way over the years, and companies now offer a wide selection of options to cater to a variety of needs and budgets. For example, some socks are designed to be ultra-thin and can be worn under any shoe. Others are made from a performance type fabric and designed to be durable and breathable. Then there are a number of premium upgrades that can be added to enhance the performance and comfort of a pair of non-slip socks.
To determine the best pair of non-slip socks to test for this review, we looked at various brands that offered both thin no-show and mid-weight performance-based styles. We also tested each sock on hospital grade vinyl flooring, which is the most common flooring for health care settings. Our testing results indicate that all of the brands tested performed well in this environment. However, it is important to recognize that the relative slip resistance of a given pair of socks might vary slightly on other floors due to differences in foot anatomy, biomechanics, and skin characteristics. For this reason, comparing slip resistance data from multiple trials conducted on different flooring is more indicative of true differences in performance.