Bombas: One Pair Purchased = One Pair Donated

Bombas Socks: One Pair Purchased = One Pair Donated to the Homeless

With all of the running I have done lately as part of my training for the Boston Marathon, I am so glad that I recently discovered Bombas socks, an athletic sock that gives back. Here’s my Bombas socks review!

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Bombas are awesome during my runs because they keep my feet feeling nice and comfortable, mile after mile, but they’re also great because the company is on mission to help those in need.

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For every Bombas sock purchased, the company donates a pair to someone in need. Don’t you love that? They’re like the TOMS of the sock world!

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Did you know socks are the number one piece of clothing requested at homeless shelters? When I ran with Back on My Feet, I actually remember a few of the residents at Team Quincy talking about needing new socks, so I think it’s wonderful that Bombas has donated so many pairs of socks (over 300,000) to those in need since launching in October 2013. Here’s a great video with more information about their donations and impact.

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Ok, so let me tell you about these socks… and be sure to keep reading for a sweet discount on them!

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What I love most about Bombas is that they stay up and don’t slip down. Don’t you hate that, like when you’re in the middle of a workout or wearing boots? So annoying, right? Well, Bombas won’t slip down, but they’re not too tight either.

Why are Bombas the best socks?

The company actually spent two years on research and development and specifically tested 133 different tension levels to arrive at the perfect one to make sure their socks stay up. There’s also a Y-shaped stitch on the heel of the sock that creates a natural cup around your heel to keep it in place. Truthfully, I never thought so much about socks until now, but it’s obvious Bombas did the work and created an awesome product that really says put. I’ve worn my Bombas for all kinds of workouts – from super sweaty, high-intensity CrossFit workouts to 90-minute long runs and they didn’t slip or slide down at all.

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Another feature that I especially love in the ankle sock is the “blister tab,” which basically acts like a tiny ankle cushion and prevents any sort of chaffing or rubbing when you work out. This is especially important when I am running for hours and hours during my marathon training. (FYI: The ankle socks run a little big in my opinion. I ordered a medium because I am usually a size 7, but the small socks fit a lot better.)

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As far as the actual feel of the sock, Bombas are really comfortable and made with soft cotton (Long Staple Pima Cotton), which is warm in the winter and cool in the summer with natural moisture wicking. They’re thick, but not crazy thick. I’d actually say they’re more on the thin side, but not flimsy by any means. They definitely feel like a high-quality sock.

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And, finally, the honeycomb pattern that you see on these socks provides extra support and thickness around the arch of your foot where you need it most. But, it doesn’t feel constricted or anything like that – it’s just plain old comfortable and exactly what you’d want in a sock.

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So, that’s what Bombas are all about. I’m so glad that I had a chance to try these socks. They’re really great, and I will definitely wear them for my workouts in the future. And, of course, I love that the company gives back and helps those in need with every purchase of their socks.

Question of the Day

What kind/style/color socks do you prefer for your workouts? 

53 Comments

  1. I love crazy colors and patterns! For workouts i prefer ankle socks and i just discovered (well it was a Christmas gift) the under armor socks with extra cushioning in the heel and the ball of the sock, so comfy! I’ll definitely look into Bombas!

  2. I have wanted to try Bombas for a while, but it excites me to know they give a pair too! How awesome! I want to try the ankle socks, but I am really lusting over a pair of the calf socks. They would be great to wear with boots!

  3. So funny you mention them-just saw them on Shark Tank a little while ago and even though the “Sharks” didn’t much care for them, I thought they looked cool. I’m actually not too picky when it comes to socks as long as they keep my always-cold feet warm and don’t slide around inside my shoe.

  4. I’ve been wearing Bombas, too, and LOVE them. They’re the exact thickness I like. I want a pair of the higher ones for cold weather running. I wore ankle socks on Saturday morning and it would have been the perfect day for something to actually cover my ankle instead.

  5. Although I usually wear low socks under my sneaks, lately I’ve liked a tall sock. Sometimes when I teach certain group fitness classes (like Les Mills BODYATTACK), I’ll wear calf-covering fun socks to look the part. I’ve got a pair of Bombas already and I love that the company gives back! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love the colors! I just ordered two pairs of the blue ones! I’ve actually been looking for better socks because I always get blisters on my heels. Thanks Tina. 🙂

  7. I love the looks of these socks and they look super comfortable! I love the fact that they come up to cover the back part of your ankle…I learned that hard way that I needed those kind of socks while running – 13.1 miles with a killer blister that started around Mile 2. Ouch! I can’t wait to give these a try!

  8. I remember back in elementary school at Christmastime, my mom picked up one of those Christmas wish lists that a boy in need had written up. The biggest thing (and the only thing) I remember being on his list was socks. At first, being young, I didn’t understand why he would ask for socks when he could ask for toys, but the way my mom explained it really stuck with me and it was not only an early lesson on counting my blessings, but on helping those in need whenever I can as well.

    On a side note, I wonder if Bombas makes larger socks for women. I wear a size 11 shoe and always have trouble finding socks that don’t slip off the heal of my big ol’ behemoth feet! 🙂

  9. I will definitely have to check those out! I just bought some asics socks and they also have the ankle tab which I absolutely love, wish they had those years ago!

  10. I wore my first pair of Bombas then other day on my run. Loved them! I am so fussy about my running socks but these were great. Loved the honeycomb for arch support. Not too thin, not too thick. Just right.

  11. Ive definitely seen these socks and may plan to get them when it is time for more. I did a lot of sock research when I was having blister problems, so I know to invest in good quality socks. I still have a couple that work well, but they may be on the way out soon and I can check these out!

  12. I actually think the Bombas business model is much better than TOMS! Bombas is responding to a need identified by the community while TOMS donates shoes without regard for whether shoes are needed. Bombas also did research on what type of sock to donate and the socks they donate are slightly different than the ones they sell – but still high quality!

    I asked for Bombas for Christmas and received four pairs! I’m not running right now but I’m still wearing them and they’re so comfy. 🙂

  13. Just wanted to tell you that groupon stocked back up on quest bars they are all available just bought 2boxes. YUMMY!!!!

  14. i just realized this would be a perfect gift for one of my professors, who always has great colorful socks and loves to help out anyone in need. BINGO!

  15. I bought 4 pairs for my dad’s birthday and I’m sad to say, I”m not having a great experience with the company 🙁 I’ve seen all the blogger promoting the socks and I truly hope mine actually arrive but its been over a week with no shipping confirmation and when you call their company, no one answers the phone! I’m so hoping there is a good explanation for this delay because I want to support the company and its mission, but perhaps its customer service isn’t exactly what they say it is 🙁

    1. @Kate: I should say that I’ve since spoken with a representative of the company and it seems the situation is a misunderstanding and has been resolved!

  16. I love their socks, but please, please, please educate yourself about what programs like “Buy one, we donate one” actually do to the incomes and lives of those people living in less affluent countries. It makes us feel all good here, but does real harm there.

    You’ll find lots of research on this issue online and how it harms the lives and livelihoods of people for whom this is supposed to “benefit”. Or if you have Netflix, watch “Poverty, Inc.” to get a quick look at the problem.

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