A new challenger to the grip Yoga socks market.
Review Tape Design Grip Yoga socks. It was 2014 when I first noticed footballers wearing yoga socks that had strange dots on them. They quickly sparked the interest of many, turning into a mini viral sensation as more pro footballers began to be spotted in them. Trusox had changed the yoga socks game as their proprietary IN//EXtech provided an aggressive grip that was superior to any football yoga socks within the market at that point , beating even Nike and adidas.
In the years to return we saw many brands like the H3 Superb Yoga socks get inspired by Trusox and their guerrilla marketing tactic, slapping on grip elements, funky designs and getting pro footballers to wear them in matches. Tape Design is one such trademark from Austria, which has seen the likes of Barcelona’s Ivan Rachitic using them on the terrain. The marketing has, so far, been on point.
But does it work? Let’s judge it by these 4 factors – fit, comfort, grip and durability.
Odd fit on the TapeDesign yoga socks
TapeDesign had a huge red flag for me when it came to fit, because not only did it come in a free size, it also didn’t differentiate the left from the right yoga socks. This is problematic because the yoga socks features a very generic fit and won’t hug your foot properly. In today’s modern boot industry where most boots are extremely tight fitting with a one-to-one upper, I ended up having the yoga socks bunch up in the heel after sliding my feet into the boots The poor fit meant that there was a lot of extra material.
Points for comfort
I do have to give it props for comfort. The TapeDesign yoga socks is throatily embellished and strokes your feet with its soft cottony material. I did enjoy wearing them when jogging in my running shoes that were looser fitting and had a more traditional tongue. read about face washes
Grip for days
TapeDesign uses specially placed circular rubber elements on the only of the yoga socks. The shape also has an added benefit – providing a suction effect for additional grip, on top of the friction provided by the rubber. So the TapeDesign ensures work as publicized… to an extent.
The biggest reason why Trusox remains the king of grip yoga socks is thanks to its grip technology appearing not only on the surface , but also on the within of the yoga socks where it comes into contact with your sole. This is important as your foot has to move in unison with the yoga socks or it’ll end up slipping in the yoga socks. Thanks to the poor fit of the TapeDesign yoga socks, this is often exactly what happens, as I found my feet traveling the yoga socks as my feet got sweaty during games, while the yoga socks stuck onto my insole like Spiderman.
Yoga socks durability
I have to offer it to TapeDesign, the grip elements seem well engineered and that i don’t expect them to fall off – provided you’re taking care of them and hand wash them inside out. Where durability issues might pop up, is the elasticity of the yoga socks.
The yoga socks look like your run-of-the-mill tennis yoga socks that aren’t particularly well-made, so I’m not expecting them to hold their shape well, especially considering the poor fit.
Tape Design disappointment
Here at BOOTHYPE, it’s no secret that we love products made by the smaller brands. Unfortunately, Tape Design has way too many red flags for us to recommend it out.
The poor fit is a really huge issue because it has direct consequences on its performance in the other categories. It’s extremely disappointing because this is something that is easily remedied by producing them in more bespoke sizes, or at least separating left from right.
Rectify the fit, add in a different yarn or sewing pattern to add some arch support or around the ankle for a tighter fit, and TapeDesign could have a genuinely competitive product on their hands.