We designed our Thorlos tennis socks based on a five-element design
matrix. These elements assure your feet are properly protected and will feel better, particularly
when you play on hard courts, which can be very hard on your feet. Our design matrix
includes: Shoe construction; Foot kinetics the way your feet move; Surfaces tennis is
played on; Climate; and Consumer testing. Together, these ensure Thorlos clinically-tested
padded tennis socks will deliver the guaranteed benefits and provide you with all the foot
protection you need to enjoy your time on the courts. The Shoe & The Last Thorlos are
designed to work within your tennis shoe. By design, the outer sole of a tennis shoe
is flatter to make it easier for you to make quick short moves, and the stops and starts
that are required for the game. We take this, as well as these other elements, into consideration:
Materials the shoes are made of; Breathability of those materials; Hardness of the soles;
and The taper to the toe box. Foot Kinetics A hard fought tennis match creates incredible
stress on your feet. As you know, unlike other sports, during tennis your feet are required
to suddenly move forward and backward, and just as suddenly from side-to-side. Those
movements generate incredible shearing forces inside your shoes that can increase the risk
of blisters and other foot conditions, if the feet aren t properly protected. That s
why we put extra padding in the heel and forefoot of our padded tennis socks. The padding, made
from our exclusive THORLON yarn, is designed to absorb impact similar to the way a catcher
s mitt absorbs a fastball. We add also add padding over the toes to protect against tennis
toe sometimes called black toe. Climate The climate inside your shoe is actually more
important than the climate you re playing in. Whether you re playing outdoors in the
cold or indoors or outdoors in the heat, you re going to be sweating because of all the
physical exertion. The demands placed on your feet create a high-moisture environment in
your shoe. You need a protective sock specially designed to move that moisture away from your
foot. Thorlos exclusive THORLON yarns are designed to wick that moisture away to the
outside of the shoe where it can evaporate. Testing With the design matrix in place, we
then create a prototype. We ll have a small group of in-house tennis players put the initial
prototype to the test. When the results come in, typically there s some tweaking, and then
a larger test. We continue to test the prototype over and over again, until we re absolutely
sure that it s going to deliver the benefits that we promise. That s how we guarantee your
feet will feel better or your money back! Importance of Proper Fitting Now remember,
your tennis shoe, the Thorlos padded tennis sock, and your foot work together as a system.
It s absolutely critical that you get the right fit. So, I encourage you to watch our
fitting video. Thanks for watching.

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Dennis Veasley

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