This weekend Stance went to the trails to create some content for their Performance Run range. Stance have proved that they work wonders for road running. Think comfortable, supportive, blister free style. Well they also work for trail running. I’ve taken them into the mountains for 7/8 hours at a time and my feet have emerged totally unscathed. Stance want to start showing that off whilst also celebrating the people behind the lens – be that a professional sports photographer or a star of Instagram. And so we created ‘Capture Trails’. 

We partnered up with Runners Need and took runners to the beautiful trails of the Devil’s Punchbowl, a natural wooded amphitheatre and fantastic backdrop. We invited pro-sports photographer James Carnegie  who hosted a fabulous workshop with advanced tips and tricks. We’re talking pro advice that can be applied to an iPhone and the VSCO app to help us do away with the ‘running selfie’ forever! 

Our thanks as well goes to the National Trust  for permitting us to use the Punchbowl for the morning. If you want to learn more about some of the other fantastic trails you can discover on NT land, please do visit their website. 

You can see some of our guests photos here on Instagram.
James also joined us on the trails and took some fantastic shots. A selection of which are below. 

I’ve been running recently. And a lot of my time has been spent running in Stance Socks. Not heard of Stance? You have now. They are soon to launch in stores in the UK. Having been lucky enough to get my hands on a couple pairs, I’ve done the hard miles in them for you and this a review as to why, when they do hit the shelves, you should go check em out.

OK so let’s start with the tech. Here is some jargon broken down for you and then a nice pic of where this technology features and what it looks like:

  • ‘Superior wicking’ – they stay dry when your sweaty feet sweat (yummy).
  • ‘Thermo regulated anatomical venting’ – they are knitted to provide ventilation where your feet need it.
  • ‘Maximum durability reinforced’ – more fabric at the locations which wear down (toe and heel); important note here these areas aren’t bulked up massively, they are just constructed differently to take wear and tear.
  • ‘Air channel cushioning’ – cushioned but ventilated underneaths.
  • ‘Anatomically correct footbeds’ – basically the sock is constructed differently for men and women, somehow, to fit the shape of your foot properly.

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 11.53.09A quick word on a technical feature not mentioned above – ‘gradual compression’. Basically the theory with compression wear is that bloodflow is increased via the tightness pushing deoxygenated blood away from the injured or recovering areas. The compression being gradual as it is tighter at the ankle than at the calf. ‘Medical grade’ compression is basically when an item is really tight and in my experience several brands produce this compression wear as a form of post-run recovery and I personally wouldn’t run in it. The compression in Stance socks is notably less than medical grade yet graduated compression nonetheless. What you end up with is something that fits, supports and feels amazing. They come in three lengths; ‘TAB’ (no-show), ‘CREW’ (ankle) and ‘OTC’ (full calf), the compression works a treat in the latter two models, with just the right amount of support, I personally love the feel of the ‘crew’ shape…

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Quick word on colour ways, 5 for men, 5 for gals. Stance’s line is that the men’s and women’s versions are made differently to fit the difference in anatomical foot shape. But I reckon you could probably slip on a women’s or men’s colour way depending on what takes your fancy and get away with it! The design suit the brands creative ethic, I won’t go into this as ultimately I’m not so fussed about the history  or who’s wearing em, I wanted to tell you about how they feel, but visit the website anyway to know who’s taking the same Stance (get it) as you when it comes to sockwear.

And there you have it, I’ve run multiple miles in Stance now and shall continue to do so. I think they get the balance just right between designing a product which is lightweight and race ready, with additional features such as compression, a little padding at the toe and heel and engineered arch support. They really do fit the contours of the feet wonderfully and they are super comfortable whilst retaining running sock specific technology. They feel and look premium basically whilst not coming with the lofty price tag of ‘compression’ wear. If you’re in the market, Stance will be dropping at a local retailer soon, you gotta check em out!