As part of my prep for the recent Monopoly Challenge - link below - I had heard that discount supermarket chain Lidl were starting to stock various items of cycling clothing. I decided to pay them a visit.
I wasn't expecting too much as I have found that with cycling gear you really do get what you pay for. When I saw some of the items I have to say I wasn't overly impressed and could not see myself buying anything but the socks at £2.50 seemed okay
I bought a couple of pairs and wore some when on the Monopoly ride. On the packaging they have a picture of the sock with nine numbered points to explain what they are all for:
1 Highly flexible and comfortable trim.
2 Natural evolution footbed - socks are left and right to better follow the shape of ones foot.
3 Achilles tendon cushioning (this can only be a good thing).
4 Heel cushioning.
5 W-ring bandage - stabilises the metatarsus and supports the muscles.
6 Instep cushioning.
7 Ankle protection.
8 Toe cushioning.
9 Elastic-flex cushioning - remains crease free during movement.
I am not overly sure what much of the above means but I can say my feet did feel more supported in my trainers did feel more comfortable than the socks I would have worn.
Looking at the vast array of dedicated cycling socks out there the prices are in many cases quite shocking. At least at £2.50 a pair they won't break the bank and they are a great deal better than just a normal pair of socks. I for one will be getting a few more pairs as these seem pretty good.
Link to Brompton Monopoly Challenge Blog