Boutique fitness has everything we love – a great workout, a community of goal-setting people, and, of course, grip socks! More and more studios are requiring grip socks to be worn for the safety and hygiene all of clients. If you’re new to the studio fitness environment you might be wondering why you can’t just wear shoes or even go barefoot. Wearing shoes causes the expensive equipment and flooring to get scuffed up and worn out. Using equipment that is in tip top shape is what keeps you in shape, so it’s best to care for it well. But more importantly, your toes are constrained inside the structure of the shoe. The movements you perform inside the studio call on specific articulation and flexibility of the feet that is more easily and more comfortably done sans shoes. For example, relevès in barre class; exercises on the Pilates reformer, and balancing in yoga. Going barefoot may seem like a good solution. However, once you get moving, sweat happens. And your feet and toes no longer have a grip on the floor and equipment, causing you to slip and lose your form. Plus, did we mention your feet are bare and sweating? That means they are in direct contact with dirt and germs. You’re better off wearing grip socks. The best solution for your feet is also the cutest. Grip socks not only keep you safe, they’re also a stylish piece of must-have gear. ToeSox grip socks are best for your feet, and the most technical for your practice. The five-toe design allows your feet and toes to perform naturally, so you can perform your best. With so many grip sock styles available, the question now is which ones do you get? Every grippy style will give you what you need for class, so you can choose based on personal style and preference. However, if you need more guidance, we explain below why we love certain styles for specific studio workouts.