Are non-slip socks really ‘non-slip’? An evaluation of slip resistance

Non-slip socks have been suggested as a way of stopping accidental falls as a result of slips. This study compared the relative slip resistance of commercially available non-slip socks with different foot circumstances, namely bare feet, compression stockings and traditional socks, in order to determine any traction benefit.


Phase one involved slip resistance testing of two commercially available non-slip socks and one compression-stocking pattern through an independent blinded materials testing laboratory using a Wet Pendulum Test.

Section of the research involved in-situ testing among wholesome adult topics (n = 3). Topics stood unsupported on a variable angle, inclined platform topped with hospital grade vinyl, in a range of foot conditions (naked toes, non-slip pure barre socks, conventional socks and compression stockings). Inclination was elevated incrementally for every situation till slippage of any magnitude was detected. The platform angle was monitored using a spatial orientation tracking sensor and slippage point was recorded on video.


Part one results generated by means of Moist Pendulum Test suggested that non-slip socks did not offer higher traction than compression stockings. However, in section , slippage in compression stockings was detected at the lowest angles across all participants. Amongst the foot conditions tested, barefoot circumstances produced the highest slip angles for all individuals indicating that this foot situation provided the highest slip resistance.


It is evident that bare feet provide better slip resistance than non-slip socks and subsequently would possibly characterize a safer foot condition. This examine didn’t explore whether or not traction offered by bare feet was comparable to ‘optimum’ footwear akin to shoes. Nevertheless, previous studies have related barefoot mobilisation with elevated falls. Therefore, it’s instructed that each one patients proceed to be inspired to mobilise in appropriate, effectively-fitting shoes whilst in hospital. Limitations of this examine in relation to the testing method, participant group and pattern dimension are discussed.