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

Non-slip socks have been steered as a way of preventing unintended falls due to slips. This research compared the relative slip resistance of commercially available non-slip socks with different foot conditions, namely naked ft, compression stockings and conventional socks, in order to determine any traction benefit.


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

Section two of the study involved in-situ testing among wholesome adult topics (n = three). Subjects stood unsupported on a variable angle, inclined platform topped with hospital grade vinyl, in a range of foot situations (bare ft, non slip socks for women-slip socks, standard socks and compression stockings). Inclination was increased incrementally for every condition until slippage of any magnitude was detected. The platform angle was monitored utilizing a spatial orientation tracking sensor and slippage level was recorded on video.


Phase one outcomes generated by Wet Pendulum Test urged that non-slip socks did not supply better traction than compression stockings. However, in part , slippage in compression stockings was detected on the lowest angles throughout all participants. Amongst the foot situations tested, barefoot circumstances produced the highest slip angles for all individuals indicating that this foot condition supplied the highest slip resistance.


It’s evident that bare ft provide higher slip resistance than non-slip socks and subsequently might represent a safer foot condition. This research did not discover whether or not traction supplied by naked ft was comparable to ‘optimal’ footwear such as shoes. Nevertheless, earlier research have related barefoot mobilisation with elevated falls. Due to this fact, it’s urged that each one patients proceed to be encouraged to mobilise in applicable, well-fitting shoes whilst in hospital. Limitations of this examine in relation to the testing methodology, participant group and pattern measurement are discussed.