Grip-soled specialty socks—often required by the growing number of trendy barre, Pilates and yoga-inspired workout studios—have become the latest status symbol among exercise enthusiasts. At about $10 to $20 a pair, with styles ranging from strappy to glittery or sheer, the socks tout specialized performance and comfort: “more protection + stability,” asserts a brand called Lucky Honey of its “breathable, moisture wicking, low cut tube sock.”

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