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but walking in the days before the race started a couple of blisters. today i duct taped my big toe and the next one (separately)
which is where the blisters had started. all was well, including during the swim.
The issue most have when you use a training shoe sockless is space. The sock takes up a great deal of space in the shoe. When you put a pair foot in their there is that layer of thickness in the sock that is gone. You could also go to to any Savon or the like to find a flat insole. Put that underneath your the insole in your Hoka and it will take up some of the space. Also of not that Ortholite sock liner (Insole) Hoka and everyone else uses flattens down over time. Putting the extra insole underneath might feel better too.
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This is what I do on the heal-cup of my shoes that used to give me blisters. I also put some on my forefoot to prevent blistering there before sliding my foot in the shoes.
"Train so you have no regrets @ the finish line"
Boom- this guy nailed it.
To the OP- why are you running sockless? If I were to run in my training shoes with no socks, I would definitely have blisters after 3-4 miles, but do perfectly with a nice thin coolmax sock in those shoes.
If you are thinking of a race situation, maybe go for a more minimal shoe like the Nike Lunaracer. If it's for a longer distance race and you want to wear your Hokas for that reason, just take an extra 5 seconds and put some socks on!