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Performance socks might not be the sexiest piece of workout gear on the planet, but if your feet have ever sweated through cheap cotton—and developed painful blisters and chafing as a result—you know what a huge difference the right socks can make. Heck, even when you’re not working out (read: aimlessly wandering around between Zoom calls), moisture-wicking socks keep your feet comfy and happy.
Moisture-wicking socks work by helping to make sweat evaporate from your feet and onto the specially designed fabric that soaks up the sweat along the sock, so your feet stay dry and your performance on the track or along the weights circuit isn’t negatively impacted. To free yourself from clammy feet, you may even want to consider wearing moisture-wicking socks as your everyday socks to replace your go-to-crew socks. (If you prefer your socks hitting a little higher, plenty of moisture-wicking socks that hit your mid-calf are on the market, too).
Depending on your preferences and workout of choice, you might look for moisture-wicking socks with any number of useful features in a variety of fabrics ranging from synthetics like Nylon and Lycra spandex to Ingeo, a plant-based and eco-friendly alternative to plastics. If you’re a runner, for example, so-called running socks with added cushioning and arch compression may help reduce foot fatigue and keep you comfortable as the miles tick by. Sensitive to smell? Look for a pair with anti-odor technology, which help stave off the bacteria that create those funky smells.
Below, our top 18 picks. P.S. All of our favorite moisture-wicking socks are available on Amazon to make ordering a breeze.
Zensah Wool Running Socks
Specifically designed for runners, these moisture-wicking socks feature proprietary padding technology in the toe and heel to reduce impact while you hit the trails or treadmill. They also offer light arch support and are available in a wide range of colors if you can’t handle buying another pair of white running socks.
Looking for a great pair of hiking or skiing socks? We love the Merino wool and acrylic blend used here to provide a tight fit, comfort, and plenty of warmth. Heavily cushioned, these high-quality socks also help keep blisters at bay. Buy them in navy, charcoal, or chocolate.
Hylaea No-Show Running Socks
These athletic anti-blister and moisture-wicking socks are made with CoolMax fiber, ideal for keeping perspiration in check when you’re lifting, running, or cycling. We also appreciate the seamless toe closure to prevent yarn chafing and discomfort while on the move. Bonus: Mesh ventilation on the instep ensures superb breathability from toe to heel.
Nike Performance Cushion Crew Socks
These classic crew socks offer the comfort of cotton without trapping any moisture. A reinforced heel and toe will help keep this pair in your rotation for a long time, while ribbed cuffs ensure a secure fit.
Saucony Bolt Performance No-Show Socks
Between moisture-wicking polyester and mesh ventilation, sweat doesn’t stand a chance when you wear these no-show socks. Plus, they feature targeted arch compression to keep you stable—and prevent annoying sock slippage—during your runs. Get them in a pack of six, eight, 12 or 18.
Copper Infused No-Show Socks
Thanks to the addition of copper, these performance socks will not only keep your feet dry, they’ll keep them smelling fresh. Added cushioning in the foot bed, along with arch compression, will keep you secure and comfortable for the duration of your workout.
Wigwam DuraSole Crew Work Sock
Hard-working socks for the hard-working man. Thanks to moisture controlling materials and anti-odor technology, these mid-weight socks will keep your feet dry and fresh for as long as your workout lasts.
Hidden Comfort No-Show Running Socks
This runner favorite features a proprietary fabric blend that wicks sweat, prevents chafing and stays put. Mesh panels help ventilate your feet when things heat up, while plush cushioning ensures lasting comfort.
Under Armour Charged Cotton 2.0 No-Show Socks
According to the manufacturer, these socks have the comfort of cotton, without the long drying time. They’re also infused with anti-odor technology to prevent the growth of bacteria. Dynamic arch support helps reduce foot fatigue as you rack up miles.
PowerSox Coolmax Cushion Low-Cut
These lightweight performance socks feature Coolmax moisture control fabric, a ventilated upper and comfort seams for zero chafe and blisters.
Drymax Run Hyper Thin Mini Crew
Get long-lasting comfort and durability with this light-yet-cushioned pair of mini crew socks. Multiple air vents move heat and sweat away from your skin, helping keep your feet dry and fresh.
adidas Athletic Cushioned Crew Socks
A combination of nylon, polyester and spandex wicks away sweat, while cushioning and arch compression offer comfort and support. The taller cuff ensures zero slippage.
SmartWool Men’s PhD Run Light Elite Micro Socks
With a mix of merino wool, nylon and elastane, these socks manage to pack breathability, comfort and durability into a single package. Lightweight cushioning in the ball and heel offer shock absorption—without bulk.
Under Armour Elevated Performance Crew Socks
This pair from Under Armour offers ankle coverage without bulk. The signature Heat Gear fabric keeps moisture away from your skin, while anti-odor technology prevents the growth of nasty bacteria. The manufacturer also claims the dynamic arch support will reduce foot fatigue.
These ultra-light socks are an update to the original Experia, made for long runs and workouts. Featuring “nanoGLIDE” technology, this pair is lighter, yet more effective at wicking moisture, minimizing friction (no blisters) and supporting you for the duration of your session.
CelerSport Low Cut Athletic Sport Socks
These socks are made of combed cotton to quickly absorb moisture and release sweat, and also have mesh ventilation in the arch for added breathability. The cotton, combined with nylon, polyester and spandex also offers plenty of stretch and prevents sliding.
They also are designed for durability, with friction and shock protection provided by added cushion with thicker yarn in the toe and along the bottom of the sock.
NIKE Dri-Fit Classic Cushioned Crew Socks
These Nike Dri-Fit crew socks are perfect for any athlete. They’re made of moisture-wicking cotton to keep your feet dry, with elements of spandex, nylon and polyester.
And they’re all about comfort. The arches are outfitted with compression for extra support, and have a half cushion in the foot to make them less bulky in your shoes. They also come in white or black.
Champion Men’s Double Dry Moisture Wicking Ankle Socks
These Champion socks are the perfect ankle length between crew and no-shows. They’re made of polyester and spandex for double dry wicking, and are subsequently lighter and thinner thanks to they’re cotton-free material.
The bottoms are also completely cushioned for extra support in the arch, and They come in white, black and gray.
Lauren Bedosky is a freelance health and fitness writer who specializes in covering running and strength training topics.
Perri O. Blumberg
Perri is a New York City-born-and-based writer; she holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Columbia University and is also a culinary school graduate of the plant-based Natural Gourmet Institute, which is now the Natural Gourmet Center at Institute Of Culinary Education.
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