There are no less underestimated garments than socks, especially for runners. While you spend weeks choosing the perfect running shoe and spending hours torturing the technical T-shirt you want to wear on race day, you'll probably only need a few seconds to select socks.
This is a grave mistake – we would even go so far as to say that it is a travesty. The best socks not only make blisters less likely and keep your feet dry and cool, but also make the whole run feel good. If you just put on the perfect socks, you can not have any motivation worries before a run. They will be there desperately.
Here are 12 of the best running socks you should consider.
Nike Elite Lightweight Quarter
Reflective details on top of these socks help you stand out in the dark while running, and the Dri-FIT material is sweat-wicking and comfortable to wear, no matter how many miles you travel.
Buy at Nike | £ 12.95
Bridgedale Stormsock Lightweight Boat
If the weather gods have really turned around, this is the sock wear because the three-layer design is completely waterproof. It's the lightest sock in Bridgedale's waterproof range, making it particularly suitable for running when breathability is important. Of course your feet will be a little weaker when you wear them than with a non-waterproof sock, but they will be drier overall, let alone in bad weather.
Buy from Cotswold Outdoors | £ 35
On High Sock
If your socks look so good, it makes no sense to hide them by choosing the low or mid version. The high sock is high up to the calf and consists of a quick-drying fabric that slightly compresses the foot during the run. The pattern on the sock vault is not just a show – it's supposed to hit sensory receptors in the foot to somehow make it work. We believe the key here is not figuring out what that means, but just getting into the idea that your socks will make you run more.
Buy from On | 20
Stance Mesa Crew
Stance socks are durable trainers running, exercising or just running around , Lately they've gotten even better thanks to the new Feel360 fabric, which is part of many Stance practice socks. All running socks are designed to dry quickly, but Feel360 is something else – we tried them on a 20-mile marathon training run and were dry when we dropped them off five minutes after stopping. Black magic, if we had ever seen it.
Buy from Wiggle | £ 14.99