Editor’s Note: We reviewed our sock selections on January 12, 2023 and updated our recommendations to reflect our most recent round of testing. In addition, we have replaced any pairs that are out of stock or no longer available.

Runners obsess over every detail of a running shoe to make sure they have comfort dialed for every step. But many of us will still jam an old cotton sock between that pricey shoe and our foot. The humble running sock, however, plays an important role in keeping you dry and warm (or cool).

The 17 Best Socks for Running

  • Ankle Sock

    Best for All-Day Wear

    Hurdle Apparel Ankle Sock

    $19 at hurdleapparel.com
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  • The Distance Running Socks

    Best for Race Day

    Near Earth The Distance Running Socks

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  • Enduro Quarter

    Cushion Without Bulk

    Balega Enduro Quarter

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  • Alpaca Ankle Socks

    Best Wool Alternative

    Paka Apparel Alpaca Ankle Socks

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  • The Run Compression Mid Cut 4.0

    Comfy Compression

    CEP The Run Compression Mid Cut 4.0

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Materials Matter

First off, avoid cotton at all costs. Sure, you could safely make it through a three-mile recovery jog in running socks that came from a 12-pack, but on hot or wet days you’ll find cotton absorbs an incredible amount of water and easily causes blisters. Merino wool, on the other hand, is a fiber you can wear year-round thanks to its ability to regulate temperature, move moisture, and resist odors. You’ll find it used in many pairs of performance running socks. Most, however, use a mix of synthetic fabrics—nylon, polyester, and spandex—which offers good value and durability, plus prevents irritation.

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Height and Cushioning

The thickness of a running sock can do two things: make each step feel a little softer and take up some of the extra room within a shoe. If you like a soft shoe, pair it with a sock that has thick cushioning underfoot for a supremely plush experience. We often suggest a thick or thin sock to adjust the fit of a shoe. For example, if your shoe fits a little loose—but not enough to up a half size—opt for a thicker sock to take up some of that volume.

tall socks
Taller socks can offer more protection against brambles and debris on trail runs.
Trevor Raab
low socks
No-show and quarter-length socks can feel more breathable for the roads and track.
Parker Feierbach

Unless you’re hitting the trail (where a taller sock will help keep dirt away from your skin and fend off grass and brush scrapes), sock length is a matter of personal style. Crew-length running socks have made a comeback in recent years, but the cut offers little performance value—although one could argue that the sock is unable to slide into your shoe like a no-show length sometimes can.

How Tall Are Different Cuff Heights?

  • No-show: Top of cuff sits below the ankle bone and is barely visible above the collar of a running shoe
  • Ankle: Top of cuff sits right on (or slightly below) the ankle bone
  • Quarter: Top of cuff fully covers the ankle bone
  • Crew: Top of cuff sits just at (or slightly below) the middle of the calf

What Does More Cushioning Feel Like?

  • No cushion: No additional padding has been added to the sock fabric
  • Light cushion: Sock fabric feels thicker underfoot, but maintains a pronounced feel for the inside of a shoe
  • Medium cushion: Additional padding underfoot is noticeable and takes up slightly more space inside of a shoe
  • Max cushion: Underfoot padding is thick, plush, and immediately apparent

How We Tested

Our team of experienced testers spent many hours and miles running year-round to evaluate how these socks fared in a variety of conditions—from hot and humid track workouts to bitter cold runs through the snow to rainy slogs on the trail. We also noted how well these running socks held up between multiple wears and washes.

In addition to gathering detailed on-foot impressions, we used a vertical moisture-wicking test to objectively assess how well each sock handled sweat and moisture. To do it, we cut six-inch-long by one-inch-wide strips from the socks’ fabric and suspended them from a support stand with one end in blue-dyed water. We then measured the amount of time it took for the water to migrate roughly two inches up each fabric strip.

socks testing
We performed a vertical moisture-wicking test using strips of fabric cut from several socks to replicate each material’s ability to pull sweat away from the skin. If a sock doesn’t wick moisture well, it can cause blisters.
Lakota Gambill

The pairs we’ve included in this list are some of the top performers across all of our tests, and we’ve indicated the qualities or conditions in which a specific sock excelled. That said, every running sock here strikes a good balance of odor control, moisture management, comfort, durability, and value for your runs.


BEST FOR ALL-DAY WEAR

Hurdle Apparel

Best for All-Day Wear

Hurdle Apparel Ankle Sock

Ankle Sock
Best for All-Day Wear

Hurdle Apparel Ankle Sock

$19 at hurdleapparel.com
Pros
  • Men’s and women’s, left and right specific fit
  • Excellent heel and forefoot shock absorption
Cons
  • More expensive

Key Specs

Cuff HeightsAnkle, quarter, crew
CushioningMedium

In November 2022, Hurdle Apparel launched its small lineup of socks with a unique take on cushioning. Instead of super-thick underfoot padding—which can get heavy and soggy if you’re splashing through puddles—the brand uses flexible gel webbing in the heel and forefoot. This design mimics the fat pads we all have on the bottom of our feet that act as natural shock absorbers, and it offers additional support that won’t pack down like plush cushion. (We sliced our test pairs open for a closer look, and the material feels like a slightly squishy Dr. Scholl’s insole.)

One tester wore the socks throughout her training for a winter half marathon, and liked the socks enough to toe the start line in them. “I prefer a lot of soft cushioning in my socks,” she said. “On my rainy race morning, these felt well-padded but not heavy, even after being in wet conditions for more than two hours.” We also liked that the those gel webs inside the socks’ lining seem to disperse pressure more evenly along the bottom of your foot—it’s a bit like a razor-thin orthotic or insole. In our tester’s case, this made standing (and dancing) at the post-race party much more comfortable.

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BEST FOR RACE DAY

Near Earth The Distance Running Socks

Best for Race Day

Near Earth The Distance Running Socks

The Distance Running Socks
Best for Race Day

Near Earth The Distance Running Socks

Pros
  • Anatomical, left and right specific fit
  • Crew height is scaled to size
  • Cushioning feels plush yet lightweight
Cons
  • Heel fit is slightly baggy
  • Some runners may want more color options

Key Specs

Cuff HeightsCrew
CushioningLight

Don’t worry about whether your socks will match your kit on race day; slip on a pair of Near Earth’s all-black or all-white crews and go. They’re simple and soft, but built to go fast with an extremely stretchy and lightweight construction that breathes well and hugs your Achilles without sagging. We wore The Distance for several 10 milers during this winter’s RW Run Streak—both on the treadmill and outside in temps from 40 degrees to below freezing—and most liked the socks’ plush and airy cushioning. It’s just padded enough that it doesn’t feel bulky inside a slim-fitting race shoe, and the compressive arch band feels snug and secure around the midfoot. So, even though the material is a bit slick, we didn’t experience any sliding inside our shoes.

For our testing, we ran mostly in chilly weather and indoors. However, Near Earth promises its socks’ combo of sweat-wicking nylon yarn and spandex will keep your feet blister-free during the humid summer months, as well. (The company’s founder sources materials and personally gathers feedback from and garment makers and seasoned marathoners in Northern Italy.) All in all, we’re impressed by the craftsmanship and high quality of The Distance Running Socks. They’re everything you need for any long, pavement-pounding effort.


CUSHION WITHOUT BULK

Balega Enduro

Cushion Without Bulk

Balega Enduro Quarter

Enduro Quarter
Cushion Without Bulk

Balega Enduro Quarter

Pros
  • Secure fit around heel and ankle
  • Slightly snug arch compression
  • Cushioning feels plush yet lightweight
Cons
  • Loose threads along inner stitching

Key Specs

Cuff HeightsNo-show, ankle, quarter, crew
CushioningMedium

The Hidden Comfort still reigns supreme as Balega’s plushest and most cushioned model— it’s one of our all-time favorites for both hammering miles on the roads and treadmill, and winding down with some postrun yoga. However, the potential negative about the Hidden Comfort is that it’s, well, mostly “hidden” inside your shoe. (The heel tab ensures the sock doesn’t slip down your foot, but it doesn’t provide much by way of ankle coverage.) For that reason, we favor the Enduro during the cold winter months. The sock is still plenty cushioned, but its taller height options help keep chilly air from nipping at your ankles.

The majority of the Enduro’s cushioning uses Balega’s Drynamix polyester yarn, which feels soft and smooth and wicks moisture away from the foot to prevent blisters. But when compared to wool socks we’ve tested, it doesn’t perform as well in terms of durability and odor control. Though we haven’t put any holes in the Enduro after six months of running, Balega only guarantees its pairs for a year. And, unlike the Balega Silver (below) in which we could easily sneak out a double wear, you’ll want to drop these in the wash after every run.


BEST WOOL ALTERNATIVE

Paka Apparel Alpaca Socks

Best Wool Alternative

Paka Apparel Alpaca Ankle Socks

Alpaca Ankle Socks
Best Wool Alternative

Paka Apparel Alpaca Ankle Socks

Pros
  • Lighter than merino wool
  • Naturally odor resistant
Cons
  • Limited size options

Key Specs

Cuff HeightsAnkle, crew
CushioningMedium

Socks made with natural fibers, such as merino wool, offer three main benefits prized by runners: odor-fighting abilities, cozy softness, and good durability. But wool isn’t the only option out there. “I’m a sucker for a good pair of socks. Most often, you’ll find me in a pair from Darn Tough because they’re guaranteed for life (as are Paka socks) and the wool construction doesn’t stink. Lately, I’ve been wearing another natural fiber—alpaca. Paka claims that alpaca retains less water than other wools, and I’ve noticed that the socks stay dry even on sweaty runs this summer,” deputy editor Jeff Dengate said.

While Paka also offers a taller crew version, Dengate says that these ankle socks really stays put, which he sometimes has trouble with on such low-cut models. “They didn’t move a bit on a hike up the lower half of Mount Madison in New Hampshire during a thunderstorm. I had no troubles with hot spots on the climb and descent—and no complaints about cold, wet feet even though they were soaked.”


COMFY COMPRESSION

CEP The Run Mid Cut 4.0

Comfy Compression

CEP The Run Compression Mid Cut 4.0

The Run Compression Mid Cut 4.0
Comfy Compression

CEP The Run Compression Mid Cut 4.0

Pros
  • Left and right, men’s and women’s specific fits
  • Treated with silver ions to reduce odor
Cons
  • Takes some effort to put on and take off

Key Specs

Cuff HeightsNo-show, ankle, quarter, crew
CushioningLight

Gear editor Amanda Furrer grabs these socks first when she wants an extra recovery-enhancing squeeze on the run, without wriggling into a pair of knee-highs during the hot summer months. “Personally, I’ve not always felt a significant performance boost from compression socks, but the fit and firmness of this pair feels like they’re really doing something,” Furrer said. “It’s amazing they manage to stay up the entire run—no sliding down, or bunching. I’ve taken up speedwork and long runs again, so I’d like to believe these help me recover on my easy runs,” she added.

This mid-cut model delivers between 18 and 20 mmHg of compression around the arch and ankle, which is slightly less than what you’ll get from CEP’s taller pairs (20-30 mmHg). We like it because it supports tired feet and helps promote blood flow, but doesn’t feel uncomfortably snug or restrictive during workouts. Plus, the new 4.0 model has a padded and ventilated footbed for some softer cushioning underfoot that also moves heat and sweat away from your skin.

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BEST YEAR-ROUND OPTION

Smartwool Run Targeted Cushion

Best Year-Round Option

Smartwool Run Targeted Cushion

Run Targeted Cushion
Best Year-Round Option

Smartwool Run Targeted Cushion

Pros
  • Cushioning targets heel and toe for comfort without bulk
  • Achilles tab effectively reduces slippage
Cons
  • Longer dry time

Key Specs

Cuff HeightsNo-show, ankle, quarter, crew
CushioningMedium (zero cushion also available)

Even socks with thicker cushioning can efficiently wick sweat away from your skin, which helps prevents blisters from forming on your feet. Just take this plush Smartwool pair, for example—it was the top performer overall in our moisture-wicking test. Made from a soft, cozy blend of merino wool, nylon, and spandex, it was also one of the most comfortable we tested, with targeted underfoot cushioning that didn’t feel bulky or take up too much room in our shoes. Plus, the 52-percent wool construction really cuts down on stink. We found that even after four wears back-to-back, the sock smelled immensely better than standard cotton or polyester models that endured the same sweaty treatment. The only downside was that the Smartwool’s thicker cushioning took longer to dry once it got wet in our follow-up tests, so it’s not the best sock to wear on rainy runs when you’ll be splashing through puddles.

If you’re a believer in ultra-running R&D and sock doping (a.k.a. the notion that snazzy socks make you feel faster), check out the Athlete Editions that Smartwool designed with ultra-legend Rob Krar. These vibrant pairs kept our feet dry and comfortable in every season; we’ve worn them for winter runs and summer races, and through a full year of testing, they have excelled in all conditions.

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BEST FOR SWEATY FEET

Drymax Running Lite Mesh

Best for Summer

Drymax Running Lite-Mesh Mini Crew

Running Lite-Mesh Mini Crew
Best for Summer

Drymax Running Lite-Mesh Mini Crew

Pros
  • Fast-drying with excellent blister protection
  • Very breathable
  • Good cushioning-to-weight ratio
Cons
  • Less durable

Key Specs

Cuff HeightsNo-show, ankle, quarter, crew
CushioningMedium

Ultrarunners especially know that even a small blister can become debilitating over the course of a long race. That’s likely why so many endurance athletes swear by Drymax socks. (In fact, the brand has collaborated with runners like Ian Sharman, Karl “Speedgoat” Meltzer, and Hayden Hawks to design models tailored to their specific preferences.) Like all Drymax socks, the best-selling Running Lite Mesh features a dual-layer construction designed to move moisture away from the foot and reduce blister-producing friction. The inner layer uses hydrophobic materials that don’t allow moisture to adhere to the sock, pushing sweat and water away from your skin. The sock also has additional strips of airy mesh on top of the arch for ventilation, while the underfoot portion offers plush—but not dense—cushioning from heel to toe.

During our testing, we noticed that some inseam threads came loose, but we were able to trim them easily without any unravelling. While this model isn’t as bombproof as the Sharman Quarter Crew, it’s much softer with a surprising amount of cushioning for its featherlight weight.


BEST FOR TRAILS

Swiftwick Flite XT Trail

Best for Trails

Swiftwick Flite XT Trail Two

Flite XT Trail Two
Best for Trails

Swiftwick Flite XT Trail Two

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Pros
  • Fast-drying and durable for trail running
  • Very secure inside shoe; no sliding
Cons
  • Limited color options

Key Specs

Cuff HeightsTwo, five (inches above the ankle)
CushioningMedium

Swiftwick dubs its latest creation, the Flite XT Trail, the “most technically advanced sock for hiking and trail running.” While much simpler socks have also excelled in our tests, this new model proved itself a cut above. The Flite XT Trail builds on the original Flite XT model from Swiftwick. Both pairs use portions of grippy fibrous material beneath the heel and forefoot, which help prevent your foot from sliding around inside your shoe. Combined with snug arch and ankle compression, this lends extra support for lateral movements in agility drills and circuit training—or for dodging rocks, roots, and potholes midrun. The trail-specific version, however, also incorporates merino wool that naturally controls foot odor and feels a little softer against the skin. All that comes together to make this one of the best socks we’ve run in. The material is thick, durable, and dries quickly after we soaked it in a rainstorm. Plus, there’s enough cushion so you’ll feel a little extra protection on longer runs, but it’s not too heavy or mushy.

“My favorite thing about this sock is how it makes the fit of every running shoe feel a little more locked in. That’s especially helpful in some daily trainers where I have a little too much wiggle room,” gear editor Morgan Petruny said. “These socks take up that bit of extra space and grip the shoe’s insole without making my feet feel too cramped or sweaty—the material is durable and thick, but still breathes nicely.”


BEST IN RAIN AND HUMIDITY

Swiftwick Aspire

Best in Rain and Humidity

Swiftwick Aspire Four

Aspire Four
Best in Rain and Humidity

Swiftwick Aspire Four

Pros
  • Excellent moisture-wicking
  • Compression is firm, but not restrictive
  • Provides some arch support
Cons
  • Can feel slightly slick inside shoe
  • Unisex sizing

Key Specs

Cuff HeightsZero, one, two, four, seven, twelve (inches above ankle)
CushioningLight

Opinions were mixed on the Aspire Zero’s height (which barely peeks out from your shoe) for cold-weather runs, but our testers raved about the taller Aspire models. This sock from Swiftwick is a triple-threat that packs in hidden ventilation, cushioning, and stability. A unique combo of fabrics (nylon, olefin, and spandex) and varying compressive weaves make it especially stable around the ankle, while its Goldilocks cushioning adds softness without feeling mushy. Plus, testers said the sock remained surprisingly light—and just as supportive—even when soaked by the end of drizzly long runs.

“The snug compression gives me a little extra support when I’m worried about rolling an ankle on uneven ground,” one tester said. The Aspire can feel a bit slick inside looser-fitting trainers; however, we noticed this only on tight U-turns at the midpoint of out-and-back runs, and when cruising down steep hills.


BEST TOE SOCKS

Injinji Ultra Run

Best Toe Socks

Injinji Ultra Run No-Show

Ultra Run No-Show
Best Toe Socks

Injinji Ultra Run No-Show

Pros
  • Consistently reduced blister formation between toes
  • Men’s and women’s models each use individualized knits for specific fit
Cons
  • Some testers disliked the feeling of fabric between toes

Key Specs

Cuff HeightsNo-show, quarter, crew
CushioningMedium

For one of our testers, between-the-toe blisters were inevitable on long runs—until she took a chance on this pair of Injinjis that wrap each toe in its own sleeve. Made from a blend of polyester, nylon, and a pinch of Lycra, the sock is smooth but not slippery; your toes can glide next to each other without rubbing. Even toe sock skeptics were converted by this pair. “I always thought toe socks were a solution to a non-problem,” said one tester. “As someone who hasn’t struggled with blisters between my toes, I never saw the need—but now I completely get it. I thought they would cause a cramped fit in the forefoot of my trainers, but the opposite was true. The material allowed my toes to move freely, letting each digit splay individually.” The only negatives were that the toe-sock style took us longer to wiggle into, and some testers found the pinky toes a little baggy.

We’ve also been putting some miles on Injinji’s latest NüWool toe socks, which we do like for their slightly softer merino interior and marginally improved odor control. However, the Ultra Run remains our preferred model from the brand, as we noticed some early wear and pilling in our wool-based pairs.

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BEST DEAL

Saucony Performance Heel Tab Athletic

Best Deal

Saucony Performance Heel Tab Athletic

Performance Heel Tab Athletic
Best Deal

Saucony Performance Heel Tab Athletic

Pros
  • Mesh panel offers good breathability
  • Several color options
Cons
  • Toes are not seamless

Key Specs

Cuff HeightNo-show
CushioningLight

Most multipack socks feel soft and comfortable out of the package, but many lose their original texture after a handful of sweaty runs and washes. Not so with these Sauconys. The simple budget sock surprised us with its durability and long-lasting stretchy softness that rivaled those with a much bigger price tag. Made from mostly polyester with just a pinch of spandex, it offers some cushion underfoot without using any cotton. Our testers—in addition to more than 95,000 Amazon shoppers who gave five-star reviews—liked the breathable mesh paneling, adequate moisture-wicking, and light arch compression. Just don’t wear these twice in a row without washing; our testers found that the sock can hold some odor and feels baggy in the heel after a double-wear.

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BEST FOR SMELLY FEET

Balega Silver

Best for Smelly Feet

Balega Silver

Silver
Best for Smelly Feet

Balega Silver

Pros
  • Superior odor resistance
  • Full-length cushioning underfoot from heel to toe
Cons
  • Low cuff height offers less protection on trails

Key Specs

Cuff HeightNo-show
CushioningMedium

Running shoes are breeding grounds for bacteria, which of course means your socks are going to stink. While wool will cut down on the odors, you can also boost comfort and smell fresh with this pair from Balega. The sock’s moisture-wicking fibers are covered in silver ions to help kill germs. We found the sock remains stink-free, even after multiple wearings between washes (yes, we know this is gross, but we still do it). Runners will also like the thicker cushioning underfoot, and the breathable top panel kept us cool during an extended bout of muggy 90-plus degree days. Available in a slew of neon options, it’ll add a pop of color to your next virtual race—why not be bold and go with bright lilac and watermelon? We just wish the Silver was available in more cuff heights.


MOST DURABLE

Darn Tough Run Ultra-Light Cushion

Most Durable

Darn Tough Run Ultra-Light Cushion Quarter

Run Ultra-Light Cushion Quarter
Most Durable

Darn Tough Run Ultra-Light Cushion Quarter

Pros
  • Durable yet soft construction
  • Excellent moisture-wicking ability
Cons
  • Fit is not left and right foot specific

Key Specs

Cuff HeightsNo-show, quarter
CushioningMedium (also available without cushioning)

Performance socks aren’t cheap, but rest easy knowing that if you ever poke your big toe through this merino sock you’ll get a replacement pair for free. But it’s unlikely you will wear this sock down; we found it to be the most durable, lightweight wool model. Darn Tough uses a high stitch count for the Run Ultra-Light, so it’s velvety soft against your foot and wraps the arch with just enough compression for a secure fit and a smidge of extra support.

“I have a purple and green pair of Darn Tough socks that I’ve been wearing for almost three years, and they’re still as cushy as they were on the first run,” said one tester. “They’re my go-to for 20-milers during marathon training because they stay put and don’t bunch or slide, even when I’m moving for hours and my feet start to swell.” One tester who had a little extra space around the pinky toes thought left-right specificity could make the fit even better.

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MOST STYLISH

On Running High

Most Stylish

On Running High Sock

High Sock
Most Stylish

On Running High Sock

Pros
  • Multiple cuff and color options
  • Snug fit securely wraps the arch
  • Mesh panels ventilate well
Cons
  • Some runners may want more cushioning

Key Specs

Cuff HeightsAnkle, quarter, crew
CushioningMedium

Swiss company On Running builds apparel that’s all about performance but doesn’t sacrifice style. (Just ask On athlete Alicia Monson, a Team USA Olympian in the 10,000 meters, who says these socks are her absolute favorite.) That means with models like the High, you’re getting premium materials and workmanship with attention to the details—like a left-and-right specific fit, stylish color-blocking up the Achilles, and a specialized poly-elastane blended fabric.

“My heart skipped a beat when I thought I lost one in the wash,” one tester said. “They’re my all-time fave—soft and stretchy, with just enough cushioning and compression.” The technical mesh panels hold enough warmth in the winter—but also resist feeling swampy when it gets warmer—and the toe seam lays flat and smooth, so it won’t cause irritation when crammed into a low-volume toebox. (Don’t worry if you’re not into high socks; there are lower cuts for both men and women, too.)

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BEST FOR LONG RUNS

Feetures Elite

Best for Long Runs

Feetures Elite Light Cushion No-Show

Elite Light Cushion No-Show
Best for Long Runs

Feetures Elite Light Cushion No-Show

Pros
  • Left-right foot specificity dials in fit
  • Full-length padding also covers tops of toes
Cons
  • Insufficient moisture-wicking for sweatier feet

Key Specs

Cuff HeightsNo-show, quarter, crew
CushioningLight (ultra-light and max also available)

We’ve long loved Feetures’s socks because of their dedicated left and right fits and seamless construction. Together, those two aspects dialed in fit and comfort with no baggy toes or irritating seams, but the material itself was always really slippery inside a shoe. Now, the Elite line is built with Tencel fibers and has a very high 200-needle thread count for that same comfortable fit without the sliding. The deep heel pocket and snug wrap around the arch ensure the sock stays in place on your foot; none of our testers reported any slipping around in their shoes on runs.

Even runners who preferred no-cushion socks were won over by Feetures’s cushier offerings. “The inner padding is super soft and a little fuzzy, but overall the sock is still snug, secure, and lightly compressive,” one tester said of the max-cushion Elite. “It feels like a cozy cabin sock meets performance running.” An extra bonus? There’s a rainbow of brand new colors that have launched for fall.


SOFTEST CUSHIONING

Bombas Merino Wool Running

Softest Cushioning

Bombas Merino Wool Running Quarter

Merino Wool Running Quarter
Softest Cushioning

Bombas Merino Wool Running Quarter

Pros
  • Targeted compression supports arch
  • Good odor control
Cons
  • Slightly warmer than non-merino version; best for cool weather runs

Key Specs

Cuff HeightsAnkle, quarter, crew
CushioningMax

A staple of any “best socks” list, Bombas impresses our team. We like this merino wool version of the brand’s original running sock even more than the standard because it swaps out the cotton blend for a mix of wool and nylon. That makes it a bit pricier, but we think it’s worth it for the improved durability, funk-fighting prowess, and buttery softness on foot.

“I wish I had a pair to wear every day,” said one tester. “I loved the extra cushioning in the heel and toe with more compression around my arch.” Credit the plush-zoned cushioning, designed for boosting comfort without causing any unwanted “squish” on touchdown. The midsection of the sock uses Bombas’s signature snug honeycomb knit, which adds support while still feeling airy and light. We especially love that the brand matches every purchase with a donated pair to someone affected by homelessness.

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Jeff is Runner-in-Chief for Runner's World, guiding the brand's shoes and gear coverage. A true shoe dog, he's spent more than a decade testing and reviewing shoes. In 2017, he ran in 285 different pairs of shoes, including a streak of 257 days wearing a different model.
 

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