In search of the best running socks to keep your feet happy for miles?
Modern, high-tech running socks are a breath of fresh air. Am I right?
I cherish quality running socks, especially when I think back to the old cotton models that I grew up wearing...which always ended up soggy, gross and losing shape.
Fortunately, these days there are so many great running socks that it can be tricky to decide what to buy.
Looking for the best running socks for your next run or race?
I put these SIX pairs of running socks to the test. Here's what you need to know...
So what should you look for to find the best running socks for your next run, race, or training season?
Here are FIVE things to consider when shopping for running socks:
Once you figure out what types of socks best suit your running style, it’s time to find the best running socks for you!
A fellow outdoor adventurer introduced me to Darn Tough about 10 years ago, and I’ve been a loyal customer ever since.
One of my favorites is their Darn Tough Pacer Crew Ultra-Lightweight Running Sock.
Any piece of clothing with the words “ultra-lightweight” and “merino wool” in their name and description have me instantly hooked, and after the first use, I’m fully committed.
What happens if the socks reach their demise?
The icebreaker origin story...
My 'herding sheep in New Zealand' conversion to good wool...
🐑Perhaps it's my nostalgia for the country and my respect for wool, having stayed with two different sheep farmers in exchange for room and board.
👫My now-husband and I herded and sheared (or attempted to shear) sheep, and separated the good wool from the bad, getting a hands-on feel for one of the greatest materials, in my opinion, for outdoor sports apparel.
💲Though I couldn’t afford any icebreaker gear back then after spending most of my money on a flight to NZ so that my then boyfriend/ now husband could live it up and van-life it in a beautiful foreign country, I sure do love it now.
The best running socks by this brand: icebreaker Multisport Light Mini Socks
While listening to the Trail Runner Nation podcast, an ad came on for Injinji toe socks.
The Injinji toe socks are touted for their blister reduction in ultramarathons.
Here's what I like most about Injinji socks:
When it comes to merino wool running gear, Smartwool is a popular choice, for good reason.
Now my favorite pair for running are the Smartwool Women’s Athlete Edition Run Print Crew Socks, which I wear in size medium.
A common, ongoing debate exists amongst my outdoor adventure community when it comes to Smartwool socks:
Some say one, some say the other. But in my experience they’re equally awesome. Both withstanding the test of time while enduring hard, constant play in all the elements.
My quest for the best road running socks began in 2013...
After having my first son, I got super serious about running socks due to:
I drove an hour to the nearest running store, Morgantown Running, and they recommended:
I opted for three pairs of the Swiftwick VIBE Zero
For me...in size small, which are designed for trail running, though I use them on a mix of gravel, pavement and crushed limestone.
😲After about nine years, they have retained their shape, keeping both their prized compression and support at 100 percent. They’re my go-to for road days.
Here's a peek into Nathan Reyes' (WeeViews co-founder) running sock obsession...