If you’re someone that likes to run in cold weather, it’s imperative to have a good pair of socks to keep your toes and ankles from going numb. Socks that contain merino wool are some of the warmest out there. The natural fiber is temperature-regulating, and also known for being soft, breathable, moisture-wicking and antibacterial, so your feet stay toasty while remaining dry and fresh. Polyester also provides lightweight warmth and dries quickly. With this in mind, we rounded up some of the best crew-length running socks to wear in chilly conditions.
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1. Drymax Crew Socks
These socks are made with polyester and Drymax technology, which the brand claims has one of the best thermally conductive ratings (meaning it tranfers less heat away from the skin).
Pros: Meanwhile, a vented arch band helps prevent feet from overheating. They also feature an anti-slip wedge to prevent socks from slipping and sliding inside your shoes, as a flat toe seam helps fight rubbing and blisters. They come in black, red and green.
Cons: They may feel a tad stiff to some.
2. Smartwool PhD Socks
These mid crew-length socks from Smartwool PhD are comprised of 56% merino wool, plus a blend of nylon and elastane for added warmth and flex.
Pros: Indestructawool technology delivers ultimate durability in high wear areas while a 4 Degree Elite Fit System uses two elastics for better stretch and recovery to keep socks in place. Mesh ventilation zones provide moisture management and breathability. A seamless toe design boosts comfort. These socks come in four colors.
Cons: These may also feel a bit snug for some.
3. Pembrook Sports Socks
These Pembrook crew socks are made of 60% merino wool for long-lasting performance.
Pros: Reinforced toes and heels enhance comfort and durability. They feature technical cushioning, ventilation and arch support. These come as a pack of four.
Cons: Some may find them a bit tight.