Best Moisture-Wicking Socks

Keeping your feet dry isn’t just about comfort, it’s about health because moisture buildup can cause blisters. Socks that pull moisture from the foot and help dampness evaporate are key, especially when exercising, running or even walking.

If your feet do not stay dry, they can also develop fungi like athlete’s foot. Reinforced toes in running socks can also help with slippage. There are lots of styles to consider, including calf-high socks to ankle socks, socks that provide arch support to styles that prevent your heel from chafing against the back of a hard sneaker. These are our recommendations for the best moisture-wicking socks you can shop for now.

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1. Danish Endurance Merino Wool Hiking Socks

Developed by mountaineer and trail runner Rasmus Kragh, these merino wool socks are perfect for hiking, walking, backpacking and traveling all year — from spring and summer to fall and winter.

Pros: Unisex. Toe seams and mid- to high-level cushioning and padding are designed to prevent blisters and chafing. Specific ventilation mesh lanes and zones optimize airflow and wick away perspiration.

Cons: Cannot be dried in a machine.

Merino Socks
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2. Dimok Athletic Running Socks

These cotton ankle socks by Dimok are designed for everyone from everyday wearers to athletes.

Pros: Breathable and light, these socks offer padding at the heel and toes. The seams prevent blisters and help the sock stay in place. The brand has a 30-day return policy that offers a full refund.

Cons: If your feet are in between sizes, order a larger size. They run small.

Dimok Athletic Running Socks
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3. Women’s Low-Cut Socks

Available in six colors, these women’s running socks are made with breathable materials. They can be worn with sneakers, dress shoes, athletic shoes and other styles.

Pros: These socks offer blister protection and provide support. They are also designed to prevent blood from pooling on long walks or runs. They are perfect for sneakers and shoes that dig into the back of your heels because the fabric is thicker in the back. These socks provide some arch support.

Cons: It comes in one size, and may not fit some feet. Because they are made of cotton, may shrink in the wash.

Women's Low Cut Socks
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