While often overlooked, the bottom of your feet are just as susceptible to burns as any other part of the body — especially when exposed to hot sand on the beach. Thankfully, beach socks are an easy solution. Softer than a water shoe, the socks act as an extra barrier against hot surfaces while still helping you feel essentially barefoot in the sand. They often feature a lycra upper that’s flexible enough for play while helping to deflect harmful UV rays, and a neoprene sole that not only protects your feet from sharp objects but also provides extra traction on slippery surfaces (meaning they even work for water sports like snorkeling, surfing and more).
To help you find the right pair, we’ve rounded up some of the best beach socks on the market — all of which fit the above criteria. Read on to shop them now.
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1. Sand Socks Sand Socks
These high-quality socks are designed to offer a second skin fit that will stay put during all sort of play.
Pros: Feature adjustable cuff with velcro for a comfortable, no-slip fit; also helps keep sand out. Toe caps add durability and protect against scrapes. Machine washable. Quick-drying. Available in adult and kids sizes and a range of monochromatic to patterned looks. Thin enough to be worn in shoes or sandals.
Cons: Tend to run big.
2. Nordic Essentials Beach Socks
This affordably priced option offers an exceptionally minimalist look and comes with a one-year warranty if you aren’t satisfied with your purchase.
Pros: Feature velcro ankle strap to keep socks in place. Available in sizes for the whole family and four vibrant colorways. Can be used worn inside booties or fins for optimal protection.
Cons: May not be as durable as other options on the market. Inside sole may become damp when walking on wet sand.
3. Seavenger SeaSnugs Beach Socks
In addition to neoprene, this options also features Kevlar in the sole for extra traction and flexibility.
Pros: Feature toe caps to protect against scrapes. Don’t lose their elasticity after being in water. Quick-drying. Can fit under fins. Available in a range of sizes and colors for the whole family.
Cons: Include a sizable along the toe seam that may be abrasive, especially when the socks are wet. Dry well but may not be as breathable as other options on the market.