When on a run, crew socks can be very useful; not only do they block your ankle from the elements like water, dirt and wind but they also provide added compression to protect the muscles in your calves and lower legs. FN found cushioned crew socks for men that are sure to be a hit on your next go around the track. From brands including Coovan and Thorlo, they feature reinforced padding in the forefront and heel to help absorb shock with every stride. Built for high-endurance activities, these socks are made to last and stay put, even during any length of run.
1. Thorlos Max Cushion Running Socks
Made from 86% acrylic, 12% nylon and 2% elastic, Thorlos' socks use the brand's signature Thor-Lon fibers to wick away sweat and keep feet dry.
Pros: This sock features padding in the heel and forefoot that's designed to reduce blisters, moisture, pain and pressure when running.
Cons: The brand recommends turning these inside out when machine washing.
2. Joynée Athletic Cushion Socks
Joynée's socks are made from 90% polyester and 10% spandex for a breathable and durable wear that stretches to fit your foot.
Pros: This pack includes six pairs of high-endurance socks. The brand's Max Cushioning in areas of high impact like the heel and front of the foot, and added arch support help protect feet during runs.
Cons: The sizing is one size fits most.
3. Coovan Premium Athletic Crew Socks
Coovan uses a mix of polyester and spandex in these socks that come in a pack of six.
Pros: These socks have full-thickness cushioned bottoms as well as a reinforced heel and toe for enhanced durability; they also are equipped with a ribbed leg and cuffs to keep them from slipping down.
Cons: These may fit tight on thicker calves.
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