The 5 Best Running Socks of 2021

None of which are cotton...

The biggest key to summer running: to avoid cotton socks.

Running in a poor-fitting pair of cotton socks is gonna not only cake your feet in sweat but will quickly cause blisters to swell. Socks are ultimately the last thing on every runner's mind, but they remain an imperative tool when designing your running outfit.

A lot goes into finding the perfect pair of socks. Are they durable and good at wicking away moisture? Do you want your socks to have a little bit more cushion or a little less? When considering all these factors, just remember that every foot is different and that it ultimately takes time to find the perfect pair of fitness socks. But that's where we come in. Here are the best running socks of 2021.

The PhD Pro Endurance

The PhD Pro Endurance

The PhD Pro Endurance

Perfect for that doozy Sunday long run, the PhD Pro Endurance is a rugged and long-lasting sock that can handle any terrain. Crafted using a combination of merino wool, nylon, and elastane, the sock also provides a gentle underfoot cushion, as well as extra padding around the ankle and Achilles for optimal support. It keeps your feet dry in the summer months and, most importantly, warm in the winter months without making your toes all sweaty and clammy. Not to mention they come in a handful of great designs.

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Pursuit Four Ultralight

Pursuit Four Ultralight Pursuit Four Ultralight

A Runners World favorite, the Pursuit Four Ultralight is made from ultra-durable Merino wool that stays warm and dry under the toughest circumstances. The sock is also not bulky but slim and fits nicely into tight race flats as well as your daily trainers. The sock also reinforces your heel and toe with a thicker seam, ensuring you got support in all the right places.

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Asics Cushioned Low Cut

Asics Cushioned Low Cut

Asics Cushioned Low Cut

These multipack socks are incredibly long-lasting right out the package, maintaining that soft new sock feel after multiple washes. This affordable low-cut sock is made of a flexible polyester, nylon, spandex combo that's breathable and stretchable. They're not exactly good for multiple wears, as they do attract a stench, but for runners on a budget, these are a perfect pack of comfortable socks.

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On Running High

On Running High

On Running High

For those who require a little more length to their socks, the Swiss company On Running has you covered. This specialized poly-elastane blend is soft and stretchy and perfect for winter use. However, while the socks may look thick, they are surprisingly limber and breathable. The technical mesh retains a good amount of warmth but also makes sure your toes don't get too clammy in the hotter months.

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Rockay Accelerate

Rockay

Rockay Accelerate

One of the newer running sock brands in recent years, Rockay has quickly made a name for itself by providing comfortable and eco-friendly running socks. Made of 100 percent recycled plastics taken from the ocean, the Accelerate's nylon construction also offers an anti-odor Polygiene treatment, meaning you can wear a pair multiple times before a wash is required. The socks elastic ring around the ankle also provides a good amount of support, and more importantly, makes sure this low-cut sock doesn't sink.

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