10 Best Socks for Sweaty Feet Reviewed
Ok, let’s talk about sweaty feet, a topic no one likes to talk about. Indeed, we tend to avoid any kind of sweat discussions and feet are the least attractive of all sweaty subjects. However unattractive the subject, sweaty feet and feet in general, are important to runners and are far too often neglected.
Most of us are willing to spend $100 on running shoes but will not give a moment’s attention or invest an extra penny in the real foundation of our running ability: the noble feet.
1. Saucony Performance No-Show
Saucony uses their unique Crosspro 3D technology for a close, comfortable fit - essential for proper sweat-wicking and blister prevention. The RunDry Moisture Management system employs moisture-wicking yarns to move moisture away from skin. A mesh ventilation system provides maximum airflow with a targeted arch compression system for stability. These cool, dry socks are available in many colors and styles and are widely sold.
RunDry Moisture Managemet, a comfy, cushioned sole and compression arch support make this a dry, comfortable sock.
These well-designed socks are among the least expensive we reviewed here and they are easy-care as well.
- Technology applied to design
- Available in multipacks
- Good moisture wicking
- Some runners feel hot in these socks.
- Some runners report bunching and wear issues.
Balega creates socks for snug fit with deep heel pockets and a tab to anchor the heel into place thereby preventing blisters. The socks are seam-free, with strategically placed mesh ventilation panels to support dry running. Balega recently added improved elastane for more durable structure. The heel and toe are reinforced and the plush cushioning render these very comfortable as well as dry. Balega includes a graphic on the label of their socks indicating the cushioning level and uses Drynamix Polyester 84% to keep feet dry all the way to the finish line.
Ideal fitting and dry foot technology make these comfortable.
These colorful mid-range priced socks are worth trying as they are excellent for wicking sweat away from skin and provide medium cushioning.
- Moisture and blister prevention
- Cushioning under sole
- Some runners report they bunch.
- Some runners think the cushioning is insufficient.
3. Feetures Unisex Elite Ultra Light Cushion
Feetures uses a patented sock-lock system to provide targeted compression. These anatomically-designed socks provide a snug fit to prevent blisters and are extra light and seamless for weightless comfort consuming very little space inside the shoes. Their iWick fibers are specifically designed to wick moisture. 95% Nylon and 5% Spandex enable these to be machine washable and dry-able.
Feetures provides a lifetime guarantee to replace or refund any socks with which you are not satisfied.
Even though we all grew up wearing socks that were not anatomically left and right, many runners find that running is more comfortable with left/right socks. Additionally, the iWick technology keeps the feet dry and the Perfect Toe prevents blistering. The Power Arch provides excellent support for a smooth, sweet ride.
These fit into the medium range for elite socks and are worth the investment. Too few runners invest in quality socks to improve comfort and performance and this is an opportunity to change that tendency to see how this impacts your running.
- Moisture-wicking and blister protection
- Re-enforced sole for comfort
Some runners report quality issues.
Some runners report confusion in supply in that the product was offered as a three-pair set and only a single pair was delivered.
4. Thorlos Running Socks
Thorlos considers that their engineered variable density padding is the basis of their success in providing precisely the correct padding. This is the result of extensive analysis of the strike and use pattern of runners followed by developing the precise protection to buffer your feet between the shoes and the surfaces on which you run.
Beyond the lab, Thorlos conducts extensive participant testing and applies the comments from the testers into their socks.
Thorlos padding has been proven to reduce blister, pressures, moisture and generalized foot pain and few socks manufacturers can make that claim.
The precisely placed cushioning that buffers and protects against all manner of foot abuse from blisters to wet socks, make these very comfortable socks. Thorlos guarantees that your feel will feel better in their socks, which is a hefty claim.
These fall into the middle range for our reviewed socks and are worth every penny.
- Smart-padding for cushioning were needed for running
- Good fit
- Some runners report wear issues.
- Some runners think the socks are too pricey.
5. Thitry48 Running Socks
Thirty48 is riding the anatomical left/right sock design bus that carries many elite sock manufacturers for ideal fit - don't worry - the socks are marked left/right so you don't get them confused. Both running socks offerings include their trademarked CoolMax/Coolplus fabric which moves moisture away from the skin. A rolled ankle collar ensures the socks stay in place. The cushioning in the heel is more substantial for comfort and the thin micromesh fabric enables air to circulate over the skin for a cooler run while the Coolplus fabric wicks away moisture.
The name emanates from the metric measure of a foot: 30.48 cm.
Thirty48 adds cushioning over the foot so you don't feel discomfort from the shoe's lacing. The cushioning system provides impact protection and the combination of micromesh fabric and Coolplus fibers make for a dry, cool run.
These fit into the middle price range of our reviewed socks and are certainly worth trying for the price to see if they are a good match for you.
- Extra padding on high impact areas
- Coolmax moisture-wicking fabric
- Also offers calf sleeves with similar technology
- Many color options
- Some runners report that the socks bunch.
- Some runners report wear issues.
6. 2XU Compression Performance Socks
The fit is graduated for improved performance and the sole is padded. High filament yarns improve dryness by pulling moisture to the exterior of the fabric, away from the skin. These antibacterial socks include SPF 50+ sun protection.
You can wash these in cold water in the machine but they must be line-dried in a cool, shady place – not in the sun – do not use bleach, fabric softeners or dryer sheets.
Integrating compression and performance into one sock is a great idea. These elements that many runners seek to accomplish in two separate products work as a seamless whole in the 2XUs. To accomplish this, 2XUs must be high socks.
The compression elements that encourage excellent circulation supported by the high filament yarns that wick moisture away from the skin render this quite comfortable. For additional comfort, these socks include lycra for a close fit, SPF 50 sun protection and cushioning for impact protection. These socks do it all.
You have to need the unique technical elements of these socks to invest in them as they are a pricey item. However, they target a running niche that few other manufacturers address and if you need these characteristics to keep running, you have a wide variety of bold and conservative colors from which to select your ideal socks.
- Compression panels for recovery and performance
- High-filament yarns for dryness
- UPF50 sun protection
- Some runners feel the compression is too tight.
- Some runners report size issues.
7. ASICS Kayano Classic
The Kayano Classic includes an articulated arch support bands and anatomical left/right design supported by a seamless structure in this high tech sock. Available in many colors and styles, the decorative pattern of these hard-wearing socks indicates their unique features.
The Kayano Classic includes articulated arch support bands and their trademarked NanoGLIDE anti-friction system for comfort. The integrated mesh provides ventilation and seamless toe linking limits blistering. The socks are anatomically correct for left and right feet for better fit and comfort. The is padding where the laces touch the top of the foot and a double tab to hold the sock in place and provide ankle cushioning. The cushioning throughout provides impact protection and overall comfort.
These hit the midpoint in expense for our sock list. They are low-maintenance, offered in a variety of styles and colors and provide good value.
- Build-in arch support
- Anatomically correct left/right socks
- Mesh panels for ventilation
- “NanoGlide" knitting for toe and heel box for minimal friction
- Some runners think they run small.
- Some runners think them under-cushioned.
8. Darn Tough Vermont Merino Wool Socks
Even though they contain so much Merino wool, these are machine wash (warm) and machine dry – though you may line dry them if you prefer.
For the running audience, Darn Tough offers Vertex tab no show socks and 1/4 socks. For women they offer conventional white/gray/black versions and more playful lime, orange and bright pink. The men's offerings include the standards and some interesting greens and blues to spice things up.
The foundation of these socks is the wool. It hugs the skin to prevent slipping and bunching which also prevents blistering. Though foot-hugging, these socks do not press the sweat against your skin. Rather, the wool pulls the sweat away so the socks can dry through their own natural breathability combined with the ventilation of your running shoes. These are cool in summer and warm in winter and repel odor and bacteria to keep the feet sweet-smelling and free of Athletes' foot and other foot issues. The True Seamless feature prevents blistering from uncomfortable seams, providing a smooth, dry ride.
These are excellent socks for the price and well-worth what they cost. Not only are they high-performance, but their durability is remarkable. Darn Tough also produces socks for all applications so if you find these comfortable for running, you may purchase socks for every occasion.
- Lifetime guarantee
- Comfortable sweat removal
- Many styles and colors
- Combination of Merino wool, nylon and Spandex for performance and durability
- This is a specialty company; for over 40 years this one family has made only socks and only in Vermont.
- Some runners report size issues.
- Some runners feel the padding is insufficient.
9. Drymax Run Lite-Mesh No Show Tab Socks
This review discuss the Drymax Run Lite-Mesh No Show Tab Socks because the "no show" aspect is very attractive to many runners. However, Drymax manufactures socks in all shapes and sizes from these no-shows to knee height so you will be able to find a style that fits your needs. Additionally, the color variety is expansive so you can purchase a set to match all your running gear.
What makes sweaty feet annoying for runners is the moisture held against the skin and that this moisture encourages skin issues such as hot spots and blistering by compromising the protective qualities of the socks. By pulling the sweat away from the skin and enabling the ventilation of the shoes to dry them, these socks are comfortable where others fail.
Toward the higher end but if these work for you, they are certainly worth it. Keep in mind that Drymax makes socks for non-sporting applications so you may want to wear them as your everyday socks so your feet are comfortable on and off the track.
- Vast variety
- Durable and comfortable
- Wide color variety
- Some runners report durability issues.
- Some runners report sizing inconsistency.
10. Smartwool PhD Run Light Elite Micro Socks
With specific design features for men and women integrated into these socks, they don’t scrimp on style. The men’s side features patterns and colors that have impact without looking childish, while the women’s socks are bright and encouraging. In both cases, the socks are designed for a snug fit because loose socks are uncomfortable, encourage blisters and hold sweat against the feet.
One particular aspect of these socks that contributes to their comfort is that they design specifically for men and women - the women's socks being narrower and smaller. The toe is virtually seamless and they have an Achilles tab for blister resistance. Add to this the natural wool moisture wicking that keeps the sweat away from your feet and you have a great sock that is comfortable and combats sweat.
Toward the upper range of elite socks, but the durability of these socks makes them a good investment.
- Moisture wicking
- Offered in a wide variety of styles and colors for running and non-athletics activities.
- Well-reviewed by other runners
- Some runners find them tight.
- Some runners find them pricey.