Our Favorite ASICS Running Socks Evaluated and Reviewed
Because ASICS offers so many distinctive socks in different styles, lengths, sizes, and colors, it would take you a long time to try out each running sock and to determine which one is your favorite. We’ve looked through industry publications, customer reviews, and each sock’s specs to figure out which ones are the best. Use this list as a guide when it comes time to buy a pair of ASICS running socks.
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Cushioning makes these socks great for daily wear
Fun colors help you stay excited about exercising
Tab keeps your sock out of your shoe
- Cushion Low Cut Women's
- Invasion No Show
- Intensity Quarter
- Intensity Low Cut
- Cushion Low Cut Men's
- Intensity Single Tab
- Kayano Single Tab
- Contend Training Crew
- Quick Lyte Single Tab
- Nimbus Single Tab
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Our Favorite ASICS Running Socks
1. Cushion Low Cut Women's
Cushioning makes these socks great for daily wear
Fun colors help you stay excited about exercising
Tab keeps your sock out of your shoe
Low-cut design does not appeal to everyone
Color options are all bright which may not fit most runners’ personal styles
Improper drying can shrink these socks
Many runners prefer a low-cut running shoe to other available options. You need a quality low-cut running sock that offers the right feel and support. ASICS Women's Cushion Low-Cut Socks are a great option for adding color and excitement to your running gear with a sock that is colorful and provides the features that you need for daily running.Read more
The Cushion Low-Cut Socks do not run large or small. They fit very close to the size indicated on the package. The large pack is for sizes 10 and higher for reference. The cushioning in these socks is soft and durable which makes them feel lightweight and supportive.
They are made with a moisture control design that helps keep your feet dry to prevent rubbing. The lip of the sock has a tab to keep it from sliding into your shoes. The cushioning around the entire sock is dense but light to maintain a good feel and provide support where it is needed.
The Cushion Low-Cut Socks are made mostly of Acrylic with Polyester and Spandex added in for flexibility. There are two color collections available that come in packs of three. The sole is cushioned for added comfort and support.
In terms of value, these socks are best used for daily exercise or daily living without shoes. You can easily wear these socks on a regular basis without wearing them out. They also make a great alternative to regular socks for non-running activities. For running, the added cushioning will act as a shock absorber to help you maintain your foot health.
2. Invasion No Show
Classic design is versatile and serves well as a daily goto sock
Modern features greatly improve the overall performance over older sock options
Medium construction and padding add comfort while not impeding workouts
Classic design may appear bland for some runners
Classic design may not offer as much comfort for some runners due to the lake of structural changes and features
Sizes may run tight due to older, less anatomical designs
Sometimes, a more traditional sock design is preferable to some of the new styles. Unfortunately, finding the right sock can be difficult. ASICS Women's Invasion No Show Socks use the proven classic low cut design but have many of the updated features for better overall performance.Read more
The Invasion No Show Socks are available in sizes up to extra large. They are designed to fit snugly without being tight. Added cushioning on the bottom also helps them stay comfortable while maintaining a medium weight and neutral feel.
These socks have the classic low cut design with few design changes in frills. However, they have added cushioning across the soles to improve shock absorption and protection. The tops are vented for breathability as well as improved odor control.
The ASICS Women's Invasion No Show Socks are made of Nylon, Polyester, and Spandex. The toe is seamless with prevents rubbing. They use a two-zone construction method where the sole is completely covered in padding and the top is a vented mesh construction. Moisture management features in the design help to prevent moisture and odor buildup over time.
In terms of value, these socks are best used for everyday normal and workout use when you need a reliable sock without a lot of complicated features. If you are looking for a sock that is simple to be your normal wear socks, then these socks are one of the better options since they cut out much of the complexity of finding socks. With the classic design, they also fit in as a daily wear sock that you can also run in.
3. Intensity Quarter
Ankle protection makes running in different locations more enjoyable
Thicker design adds shock absorption support and improves your endurance
Moisture control keeps your feet healthier and more comfortable
Thicker design may be too tight in thicker shoes
Quarter design does not appeal to all runners
These socks run a little tight
Every runner has different running gear needs and performance. In some cases, a low cut sock will not be comfortable or reliable. ASICS Intensity Quarter Socks give you the added support and reliability that you are looking for.Read more
The Intensity Quarter Socks are available in sizes up to extra large. These socks have a thicker weave that will make them feel tighter than their size. A seamless toe, Y heel, and added sole padding make these socks significantly more comfortable.
The Intensity Quarter Socks are designed to control moisture buildup as you run. Added padding across the sole and around the arches gives you the extra support your feet need to be comfortable. The extended quarter cuff provides ankle protection while running.
They are made of Polyester, Nylon, and Spandex. Each sock has a quarter-sized cuff that should reach up high enough to cover the runner’s ankle. Moisture control fabrics and ventilation help reduce the amount of moisture across your feet.
These socks are best used by runners that need a bit of extra running support in colder weather or in hard sole shoes. These shoes will add the extra protection for your ankles needed to wear taller running shoes.
4. Intensity Low Cut
Added support is exceptional at improving comfort over short distances
High-density padding is extra supportive
Snug fit adds slight compression
Additional support may not be effective over longer distances
Snug fit may not be appealing to some users
Limited color options may not appeal to all runners
Sprinting and mid-distance runners can benefit from having a sock that is designed for those types of runs. The ASICS Unisex Intensity Low Cut Socks are a great option for higher speed, shorter distance runs. They offer the cushioning, protections, and comfort needed at high performance running levels.Read more
The Intensity Low Cut Socks are available in sizes up to large. They are oversized to help compensate for the additional padding. However, they may fit snuggle based on the shoes that you wear and your foot type.
These socks have additional cushioning on the soles to add shock absorption and support. Added arch support bands and heel padding greatly improve the overall feel and performance of your feet at high speeds. With a modest weight, they also allow your feet to move more freely.
The ASICS Unisex Intensity Low Cut Socks are made out of Polyester, Nylon, and Spandex. High density lace padding is used to add cushioning to the entire sock.
These socks are one of the best options for sprinting and high speed running over shorter distances. While they have additional padding that is good for reducing foot wear, these benefits may only last for shorter distances. On those shorter distances, they are exceptional at supporting your feet the way you need them to.
5. Cushion Low Cut Men's
Design is good for minimalist running on a daily basis
Simple colors easily match other gear choices
Sole cushioning makes running more comfortable without changing the feel
Minimal design may not appeal to many runners looking for more features
Moisture control works well despite the thin design
V cut lip may not fit all runners comfortably
Since most runners prefer a minimal feel, they turn to low-cut options with thin shoes. ASICS Unisex Cushion Low Cut socks are a great option for getting a little support while keeping your feet light and quick. These socks are a good choice for daily minimalist running.Read more
The ASICS Cushion Low Cut run snug as they stretch to fit your feet. The sole has extra cushioning while the top uses a mesh construction for venting. The lip is just thick enough to keep the sock from sliding without being too bulky.
This sock is made with a moisture control design both wicks moisture away and uses venting to improve breathability. The thin design throughout allows you to maintain a minimal feel while getting just enough support. The sole has cushioning all the way across to provide just enough arch and heel support.
The Unisex Cushion Low Cut is made of Polyester with a little bit of Spandex. They are available in black, grey, and white. The lip has a V cut that lets it comfortably go below your ankle without dipping deep into the shoe.
In terms of value, these socks provide an excellent option for daily minimal running. They provide just enough support to keep you comfortable without changing the overall feel of your run. For the price, they make a strong alternative to barefoot running or other minimalist options.
6. Intensity Single Tab
A cost-effective option for exercise gear
Light cushioning adds comfort without slowing you down
Moisture control is great for running on hotter paved surfaces
Cushioning may not be as much as some runners like
Stretchy feel may not reach the most comfortable size for some feet
Thinness can cause premature wear under intense conditions
Most daily runners tend to run in developed areas like city streets and in the gym. ASICS Women's Intensity Single Tab Running Socks are a great sock option for running on paved roads thanks to the medium cushioning and the vented top. They also look the part with colors and a design that will match most runners’ style.Read more
These socks fit snuggly, but they stretch into a comfortable size when you put them on. The cushioning helps to soften impacts while running. These socks feel somewhat thin although they appear thicker than they are when you first open the package.
The Intensity Single Tab Running Socks are made of moisture-wicking materials to pull moisture away from your feet. They are available in two color packs with light and dark themes. Extra support is sewn into the arches to keep your feet in the right shape for added comfort. Lace pad cushioning is used to improve the feel and support of these socks.
The ASICS Women's Intensity Single Tab Running Socks are made out of Polyester, Nylon, and Spandex. They come in packs of three and have lace pad cushioning. The Y heel and arch support make them a more comfortable running option.
These socks are best used for daily exercise and urban running. Their thinness may not be as effective at keeping dirt out, but the cushioning makes them effective on hard surfaces. For the cost, adding these to your daily routine is cost-effective and can make a significant improvement in your comfort through daily exercise.
7. Kayano Single Tab
Anatomical design provides a better fit for most runners
Design provides added support across the arch and heel
Tab design keeps socks out of shoes
Anatomical fit may not fit well on some runners with more unusual foot shapes
Sizes can run tight for most runners relying on the added stretch to get a snug fit
Very limited number of styles and colors available
ASICS running gear consistently provides a higher level of comfort and performance than other options. The ASICS Kayano Single Tab Socks are designed to be a durable and soft alternative to other running socks. With specific material choices and an added focus on specializing the design, ASICS created a running sock that can make a big difference in your running comfort and performance.Read more
ASICS Kayano Single Tab Socks are available in sizes from extra small to extra large. Because of the elastic feel of these socks, they tend to run a little small with some added stretch to them. The Y heel greatly improves the overall fit, and they come in anatomically correct left and right sock versions.
ASICS Kayano Single Tab Socks are made of materials that have a little bit of stretch but are good at holding their shape. The inclusion of Polyester SoftAir makes them more durable while maintaining foot comfort. Nylon NanoGLIDE reduces friction to prevent blisters and other abrasions.
ASICS Kayano Single Tab Socks are made of Nylon and Nylon NanoGLIDE, Polyester SoftAir and a little bit of Spandex. They are available in a single color. Each sock is specifically designed to fit a left or a right foot.
In terms of value, these socks offer the most value as a general running sock. If you run on a regular basis as a part of your daily workout or in a weekly routine, then these socks will help you stay comfortable and avoid common problems like blisters. They should be used as the primary sock in your running gear collection while turning to other options when you have a heavily specialized need for them.
8. Contend Training Crew
Wicks moisture away
Soft and comfortable
Some said they run small
Only two basic color options
These socks are for the people who don't like the short cut no-show socks. These are crew socks and fit men and women. They are training socks so you can wear them whether you are running, working out, or just going to work as it wicks away sweat.Read more
ASICS Contend socks have the Y-heel gore fit which means there is a built in pocket in the heel so they fit better, and provide more comfort. They have a seamless toe so you won't have to worry about that irritating you whenever you wear these socks. Some customers have said that they run a little bit small, so maybe get one size bigger than normal.
These socks are made with moisture management to help wick away sweat, so you don't feel like you are running around in wet socks. It is also made with mesh materials so they are breathable and lightweight. There is an added band for extra arch support as well. They come in two colors white, or black.
These Contend training socks are made out of 97% Polyester, and 3% Spandex which makes them comfortable, and lightweight. These are crew length so they go up past your ankles for those who prefer a longer sock. It has the Y-heel built into these socks which means that there is a pocket in the heel to help hold the sock in place. At first it might feel weird if you aren't used to wearing socks with similar styles but that will go away. It also has a soft sole cushioning for added comfort.
These are ASICS socks, after all, so you know you will be getting a quality product. These socks come in a pair of three or six, and you can't go wrong. The price is affordable, especially for such good socks.
9. Quick Lyte Single Tab
Multiple control features prevent many of the common problems that women face with sports socks
Lightweight design reduces foot fatigue
Single tab design prevents ankle problems while keeping socks in place
Thin design won’t provide as much support as other options
Low cut design may not be effective for some sports that generally use taller socks
Design may not be as effective for long distance running
Short distance running and other sports require a lighter, more versatile sock. ASICS Women's Quick Lyte Single Tab Socks serve as a lightweight alternative for activities that don’t require long distance running, but can benefit from many of the features that thicker running socks can provide.Read more
These socks are available in sizes up to large. The lightweight design lets them stretch to fit your foot comfortably. Single tab design avoids rubbing on ankles while keeping socks out of your shoes.
The ASICS Women's Quick Lyte Single Tab Socks are designed to be lightweight and thin. Integrated mesh designs reduce odor buildup, static buildup, and moisture buildup. The single tab design helps to protect your ankle from unwanted rubbing.
The Quick Lyte Single Tab Socks are made of Nylon, Polyester, and Spandex. They are available in four color groups. Moisture control and venting designs also help with odor and static control to make them more comfortable.
In terms of value, these socks are a great option for sports that involve running, but may not be the primary focus like soccer or baseball. They offer many of the features that thicker running socks provide, but in a thinner and lighter weight design for greater comfort.
10. Nimbus Single Tab
Anatomical design is great for improving comfort and reducing sliding
Anti-friction materials greatly reduce the chances of forming blisters
Moisture control keeps your feet clean and dry for longer which improves your comfort
Socks can be a bit pricier than other options despite the additional features
Anatomical designs may not be the best fit for some foot types
Added cushioning may make these fit tightly for some sizes
Since many runners like to focus on cardio for their workouts, they need a sock that has great durability and support. ASICS Unisex Nimbus Single Tab Socks are one of the best options for cardio-focused workouts as they are a running sock that can provide the same level of support in distance running and other workout exercises. They are designed using the same processes as ASICS’ popular Nimbus shoe series.Read more
The ASICS Unisex Nimbus Single Tab Socks are designed using similar anatomical left and right foot options that contour to your feet. This greatly improves the comfort and focuses support to the areas where it is most needed. Anatomical foot designs greatly improve support efficiency and comfort over long workout periods.
The Nimbus Single Tab Socks are designed to have a better fit by matching the contours of your feet. Improved padding across the sole, as well as support bands for arches improve overall foot performance. The inclusion of anti-friction and moisture control materials eliminate many of the common problems that runners' face.
The Unisex Nimbus Single Tab Socks are made with Nanoglide anti-friction yarn to prevent rubbing that can lead to blisters. Dryarn also adds a level of moisture control that when combined with ventilation and anti-friction yarn greatly reduces the chances of foot abrasions and blisters.
If you do a lot of cardio and other exercises, these socks are perfect for you. They provide effective support in all situations which make them a great option for any kind of workout. At the available prices, they are worth the investment to improve your comfort and performance during workouts.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
We put this at the top of the list for criteria because, well if socks aren't comfortable, what's the point? Our precious feet work so hard to take care of us, supporting us all day long as we go about our lives, and that's not even talking about the abuse they take when us runners use them to pound the pavement for miles and miles. The least you can do in return is treat your feet well, and by doing so you'll be treating yourself to. A good pair of comfy socks goes a long way towards keeping you and your feet happy. Soft fabrics mean less irritation for your feet and their skin and are also a big factor in what makes a pair of socks comfortable or not. Another thing that influences this factor is how tight or loose socks are. Too tight and you can cut off your circulation which obviously isn't healthy or comfortable, and too loose and you're most likely going to have problems with chafing and blisters. The type of material is a big deal to. Most of the products on this list contain a blend of synthetic and sometimes natural fibers so that they offer the user a mix of comfort, breathability, and a snug fit. We didn't put anything on here that consistently got bad reviews in the comfort department, but nonetheless some options are more comfortable than others and their individual scores reflect this.
We all want products that last a long time because it really stinks to spend your hard-earned money on something only to have it fall apart quickly. ASICS running socks are some of the best on the market and while they're not as cheap as some other options that's because they're well made and generally long-lasting. Socks are one thing that it pays not to skimp on, because with this type of product cheaper usually does mean cheap and you may find yourself with an uncomfortable pair of socks that aren't breathable and fall apart quickly. It definitely pays to invest a little more upfront for good socks so that you can avoid the frustration and discomfort that can come with cheap socks. This isn't to say that you can't occasionally find good socks on sale or otherwise having a good price, but if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Remember how when we were little kids and our grandparents would often get us socks for our birthdays and the holidays? At the time it may have been slightly disappointing, what kid wouldn't rather have a cool toy than a pair of socks after all? But in their infinite wisdom they definitely knew what they were doing, and that a good pair of high-quality socks can go a long ways towards a happy, healthy life.
This is a super important factor for runners to take into consideration when buying a pair of socks. Nobody likes running, walking, or doing anything really in a pair of sweaty, stinky, sloshing around in wetness pair of socks. To avoid this we highly recommend buying a pair of running socks with a high amount of synthetic fibers. Why? We're glad you asked. Synthetic fibers are literally incapable of absorbing moisture. Even if they wanted to they just can't do it. Because of this, moisture goes around the fibers to the outside air where it's able to dry naturally instead of staying inside the sock. Natural fibers such as cotton, for example, are more than capable of absorbing moisture and in fact, it's one of their favorite things to do. So if you're running in 100% cotton socks they may feel soft on your skin for a little while, but pretty soon they'll be soaked and unable to dry out. So definitely look for socks that have a high level of synthetic materials such as polyester and elastane. Once you've found your pair of breathable socks we recommend letting them air dry. Any shrinkage of the material tightens the weave on a garment, making it harder for moisture to pass through thus affecting the breathability.
As we talked about above in the breathability section, materials are a key component in running socks because they determine not just the comfort but also the level of breathability in a pair of socks. The most common materials you'll find the socks on our list to be made out of are polyester, elastane, and cotton. Polyester is a synthetic fiber that helps the socks to be breathable and moisture wicking. Elastane is another synthetic fiber that helps the socks conform to the shape your feet and stay there comfortably so that you don't get chafing and in blisters like you would if the sock was constantly moving around while you run. Cotton is a natural fiber that helps the socks to feel soft and comfortable against your skin. Any of the products on our list that do contain cotton or other natural fibers only have them as a small percentage of the overall materials. This is because cotton, while very soft and comfortable, isn't moisture wicking due to its high propensity for moisture absorption. Cotton socks can certainly have their place in your wardrobe for work and other casual occasions because they really are incredibly comfortable, but when it comes to running and other sweaty athletic endeavors, look for socks that are primarily made of synthetic fibers.
Value evaluates each sock is based on its price relative to other ASICS socks, competitor socks, and the type of features it has. For many socks, you’ll need to consider the price per pair versus the price per package if it contains multiple pairs. If you’re buying your running socks online, make sure to check the return policy of the retailer. If the socks you buy don’t fit or you don’t like them, you’ll want to know if you can return them. Many retailers won’t accept returns on socks that have already been worn, so when you first receive them and try them on do so gently! And don't tell anyone we told you so. Shhh.....
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Running socks can prevent blisters with moisture-wicking fabric that prevents friction. Other features, such as tabs that protect your heels and extra cushioning, can also help.
You need the proper tool for the job. Running socks are designed for running. They are a worthwhile investment that you will not regret.
Other Factors to Consider
In addition to these criteria, there are other important factors to consider in your purchasing decision of ASICS running socks. to minimize the chance of picking the wrong pair it's important to also consider moisture-wicking properties. Above all other features, and running socks you buy should have moisture-wicking properties to keep your feet dry. Sweaty, wet feet are uncomfortable and can encourage blisters. Having blisters can keep your home and away from running. Synthetic materials are ideal to keep moisture away, though some socks are better designed to remove moisture than others.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. If you wear your regular cotton socks while running, you are more likely to get blisters than if you wear socks designed for running.
This depends on what you need in a running sock. If you are prone to blisters, choose a pair that offers extra blister protection. If you need additional support for flat feet, a pair with added arch support could help.
Most running socks are made from a synthetic blend of materials that wick away sweat. For more information on this please see our criteria section, especially under the headings for breathability, and also for materials.
Some of the socks have four different sizes, while others come in a “one size fits all” model. Make sure to read the fine print to ensure they will fit. Many of the socks have options from women’s size 5 to 11.
Much like running shoes, socks should be replaced every 300 to 500 miles. Depending on how many pairs of running socks you have, the length of time will vary.