10 Best Grip Socks Tested and Reviewed
Take a good look around the room and chances are you might see some covered up feet among the sea of yoga mats at your next class. Sure it may be cold outside, but wearing grip socks in the studio is becoming more of a must-have than just a seasonal fad.
Grip socks are exactly what they sound like: socks designed with grippers on the soles to give the user more traction so they aren’t falling over in triangle pose and the like. Grip socks are great for yoga, barre, Zumba, and other dance classes, as well as martial arts, MMA, and other gym workouts. They are made to enhance performance, balance, and stability to the user can worry less about breaking a hip while accidentally shuffling around the floor and more about being grounded and zen or in the zone during their workout.
A way to add some funk and flair to a workout outfit with bright colors or prints, as well as a way to protect against Athlete’s foot and other germs when walking around in the studio, many establishments are now making grip socks mandatory. Even if these socks aren’t a requirement, you just might want a pair after reading this list.
- ToeSox Bellarina
- Fitted design
- Very comfortable
- Gaiam Yoga
- Impressive grip
10 Best Grip Socks
This sock is made from 90% organic cotton, as well as elastane, and other fibers to make it soft, comfortable, and lightweight. It is designed to make the consumer feel like they aren’t wearing anything at all, while still keeping the more hygienic benefits of wearing grip socks in the gym. The Bellarina goes on like a regular sock, but features a cut out on the top of the foot for air circulation, a tab around the back of the ankle for keeping the sock on and easily taking off, and also protects the Achilles tendon. It has and arch band that provides support, and half toes. This means the fabric only covers half the toe, giving some traction while about that tactile feel yogis and dancers love and need.
Comfort is key here with this option. It will feel like there is nothing on the feet (after getting used to the toe slots). The material itself is soft and breathable, and because there is enough ventilation, sweaty feet won’t be a problem here.
This sock features grips that cover the entire sole, all the way to the end of the half toe fabric. Not only does this patented design provide great non-slip properties, but it also provides a more secure foot placement, which can also help to avoid injury for sliding or twisting.
These grip socks look more like slide on shoes than socks. They are available in lots of color options including, Peacock, Fushia, Havana and Black. Some of these colors also include small designs or prints to further their stylish factor.
- Nice grip - perfect for yoga, Pilates or dance
- Design allows for toes to spread, while still offering traction
- Fitted design that make sure its worn right and foot is protected
- Many color options
- Lightweight and soft
- Thread unravels and fraying after few uses
These grip socks are made from 95% cotton and 5% spandex. While this makes them ultra-soft with a great fit, it also makes them extremely breathable for those sweaty workout sessions. They are cut at the ankle, but go just a bit higher and has a loose opening. At the arches are compression bridges for support and for a better fit.
These socks look super soft and cozy, and they sure are. The cotton takes all the credit here, being ultra-comfortable and thin, while warm yet breathable and moisture absorbent. This makes them perfect for yoga, Bikram, barre, dance class, MMA and just lounging around the house.
These socks feature a grip pattern on the heels and covering the balls of the feet. The grips are made from silicone that is soft and flexible. This means the grippers won’t crack, even when pulled. The design gives this sock the right amount of traction and flexibility.
The Rahabsox Non-Slip socks has the look of any typical sock with all the benefits of a grip sock. They are available in White, Black, Pink and Grey, or even as a four pack. The grip pattern also looks great to show off during stretches.
- Super comfortable, made from mostly cotton
- Good balance between grip and flexibility
- Machine washable and retain their shape after multiple washes
- Not as many grip points than other options
- Material not so stretchy
Made from mostly cotton, as well as nylon, polyester, spandex and with rubber grippers, the Gaiam Yoga Socks have an ankle cut and a five toe design. The cotton makes them breathable, and the fit means they aren’t too small to keep coming off when working up a sweat. They comes in small/medium, and medium/large sizes for both men are women, ensuring a proper fit based on shoe size.
Users rave about just how comfortable these socks are. They are soft to touch, yet the fabric is light enough for even hot yoga, while still being warm enough to wear around the house. It does have a five toe design, so this might not so comfortable for some. But those who prefer their grip socks this way will not be disappointed with how happy their feet will be when working out in these.
These yoga socks are a must-buy for anyone who wants sticky socks that will perform well in various workout classes. The sock in general may move and twist a slight bit when transiting, but with grippers even on the toes, the user won’t be falling.
These socks come in multiple colors include Black, Sparking Grape and Teal Storm, with different colored grip dots. They are simple enough for even the manliest of men to wear without feeling embarrassed, with different dot color options giving consumers a way to make their feet pop with a but of fun color.
- Extremely comfortable
- Impressive grip with five toe design
- Great fit for men and women
- Sock itself can twist and slide when moving
Crescent Moon Grip ExerSocks
The construction of the socks targets stretchability-spandex, durability-nylon and comfort-cotton, these are the three top requirements innovatively blended together through a combination of natural and synthetics.
StretchBand socks tech in the form of a reinforced sock sole giving superior cushion and grip.
The sock gives a surface grip equal to the performance of a rubber-soled sports shoe. This is very good for people following low impact yoga routines. Also designed into the sock to promote ongoing hygienic healthy feet the makers have included anti-bacterial capability.
Low cut design with a choice of stylish colors.
Very good grip
Comfortable and durable
Perhaps a broader choice of colors
Great Soles Ombre Dyed
Designed in the U.S., these grip socks are made with a natural cotton blend that is breathable enough to keep the feet cool when warming up the body in a workout. They contain a compression ribbed arch that provides support and comfort, have an ankle fit and come in one size fits most for women’s shoe sizes 6-10.
The natural cotton blend is comfortable for both workouts and every day wear. They have a comfortable fit, and work perfectly for yoga, barre, ploy and more.
These socks feature a heel grip on the inside of the sock that helps to keep it in place without twisting or moving when the user is working out. It also has grip dots that cover the entire bottoms of the feet. These dots are bigger in size compared to other option, which further makes then more grippy. They have enough traction to do mountain climbers without having to care about sliding around.
The Great Soles socks are hand dipped in guys that are eco-friendly so that no two pairs are the same. They include an ombre look, which will be the best accessory for any workout outfit. Colors include Berry/Black, Dust, Lilac/ Silver, Marine and Orchid. These are most likely the best option for fashionistas.
- Rubber on inside to keep the sock in place
- Stylish with ombre colors
- Runs small for larger size feet
- Fabric snags after a few wears
Gaiam Toeless Yoga
Made primarily from cotton, these Gaiam socks have a toeless construction with an arched heel band with non-slip silicon grips. They cover the ankle, so won’t be falling off, and are made to be one size fits most for both men and women.
Just looking at these socks, they look so comfortable. And looks don’t deceive. Because these are made from cotton these grip socks are soft and feel great to wear. These are high quality socks, and will give the consumer peace of mind when it comes to walking in germs when at the gym or at their yoga class. They are warm, but thin and won’t make the feet sweaty.
Featuring grip dots on the entire soles of the feet, the consumer will get great traction out of these socks—so much so that they don’t even need to use a yoga mat. The Gaiam Grippy Toeless Yoga Socks feature targeted traction zones for increased non-slip functionality. These are sticky enough to keep balance when transitioning, great for tile, marble, hardwood floors and even carpet.
Not only do these socks look comfy, but they also are appealing on the eye. They come in standard Black or Heather Gray, but also come in fun colors with stripes including Bright Bouquet and Pink/Purple.
- Impressive grip
- Ultra-comfortable and lightweight
- Fun design
- One size fits most, but only fits men size 4-9
- No grips on the tow because of toeless construction
Aurorae Yoga "The Ultimate"
These socks are ankle cut, but will securely stay on without sliding down. The cover the entire foot including the toes, but feature a give toe design. This allows all the toes to spread and move naturally while still being protected from germs and sweat causing the consumer to slide.
These socks are soft and will keep the feet warm without becoming too hot. In fact, customers rave about just how comfy these socks are. However, some say they aren’t the nest for barre classes since it can be harder to point the toes. And while many one size fits all socks aren’t the best for those with shoe sizes 10 and up, the Aurorae Yoga "The Ultimate” doesn’t have this problem when it comes it fit. Men love this option because for one it actually fits without being too suffocating.
These socks by Aurorae have a great sticky grip while still being flexible enough to transition into the next pose. This makes them a great sock for Asana class, especially in those side-angle or triangle poses. The drip dot cover the soles as well as the toes for that extra bit of traction.
These socks come in Black With White Print or Black With Purple Print selections, with the print being the color of the grip dots. And even though they don’t come in crazy bright colors, there are sleek and look great. They look like any basic black sock (minus the five toe feature), but get all the benefits of a grip sock.
- Impressive non-slip grip
- Sleek and simple style
- Not as much traction on linoleum floors
- Grips on toes start to come off after long-term use
Completely covering the foot at ankle height, these socks feature a patented design that includes a large mesh section on the top of foot that provides ventilation. The toe box is more square than rounded, giving the toes more room to wiggle freely. The Shashi socks are made from Coolmax fabric that aids in keeping the feet dry—so feel free to wear these in hot yoga.
These grip socks are shaped to fit the contours of the feet, giving them a “fits like a glove” feel. There is a separate left and right sock to ensure a more comfortable fit. They are unrestrictive since they don’t feature an elastic bands that many other options include. Besides fitting well, they are extremely comfortable. Customers rave about how comfy these socks are, making them a great buy.
Get ready to be able to hold that plank because these are some really grippy socks. They include large slip-resistant grippers on the bottoms of the socks that provide stability during yoga poses, barre and other dance classes.
The sheer mesh part is close to invisible, but further make them an overall stylish option. They are available in multiple colors like Rose, Coral, and Sugar Plum, along with Black, Nude and Charcoal. They are also available with sparkles on the mesh.
- Comfortable to wear
- Grippers on the entire bottoms for sticky hold
- Feminine colors
- Glitter option has the sparkles fall off after a few washes
- Size runs large
Made primarily from cotton and nylon, these grip socks resemble ballet slippers. They are worn like any typical sock, yet include crossover straps that help to keep them on and in place during workouts. They are thin with seamless dry fabrication to keep the feet cool and during, even in the hottest workouts.
These grip socks come in medium, large and one size options, but they do fit snug. Sizing aside, they are comparable to higher end barre socks for a much more affordable price. They are lightweight and soft, ideal for yoga, cardio classes as well as running on the treadmill barefoot.
The soles of these socks feature four spiral grip patterns. They provide ample traction for certain activities, but don’t include grippers on the toes. The grip is sticky enough for pilates, but are slightly lacking when it comes to certain yoga poses.
It’s hard not to feel like a ballerina with these grip socks on. They come in multiple solid color options including Black, Gray, Lilac and Blue.
- Front crossover straps keep them in place
- Stylish for dance or Pilates
- Run small
- Grip decreases with washes
Different from the other options on this list, the ToeSox Releve is more like a “mini” sock designed with dancers in mind. It doesn’t completely cover the foot or go around the ankle like a crew cut sock. Instead, it slips on the foot, with the fabric just covering the arches and not the heels. This fitted heel constructions keeps the sock in place without sliding off or bunching. There is a leather pad on the bottom of the sock to provide traction and guard against skin burns when turning and stopping.
It has a five toe design with the toes itself exposed to encourage the toes to move. The top of the sock is also exposed for more breathability.
Made from cotton and spandex, this sock is comfortable and feels like it is barely there. Those who are new to dance classes might feel like the sock is awkward at first, but this is among the best for dance opposed to the foot thong style. The leather pad not only provides the grip needed, but it also provides extra comfort.
The grip form the leather pad does a great job at preventing dancers from slipping when twirling and turning. This also makes it a great option for practicing yoga because they grip well when used on a yoga mat.
The ToeSox Releve come in various color options including Nude and Black, as well as more fun colors like Light Purple, Fuchsia and Skydiver. They definitely are stylish enough to show off when in the studio.
- Great for reducing pain at the balls of the feet
- Prevents blisters from forming
- Best for dance workouts or class
- Leather pad can be stiff before breaking in
The Criteria We Used For Our Evaluation
It may seem simple when purchasing grip socks. Just buy a pair that has grip dots that look decent and are affordable. But buying a high-quality pair is key for two reasons. First, the socks actually have to work. Just imagine face planting when going for that downward dog. Secondly, grip socks are supposed to be a barrier between the feet and floor, mat or equipment to be hygienic and to prevent infection. This means they should not rip or tear after one year of wearing and should be machine washable. We took into consideration all the features that contribute to making a specific option “the best,” along with the criteria that are detailed below.
The most important feature to consider before buying any of pair of these socks is how great its grip is. Is it sticky enough to prevent slips—even in hot yoga? Is it great to use on hardwood floor and tile? Does it feature a specific grip pattern? Does the grip dots spread from heel to toe?
Because these grip socks are made to be used when working out, they will have to be comfy. There are many factors that come in to play with its comfort level including the materials used (like cotton or spandex) and its design (low cut around the ankle, or higher crew cut). Also, do they fit snug or feature compression functionality? Users will also want them to be breathable so that sweat doesn’t build up and reduce the grip.
Just because socks are worn on the feet doesn’t mean they have to be boring. Many of the options on this list come in various colors and prints. Many might want to show off their pair when working out. But besides its colors, the design also has to do with how its made. Does it have a five-toe open design, or does it resemble a typical sock?
Is a pair of these socks worth the money? What makes it stand out and worthy to buy? Is it versatile?
A Little More To Think About
Using grip socks helps to enhance performance during activities that include floor work. It also is a great way to keep workout socks separate from everyday socks—even though many options are comfortable and stylish enough to wear all the time. Because of its grips and if it has a five-toe or toeless design, these socks are easy to spot in the sock pile.
Just make sure to read how to properly wash the socks. Many options are not recommended to be put in the dryer. The stickiness of the grip may also fade over time with usage no matter what.
Covered Toe vs. Toeless vs. Five Toe Design
Grip socks come in either a design that includes a completely covered toe box (traditional sock design), toeless or with five toes. There are pros and cons to each, but a lot of which option is best for a specific consumer depends on their own preference.
Since the toes are covered, the classic sock design might be better suited for those looking to ward off germs. This makes it a good option for those looking to walk around the gym and not feel gross.
However, because of its design, toeless socks provide a more tactile feel when working out. Some may find that regular grip socks twist around a bit when they are moving, which can affect the grip. Toeless socks generally stay more in place because every toe has its own hole and won’t be moving around.
The best of both worlds, some options include a five-toe design. This means that each of the toes is completely covered, but they each have their own slot. Some socks might even have rubber grip dots on each toe as well to increase its amount of traction. Keep in mind that will take time to get used to this type of design since the toes might feel awkward.
Benefits of this design include alighting the bones while training the toes to stay in place, while also allowing them to spread naturally (which engages foot muscles and increases balance). This design can also reduce bunions paint that is formed from wearing constraining footwear.
No matter which option a consumer is interested, there are two main reasons to buy a pair. One obviously is for better traction on hardwood and other kinds of floors. The second reason is that it’s more hygienic. Grip socks act as a barrier between the consumer’s feet and the gym floor, equipment and mat. Just think of all the germs and fungus that can be lurking in these sweaty environments.
Q: Is there only one pair included? How many socks come in the package?
A: Many of the options on this list include just one pair of socks (one sock per foot). Some brand’s offer the options to buy more pairs per package, such as a 3 pack. You can often find bulk packages of three or more that can save you a little bit of money other buying three or four individual pairs of the same sock. Your wants and needs will determine how many socks you need and that can help direct you on how to best buy your socks.
Q: Can these grip socks be worn on carpet and tile?
A: Yes, grip socks can be worn on all types of flooring including carpet. However, they work best to prevent sliding on slippery surfaces like tile or hardwood floors. When you wear them for the first time they may seem to catch a little on carpet but this is usually minor and quickly subsides as the sock contours tother curves of your feet.
Q: Can I wear these sock with shoes or are they too thick?
A: Grip socks are generally made to be thin, light and breathable for workouts, so they should be fine to wear in shoes. Some brands may be a little too thick to wear with thin sandals or slip on shoes but most people do not have a problem with them being so thick that they cannot wear their regular everyday shoes to and from the gym while wearing their grip socks.
Q: How do you wash grip socks?
A: This depends on the fabrics used for each product. Many may be machine washable in cold water. However, its never recommended to put in the dryer. Instead, let them dry flat. Some people prefer to wash their grip socks by hand in order to avoid unnecessary shrinking or stretching.
Q: Where can I buy grip socks?
A: Grip socks are sold in retail stores as well as online. Check out online retailers like Amazon, or the brand’s website. Major sporting goods stores and department stores also carry them, as well as some higher-end fitness, yoga or barre studios. You can also find some companies that will sell specially designed grip socks so be on the lookout for those as well!
Q: Why wear grip socks?
A: Grip socks should be worn to prevent slips and falls when practicing activities like yoga, when in the hospital or rehab center, or for even for every day lounging. They provide added safety and security, especially for those who have balance and mobility issues, or who dislike the feel of sliding on hard flooring in the home.
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