Our Favorite Grip Socks Tested and Reviewed
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.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 12 hrs of research
Nice grip - perfect for yoga, Pilates or dance
Design allows for toes to spread, while still offering traction
Fitted design that makes sure its worn right and foot is protected
Many color options
Lightweight and soft
- ToeSox Bellarina
- Great Soles Ombre Dyed
- Gaiam Toeless Yoga
- Shashi Mesh
- Crescent Moon Grip ExerSocks
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Our Favorite Best Grip Socks
1. ToeSox Bellarina
Nice grip - perfect for yoga, Pilates or dance
Design allows for toes to spread, while still offering traction
Fitted design that makes sure its worn right and foot is protected
Many color options
Lightweight and soft
Thread unravels and fraying after few uses
Ideal for barre, yoga, and dance, this grip sock features an open foot design with the toes exposed for the feel that the user isn’t even wearing anything on their feet. ToeSox’s patented design is equipped with a tough grip, a heel tab that has extra comfort, protects the Achilles tendon, and have arch band support. It’s made with organic cotton for comfort, has a fitted heel to prevent the sock from moving and is great for yoga, dance classes other shoeless workouts.Read more
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 an 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.
2. Great Soles Ombre Dyed
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
Extremely stylish with its ombre colors, the Great Soles grip socks are made in the USA, from hand-dipped, eco-friendly dyes that make each pair unique. The grip dots cover from the heel to the toe, with compression arches to aid in recovery while enhancing the fit.Read more
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 everyday 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, Lack, Dust, Lilac/ Silver, Marine, and Orchid. These are most likely the best option for fashionistas.
3. Gaiam Toeless Yoga
Ultra-comfortable and lightweight
One size fits most, but only fits men size 4-9
No grips on the tow because of toeless construction
The Gaiam Grippy Toeless socks are a fan favorite among yogis. That’s because they have a sticky grip with targeted traction zones to prevent sliding even without a mat. These socks have an open toe design that lets the toes breathe freely to prevent fungus, while also providing a better feel for the mat or floor which aids in balance.Read more
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 design
Some sizing issues reported
The Ozaiic gripper socks combine the stability and support of traditional gripper socks with the sleekness and elegance of yoga shoes. With a unique design, a secure fit, good gripper placement, and a comfortable fit, these socks are perfect for those who want to enjoy their yoga, tai chi, or similar workouts without cumbersome shoes but also without the safety risk of working barefoot.Read more
Made from 100% soft combed cotton and silicone gripper pads on the soles these socks will help provide the traction and support you want need for your workouts and training sessions. The cotton makes them breathable, and with a tight yet comfortable fit, these socks are made to last and will hold up to the wear and tear you will put them through.
Users praise the Ozaiic gripper socks for their comfortable fit and the reliable grip that helps feet stay where they need to be no matter what workout routine you may be going through!
These yoga-type gripper socks are a must-buy for anyone who neds a simple yet comfortable and effective design to meet their wants and needs. The grips are placed where you need them most and are designed to hold up well to the wear and tear of daily use.
These socks are available in several basic colors that go well with any yoga or workout outfit you may already own. The featured elastic straps and accents help to add a little more flare and style to your workout wardrobe. The Ozaiic gripper socks are a great value and are a smart investment for anyone.
Front crossover straps keep them in place
Stylish for dance or Pilates
Grip decreases with washes
This is the option for those looking for a snug and secure fit when it comes to practicing yoga or barre. They feature criss-cross straps that keep them from falling off, and a grip pattern on the bottom for traction. They comes in multiple color options, are thin and great for in the studio and at home.Read more
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 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.
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
These socks are designed to have anti-slip grips on the heels and arches of the feet that helps improve balance and stability without the user having to worry about sliding around—no matter if they are doing yoga, martial arts or other floor work like plants. They are very comfortable, make from cotton and spandex, and have a great fit—which includes being a bit tighter around the arch for added support. Affordable, stylish and feel great on, these are a must-check out option.Read more
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 have 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.
7. Shashi Mesh
Comfortable to wear
Grippers on the entire bottoms for sticky hold
Glitter option has the sparkles fall off after a few washes
Size runs large
Extremely stylish with a few color options, these socks feature a mesh top for breathability and Coolmax fabric that keeps the feet dry. Mostly importantly is its grippers are are slip-resistant to add stability in yoga and barre classes.Read more
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 are separate left and right sock to ensure a more comfortable fit. They are unrestrictive since they don’t feature 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.
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
YogiSocks are a fun, cute and simple sock that provides you the gripper support and traction you want and need. The soft fabric is comfortable, the grippers are durable, and the overall fit of these socks is such that you will enjoy wearing them. They are affordable and available in several styles and colors to match your workout wardrobe.Read more
These socks are thin and stretchy as they fit tight and stay in place no matter what kind of workout you have planned. They have gotten good reviews from users who are into yoga, ballet, meditation, tai chi, and other similar workouts and exercises. They are made to last and will serve you well and keep you safe and balanced.
Made from 100% cotton the YogiSocks are breathable and cool and will keep your feet comfortable no matter where you are or what you are doing. They fit well with comforting compression of the feet and ankles yet are soft enough to not cut into your legs or cause any discomfort.
The grip pads are concentrated at the toes and heels, right where you need the most support and traction. They will keep your feet in place and prevent sipping and sliding as you do your workout routines or when you are simply walking around your home.
These socks come in a range of bright and beautiful colors and are available in multi-packs so you get a great value and a great looking style that will complement any workout outfit you already have.
9. Crescent Moon Grip ExerSocks
Very good grip
Comfortable and durable
Perhaps a broader choice of colors
Not only none slip but also designed in cushioning, perfect for pilates or yoga and ideal to wear around the home as a none slip alternative to bulky slippers. This brand has had very good success in producing high performing comfortable socks and has moved to offering a set of three pairs as a nice affordable option.Read more
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.
Impressive non-slip grip
ComfortableSleek and simple style
Not as much traction on linoleum floors
Are baggy and big compared to other socks
The Medline grippers socks are a great option for those who want comfort and reliability when they need gripper socks. These socks are affordable, warm, cozy, and easy to wear, and they are made by a brand that is known and trusted for quality and excellence.Read more
These socks are cut a few inches above the ankle, giving added support and stability. The grippers cover the entire bottom of the soles and are great for providing added traction when walking on slippery surfaces in the socks. The interior of the socks are warm and fuzzy and soft and wrap your feet in comforting softness.
These socks are designed to keep your feet warm and provide traction and stability when you are walking around without your shoes. They can get a bit war due to the thick material and fuzzy interior. They are a good option for individuals looking for some added protection and cushioning for their shoeless feet.
The Medline grippers socks provide a great sticky grip while still being completely flexible and comfortable. They tend to run a bit larger in sizing and are designed to be a bit on the baggy side so if you need a tight fit and a solid grip sole these might not be the best choice for you.
These socks come in a range of colors and while they are not necessarily stylish, they get the job done and are worth the investment. Affordable and comfortable, these Medline gripper socks are a smart choice for anyone looking for some reliable gripper socks.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
There are many different kinds of materials that can be used to make great gripper socks. The best materials can vary from person to person and can also vary based on what you need them for. Personal preference will also come into play as some people like warmer fuzzy socks and other people prefer thinner snugger fitting socks for their yoga and workout sessions.
Many different materials can be used in gripper socks. No one option is better than another as much of it comes down to what you prefer and what you are looking for. If you tend to get cold feet easily then warmer fuzzy socks may be best for you to wear to your yoga sessions. If you want a lot then thinner socks that are breathable or that have good moisture sicking capabilities may be the best choice. Some people like thick socks and others prefer thinner socks while some people prefer tight-fitting socks and others like looser non-constricting socks.
Also think about how you will be able to care for the socks. Are you willing to hand wash a dry if needed or do you want something that can be thrown in the laundry with the rest of your clothes? Thes kinds of questions will help determine the materials that are best for you gripper socks. There is a lot to consider for a simple pair of socks but they can have a big impact on your workout sessions and overall performance so you need to think about these things and find the socks that have the best materials for your wants and needs.
Naturally, you want your gripper socks to be comfortable, otherwise, you will not wear them and if you do wear them they will not perform as you need them to. Gripper socks help you keep your footing and keeps you balanced during yoga sets or other workouts. The best socks feel good, stay in place as you move, cushion and protect your feet, and feel great in the process.
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.
It is important to take time to consider the features that make one pair of gripper socks better than another- at least in terms of what it has for you and how you can benefit from wearing them. Do you want certain materials or a certain length for your socks? Do you need a lot of good traction on the soles or just enough to keep you from slipping so much on the mats? So you want really fuzzy socks or a thinner material? Are there other features you would like to have such as moisture wicking, open-toed, or something else that would make the best for you? Be sure to think about these questions and how you comfort influences your workout performance.
Traction is a big deal when it comes to your choice for gripper socks. traction is what sets them apart from every other pair of socks you own. Where regular socks will make you slip and slide on hard surfaces, gripper socks help you stay in place and keeps you stable and balanced. They are designed to improve your taction so you do not fall and hurt yourself during certain activities such as yoga or similar workouts.
While all gripper socks have some sort of traction on the bottoms, they are not all the same. The type of grippers, the amount of grip, and the design of the gripper bottom all set these socks apart from each other. Some are mad with grips in key places such as the toes and heels. Others may have small scatterings of grip surface over the entire sole of the socks. Some gripper socks have fun or cute patterns and designs on the bottoms where others just have basic gripper pads and nothing cut or fancy. There are many different types of grips and each sock will be different.
This is why it is important to think about what your activities and what you need. Do you need a lot of traction or just enough to keep you from slipped around so much? Do you want something basic or something that looks cute and stylish? You may do good buying one pair of several types and style gripper socks and trying each to see what kind of gripper and how much you are going to need for your unique preferences.
While socks are usually worn under shoes and are barely seen, when you wear gripper socks to your yoga or meditation sessions everyone will be able to see them. So it is a unique opportunity to show some unique style and flare. Gripper socks are not all the same even though they all are the same in their basic design and function. So, look for the socs that fit your style and flare and that complement your current workout gear.
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?
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.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Nothing is worse than sliding all over your mat while holding a difficult pose, especially in a hot yoga class. This is where gripper socks can help you stay balanced and stable so you can get the most out of your yoga sessions. gripper socks come in all different styles and types but any basic gripper sock should help provide you with most stability and support.
One popular style of gripper sock that is still fairly new is the toeless design. Consider going toeless if you want enhanced grip and flexibility during your sessions. You'll be better able to spread your toes apart, helping with your practice and grip and overall stability. They are also cooler which is good for those who sweat a lot during their sessions.
Other Factors to Consider
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.
Is a pair of these socks worth the money? What makes it stand out and worthy to buy? Is it versatile?
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many of the options on this list include just one pair of socks (one sock per foot). Some brands 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.
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.
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.
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. It is always best to follow the care instructions on the label and if you don't have those instructions anymore remember, pretty much any sock will be ok hand washed and air dried so that is the safest way to go if you are not sure.
Grip socks are sold in just about all 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! The type of sock you want can affect where you will find them and what you will pay for them.
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. While this guide focused on the benefits of gripper socks for workouts and yoga sessions
- 3 Reasons to Wear Toe-Free Grip Socks During Yoga , Health Website, Sep 11, 2017 ,
- Five Toes for a Reason, Comapny Blog, ,
- Pilates and Yoga in Socks? Balancing Hygiene With A Good Grip, Pop Culture Website, Aug 09, 2011 ,