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Best Injinji Socks Tested & Compared

last updated Oct 15, 2018
You may remember watching the colorful craze for toe socks take hold in the 70’s or catching the craze yourself in the 90’s, but now foot-shaped socks (and shoes!) are making waves in a different way with the barefoot or minimalist running movement. Injinji brand socks are rooted in the idea of a lightweight sock that allows your toes to “splay naturally and align properly, enabling greater stability and more comfort” for athletic and daily use.

The toe conforming design is incredibly practical and is meant to help wick moisture, reduce blisters, and stop hotspots with more coverage. There’s a huge variety of Injinji socks (including more traditional socks) that provide different levels of padding, lengths, and colors.

To help narrow down the vast selection, we’ve put together a list of the best Injinji socks just for you based on a specific set of criteria meant to benefit runners. We’ll give you the break down of those criteria below along with FAQ about running socks and the Injinji brand, so be sure to keep scrolling!
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This update refines our criteria to make it easier for buyers to see why we chose the options we did for our list of best Injinji socks, and so hopefully they can use those same criteria to make the best buying decisions in the future. FAQs were also edited to include some information about sock liners and for readability.

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In Depth Review Top 10
  • Run Lightweight No Show Coolmax Xtra
  • Liner Crew NuWool Socks
  • Trail Midweight Mini Crew
  • Run Original Weight No Show XtraLife
  • Run Midweight Mini Crew
  • Compression Over the Calf
  • Run Lightweight Crew
  • Run Original Weight No Show
  • Liner Crew
  • Run Lightweight 2.0 No Show
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  • Criteria Used for Evaluation
  • Other Factors to Consider
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Best Injinji Socks

1. Run Lightweight No Show Coolmax Xtra

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
95.7
 Run Lightweight No Show Coolmax Xtra
Comfort
98
Durability
96
Value
93
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Pros:

Great at wicking sweat

Very lightweight

Decent compression and support

Nice aesthetic designs

Suitable for long and narrow feet

Very soft and comfortable

Offer come stability

Cons:

In truth, nothing!

These do pretty much what the title says – they’re designed for freedom, a lightweight fit, a cooling feel, and a low-cut appearance. If you want all – or any – of these things, then these are a great bet. They come in a number of aesthetic designs for the fashion-conscious soul and they’re designed to prevent blistering.

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Comfort/Performance
These offer increased heel to toe stretch, which is good if you have longer or narrower feet, and if you value a lot of toe splay and stretch. These also offer decent compression and a snug fit. They have a heel tab to prevent slippage and they are really soft and comfortable. You won’t find any chafing here and you get all the freedom you need. They also provide a decent amount of stability which is nice if you’re seeking support.

Quality/Durability
As you’d expect, there are no issues at all with either quality or durability.

Cost
These run about average for Injinji socks.

2. Liner Crew NuWool Socks

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94.3
 Liner Crew NuWool Socks
Comfort
95
Durability
93
Value
95
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Pros:

Great for trail runners

Top comfort

Excellent at wicking sweat

Provide decent warmth

No blisters or chafing

Crafted from merino wool

Cons:

These are more niche than some others on this list.

The Liner Crew NuWool socks go higher up the leg which is great if you’re looking for more comfort, warmth, and a little more support. Again, these are great against blisters and chafing with great breathability. These are made from merino wool which is a great material for preventing odors.

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Comfort/Performance
These are of course best for trail runs thanks to their support and thick lining. They do the job very well, and offer everything you’d expect from Injinji. They’re super comfortable and work well as a liner sock or as your sole sock.

Quality/Durability
No quality or durability issues at all here, with great performance and longevity.

Cost
Considering their relative size, these are surprisingly low cost.

3. Trail Midweight Mini Crew

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92
Trail Midweight Mini Crew
Comfort
95
Durability
92
Value
89
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Pros:

Great for trail runners

Keep out debris very well

Prevent chafing and blisters

Provide good support

Feel good against the skin

Cons:

Slightly pricey, but worth it

A small amount of users have experienced discomfort, but this is very rare.

If you’re a trail runner, these are a brilliant option. The Trail Midweight Mini Crew has a mesh top lock and a double cuff which both prevent against sweatiness and debris. They stick in place very well, and they’re designed to offer the fluidity and flexibility needed for a proper trail run.

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Comfort/Performance
As you’ve come to expect from this list, these are super comfortable. Their performance is good for trail running, with a really well thought out fit. They beat hot spots and chafing, so you won’t get any blisters. They provide a little bit of compression. Their support is good for something this unobtrusive.

Quality/Durability
There seem to be no durability issues here!

Cost
These are marginally pricier than some others here, but they’re worth it considering their special trail-based design.

4. Run Original Weight No Show XtraLife

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.3
 Run Original Weight No Show XtraLife
Comfort
91
Durability
96
Value
87
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Pros:

Good midweight option

Will keep you cool and comfortable

Splay the toes well

Cons:

A little pricier than perhaps they should be

Aren’t as stretchy as other Injinjis

The Injinji Run Original Weight No Show XtraLife socks are built with a focus on durability and are the original weight, which makes them a good balance of light weight and support. Like all Injinji socks, they are sweat wicking and prevent blisters, so if you want something mid-weight to keep your toes separated and your feet comfy, these are a decent option.

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Comfort/Performance
The material feels great against the skin, and their mid-weight design provides decent cushion with a plush feel. this sock is what a good basic Injinji can do – improve your runs and beat any of the annoying side effects of running such as chafing or blisters. Because of their weight, they’re suitable for both long and short runs. They’re not as stretchy as some other Injinji offerings, which might be off-putting to some.

Quality/Durability
There seem to be no durability issues here, and the quality is of course everything you would expect from Injinji.

Cost
A little pricier than others on this list, which is a shame given that they don’t specialize in any one particular thing. That said, they’re of course worth the outlay.

5. Run Midweight Mini Crew

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91
Run Midweight Mini Crew
Comfort
94
Durability
88
Value
91
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Pros:

If you want maximum cushion, these have it.

Metatarsal support

Great at fighting blisters

Fight blisters brilliantly

A great midweight choice

brilliant cushion on the heel

Cons:

Those seeking something super lightweight and breathable might not like these.

The sole can wear a little quickly.

The Run Midweight Mini Crew come in at a midweight level, so they’re a heavier and durable and perfect for those seeking something slightly more solid and sturdy. They are built to protect against blistering and hotspots and give plenty of cushioning. If you’re seeking durable and plush sock, these are an excellent bet.

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Comfort/Performance
These socks have a lot of padding on the heel, so if you like a little extra support in this area, or if you’re prone to being heavy on your heels, these could be perfect for you. They also have added metatarsal support, which might be a dealbreaker for some. They are very good for long runs given their support and cushioning and they are excellent at fighting blisters. If you looking for something that is lightweight and allows for a lot of natural foot movement, these might not be for you.

Quality/Durability
The sole on these can wear a little quicker than some might like, though the durability is by no means terrible. The quality, like all of the entries on this list, is overall excellent.

Cost
Around average for this list, which is relatively expensive but absolutely worth it.

6. Compression Over the Calf

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.7
Compression Over the Calf
Comfort
98
Durability
86
Value
88
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Pros:

Good sweat wicking

Excellent compression and support

Aid recovery and prevent future soreness

Improve circulation

Great toe-splaying despite the added features

Cons:

Pricey

Not the best in terms of durability

A little too tight for some users

The 2.0 Compression Over the Calf socks are a great compression sock and fit over the calf. If you’re looking for something long and compressive from Injinji, this is it. They minimize muscle soreness and provide support to prevent further aches and pains. They also improve circulation and offer the no-blister, toe-splaying features seen in all of Injinji socks.

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Comfort/Performance
These socks have a lovely padded heel which not only feels good, but aids recovery. This feature also helps with downhill running, which is especially handy if you like to hit the trails. Over long distances, you’ll definitely feel the difference in your muscles, as they provide support and muscle recovery. Some stated they were a little to tight, so runners might want to go up one size.

Quality/Durability
Some reviewers stated that they lacked durability. However, they are sweat wicking, chafe-resistance, compressive and supportive, making these high quality.

Cost
These are pricey, but they’re absolutely worth the expense.

7. Run Lightweight Crew

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.7
Run Lightweight Crew
Comfort
93
Durability
85
Value
94
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Pros:

Very lightweight and minimal

Good breathability

Stick well to the skin

Prevent chafing and blisters well

Cons:

Sizing is occasionally a little off

Not the greatest durability, though still decent

These are a good option if you want something lightweight and small with a good ankle fit. Again, they’re good at preventing blisters and chafing and they’re super lightweight and minimal. They’re best suited for short runs given their stick-to-skin design.

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Comfort/Performance
If you wear snug shoes, these are a good option, as they stick to the skin and don’t rub at all. If you like a barefoot feel with the support of an actual sock, these are a very good option. They’re very comfortable and breathable and they don’t stretch much.

Quality/Durability
Because of their lightweight design, they may wear a little quicker than some others on this list, but their durability is still decent. The sizing can occasionally be a little off, but they are otherwise great.

Cost
These are around an average price for this list.

8. Run Original Weight No Show

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
89.3
Run Original Weight No Show
Comfort
94
Durability
88
Value
86
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Pros:

prevent chafing and blisters

Minimalistic

comfortable

Cons:

Pricey

Another no-show option here which is a popular style choice for runners. Again, these are good for battling both sweatiness and blisters. They have a moderate weight and moderately cushioned, making them a good choice for something general and reliable.

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Comfort/Performance
These socks stay up well thanks to the tab and do everything that – from reading this list – you might have come to expect from Injiniji. They wick sweat well and prevent chafing and blisters. And of course, they feel good. Where some might not like these is that they’re a compromise between cushion and lightweight, so they don’t specialize in either of these things. That said, they’re a comfy sock.

Quality/Durability
A couple of people have reported that these aren’t as consistent and reliable as others in this list in terms of fit and feel. However, otherwise, they are great quality and durability.

Cost
These are a little pricier than some others on this list, but only marginally so.

9. Liner Crew

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
89
 Liner Crew
Comfort
91
Durability
87
Value
89
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Pros:

Great if you’re looking for a good base layer sock

Friction-free to prevent blisters and chafing

Very lightweight

Cons:

Not the best durability

This liner sock is designed to go under another sock, so if you’re looking for something simple to wick sweat and keep you friction-free, these are a good option. They can’t be worn alone but they make for a great base layer. They go a little higher up the leg than most others on this list.

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Comfort/Performance
Really lightweight, great at wicking sweat, fantastic comfort and a lovely feel against the skin. These are only suitable if you’re looking for a base layer.

Quality/Durability
These socks don’t have the same durability as some others on this list, but that’s the only real fault here – the comfort is otherwise great.

Cost
These are marginally cheaper than some others on this list, but that’s to be expected given their relatively simple design.

10. Run Lightweight 2.0 No Show

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
86.3
Run Lightweight 2.0 No Show
Comfort
91
Durability
86
Value
82
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Pros:

Very lightweight and minimal

Soft, comfortable and breathable

Very good at preventing blisters

Very nice moisture wicking

Effective heel tab

Cons:

A little pricey, even for this list

A tiny amount of durability issues, though this is highly rare

Again, these are built for breathability and moisture wicking and are great at keeping you cool. They have a mesh top to maximize ventilation and have a thin, minimalistic design for natural foot movement. They also have a heel tab to prevent chafing.

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Comfort/Performance
These socks have a great fit, and they’re soft, comfortable and breathable. The performance factor is great in these, and they offer decent stability for something so lightweight. If you’re accustomed to blistering, these really should eliminate any problems you might have ever had. If you want something minimal and comfortable, these are for you.

Quality/Durability
A very small amount of users have experienced durability issues, but these seems to be very rare. These are otherwise of fantastic quality and you can really feel it on a run.

Cost
Pricier than some of the socks on this list.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Comfort

As with running shoes, comfort is one of the most important qualities we look for in running socks. If you’re wearing something that isn’t comfortable, why bother wearing it at all? You want to be able to focus completely on your run and the benefits you’re getting; if all you can think about is how miserable your running socks are making you then you’re not getting what you need from your run. The highlights that Injinji socks have to offer as far as comfort are wide-spread and fitting for many different types of runners. They have socks with extra padding, ultra-thin socks that provide a barefoot feel, socks that extend up to your calf, socks that have a traditional fit… the list goes on and on. Most of the pairs we chose are ones that each have unique aspects of comfort for runners that are as diverse as our readers themselves.

Durability

Injinji socks are made with different combinations of COOLMAX Fiber, NüWool, and Lycra. COOLMAX Fiber is a moisture wicking material that is meant to prevent the accumulation of sweat and to keep you from overheating. NüWool is a closely woven fabric made of Australian wool that wicks moisture and is super durable. LYCRA is another common athletic gear material that has great stretch and flexibility which helps with durability and can provide compression as well. All of these quality materials have their place in Injinji socks which means you can expect a high-performance pair of socks that are built to last.

Value

The price of Injinji socks varies greatly depending on the pair that you get. A pair of over the calf compression socks may cost as much as 50$ while a pair of everyday ultra thin ankle socks might be as low as 10$. The more features the socks have the more costly they’ll probably be. The key is figuring out the value of the socks you’re buying and how much use and benefit you’ll get out of them over time for the price. Injinji socks are made with high quality materials and are generally designed to cater very specific needs and preferences, so even though some of the options on our list may venture into the high-cost range the value they offer may be worth the cost to those who will benefit from all of the great features and qualities the socks have.

Other Factors to Consider

Features

Overall we like the toe design of the Injinji socks because it’s a great innovative way to tackle issues that runners face and deal with them at the root. Separating the toes serves well to prevent blisters and painful skin chafing between the toes. When moisture sits between the toes it can cause serious issues with hotspots, bacteria buildup, and odors. We were also impressed to see features which provide great ventilation in the arch of the foot which lets moisture drain away while at the same time offering breathability that keeps the foot dry.

We liked the compression option for the Injinji socks as well. Over the calf compression socks are certainly high-performance products, helping with circulation and minimizing vibrations and soreness for muscles meaning shorter recovery times. They’re great for those with injuries or people who are looking for help with aches and pains from both athletics and every day activities.

Size

The different types of lengths was a great option to have, from completely hidden no-show socks to over the calf socks and everything in between. There’s also Injinji sock liners that are ultra-thin and wearable under other socks, which are an interesting alternative to some of the thicker or more expensive designs.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: Q: I’m thinking about trying out cotton socks, is this a good choice?
a:

A: Not a good idea, cotton is great for retaining moisture which is exactly the opposite quality needed in a sock used for running. Wet cotton increases uncomfortably in weight, friction increases and within a short period of time, you can get very painful blistering caused by friction. Modern tech fabrics are noted for wick-ability which serves to keep your feet dryer but cotton is not known for being able to wick away moisture, so when your cotton sock gets wet it stays that way. Cotton is a natural organic material so when it is wet it can become an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and you really do not want a combination of skin rashes or blisters with bacteria.

q: Q: I bought an expensive pair of compression socks and I really like them but after about 30 minutes of running they start to feel too tight and uncomfortable?
a:

A: Compression socks are very good for a specific purpose, they can assist blood circulation and give muscle support but you need to ensure that you have the right FIT for you. It sounds like you have a pair of socks which you have chosen as a standard fit for you by comparing them to ordinary socks. remember, if you run long distances your feet will swell, therefore a compression sock will feel tighter, I suggest you buy a pair which is a size bigger for your foot and try them out.

q: Q: I do a lot of trail running, what are the best socks for me?
a:

A: This will depend on which types of trails you run. If there are a lot of bushes, vegetation, dust, grit or sandy surfaces you should look at trying out socks which are higher on the calf or perhaps even up to the knee. This will give you protection from thorny plants, unwanted dirt getting into your sock and as your running, in the wilds, you will also get protection from biting insects.

q: Q: Should my sock size and type match my shoes?
a:

A: This question does not have a one choice answer, it really depends on the type of running and the conditions, for athletic running you can choose a specific sock, the same applies to trail running and challenging competitive running. If your running long distances and a wet or dry environment, your feet will swell and sock makes tend to factor stretch cap[abilities into socks. If your wearing compression socks and your feet swell, it’s a good idea to wear socks a size bigger. To get a better idea you should read sock reviews for trail running, athletic running or a general review for the best choice of socks.

q: Q: What are the benefits of socks with a cuff feature?
a:

A: In short, a cuff feature on a sock allows the sock to hold more firmly and stop it slipping. A cuff serves to prevent unwanted things from being able to enter through the top of the sock. This gives a feeling of security blended with functional comfort.

q: Q: I like the socks I have but could I benefit from a sock liner?
a:

A: If you’re having any particular issues with blistering and rashes or uncomfortable sweat or dampness in your socks but you don’t like the feel of toe socks, you could probably use a pair of sock liners. Injinji sock liners do have the toe conforming design but they are meant to be ultra-lightweight and to go unnoticed underneath your socks. You can even wear them by as a standalone sock option. They’ll help reduce hotspots and wick away any excess moisture. They could also be a great addition to hiking or if you’re running in particularly cold weather. The extra layer of protection is great for the friction and the cold!