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The best sports socks for runners and walkers

Posted by SockShop

When it comes to sports gear, it’s all too easy for clothing and footwear to take priority. We’re all keen to have the trainers with the latest technology and the jacket that provides the right mix of warmth and breathability, but we rarely think about what we’re wearing underneath.

Socks are just as important as any other part of your workout gear, especially when it comes to running and walking. These activities are so feet-intensive that socks need to do a lot of work: they need to help regulate your temperature and sweat through breathability, as well as preventing your feet from blisters, too.
Walking Running Socks

What should I look for?
First of all, your socks should provide you with the cushioning that you need to absorb the shock when your feet hit the floor. This will reduce the amount of stress to the feet, as well as being ultra-comfortable.

To avoid blisters, opt for acrylic or synthetic socks over cotton, as they’re less likely to bunch up and rub against your shoes, causing blisters. Socks with a good wicking gradient will keep your feet dry by transferring moisture – something that acrylic socks can also do.

Which socks are best for runners?
For high-impact activities like running, moisture wicking and preventing blisters are a priority. These Thorlos Experia thick cushioned socks have extra padding at the heel, toe and sole to prevent blisters, while the Thor-Lon acrylic material has a high wicking gradient – perfect for avoiding sweaty feet.

Similarly, the RunBreeze Ergonomic anti-blister ankle socks are designed with comfort in mind, with breathable and moisture-resistant technology to keep blisters at bay.

Walking Running Socks

Which socks are best for walkers?
Walkers need a good balance between lightweight, breathable wicking socks and durable padding to increase comfort and avoid wear and tear. Compared to running socks, walking socks are thicker and more durable, which means they provide more cushioning for tired feet.

Thorlos socks are well known for their moisture wicking properties, and these walking socks are no exception. More hardy walkers and mountain hikers will need specialised socks designed to prevent feet from the pressure and stress that comes from long-distance activity. Try the Bridgedale Endurance Trekker Socks, which combine wool and synthetic fibres for the ultimate combination of warmth, breathability and comfort.

Whatever you’re after, our full range of sports and outdoors socks can cater for any activity, whether you’re a runner, a climber or a weightlifter. See our collection here to find your perfect pair.


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