10 Socks — Yes, Socks — That Make Workouts Feel Better

If you're lacing up your high-tech sneakers over some ratty old socks, listen up.

a person's feet in black sneakers

You shell out serious cash when you're getting stylish new running shoes because you know they'll make all the difference in how you feel and will keep you performing your best. So it doesn't make sense to lace up your quality shoes over some fraying, stretched-out socks that might end up getting eaten by your sneaks (been there).

Here's your signal to upgrade your sock drawer. Your socks are an important underpinning of your workout outfit — after all, happier feet will make extra miles feel easier. Looking for the best workout socks that are actually worth the investment? Here, a roundup of some of the most technical, high-performing, and still stylish socks out there. Now go forth and crush your run.

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Balega Hidden Comfort No Show Running Socks

blue Balega Hidden Comfort No Show Running Socks

These socks from Balega will make your feet feel like you're running on a cloud, thanks to super-plush cushioning underfoot. Elastane gives the sock a more structured fit, and a reinforced heel and toe keep you from getting holes in spots that usually rub. Another genius feature? A thick heel tab that prevents your sock from slipping down into your sneaker. Warning: The socks are quite thick, so you may want to wear them with a pair of sneakers that have a loose fit.

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Bombas Running Calf Sock

Bombas Running Calf socks in pink with black accent

This Bombas pair is perfect if you're not quite ready to commit to the knee-high CrossFit sock look. With this length, most of your shin is still covered, which protects your skin when doing exercises such as box jumps or deadlifts. Stay-up technology means they won't slide down no matter what type of workout you put them through, and the honeycomb design around the arch gives you extra-snug support. (Bombas also makes comfy slippers for your post-run relaxation, BTW.)

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Feetures Elite Light Cushion No-Show Tab Socks

Feetures Elite Light Cushion No-Show Tab Socks in orange with blue accents

Just like your shoes, made specifically for your right or left foot, these Feetures socks are anatomically designed to fit one foot or the other, which helps to eliminate blisters. They also have no toe seam, so you won't ever get that weird feeling of stepping on the seam when your sock moves around. Bonus: Special fibers wick away sweat so your foot stays cool and dry.

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Stance Performance Tab Sock

Stance Performance Tab socks in green with heather gray accents

The Cadillac of workout socks, Stance's Performance Tab sock is made for your most intense workouts. Special fibers manage moisture while mesh panels wrap from the top of the foot to the arch to add extra breathability. Specific left and right foot designs ensure that they fit just right and that the elastic arch support hits in the perfect place.

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Icebreaker Women's Merino Multisport Light Micro Socks

Icebreaker Women's Merino Multisport Light Micro Socks in blue

Merino wool is the perfect natural fabric for athletic wear because it wicks away moisture and regulates temperature, so heavy sweaters will love this pair from Icebreaker made with a blend of merino and nylon. Nylon hugs your foot so you get built-in arch and Achilles support that will help you through long runs and races.

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Thorlos Experia TECHFIT Light Cushion Low-Cut Socks

Thorlos Experia TECHFIT Light Cushion Low-Cut Socks in blue, yellow, and gray multi

Thorlos socks have been scientifically proven in independent studies to reduce foot pain, prevent blisters, and relieve foot pressure. The TECHFIT style is a favorite, coming in over a dozen colors and designed to work for multiple sports and physical activities. Cooling fibers in the heel and ball of the foot help to soak up sweat and keep your foot dry, while ultra-light padding eases your impact.

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Smartwool Women's PhD Run Light Elite Micro Socks

Smartwool Women's PhD Run Light Elite Micro Socks in pink and purple

This choice from Smartwool is the ultimate barely-there active sock. Their thin design and narrow profile make them ideal to wear with that pair of running shoes that's just a touch too snug with thicker socks. The slightest amount of cushioning in the ball and heel of the foot help to absorb shock from your runs, while mesh ventilation zones let sweat evaporate quickly.

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Darn Tough Run Quarter Ultra-Lightweight Cushion Socks

 Darn Tough Run Quarter Ultra-Lightweight Cushion Socks in pink and orange
Darn Tough

Darn Tough's running socks are the ideal lightweight trail running option for muddier days. The higher rise will prevent any mud you kick up from sliding down into your sneaker, but this pair isn't as bulky as a hiking sock. Darn Tough, made in Vermont using merino wool, is a company known for their built-to-last construction, so these come with a lifetime guarantee.

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