Here we are, at the height of the dog days of summer, with one thing on our mind: Where can we find the best socks for sweaty feet? While boob-sweat season may get all the attention this time of year, it’s also peak sweaty-feet season. And a good pair of socks—one that’s breathable, moisture-wicking, and, in a perfect world, anti-odor to boot—can help alleviate some of discomfort that comes with walking around all day with toasty, damp toes. The key is knowing what differentiates sweat-wicking socks from the rest.
What type of sock keeps feet from sweating?
First, there’s sock material: As SELF has reported previously, Merino wool, often found in hiking socks, naturally provides foot odor and moisture control. You can also look for regular old cotton socks or ones with mesh ventilation—both fabrics help reduce feet sweat and are common components in breathable socks. Not only will socks with these wicking properties help keep your feet on the drier side, but they’ll also feel comfy too.
But it isn’t just comfort that’s at risk when you wear sweaty socks: According to the Mayo Clinic, damp socks are a great environment for athlete’s foot if you don’t change them regularly. And if you deal with excessive sweating to the point that it impedes your everyday activities, that could be a sign of the condition hyperhidrosis—so if you’re curious or if you have questions about how much you’re sweating, talk to your doctor.
Whether you’re looking for running socks, no-show socks, or everyday lounging-around socks, we’ve found a pair that’ll provide not only the support, performance, and comfort you need but dry feet as well. Here we’ve highlighted some of the very best socks for sweaty feet you can find online right now.
Nike Everyday Cushioned Training Crew Socks
“Thanks to its unique fabric formulation of cotton, polyester, spandex, and nylon, these socks absorb sweat,” Corey Lewis, CPT, founder of 1AND1 Life, previously told SELF of these classic Nike crew socks. He added that they help prevent blisters and smelly feet, which are major bonuses for workout socks.
Swiftwick Maxus Zero Tab
Our commerce writer, who is also a cycling instructor in New York City, previously sang the praises of these plush, moisture-wicking socks, calling them game-changers for cycling: “They’re sweat-wicking and feel snug around the arch of my feet and my ankles to help support, and there’s extra padding around the toes and heels for comfort.”
All In Motion Finish Line Striped Cushioned No Show Athletic Socks (6-Pack)
Amy Eisinger, CPT, SELF’s digital director, runner, and marathoner, previously recommended these mesh-ventilated athletic socks: “There’s nothing fancy about these socks, but throw them on for your workout, wash, dry, and repeat, and they’ll hold up for plenty of your sweatiest routines to come.” And it doesn’t hurt that they come in a sensible multipack.
Under Armour Performance Tech Low Cut Socks (6-Pack)
Designed with arch support, cooling ventilation channels, and anti-odor fabric, these Under Armour performance socks were made for sweat-heavy days when you want to avoid fatigued, sweaty feet at all costs.
Smartwool Performance Hike Light Cushion Margarita Ankle Socks
A favorite brand among outdoors people, Smartwool specializes in Merino wool socks that are made for maximum breathability, promoting the kind of airflow you need to feel comfortable wearing the same socks for multiple days on the trail. This pair in particular has earned top ratings for its sweat resistance and light cushioning.
Saucony Inferno No Show Tab Socks (3-Pack)
True to their name, these no-show socks will keep your feet dry through the hottest, steamiest, sweatiest days. And, thanks to their seamless toe and no-slip heel, they’ll keep your feet plenty comfy too.
Dickies Dri-Tech Advanced Moisture Wicking Crew Socks (6-Pack)
With almost 15,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, these best-selling socks from Dickies have won the hearts of sweaty-footed runners, hikers, people who work outside, and sock lovers of all stripes.
Lululemon Power Stride Tab Sock Anti-Stink
Lululemon’s Anti-Stink line uses antimicrobial textile treatments to prevent odor and keep clothes feeling fresh. In the case of these Anti-Stink socks, that means you can sweat without winding up with a pair of puddles around your feet.
Drymax Hyper Thin Running V4 Mini Crew (3-Pack)
If you want to feel like you’re wearing nothing at all, consider these top-rated running socks from Drymax. They’re designed to reduce chafing and actually pull moisture away from your feet when things start to get sweaty.
Wrightsock Coolmesh II Quarter Socks
Looking for a pair of socks that’s anti-blister and anti-sweat in equal measure? These are the right socks for you. Wrightsock designed these socks with an inner and outer layer to prevent uncomfortable friction (which, in turn, reduces the likelihood of blisters). On the sweat prevention end, they feature mesh panels to encourage airflow and a breathable fabric blend of polyester, nylon, and Lycra.
Allbirds Trino Sprinters Low
Allbirds, maker of some of our favorite walking shoes, also has socks with the same breathable properties. Made with a eucalyptus-Merino blend yarn (and a nylon-reinforced heel), they’re moisture-wicking and incredibly soft.
Darn Tough Bear Town Micro Crew Socks
While the main selling point for these hiking socks is clearly the adorable bear motif, you can’t ignore their flexible, breathable fabric blend of Merino wool, nylon, and Lycra, which can regulate your feet’s temperature (and sweat level) year-round.
Icebreaker Lifestyle Light Crew Sock
Your feet won’t feel tired or sweaty after long hikes when you wear these well-cushioned Merino socks from Icebreaker. One enthusiastic reviewer wrote: “These are the best socks that I’ve ever worn in my life. So soft, comfy cushiony-feeling, all-day dry-feeling, and perfect fit. I have sweaty feet and these socks keep my feet dry all day. Also, these don’t smell at all!”
Darn Tough Coolmax Micro Crew Cushion Socks
Darn Tough’s Coolmax sock technology takes a dual approach to save your sweaty feet: First, they wick moisture away from your skin. Second, they dry quickly, so you don’t even notice you started sweating.
Patagonia Lightweight Merino Performance Crew Socks
The combination of anti-sweat, fast-drying engineering (see its wool-spandex blend fabric, breathable top panel, and mesh arch) and retro charm in these Patagonia socks is enough to make us add several pairs to our cart.
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