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What Type of Socks Should I Run In?

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Updated June 12, 2014

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Question: What Type of Socks Should I Run In?
Answer: You can buy running socks in many different materials, thicknesses and sizes. When choosing a sock for running, the most important factor to consider is the material. You want to stay away from 100% cotton socks. Once cotton gets wet, it stays wet. So, when your feet sweat or you step in a puddle, the moisture won't get wicked away. Wearing cotton socks in the winter will make your feet feel cold and clammy. And they'll cause blisters in the summer.

The best running socks are ones that are made from synthetic materials such as polyester, acrylic, and CoolMax because they'll wick away moisture. For winter running, wool blends such as SmartWool are also a good choice. Some runners choose to wear double-layer socks (WrightSock is one brand) for additional blister protection.

Although some runners like thicker socks for additional cushioning, others prefer thin socks for a "lighter" feel, especially in warmer weather. When shopping for running shoes, make sure you try on shoes with the socks you're going to be running in because some socks will require you to go up a half-size.

Also see:
Best Summer Running Socks
Best Winter Running Socks

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