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Best Winter Running Socks


Updated May 16, 2014

Wearing the right running socks when running in the cold weather is not just a matter of comfort, it's also a safety issue. If your feet get too cold and wet, you could be at risk for frostbite. Try some of these running socks for maximum comfort and protection.

Drymax Cold Weather Running Socks

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Drymax Cold Weather Running Socks have a special Dual Layer Moisture Removal System, which instantly moves moisture from the skin, through the inner Drymax layer to the outer absorbent layer, keeping feet dry. A third layer of Drymax fiber insulation was added along the front of the sock, since that area gets coldest due to wind chill. The socks also feature dense padding (rather than thick padding), as it protects feet without adversely affecting the fit of the shoes. These socks are designed for use in cold to cool conditions, keeping feet dry, comfortable and odor-free.

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Thorlo Thick Cushion Running Socks

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Many runners swear by Thorlo socks for their cushioning, comfort and blister protection. These socks feature maximum fitness density padding for better durability, as well as protection against shock and impact. The lightweight padding in the arch provides arch support and a better fit.
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SmartWool PhD Running Socks

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Made with Merino wool, SmartWool PhD Running Socks regulate temperature and moisture, so they'll help you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Testers say that the "light" model offers a little more padding than the "ultra light" socks, making the light model a comfy choice for winter running. The socks' moisture-wicking capabilities will keep your feet dry, which means they'll also stay warm and blister-free.
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Feetures Pure Comfort Medium Cushion

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Although the Feetures Pure Comfort socks are intended to be performance hiking socks, they work well for runners, especially on those frigid days when you need some extra lower leg warmth. The Pure Comfort series mixes Merino wool and Rayon (from Bamboo) to create Durasoft, a super soft, naturally breathable and odor-free fabric. That means that your socks maintain the durability of synthetics, but you still get the moisture-wicking and thermal-regulatory features of Merino wool.
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Injinji Performance Liner Crew Toesocks

If you really love your summer running socks and still want to wear them through the winter, you could wear toesock liners, such as these from Injinji, under your favorite running socks. Built with five separate toe sleeves, the Injinji Performance Liner fits your foot like a glove. The blend of CoolMax, Lycra and Nylon provides a custom fit that protects from blisters, while keeping your feet comfortable, cool and dry.

Also see: How to Keep Your Feet Warm on Winter Runs
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