Nothing puts a damper on your workout routine or work-day grind like sweaty socks. (It's almost as uncomfortable, if not more so, than when your sock slips from hugging your heel to rest under your foot mid-stride and you can't stop to fix it.) Unless you have hyperhidrosis (a medical condition that causes excessive sweating, per Medical Plus), the problem is likely that you're not buying the right socks.
Most of the basic socks you see on the shelves at mega-stores are primarily made of materials that absorb moisture, like 100% cotton. That moisture then sits in the fabric as pure water weight. Performance socks, on the other hand, are made of special “moisture-wicking” materials—like polyester, nylon, and merino wool—that literally pull the sweat from your skin to the fabrics’ surface where it evaporates so that it dries faster.
So rather than buying the standard 6-pack that you'll end up tossing next month, we compiled the 10 best socks for men that will withstand the sweatiest of workouts. Our selection includes socks for cycling, running, training, and leisure. In addition to their sweat-wicking properties, many of these pairs also have additional benefits like ankle tabs to prevent blisters, compression pannels to boost performance, and anti-odor properities to ward off stench, too.
This comfortable, low-cut running sock boasts supportive cushion along the toe and heel, compression within the arch, a section of mesh along the upper for optimal airflow, and a tab that wraps along the ankle to keep the sock in place without any risk of chafing. And of course: They’re made with a moisture-wicking (nylon- and polyester-infused) fabric.
Secure your feet in these SmartWool socks during one of these epic cycling trips for summer 2016. Or, you know, during your cycling class. Either way, having appropriate socks is key to riding the right way. The higher sock height will shield your lower leg from any debris, while its water-wicking fabrics (merino wool and nylon) will feel comfortable on the skin and help keep sweat at bay.
It’s hard to come across a no-show sock that will stay in its place, but Lululemon does just that and more with these No Sock Silver socks. This pair is constructed with moisture-wicking materials (including nylon yarns) to stop sweat, a special anti-odor technology to avoid stench, and are topped with sections of mesh for optimal airflow. Check out our style guide here on how to rock shoes without visible socks—even at the office.
Searching for a low-cut sock in a bold blue hue for your workouts? Go with this top-notch pair from Stance—they'll let you go the distance with ease. The socks offer a secure (but super cozy) fit, a "reinforced" heel and toe to provide optimal support, and ventilation throughout the upper section and arch to enhance airflow. And its water-wicking infused fabrics (including nylon and polyester) are sure to keep excess sweat away, too.
Not only do these Bombas socks have the essential moisture-repelling materials you need for a dry workout (like extra long staple cotton), they’re built with anti-stink technology to prevent foul odors, include a protective tab around the ankle to ward off blisters, and, for every sock purchased, a pair will be gifted to those living in poverty throughout the U.S. Last but not least, it's subtle striped design gives it a kick of cool style, too.
Add these 2XU Performance Run socks to your arsenal of ultimate gear when training for your next race. It's constructed with compression panels to amp up blood flow, increase performance, and sooth recovery. It also has special mesh panels for ventilation, and is threaded with “high filament yarns [like nylon and spandex] for dryness.” In other words, fabric that will wick away your unwanted sweat. Plus, its UPF50+ sun protection and antibacterial fabric to kill odors makes the price well worth it.
The materials that make up the majority of this sock (specifically Nike’s signature Dri-Fit technology and nylon fabric) is what makes these socks able to wick sweat to the surface and evaporate the moisture into the air. The pair also includes portions of mesh venitlation, cushioning in strategically-placed areas for extra support, and “no-slip fit" for a no-hassle experience.
Eddie Bauer - Men's Active Pro Coolmax® Crew Socks Crew
Whether you’re hiking a local trail or heading for the mountains on your next excursion, make sure your soles are equipped with these Eddie Bauer performance socks. The mid-calf height will protect your lower legs, and its comfortable, built-in cushioned toe section with “coolmax” fabric (which is comprised of polyester) will keep your feet cool no matter how hot the adventure gets.
For those concerned about socks in a specific shade to match their kicks, here's a low-cut black option from New Balance—that will withstand any of your workout routines. They're infused with New Balance's signature "dry technology" (which is mostly comprised of nylon and polyester) to knock off any moisture that hits the surface, have a snug fit, and feature a tab around the ankle tab to prevent unwanted blisters and skin irritation.
If you like to keep it at crew-length during your training sessions, then go for this pair from Under Armour. The sock is built with their signature “Moisture Transport System,” (fabrics like nylon and polyester) which will instantly push sweat to the surface, and on top of this, you have the bonus of keeping your feet smelling fresh thanks to its anti-odor technology infused throughout the threads. It also boasts cushioning in key areas to support impact, features support within the arch, and offers a bolder color selection so you can stand out.