So you already wear the latest workout gear—stink-proof shirts and performance-enhancing tights. But we're betting there's one piece of apparel you're underappreciating: socks.

Whether you're running, lifting, hiking, or biking, the 12-pack tube socks and stretched-out cotton ankle pairs aren't doing your workouts justice—especially not if you've been cycling through the same ones for the last decade.

Because here's the thing: Thanks to new technology, specialized pairs of socks can take your workouts to the next level. We're talking yarn that provides traction for explosive movements. Next-level designs that can actually prevent blisters and plantar fasciitis. Compression that enhances your physiology, without making your calves look and feel like cinched-off kielbasa.

After slipping on one (or more!) of these 10 pairs of socks we're digging right now, you won't ever want to wear anything else.