The 6 Best Winter Running Socks to Buy in 2019

Keep toes toasty in chilly temperatures

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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 when running in the winter.

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Best Overall: 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.


Best Budget: Thorlo Unisex Thick Cushion Running Crew Sock

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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.


Best Moisture Wicking: Darn Tough Vermont Merino Wool Light Cushion Socks

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Runners give Darn Tough Vermont socks high marks, especially for keeping feet warm and dry during cold weather runs. These socks are thin and comfortable, yet retain heat well. They wick away moisture and are also anti-microbial, so your feet will stay dry and stink-free.


Best for Preventing Blisters: Balega Blister Resist Socks

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If foot blisters have been an issue for you, these socks are great for your winter runs. They're made of Drynamix and mohair, which are ideal for keeping feet dry. The Drynamix pushes the moisture away from the skin and the mohair has the ability to hold moisture and still keep your feet warm in winter. They're available in quarter length or crew length.


Best Toe Socks: Injinji Liner Crew Toesocks

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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.


Best Temperature Regulating: 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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