Bombas Women's Marl Ankle Socks Review

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4.5

Bombas Women's Marl Ankle Socks

Bombas Women's Marl Ankle Socks

Verywell Fit / Stephanie Vermillion

What We Like
  • Cushioned

  • Soft extra-long-staple cotton material

  • Blister tab on the ankle

  • One pair purchased, one pair donated

What We Don't Like
  • Not fully moisture-wicking

  • High blister potential for runners

Bottom Line

Active women can walk or lounge comfortably wearing the Bombas Women's Marl Ankle Socks, but don’t be surprised if your feet sweat.

4.5

Bombas Women's Marl Ankle Socks

Bombas Women's Marl Ankle Socks

Verywell Fit / Stephanie Vermillion

We purchased Bombas Women's Marl Ankle Socks so our reviewer could put them to the test. Keep reading for our full product review.

As a runner and daily dog walker, I know the importance of a good pair of socks—in fact, they’re almost as essential as the shoes. Here’s why: socks play a major part in whether or not you get blisters. Thicker socks tend to trap moisture, which leads to rubbing, which leads to blisters. Performance socks, on the other hand, are typically lightweight and breathable, which make them perfect for blister prevention.

That’s why the moisture-wicking power of the Bombas Women's Marl Ankle Socks caught my eye. Bombas, the brand known for donating a pair of socks for every pair purchased, uses extra-long-staple cotton and promises that your feet will stay dry and comfortable. To see if the socks lived up to expectations, I tested them out myself, evaluating everything from fit to performance. Read on for the lowdown.

Bombas Women's Marl Ankle Socks
Verywell Fit / Stephanie Vermillion

Materials: Cozy cotton and polyester

From the second I took them out of the pack, I could tell that the Bombas Women's Marl Ankle Socks were high-quality. They’re ultra-soft to the touch and are made from 69 percent extra-long-staple cotton, 27 percent polyester, 3 percent rubber, and 1 percent spandex. The extra-long staple cotton was definitely a highlight; my feet stayed warm while wearing the socks during chilly November. That said, this extra warmth got in the way during high-intensity activities like running, because the second I warmed up, my feet started to sweat—but more on that in the Performance section later on. 

I wear a size 7 to 8 and the small Bombas fit like a glove.

Bombas Women's Marl Ankle Socks
Verywell Fit / Stephanie Vermillion

Design: A comfortable build

From the cushioned footbed to the blister tab on the heel, Bombas put a lot of thought into these ankle socks. The honeycomb arch support system guarantees an impressively cozy, snug fit throughout. I was equally impressed by the ankle positioning of these socks. Unlike many “ankle socks,” these actually sit right at the ankle—not covering it and not too low that they’d slip. I can feel the attention to detail every time I slip them on, which is one of the reasons they’ve become my go-to lounge socks around the house. 

Bombas Women's Marl Ankle Socks
Verywell Fit / Stephanie Vermillion

Fit: Like a glove

The Bombas Women's Marl Ankle Socks fit me perfectly. They’re tight enough in the right areas to stay put while I’m out and moving, but not too tight to the point where my circulation gets cut off. I also found that the blister prevention tab on the ankle stayed in place throughout the testing period, which was especially great for times when I was breaking in new shoes. (For sizing reference, I wear a size 7 to 8 and the small Bombas fit like a glove.)

The blister prevention tab on the ankle stayed in place, which was especially great for times when I was breaking in new shoes.

Bombas Women's Marl Ankle Socks
Verywell Fit / Stephanie Vermillion

Style: As stylish as socks can be

My feet may have sweat in the Bombas Women's Marl Ankle Socks, but they sure looked stylish doing so! These socks come in a variety of fun and bright colors, including mint, violet, electric purple, ocean blue, tangerine, and brick.

Bombas Women's Marl Ankle Socks
Verywell Fit / Stephanie Vermillion

Performance: Moisture-wicking was so-so

I was initially drawn to these socks for their moisture-wicking potential. Like most people, I hate when my feet sweat—especially when I’m out on the go—so I figured these Bombas Women's Marl Ankle Socks would do the trick. Except, unfortunately, they didn’t.

While walking my dog, my feet started sweating, which made for quite the uncomfortable, blister-prone end to our outing.

About 20 minutes into my dog walk on a mild November day, my feet started warming up and then sweating. That made for quite the uncomfortable, blister-prone end to our walk. That said, these socks are cozy as can be, and I did enjoy wearing them around the house and even out for errands or shorter walks with my pup. For longer walks, though, I’d definitely go with socks that have less cotton. 

Price: Slightly pricey for socks

The Bombas Women's Marl Ankle Socks are priced at about $12 per pair, which may seem steep given that you can often get three pairs of similar-quality socks for that price. However, keep in mind that Bombas follows a TOMS approach, donating one pair of socks for every pair purchased. Another perk? Bombas has a “laundry back guarantee,” meaning if you lose one sock, they’ll send you a replacement within one year of the purchase date!

Bombas Women's Marl Ankle Socks
Verywell Fit / Stephanie Vermillion

Competition: So many walking socks, so little time

Thorlos Women LWMXW Walking Lite Cushion Ankle Socks: Unlike Bombas, these Thorlos ankle socks (view on Amazon), which I also tested, pair padding with true moisture-wicking materials. My feet stayed totally dry and comfortable while I wore them. The only issue I had was that they do slip a bit around the ankle, but they’re high enough they won’t let your ankle rub with the back of the shoe. Both socks run for around $12 to $15.

Asics Cushion Low-Cut Socks: These low-cut socks from Asics (view on Amazon), have a similar look to the Bombas socks—both come in fun colors and sit right at the ankle—but the Asics socks are much better for performance wear. In similar walking tests, my feet stayed dry while wearing the Asics socks but ended up a bit sweaty with the Bombas socks (likely due to the extra weight of the latter). The Asics socks are also more affordable, at around $10 for three pairs.

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Final Verdict

A great sock for winter wear.

While the Bombas Women's Marl Ankle Socks aren’t perfect for intense exercise, they’re a cozy, comfortable option for light activity and lounging, particularly during the chilly winter months.

Specs

  • Product Name Women's Marl Ankle Socks
  • Product Brand Bombas
  • UPC 04900881680
  • Price $12.00
  • Color Mint, violet, electric purple, ocean blue, tangerine, and brick
  • Material 69% cotton, 27% polyester, 3% rubber, 1% spandex
  • Warranty “Laundry-back guarantee” (within one year)
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