The 10 Best Walking Socks to Buy in 2018

Protect against blisters with these expertly designed socks

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The right socks are your first line of defense against blisters. If your socks don't fit properly, they can slip and bunch up, which sets the stage for rubbing your feet as you walk, which can lead to blisters. You should avoid tube socks and choose socks that are anatomically designed. Walking socks must wick away moisture to keep your skin from softening, which is another factor in making them prone to blisters. Cotton socks hold in moisture next to your skin, and you need to replace them with socks made of synthetics that will help manage moisture. and invest in high quality walking socks.

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Thorlo Walking Socks

Thorlo Women's Thin-Cushion Walking Mini Crew Sock
Thorlo Women's Thin-Cushion Walking Mini Crew Sock. Courtesy of Amazon.com

These Thorlo socks are designed for walkers and are made of CoolMax fabric to wick sweat from your foot and help prevent blisters. The padding is placed just where needed—at the instep, heel, and ball of the foot. They come in crew and mini-crew lengths. Thorlo also has styles with more padding if you prefer a thicker sock. Thorlos wear like iron; you'll have these for years to come.

2

Balega Hidden Comfort

Balega makes top-quality socks for walkers and runners. Their socks are unisex but this sock is the number one seller for women’s running socks on Amazon.

The seamless toe will help prevent blisters that even flat-seamed socks can produce. This Hidden Comfort model has plush cushioning in the sole that many wearers appreciate helping soften their step. They have a structured fit with elastane fibers to keep them in place and from bunching or shifting—an important feature in helping to prevent blisters and hot spots.

The no-show height can work well if you don’t want a quarter sock or crew sock, either for style or prevent tan lines at your ankles. The heel tab is a bit thicker to prevent the sock from slipping down into your shoe. That’s a good feature as you don’t want to have to stop and make adjustments. You’ll also enjoy the variety of colors available that can coordinate with your shoes.

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SmartWool Walking Socks

SmartWool Walking Socks
SmartWool Walking Socks. Courtesy of Amazon

SmartWool makes machine-washable, non-itchy wool socks that provide natural moisture management. These walking designs are woven for comfort where walkers need it most. While most traditional wool hiking socks need a liner sock so you don't feel the scratchy wool, Smartwool socks do not. Just wear them like any other sock and feel the natural comfort of itchless wool. Plus, you can launder them in the washer and dryer and they will keep their shape.

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R-Gear Drymax Socks

R-Gear Socks
R-Gear Socks. Courtesy of Amazon.com

These socks from Roadrunner Sports come a variety of cushioning choices from ultra thin to thicker-cushioned designs. You can choose crew, quarter, low-cut or no-show styles. They are shaped to fit your foot correctly, with a fit for men and for women. They also come in various colors, so if you'd prefer black for your comfort shoes, R-Gear has them.

5

Wigwam Cool-Lite Mid Hiker Pro Quarter Length Sock

These seamless, quarter-length socks can get you through any outdoor activity, from a brisk walk to a full-on hike. Each pair has mesh detailing for added breathability, plus a cushioned bottom for all the comfort you could want.

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SockGuy Socks

SockGuy Socks
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These SockGuy socks are fun socks in colorful designs. But these are also serious socks made of wicking fabric and woven to stay in place without bunching. Why not show some style while enjoying the benefits? They are labeled for men or women, but you are the one to decide which designs you'd like to wear.

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Swiftwick Compression Socks

Swiftwick ASPIRE Zero Socks
Swiftwick ASPIRE Zero Socks. Courtesy of Amazon.com

Some walkers need compression socks for medical issues, while others believe they help reduce their fatigue, Swiftwick makes compression socks that include tech socks for walkers and runners. They fit snugly to support the foot but don't constrict the bunion area, which could cause pain. That means less shifting of the sock when you walk and less opportunity for friction to develop foot blisters. They even have a Merino wool version that is itch-less and machine-washable. They come in fun colors that can match your race costume, too.

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DeFeet Socks

DeFeet Socks
DeFeet Socks. Courtesy of Amazon.com

DeFeet makes colorful socks in fun styles for serious walkers, runners, and cyclists. They are made with CoolMax Alta in a quick-dry Air-E-Ator weave. If you are bored with plain white or black socks, come browse what they have to offer.

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New Balance CoolMax Socks

New Balance CoolMax Socks
New Balance CoolMax Socks. Courtesy of Amazon.com

New Balance makes excellent technical socks for walking and running with wicking fabric and cushioning where you need it.

10

ASICS Women’s Cushion Low-Cut Socks

Some days you need a perk-up to get you out of the door for your walk or to show your style at the gym as you hit the treadmill. ASICS has these great socks in a three-pack with bright colors. They have a pack with three shades of pink from fuchsia to watermelon and another pack with blue, yellow, and shocking pink. These socks are made with fiber that will wick away sweat and mesh panels to help keep your feet dry and cool while preventing blisters. They are designed to stay in place with spandex fibers and a heel tab. The sole has padding to cushion your feet for extra comfort. Wearers say they are not too thick and not too thin—just right.

They get overwhelming five-star reviews from more than a thousand buyers on Amazon. At the price, you can buy several packs so you never have the excuse that they are all in the laundry. The good news on that front is that buyers say they stay bright through many washings.

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