The Best Socks for Sweaty Feet, According to Experts

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It’s normal for your shoes to feel a little damp after you take a spin class, go for a run, or just walk around on a warm day. The best socks for sweaty feet—ones that are breathable and moisture-wicking—can prevent that gross, soggy feeling (not to mention the smell that often comes with it).

But stocking up on quality socks that keep you dry is about more than just comfort: “Moist environments can lead to the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungus that can result in athlete’s foot and nail infections,” Miguel Cunha, DPM, sport podiatrist and founder of Gotham Footcare in New York City, tells SELF. “These infections can change the appearance and smell of the foot.” We spoke with podiatrists to help you choose the best breathable socks to mitigate sweat.

What type of socks are best for sweaty feet?

In order for a sock to be breathable, it should be made from merino wool or synthetic materials, like polyester or nylon, Jay Spector, DPM, Atlanta-based sport podiatrist and former president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, tells SELF. These materials help wick moisture away so it can evaporate, leaving your feet drier and cooler. Ideally, your socks shouldn’t contain cotton because it’ll absorb the moisture from your feet and leave you with a wet foot.

Our top picks:

  1. Best Overall: Balega Hidden Comfort No Show Tab, $16
  2. Best Budget: Hanes Ultimate Lightweight Vent No Show Sock 6-pack, $12
  3. Best for Running: Bombas Running Ankle Socks, $17
  4. Best for Hiking: Farm to Feet ¾ Crew Light Targeted Cushion, $24
  5. Best for Cycling: Swiftwick Maxus Zero Tab, $17

The best socks for sweaty feet

Looking for running socks, no-show socks, or everyday lounging-around socks? We’ve found pairs that provide support and comfort—all while keeping your feet dry.

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