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Top 11 Walking Socks


Updated May 16, 2014

The right socks are your first line of defense against blisters. They must fit properly without bunching. Walking socks must wick away moisture to keep your skin from softening and becoming prone to blisters. You may prefer some with padding to cushion shocks. Toss your cotton socks and invest in high quality walking socks.

1. Thorlos Walking Socks

Thorlos Lite Walking Socks
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These socks are designed for walkers and made of CoolMax fabric to wick sweat from your foot and prevent blisters. The padding is placed just where needed -- at the instep, heel and ball of foot. They come in crew and mini-crew lengths. Thorlos wear like iron, you'll have these for years to come.

2. Balega Enduro Socks

Balega Enduro Socks
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These single-layer socks are "just right" in many ways. They have just the right amount of light cushioning without bulk. They have a great fit that stays put without constricting your foot. They are made with excellent sweat-wicking fabric. They don't shrink horribly like I keep encountering with Wrightsock, although I did go up a size.

3. SmartWool Walking Socks

Smartwool Socks
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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. You don't need a liner sock with SmartWool socks, just wear them like any other sock and feel the natural comfort of itchless wool.

4. R-Gear Drymax Socks

RRS R-Gear Drymax Socks
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These socks from Roadrunner Sports come a variety of cushioning from ultra thin to thicker cushion. You can choose crew, quarter, low cut or no-show styles. They are shaped to fit your foot correctly. They come in various colors and I love wearing the black ones with my comfort shoes.
Women's R-Gear Socks
Men's R-Gear Socks

5. WrightSock Double Layer Socks

Many walkers swear by double layer socks as the key to preventing blisters. Wrightsocks double layer socks use CoolMax and Microsafe fabrics to wick moisture away and reduce bacteria. The two layers reduce friction to help prevent blisters. Browse through the site for the length and style you prefer.
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6. Wigwam Mills Ultimax Walking Socks

Ultimax Socks
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The Ultimax® moisture control system combines Lumiza™ and olefin to repel and move moisture, keeping your feet dry and comfortable. These socks are well-designed and do not shrink badly on first washing as some brands do.
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7. SockGuy Socks

SockGuy Socks
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Fun socks in colorful designs. But these are also serious socks made of wicking fabric and woven to stay in place without bunching.
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8. Fox River Wick Dry Walker Socks

Check the wide variety of excellent socks from Fox River. Each walker will find a different thickness, a different height, etc. that will work best for them.
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9. DeFeet Socks

Colorful socks in fun styles for serious walkers, runners and cyclists, made with CoolMax Alta in a quick-dry Air-E-Ator weave.
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10. New Balance CoolMax Socks

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

High performance socks in a bunch of fun and colorful designs.
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