7 Of The Best Cycling Socks

So you’ve decided to up your cycling sock game? You’ve come to the right place! Cycling socks are recommended for all cyclists because of the additional comfort and support that they provide. Here is our round-up of 7 different pairs of socks to allow you to make the best choice.

Things To Consider Before Buying Cycling Socks

Socks are socks right? Wrong. They might not seem all that important for your ride, but a good pair of socks can make a big difference to your ride.  If you’ve ever worn an uncomfortable pair of socks whilst exercising then you’ll know what I mean!

Also, who doesn’t like wearing a funky pair of socks whilst riding around town? 🙂

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Cycling Socks Material

This is the most important aspect when deciding which pair of socks to buy. It will heavily depend on which season you’re buying for as well.

If you’re looking for winter socks, you’ll want something a bit thicker to keep your toes warm and comfy. However, you’ll also need the socks to be breathable so your feet aren’t boiling. Vice versa for summer!

Synthetic fibers such as polyester or nylon are the most common types when looking for cycling socks. This is due to their ability to wick sweat and breathe easier than cotton socks. Merino wool is also quite popular for winter socks mainly due to their ability to keep your toes and feet warm. 

Most cycling socks will use a blend of these materials to achieve the desired combination of sweat wicking, breathability and comfort.

Length

The only reason why you would need to consider sock length is if you’re trying to become a pro rider.  There are length restrictions that have been set by the Union Cycliste Internationale (governing body for cycling). If not, it’s all about comfort and style!

Most cycling socks range from 3” (ankle socks) to 6-7” (mid shin). Again, this is purely what you find comfortable when riding. Obviously the longer the socks, the more style you show 🙂

An example of the longer socks would be the Swiftwick Performance Seven.

Compression Socks

Another option to consider is cycling compression socks. There are a lot of great benefits associated with these types of socks.

  • Provide extra support and boost blood flow by delivering additional pressure around the ankles and foot areas;
  • Ease muscle strain by helping the muscles to stay warmer for longer periods of time;
  • Help with muscle endurance during long rides as they reduce the incidences of muscle vibration; and
  • Great moisture wicking material, making your feet feel like “sweaty” and minimises risk of chafing

Aesthetics

Ok this last one isn’t a serious point! The only rule would be to make sure your socks match the rest of your kit! 🙂

Once you select a comfy pair of socks, have fun with mixing and matching the colour, length, patterns and materials of your cycling socks!

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The Best Pair Of Cycling Socks Roundup

DANISH ENDURANCE CYCLING SOCKS

Designed in Denmark and produced in Portugal, these unisex socks are ideal for all types of cycling. These crew length socks are made from a synthetic material called Prolen. This is a lightweight and breathable fabric, ideal for sweat wicking, keeping your feet comfortable and dry.  These socks are padded in all the right spots, keeping your feet from rubbing and irritating the same spots whilst pedalling.

The pair I bought fit like a glove and did not constrict movement at all. The elastic at the top was nice and tight, but not overly constricting either. No slippage!  The only issue would be that these shrink slightly after the first wash. So if you’re between sizes I would suggest going to the larger size.


GIRO WINTER MERINO WOOL CYCLING SOCKS

Giro has a reputation for producing top quality cycling equipment. These Italian made socks are no different.

As mentioned in the name, these winter-focused socks are made from a merino wool blend. These will keep your feet nice and warm during those chilly winter rides!  These feature a 6” high rise cuff and despite being made for winter, still thin enough to slide into your cycling shoes easily. They also contain moisture wicking properties and are naturally odor resistant.

Thumbs up for the variety of colours and patterns available!


CASTELLI ROSSO CORSA 6

Another quality name in the cycling world, Castelli has long been a leader in producing quality cycling wear. These socks deliver on both style and performance!

The Castelli’s are made from Meryl Skinlife, known for antibacterial properties. These are moisture wicking and odor reducing socks which will keep your feet feeling fresh after a long ride.  The temperature is also supported by the mesh material around the foot. A midfoot support band is included to prevent your foot from slipping in your shoe.  Finally, the cuff offers optimal compression to ensure there’s no re-adjusting socks every few minutes!


2XU 24/7

2xu are well known for their compression garments for running, cycling and triathlons. So, this pair of socks is a little different compared to the others in the round up. Not only do these go all the way up to just under your knees, they also feature compression properties.

These socks are ideal for longer rides as they will help to reduce muscle soreness and fatigue due to the graduated compression. What is graduated compression? It is meant to help increase blood circulation and minimize lactic acid buildup. This then reduces muscle swelling and soreness, getting you ready for your next ride faster!

For additional comfort and performance, these lightweight socks have padded areas around the heel and balls of your feet. They also contain sweat wicking properties and are rated as UPF 50+, helping to block harmful ultraviolet rays.


DEFEET AIREATOR DOUBLE CUFF

Hands down DeFeet make some of the funkiest patterns out there. So if you’re fashion conscious, you’ll definitely want to check these out!

These American made socks are better for warmer days, with the thin and breathable fabric that wicks moisture away from your feet.  They are made from a blend of Nylon, Recycled Polyester and Lycra. The top of feet mesh design allows for maximum airflow and ventilation, keeping your feet from getting too toasty warm.  The double “StayFast” cuffs do the job well and firmly keep the socks from slipping down.

Big thumbs up from my side given the number of styles and patterns that are available from DeFeet!


SWIFTWICK PERFORMANCE SEVEN

These are the original Swiftwick socks. These thin summer socks are made from a mix of nylon, olefin and spandex. The olefin fiber helps to wick moisture away from the feet. It is also fast drying, helping your feet stay cool and dry during those hot summer rides.

They feature a moderate compression feeling which helps to improve blood circulation during long rides. To boost durability and comfort of these socks, the heel and toe areas are padded with additional nylon.

To make up for the lack of color variety, Swiftwick offers these in additional cuff heights.


GORE WEAR C3 MID SOCKS

These Gore Wear unisex socks function for all weather conditions. These mid length socks have been made specifically for cycling but are also ideal for running. These are made from a mix of polyamide and elastane, allowing for a bit of stretch during your ride or run.  To prevent blisters, extra padding has been placed around the achilles tendon, heels and toes.

These are also designed with less seams and are flatlocked. The flatlocking decreases the chance of chafing during repetitive pedalling or running strides.

These come in a variety of colors which is always a plus in my books!


Summary

Cycling socks are generally more expensive than a pair of sport socks. That being said, the extra costs of a pair of cycling socks can really improve your comfort and performance. Just make sure you’re picking up the right pair of seasonal socks!

The Danish Endurance Cycling Socks are my top overall pick.  They are VERY comfortable, have a snug fit and are very smooth which allows them to slide easily in and out of my cycling shoes. Also, durability hasn’t been an issue for me. For context, I’ve had my set now for about 6 months and used 3-4 times a week whilst road cycling or indoor spinning. My only wish is that they start producing more colours and designs :).

Need some socks for your hands (ok gloves 😂😂😂) to keep you warm? Check out these winter cycling gloves!

Hi, I'm Harry, the owner of this site! A 30-something MAMIL - a middle-aged man in lycra. An avid cyclist who is looking to maintain a baseline level of fitness to be able to enjoy the great outdoors on weekend rides with his mates!

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