Top 10 Walking Socks

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.

Thorlo Walking Socks

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

These Thorlo socks are designed for walkers and are 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 the foot. They come in crew and mini-crew lengths. Thorlos wear like iron, you'll have these for years to come.

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Balega Enduro Socks

Balega Enduro Socks
Balega Enduro Socks. Wendy Bumgardner ©

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 do buy them a size larger than recommended. They come in quarter, low cut or crew length. One drawback was that I found I wore holes in the ball of the foot after two years of wear. But that's not a bad lifespan for an endurance sock.

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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. 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.

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R-Gear Drymax Socks

R-Gear Socks
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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 and I love wearing the black ones with my comfort shoes.

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WrightSock Double Layer Socks

WrightSock Double Layered Sock
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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 choices for the length and style you prefer.

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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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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?

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Swiftwick Compression Socks

Swiftwick ASPIRE Zero Socks
Swiftwick ASPIRE Zero Socks. Courtesy of

If you like or need compression socks, Swiftwick makes them in a variety of materials including tech socks for walkers and runners. I was impressed with the fit, which supports the foot but wasn't constricting in the bunion area. That means less shifting 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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Fox River Wick Dry Socks

Fox River Wick Dry Triathlon Quarter Socks
Fox River Wick Dry Triathlon Quarter Socks. Courtesy of

Check the wide variety of excellent socks from Fox River. Each walker will find the ones they prefer for different thicknesses, different heighths, etc. that will work best for them.

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DeFeet Socks

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

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