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.

Thorlos Walking Socks

Thorlos Lite Walking Socks
Thorlos Lite Walking Socks. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

These 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. Buy from Amazon »

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. Buy from Amazon »

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. Buy from Amazon »

R-Gear Drymax Socks

RRS R-Gear Drymax Socks
RRS R-Gear Drymax Socks. Wendy Bumgardner ©

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

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. Buy from Amazon »

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. Buy from Amazon »

SockGuy Socks

SockGuy Socks
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These are fun socks in colorful designs. But these are also serious socks made of wicking fabric and woven to stay in place without bunching. Buy from Amazon »

Swiftwick Compression Socks

Swiftwick Compression Socks
Swiftwick Compression Socks. Wendy Bumgardner ©

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. Buy from Amazon »

Fox River Wick Dry Socks

Fox River Wick Dry Quarter Sock
Fox River Wick Dry Quarter Sock. Courtesy of

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. Buy from Amazon »

DeFeet Socks

DeFeet Socks
DeFeet Socks. Courtesy of

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. Buy from Amazon »

New Balance CoolMax Socks

New Balance CoolMax Socks
New Balance CoolMax Socks. Courtesy of

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

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