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Socks can make or break the comfort of your outfit, and there are ways to keep your feet protected without sacrificing style. The material and fit you choose can help you stay comfortable in any weather. Before you order your next pair of women’s socks, take a moment to read through these features so you get exactly what you want.

  • Comfort: If you work a job where you’re on your feet most of the day, or if you’re an avid athlete, look for a pair of socks with cushioned soles. They’ll reduce friction and absorb impact to keep your feet more comfortable. Plus, cushioning improves socks’ durability and can help them last longer.
  • Moisture Wicking: We cringe at the thought of that sweaty feet feeling. You feel like you’re sitting in a swamp, coupled with the fear of the smell that may ensure if you take your shoes off. It’s better to not worry about any of that by getting breathable socks. This means they can withstand some heavy-duty wear with no worry about odor. Look for synthetic materials like nylon, Lycra spandex, or Ingeo.
  • Warmth: Calf socks are an obvious pick for the winter, but you don’t need to let the cold stop you from wearing ankle socks, either. You’ll want to avoid cotton, as it won’t keep your feet toasty (and is more likely to attract moisture). Look for wool, shearling, fleece, or similar synthetic material to stay warm and maintain style.

Our Picks for the Best Women’s Socks on Amazon

Top Pick Overall: Saucony Women’s Performance Heel Tab Athletic Socks

Machine Washable

These come with mesh ventilation for breathability and keep your arch stable with just the right amount of compression. Saucony

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Runner Up: Hanes Womens Cool Comfort Ecosmart Low Cut Socks, 10-pair Pack

Made With Recycled Fibers

This item has a reinforced heel and toe as well as full sole cushioning for extra support. Hanes

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Budget Pick: Hanes womens Lightweight Breathable Ventilation Ankle Socks, 6-pair Pack

Non-Restrictive Support

This product adapts to your body temperature to keep you comfortable, and its mesh panels keep your feet aired out all day. Hanes

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Great for Athletes: CelerSport Ankle Athletic Running Socks Low Cut Sports Tab Socks

Durable Cushioning

These are non-slip, and yarn is used in high-wear areas to ensure a long-lasting fit. CS CELERSPORT

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