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Leave the cotton behind in favor of technical fabrics and constructions that help you pile on the miles.

You think nothing of dropping $100 or more on a pair of running shoes. Ditto for the considerable sums you’ve invested in compression tights, hydration vests, and anything else that helps you conquer your own personal mountains. But what about your socks? Small as they are, they’re probably more responsible for your (dis)comfort than anything else you work out in. If they don’t fit right, welcome to Blister City; if they don’t handle moisture well, you’re looking at a long, cold trail run.
Fear not. Whether you’re a boot-camp addict or an ultrarunning aficionado, there’s a sock for you. We’ve sifted through the seemingly unending variety of cut and cushionand, yes, colorto find options well worth their price tags. Your feet are in good hands.
Updated December 2020: We’ve added the Bombas Cushioned No Show and Swiftwick Pursuit Zero Ultralight.
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