Remember when a sock was just a sock? Gone are the days when your most pressing decisions were cotton or polyester, above the ankle or below. And if your dogs aren’t equipped with the latest in sock technology (it exists!), you won’t be at your PR-busting best, whether you’re running an ultra or banging out burpees in the gym.
Feetures Elite Light Cushion Quarter ($16)
To wit: the Feetures Elite Light Cushion Quarter has a compression zone to stimulate blood flow in the most important areas and nixes the toe seam to boost comfort.
Bombas Marls ($12)
Meanwhile, the Bombas Marls uses a special honeycomb design to help support your arch.
Darn Tough Vertex Quarter Ultra Light ($18)
Others take a decidedly minimalist approach, like the Darn Tough Vertex Quarter Ultra Light, which is the company’s slightest option and feels practically like going barefoot.
Smartwool PhD Run Ultra Light Micro ($16)
Then there’s the Smartwool PhD Run Ultra Light Micro, which is so thin that it’s basically a second skin.
Fits Light Hiker Mini Crew ($20) and United by Blue Tacony Hemp ($16)
But our two favorites have mastered the combination of durability and comfort. The Fits Light Hiker Mini Crew ($20) is thick enough for hours of high-wattage abuse without any discomfort, and United by Blue’s Tacony Hemp ($16) gets softer the more you wear it—which means it fares perfectly well when kicked up on the ottoman on rest days.