Warm weather is upon us, and with it comes foot funk. There’s no need to bow your head in shame: we’ve all been there. Cyclists are guilty of having sweaty feet, and most socks don’t do a whole lot to help prevent the problem. Go for a few long rides wearing some generic socks and you’ll notice your feet feel sticky, wet, hot, and downright uncomfortable.
Bike socks, especially socks for summer, are highly breathable and lightweight, and help your feet feel cool. They allow your skin to breathe and help prevent moisture from building up. Summer cycling socks may be made from polyester, which dries quickly, or Merino wool, which prevents odors. The goal is to keep your feet dry and comfortable in hot weather.
Beyond that, choose a summer cycling sock that has mesh panels to help with breathability and extra reinforcement for added durability. Sock length is generally based on personal preference, with the trend leaning towards higher socks.
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If you’re like me, you already spend enough on your gear and don’t want to shell out big bucks for a pair of socks. Fortunately, most of the socks on our list are reasonably priced. Also, keep in mind that these socks are meant to hold up to cycling-style abuse, and you may find that you can wear them far longer than socks that aren’t geared towards cyclists.
Thirty48 Low Cut Cycling Socks – How many socks come with a satisfaction guarantee? If you aren’t happy with these Thirty48 cycling socks, you can return them within 90 days and get your money back. This is a win-win for these pricey (but high quality) socks. These socks are designed to keep your feet cool and dry, and feature and elastic arch support. In addition, these socks feature patent pending CatalystAF technology to increase airflow and a Coolmax fabric to prevent stickiness. They have a snug fit and are thin, but provide that cool feeling and breathability you crave during summer rides.
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Louis Garneau Conti Cycling Socks – These socks are made of a blend of fabrics to give you the best in terms of stretch, support, and breathability. They are made with 23% nylon, 51% Coolmax, 20% polyester, and 6% Lycra. They provide arch support and stability, as well as ultra-breathable ventilation channels in the fabric. The heels and toes are both reinforced to add to durability. Again, these socks are a bit thin, but are designed to enhance drying.
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DeFeet AirEator Attack! Cycling/Running Socks – These socks are more economically priced and don’t feature all the bells and whistles of some of the pricier socks. Still, they provide enhanced performance over your typical sport sock through the use of Aereator mesh. These socks are designed to maximize airflow. Also, the socks are virtually seamless, something that sets them apart from some of their competitors on the market (and they have a cool looking shark on them!).
SmartWool PhD Cycle Ultra Light Mini Socks – Ultra light, mini socks- the name says it all. These socks are made of 43% Merino wool, 52% nylon, and 5% elastane. These wool socks feature a virtually seamless toe and are designed for moisture wicking and body temperature regulation. Two elastics perform in harmony for a solid stretch and recovery of the sock: no worries about these socks going out of shape after a couple of uses. They also have mesh ventilation zones to manage moisture.
Castelli Rosso Corsa Socks – The coolest feature of these socks? Meryl Skinlife antibacterial fibers! They are designed to feel dry in all circumstances short of a rainstorm. The socks have a high-density band woven through the arch to help the socks conform to the movements of your feet. The socks act as a compression sock at first, but quickly feel at one with your feet.
No matter which sock you choose, find one that features breathability and a comfort fit. Socks that allow ample aeration while remaining dry will help your feet avoid moisture and sweat build up. For best results, turn your socks inside out and wash them on a gentle cycle with cold or warm water (not hot). Use a mild soap and avoid fabric softeners and scent boosters as they can build up on the fabric and block the capabilities of the socks. Tumble dry your socks on low heat to avoid shrinkage. If possible, air dry your socks, and remember to avoid sharp objects or other things that could snag or rip the fabric.
At Kass & Moses, we know that the littlest things can affect your bike ride. Yes, the right socks really can make a difference! But big things can affect your ride, too – like injuries from bicycle crashes. Avoid bike crashes by practicing proper safety precautions like always being aware of your surroundings. If you are involved in a bike crash and have injuries, contact the team at Kass & Moses to learn about how you can receive compensation for your medical bills and pain and suffering. Your health and wellbeing is important: don’t settle for less!