Best Hiking Socks Reviewed & Rated

Alright, so you planned your hiking trip and you have everything you need: camping gear, proper hiking clothes, water, food, a compass and a map and hiking boots. Wait, did I forget something in this list? Of course! Hiking socks! No. Don’t go in your drawer to pick your white gym socks. They won’t do and you’ll end up cussing the whole trip. You need something that will keep your feet dry, without any blisters, and that will make you smile all day and night until your return home. Because who hates to wear socks that are so uncomfortable that you have to stop every few feet to pull them back up?

But what do you have to look for in hiking socks? A lot of things, but once you get the hang of it; the choice will be pretty easy.

Last Updated: December 18, 2017
By Stephanie Ladurantaye:

This update includes a list of the best hiking socks on the market in 2017. From wool socks to wool blend socks and from low-cut to crew height, you are sure to find the pair that will best suit you during youre outdoor activities+

Featured Recommendations

People Socks Merino Wool
  • People Socks Merino Wool
  • 5 out of 5
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  • Reinforced toe and heel
  • Medium thickness
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Darn Tough Vermont
  • Darn Tough Vermont
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • Performance fit
  • Lifetime guarantee
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SeoulStory7 Low
  • SeoulStory7 Low
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • Y-heel tab
  • Extra Padding
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First of all, you want socks that have 100% wool or wool blend. Why wool? Because it can regulate temperature unlike cotton or fully synthetic socks. So in cold weathers, your socks will be able to retain the heat, and if it’s hotter outside, then your socks will be able to cool your feet down. Wool isn’t as breathable as cotton, but the most important thing in hiking socks is to keep your feet dry at all times.

Second, you want to make sure that you pick the proper material weight. You have to consider the temperature and general conditions where you’re planning your hiking trips. The lighter the sock material weight, the warmer the weather should be. This section is separated into four categories: a) Ultra-lightweight for hot to warm weather, b) Lightweight for warm weather, c) Midweight for warm to cold weather and finally d) Heavy weight for cold weather.

Once you figured out what material weight would be preferable for your excursion, the next step is to know what kind of sock height/length you’d need in order to be comfortable. Generally, hiking socks come up past the ankle or they can go up to the calf. The idea in this is to protect you against elements such as grasses, mosquitoes, branches, etc., and to avoid chaffing in your hiking boots. Keep in mind that shorter hiking socks tend to be more breathable and they tend to be less bulky. The length depends on what you’re ready to put aside (breathability or chaffing/elements).

The fourth thing is the sock fit and comfort once they’re on. You have to make sure to use the sizing guides on the packaging so that they don’t end up too big or too small. While you’re searching for the proper fit, make sure to also take a look out for cushioning areas like on the heels and toes (where most of your weight rests once the foot lands on the ground) because it will help you reduce the impact when you touch the ground.

The next step you have to face is the weather conditions, to choose the right insulation in your socks. If you’re planning on going hiking in England, with its humid and rainy temperatures, then I’d tell you right now to pick wool socks. They might take longer to dry compared to synthetic materials, but oh man do they keep your feet warmer.

Finally comes the durability and lifetime guarantees, as well as gender specific socks. While men’s socks are more in the neutral tones, women’s hiking socks are more cute and colorful. For the durability, that’s why I’m here! Check out the top 10 best hiking socks to help you in your sock choice!

 

10 Best Hiking Socks

 

1. People Socks Merino Wool Crew

People Socks is known for their quality wool. Cheap wool is scratchy, piles up while you walk and falls apart rather quickly. They are so serious about their brand that their socks are 100% guaranteed. And if you’re scared that you’ll have to wash them by hand, don’t worry, because these socks are machine-washable! People Socks have been committed to giving its clients the best of the best so that your hiking and trekking trips are pleasant and so that your feet don’t suffer from all of the horrible things such as blisters, bad odor and chaffing.
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Material
These socks are made of wool blend, with 71% wool, 21% nylon, 7% polyester and 1% spandex. This is probably one of the best blends you can get. The wool will keep your feet at a good temperature, while the nylon will add some breathability. Plus! Since it’s a mix of wool and nylon, your feet won’t be itching from the rawness of the wool material. The spandex offers you a little gauge when it comes to fit, but don’t count on just this in case you buy a size smaller. Don’t forget to check the sizing chart!

Toe and Heel
As I explained earlier, if you’re going on a hiking trip, you need a sock with cushioning that will help your heel and toes during every impact. People Socks have reinforced the heels and toes of this pair of socks, so don’t worry about itching and hurting feet at the end of the day.

Cost and Value
For the quality and lower priced socks (compared to other company that tend to boost the prices up because their socks are made with wool), there’s no question as to why it’s our #1 in this list. People Socks have vowed to keep their prices low so that everyone can enjoy a comfortable hiking trip.
Pros
  • Toe and heel reinforced for cushioning
  • Cheap price
  • Wool Blend material
  • Perfect for cold to warm weather
Cons
  • Some reviewers found that their feet were too hot

2. Buttons and Pleats Merino Wool

The Buttons and Pleats premium merino wool hiking socks are a blend of wool material, with 65% merino wool. When the cold weather knocks at your door and you still want to go outside and enjoy the snow, these socks are sure to surprise you in the most positive way. And you don’t have to wash them by hand!
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Sock Length
Buttons and Pleats really thought about this one, because these hiking socks cover your ankle and calf, your lower leg is shielded from obstructions and your feet can stay warm.

Toe and Heel
As per the People Socks’ 71% Premium Merino Wool Crew Hiking Socks, these ones are also reinforced at the heel and toe, extending the strength and duration of the lifespan of the socks. So don’t be concerned about having to buy a pair every few months or so, these socks are made to last you years (as long as you take care of them, obviously).

Cost and Value
Their price is close to the Skechers for Work Soft Stride-Softie Slip Resistant Lace-Up, but compared to them, they offer memory foam insoles as well as the Relaxed Fit that keeps your foot secure and comfortable throughout the day. These shoes can be used for casual wear, travel, as well as work and outdoor activities. They are chameleon shoes!
Pros
  • Midweight to heavy weight
  • Go up to calf for shielding against debris
  • Reinforced toe and heel
  • Machine washable
Cons
  • Some reviewers noticed that holes appeared soon after purchase on heel

3. Kirkland Signature Trail

There are so many positive comments from the reviewers that it’s hard to just point out a few positive characteristics. Kirkland can’t stop to surprise us with excellent quality for a cheap price, whether you buy online or in stores. With these merino wool blend socks, you’re certain that you’ll remain comfortable throughout your trips, for months to come!
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Odor resistant
Don’t you love it when you go out for a day in the wild and come back at night to stinky socks and shoes? Yeah, no. I don’t like that either. Thankfully, Kirkland’s (Yay Costco!) signature trail socks are odor resistant. Even after a few walks in the wild, these bad boys’ odor can’t make you gag.

Thickness
These merino wool blend socks are perfect, and it’s no reason they’re in our top 3. These are midweight hiking socks, and are mainly worn in colder weather, but some reviewers noticed that even if they wore them while hiking mounts on warmer weather, their feet remained comfortable and without any blisters.

Cost and Value
With so much positive review, the cost of these socks are a bargain and I would definitely recommend them to anyone. Don’t be afraid to have to buy some often, because many reviewers have had them for years, with a lot of mileage, and haven’t had to replace them yet.
Pros
  • Wool blend material
  • Odor resistant
  • Reinforced heel and toe
Cons
  • Wears off quickly

4. SmartWool Hike Medium Crew

4. SmartWool Hike Medium Crew
SmartWool are known for their quality products. From them being knit in the United States, to having an elasticized band around the opening of the sock for extra support – you know, the sock won’t roll off while you walk! -, without forgetting their superior material blends, these hiking socks are sure to please more than one in your family.
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Material
With a merino wool blend of 66% merino wool, 33% nylon and 1% elastane, you’re sure to have your feet at a good temperature, with a certain degree of breathability. The 1% elastane gives you a little extra comfort as the sock won’t tighten too much around your foot; just enough to have a pleasant hike.

Cushion
SmartWool surprises me each and every time, and I’m not kidding. So, you have the material and the sock length that you need, but you wonder if your toes and heels are going to be comfortable throughout the hiking trip? I can tell you now that they will be, as theses socks have a medium cushioning to help your feet absorb the impact on the trails.

Cost and Value
These socks are on the higher range of the price scale for the slip-resistant socks, but they offer so much to the wearer that it would be hard to put them aside. Take a look at those bad boys!
Pros
  • Elasticized arch brace
  • Cushion to help absorb impact
  • Wool blend for breathability and good foot temperature
  • Flat knit toe seam
Cons
  • Some reviewers noted the decrease in their quality product

5. Darn Tough Vermont

5. Darn Tough Vermont
As the name says, these awesome socks are made in Vermont, USA. Darn Tough is able to come out with new styles every season, perfect for those to have more than just 10 pairs of socks in their drawers (like me). But don’t be defeated by this, the quality of their products never falters, especially with their unique features. Check it out!
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Material
I can’t skip the material as it’s the number one thing you should be on the look-out for while shopping for hiking socks. Each sock in constructed with 64% Merino wool, 33% nylon and 3% Lycra spandex, which means that the only natural fiber in the sock in the wool. This could be a good thing if you want your socks to dry out faster than with just merino or merino with another natural fiber. Also, with the Lycra spandex, you’re sure to not feel squeezed after an hour or two, like some socks can do. Because of the merino wool, these socks are antimicrobial and moisture-wicking, so you don’t have to worry about unpleasant odors when you take your hiking shoes/boots off after a long day outdoors. These hiking socks also come in many colorways, to please everyone in the family!

Seamless Sock
These socks are seamless, meaning that the seam at the tip of the toes that can twist during the trip and make your feet uncomfortable will never happen with these socks. This also means performance, no slipping, no bunching and no blisters!

Cost and Value
The price is on the higher scale of the price range, but honestly, for everything that these socks have to offer, these are close to a bargain. If you have a little wiggle room in your budget for a good pair of socks, then I’d suggest these ones.
Pros
  • Antimicrobial feature
  • Moisture-wicking feature
  • Seamless sock
  • Cushioning along the bottom of the foot
Cons
  • Pricy

6. Lebolike Multi Performance

6. Lebolike Multi Performance
If you’re looking for a pair of hiking socks that can also be useful for other sports such snowboard, climbing, trekking, cycling, running or golf, then these ones are sure to please you. Lebolike came out with a pair of hiking socks that could be used year-round, thanks to the material they used and the way they sewed them. And if you’re not fully pleased with their product, you can return them for a full refund!
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Material
Unlike many of the socks on this list, these ones do not have wool in them. On the contrary, the blend is of 78% combed cotton, 18% polyester and 4% spandex for additional stretch and comfort. As they’re meant to be worn year-round, this fabric blend is no surprise. Because of the use of two synthetic material, the drying time is 8 times as fast as if they had used only cotton.

Ventilation Design
Because of the absence of wool, the breathability of this sock is close to perfect. The side of the sock has a breathable mesh design. This means that the heat your feet produce during hiking or any other kind of sport is regulated and keeps you cool. But notice that since there isn’t any wool, your feet might end up warmer and more humid than wool blend socks.

Cost and Value
These socks come in a pack of 5, and since they can be used year-round, the price is amazing if I do say so myself. You will get your money’s worth with these socks, especially if purchasing socks isn’t always a priority for you.
Pros
  • Antimicrobial feature
  • Odor-wicking socks
  • Breathable mesh on side portion of sock
  • Year-round socks
Cons
  • No wool for temperature regulation

7. Danish Endurance Merino Wool

7. Danish Endurance Merino Wool
Danish Endurance’s socks are all made in Europe, and they are recommended by former Navy Seal Erik B. Jorgensen to make sure that you get the best kind of quality socks there is. They are perfect if you plan on hiking, trekking, walking, backpacking and travelling year-round. These socks will keep your feet cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and the fact that they are 100% money back guarantee just shows you how Danish Endurance are serious with their socks.
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Material
These socks are consisted of wool blend, with 33% merino wool, 33% acrylic, 33$ polyamide and 1% elastane. The merino wool will keep your feet at a regulated temperature, no matter the weather, while the polyamide has the highest resistance of all the raw textile materials. This means that they will not wear off quickly and will follow you in your trips for years to come. The acrylic is a strong and warm fabric also, that is often used, for example, for sweaters and tracksuits. So, you really don’t have to worry about the quality and durability of these socks!

Ventilation and Padding
These socks have a targeted ventilation system that allows your feet to remain cool or warm no matter the weather, with a constant airflow going to them. As with so many socks made for hiking, it’s important that they offer proper cushioning for your heel and toes. These socks do, which means that they reduce the impact on your feet at every landing.

Cost and Value
The price is comparable to many of these socks on the list. What would might want to make you change your mind on one pair or the other is the material used for the sock construction, the colorways and the number of socks in the pack.
Pros
  • Wool blend with acrylic and polyamide for extra endurance
  • Cheap
  • Padding for heels and toes to help during impact
  • Odor-wicking and anti-bacterial features
Cons
  • The sizing doesn’t always fit – Some reviewers found them too big and others too narrow

8. SeoulStory7 Low

8. SeoulStory7 Low
With over 20 colorways, these socks are incredibly soft and comfortable. They will reduce blisters and will keep your feet warm with their unique features and material blend. These socks are perfect for men and women, so take a look at what they have to offer!
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Material
These socks do not have any wool or wool blend in them. Instead, they have 77% cotton, 14% Spandex, 2% polyester and 7% elastane. This means that these anti-bacterial and moisture-wicking socks are ideal for outdoor sports such as hiking, snowboarding, camping and trekking. Don’t worry about stinky or blistery feet at the end of the day and just enjoy nature around you! With so much elasticity in the sock (elastane and Spandex), the compression feeling holds the sock firmly around your ankle.

Length and Padding
The added cushioning on the heel, toes and ball protect your feet from the impact every time they land on the ground, and guards them also from painful blisters. These socks would be considered midweight, as they can be used in cooler and warmer weather without any discomfort. It would seem someone also thought about the agonizing sock-slipping problem, where you have to stop every 5 minutes to un-bunch them or to raise them back up. SeoulStory7 came out with a solution: The Y-heel tab. In addition to that, the tab helps with slipping your socks on and off.

Cost and Value
For the number of socks that you can in their packs, I’d say that these socks are the cheapest on the list. If you’re on a tighter budget or just don’t feel like spending a lot for socks, but want quality and comfortability, then you might want to consider these socks.
Pros
  • Y-heel tab
  • Cotton blend material with extra elasticity
  • Moisture-wicking feature
  • Anti-bacterial feature
  • Arch-support elasticity
Cons
  • Some reviewers had blisters after a few hours in their hiking trip

9. Mirmaru Multi Performance

9. Mirmaru Multi Performance
These socks by Mirmaru are best used during outdoor performance activities, trekking and hiking. They provide long lasting comfort to you and your feet throughout the four seasons, as they can be worn as much during the summer than during the winter. And if you’re looking for a pair of socks that will support your legs and your feet, then you’re at the right place as the company has added cushioning in the underfoot.
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Material
These socks are a cotton blend, with 55% combed cotton, 40% polyester and 2% spandex. This doesn’t only mean that your feet will be able to breathe, but with the amount of polyester there is in the cotton blend, you are sure to have durable, anti-shrinking, anti-wrinkling, anti-mildew and anti-abrasion socks. What more can you ask for, really?

Length and Strength
You don’t only want a sock that is high enough to protect you from mosquito bites and obstructions in your track, you want a sock that can also help your feet stay comfortable throughout your activity. These socks arrive at the calf, and Mirmaru has thought about adding full cushioning at the bottom so that your toes, ball and heel are supported during the day, no matter the movement you make. When shopping for hiking socks, you want something that can fully support your feet. With the fabrics these socks were made with, your feet and leg (up to the calf) are compressed and you will never find your sock sliding down your leg, like so many models do.

Cost and Value
These are at the higher price range of our list, but with everything they have to offer, and the fact that they’re 100% satisfaction guaranteed means that they do mean business. If you have a few more bucks to spend on a pair of socks that will last a few years, perhaps you should take a look at them.
Pros
  • Arch Support
  • Calf-high socks
  • Cushioning for toes, ball and heel
  • Compression socks
  • Padded collar and tongue
  • Removable memory foam
Cons
  • Some reviewers found the toe stitching was cheaply done and uncomfortable

10. YuEdge Antiskid Wicking Cotton

10. YuEdge Antiskid Wicking Cotton
If you’re new to the hiking sport and you’re looking for a ‘beginner’s’ sock, then maybe this will please you. YuEdge’s socks do no shrink and don’t distort after a few washes, unlike other brands, and they are anti-mildew. And with their elastic cuffs, they are sure to remain where you put them, without any sliding down or bunching up in your shoes.
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Material
These YuEdge’s socks are made of 80% cotton, 17% chinlon and 3% Spandex. While cotton is known for its breathability feature and Spandex is known for its elasticity, I believe that chinlon is a little less known. Chinlon is the reason why this pair of socks is at the bottom of our list. It’s a mix of China and nylon, and yes, it is a finer and smoother fabric, but its durability is less compared to other textiles. You must be comfortable when you pick hiking socks, especially if you’re just starting out. I’ recommend these socks to beginners because they are seamless, which means that there won’t be any seams digging into your toes or heels. In addition to this, the Y-heel design reduces the pressure on the foot.

Breathability
If you read it all, you know by now that cotton is a breathable fabric. YuEdge added to the breathability by putting a bottom vent design to regulate the body temperature and keep you cool, and the drying time is 5 times faster than of cotton. In addition, the foot side portion of the sock is made with a breathable mesh to keep your feet from perspiring.

Cost and Value
As I said earlier, these socks are at the bottom of the list because of the chinlon that was used, reducing the durability of the sock. But if you’re just looking to purchasing a pair of socks for one or two hiking trips, or if you’re just starting out and don’t want to spend too much before knowing if you’ll like this sport or no, then these socks offer a fair value.
Pros
  • Seamless
  • Elastic cuffs
  • Breathable mesh
  • Bottom vent design
  • Y-heel design
Cons
  • Chinlon in the cotton blend

Finally, I hope that this list knocked your socks up (PUN!) and I hope that you are now able to make a choice as to what is better for your kind of hiking trip. Keep in mind that the most important things to look out for are the materials, the weight (what’s the temperature where you’ll be hiking?), the length, the sock fit and the comfort, the wicking ability, as well the insulation and drying speed. If you’re not sure about a pair of sock, make sure that they are refundable before buying or you’ll be stuck with them. Hopefully you’ll enjoy your hiking trips as much as I do mine!