We often have no choice but to train in the rain, which can lead to drenched gear and sodden clothes. Squelchy feet can be particularly nasty so we’ve put together a list of the best waterproof socks so you can keep your feet as dry as possible.
Ensuring you’re kitted out with the best waterproof clothing is essential to making those wet cycling and running sessions less miserable and more enjoyable. Our list – which is based on in-depth research and user reviews – includes a range of lengths, from ankle to knee-high, and designs appropriate for the different seasons, so you can find a pair of waterproof socks that best suit your wet weather activity needs.
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Best waterproof socks for 2022
DexShell Thermlite Waterproof Socks
DexShell specialises in creating outdoor gear that prepares you for cold and wet conditions, so it’s no surprise they’re a popular brand when it comes to choosing waterproof socks. These socks in particular are one of the company’s best-selling socks, which they believe is down to their versatility, as it’s claimed they’re suitable for almost any outdoor activity.
These socks should be suited to colder months as they have a Merino wool inner, which is great for balancing warmth and moisture management. DexShell also aims to make these waterproof socks feels as comfortable as a pair of sports socks due to the seamless knitting technology, which should result in a snug fit.
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Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Knee Length Socks
For those extra chilly days when ankle socks simply don’t cut it, you may be on the lookout for a pair of longer socks. These knee length waterproof socks have been designed with warmth, breathability and waterproof protection in mind. The long length could be especially handy if you need to cross a stream or if you find yourself in snowy conditions.
As well as waterproof protection, these hand-crafted socks from Sealskinz aim to protect you from friction and blisters with their flat seams and four-way stretch. In addition to this, they’re machine washable, making them easy to care for.
Randy Sun Waterproof Running Socks
These waterproof socks from Randy Sun are mid-calf/ankle length, so they could be a good choice for a wet and muddy trail run. The short length also means they’re suitable for warmer weather, and the ultra-light cushion sole should provide you with comfort when you’re running and cycling in grim conditions.
The adhesive three layer structure aims to prevent water from seeping in and also tries to push the sweat to the outside of the sock in an effort to leave you with dry feet. If you’re not a fan of the vibrant green, they’re also available in black and grey.
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Bridgedale Stormsock Lightweight Waterproof Ankle Socks
As a lightweight waterproof sock, this option from Bridgedale has been designed to provide high levels of breathability with minimal insulation, so this pair could be a solid pick if you’re looking to stay cool on a warm day. The Merino wool is naturally anti-bacterial, so they should stay fresh for longer. Meanwhile, the elastic arch support and flat toe seam aim to keep the socks securely in one position.
Polaris Cascade Merino Waterproof Socks
Whether you’re cycling along a wet track or attempting to dodge puddles on a muddy run, there’s often a need for a longer length of waterproof sock. The outer layer of this mid-length, Merino sock has been designed to provide durability and protection while the multi-fibre three-layer construction aims to keep your feet dry.
These socks also have flat toe seams in order to prevent blisters as well as a soft inner layer, which is designed to wick moisture away so you can enjoy time on your bike, or on foot, whatever the weather. These socks are also available in a dark and lime green pattern.
Dexshell Pro Visibility Cycling Socks
Another pick from Dexshell, this time specifically for cycling. With the promise of being breathable, windproof and waterproof, these lightweight cycling socks could come in handy when you and your bike are battling harsh conditions.
The brightly coloured cuffs lend themselves well to low-light situations due to the increase in visibility, so whether you’re on a small country road, or cycling in the city, these would be a good choice for the winter when days are shorter. The Porelle waterproof membrane in these socks should help the weather out, while they can also be machine washed, making them a low-maintenance wardrobe item.
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ArcticDry Xtreme Waterproof Socks
These thermal socks have been designed to keep your feet warm and cosy, so are perhaps best suited for the colder months when you want to keep your feet dry and toasty. While these are cycling socks, it’s claimed they’re also suitable for long distance hiking and running.
They’re available in small, medium and large and are said to be similar to neoprene socks in that they stretch to fit a range of sizes, making them suitable for kids, too. It’s also worth noting these socks are hand wash only.
Sealskinz Waterproof Road Thin Mid Socks with Hydrostop
Designed for warm and wet cycling trips, these waterproof socks from Sealskinz are a lot shorter in length in comparison to our first pick from the popular brand. Support comes in the form of an elasticated ankle and instep, while the Y-gore heel construction is designed to provide a secure fit.
The Hydrostop silicone-free elastic taping is in place to prevent any water leakages, while a Merino wool lining provides warmth and moisture management. As well as being waterproof, these socks are also said to offer windproof protection, so could be a solid choice for a range of weather conditions.
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