Fungal infections, especially on feet, are not an uncommon occurrence. With 250,000 sweat glands on our feet alone, they are a magnet for bacteria and a pool for fungus. One way to prevent and treat these infections is by wearing good, quality, moisture-wicking anti fungal socks!         

Fungal infections thrive in warm, sweaty places, and infections like athlete’s foot is something you can’t escape if you aren’t wearing good quality socks. Regular socks hold moisture, thus making your feet sweaty, grimy, and more prone to these infections and bacteria. Instead, you need breathable socks that will wick the moisture away, keeping your feet cool and dry to prevent fungus from growing.  

The best fabrics for antifungal socks are merino wool, coolmax, olefin, drymax and polyester. If you play a ton of sports, or even just wear shoes for long periods of time where your feet get sweaty, consider these socks to avoid fungal infections. Always remember, dry feet are healthy feet!

Antifungal Socks We Recommend:  

Smartwool Men’s PhD Run Light Elite Micro Socks (also available for women) - $17.95

 

Smartwool's best-fitting, most advanced run socks yet, Smartwool packed years of testing, prototypes and running smarts into these socks. Featuring Light Elite cushioning in the ball and heel of the foot for ultimate shock absorption with minimal in-shoe volume, gender-specific mesh ventilation zones, and a virtually seamless toe.        

Thorlos Running Micro Mini Crew Socks - $13.99

 

Enjoying short but intense runs or going long distances on all terrains, in most weather conditions resulting in moderate to significant stress on the foot. Specifically engineered to deliver maximum protection and comfort in the critical strike zones for any runner prone to blisters, foot pain or discomfort. Constructed with THOR•LON® fibers for superior softness, resilience, durability, and moisture-wicking for drier, better feeling feet. Also featuring a low profile toe seam, a flat knit instep and cushioning in arch for a better fit. This running sock also comes in No Show and Crew heights.  

Drymax Run Lite-Mesh Mini Crew Socks - $12.50

 

The Drymax Running Lite-Mesh Mini Crew socks contain a dual layer moisture removal system that stays dry by moving sweat out and away from your feet. When you sweat, water is repelled by the inner hydrophobic layer to the outer hydrophilic Drymax layer, keeping your feet dry and comfortable. Other running socks rely on moisture-wicking fibers that use the slow process of evaporation. Drymax socks dry at the same speed as you sweat, keeping you on the road longer. Designed for mild to warm-weather days, Drymax Lite-Mesh Running socks contain Drymax Low-Density padding in the heel and toe to provide added cushioning without adding unnecessary volume in your shoes. Made in the USA.

Balega Hidden Comfort - $12.00

 

Be #1 with this #1 running sock. Featuring under sole cushioning and a seamless toe closure for comfort, a specially constructed mesh ventilation panel to keep your feet cool and dry, and a high tab heel to keep the sock in place. You can’t go wrong when you’re laying down the miles with this #1 running sock.  

Darn Tough Women’s Light Cushion No Show Tab Sock (also available for men) - $16.00

 

With half the wool yarn weight of cushion socks, the lightweight cushion delivers lightweight performance with the perfect amount of cushioning along the base of your foot. Runners and cyclists love the streamlined performance fit of this sock and the uber comfy 17.2-micron wool construction. True Seamless technology assures a smooth fit and reduces blisters and hot spots. No slipping, no bunching, no bull. Fine gauge Merino Wool makes this a fast drying and breathable "all weather" sock that stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter. And since Merino Wool is naturally antimicrobial this sock repels bacteria and odor when you're putting on the miles. Still made in Vermont. Guaranteed for life.

Feetures! High-Performance Ultra Light No Show Tab Sock - $11.99    

 

The Feetures Ultra Light No Show with Tab Socks are the new ultra-lightweight and super-breathable socks from Feetures. Lighter than Feetures' famous Original — hence the name — the ultralight, super-thin fabric is perfect for runners and cyclists who demand fast-cooling performance socks. The Cool Feet Ventilation System combines mesh vents, fast-drying fabrics and snug-fitting fibers to keep your skin dry while keeping a tight fit on your feet — meaning you stay blister-free. The No Show with Tab cut is low enough that you have no tan lines, but also includes a rear Achilles-protecting tab that also assists in putting on and taking off the socks. The Ultra Light is also available in a Crew, Low Cut (Mini Crew) and Quarter Crew heights.

All of the brands and products mentioned make a great choice of socks to prevent fungus, but if you're looking for something more specific, or want to find the perfect sock for you, check out our Sock Finder!     

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