No one likes the irritable itching and burning feeling of athlete's foot, and something as simple as choosing the right socks can cure and prevent it. We've rounded up the best socks for athletes foot to control moisture and keep your feet happy and healthy.
About Athlete’s Foot
Athlete's foot is a contagious fungal infection that affects the skin on feet. Although it isn't very serious, it's sometimes hard to cure. It occurs when the tinea fungus grows on the feet and you can catch the fungus through direct contact with an infected person or by touching surfaces contaminated with it. The fungus thrives in warm, moist environments and is commonly found in showers, on locker room floors, and around swimming pools.
The best way to prevent athlete’s foot is to wear moisture-wicking socks because they are specifically designed to eliminate the griminess and wick sweat and moisture away from your feet (where the fungus typically thrives). The best fabrics to help control sweat and moisture are merino wool, polyester, Coolmax, olefin, and drymax. These fabrics are commonly used in workout clothing, sportswear, and socks! By pulling moisture away from the body to the exterior of the garment, it allows the sweat to easily evaporate because it's no longer trapped between the garment and the skin, keeping you dry, cool, and comfortable.
Check out the best moisture-wicking socks for athlete’s foot so your feet can be dry, happy and healthy.
Best Socks for Athlete’s Foot
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.
“the best for summer!
My husband gets terrible athlete's foot, and these socks are the only ones that keep his feet cool and healthy during our humid summers!” Thanks Shaughna B.
Thorlos Running Micro Mini Crew Socks - $13.99 / ON SALE NOW!
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.
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.
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.
If you're prone to blisters, check out Anti-Blister Socks: The Best Socks to Prevent Blisters and Keep Your Feet Happy.