Trudge through your next triathlon with the best socks for triathletes! While you won’t need socks for swimming, you’ll likely want to keep your feet dry and comfortable through the cycling and running legs of your triathlon. And don’t worry about your transition times, we’ve got your feet covered with the best socks for your next triathlon.  

One thing many triathletes are concerned about during the race is their transition times (time to change between sports). A lot of experienced triathletes opt for no socks for this reason, but they could save you from blisters and discomfort in the long run (literally), so you might want to give them a try before considering yourself a triathlon superstar. In fact, even the professionals had to work their way up to wearing no socks for their races.

Triathlons consist of 5 sections:

  1. Swim time is from the start of the swim to the beginning of the first transition
  2. T1 time is from the beginning of the first transition to the end of the first transition
  3. Cycling time is from the start of the cycling to the end of the cycling leg
  4. T2 time is from the beginning of the second transition to the end of the second transition
  5. Run time is from the start of the run to the end of the run, at which time the triathlon is completed

You won’t be wearing socks for your swim, but as soon as you hit T1, you’ll likely want to throw on some socks for the remainder of your race (the cycling and running legs). To save you time during the transition, we suggest you set your stuff up to make it easier for you. We recommend putting the socks on and rolling them down to your toes. That way, when you come in to put them on, all you have to do is slide your toes in and roll them up your foot.

Pro Tip: If you do want to opt out of wearing socks, make sure to do a few short bike rides and runs without them to see how you feel. Trust us, you don’t want to see what it’s like for the first time on race day.

The best socks for triathlons are made of Merino wool and stretchy synthetic fibers like spandex, stretch nylon, and more. These materials will wick away sweat and moisture to keep your feet dry and comfortable. The best socks are also durable, seamless, and offer some cushioning for added comfort (which is ultimately based on your preference). Most triathletes prefer a low cut sock that comes just above the heel, while others prefer a quarter sock that covers the ankle.

In fact, Wigwam, one of our top brands, has been the official sock of the IronMan Triathlon since 1994. Featuring a foot-hugging fit, seamless toe closures, cushioned soles, and X2O Acrylic Fibers to keep you dry and prevent odor, Wigwam’s IronMan socks will help you cross that finish line. Check out the best socks for your next triathlon.

Best Socks for Triathletes

Wigwam IronMan Thunder Pro Low Cut Sock (and Quarter Sock) - $11.00

The Wigwam IronMan Thunder Pro Low Cut (No Show) Socks are the ideal performance athletic socks for athletes that won't compromise on features and comfort. Like all of Wigwam's Pro Series socks, the IronMan Thunder Pro is designed to really keep your feet dry and blister free by lifting moisture out of the foot of the sock. X2O Acrylic fibers contain Chitosan, a natural odor-fighter that keeps your socks odor free. The Thunder Pro also contains Dri-release fabric, a synthetic fiber that drys extremely fast. Cushioning on the sole, toes, and heels, coupled with thin venting along the top of the foot ensure that your feet get all the support and venting that they need. And the IronMan isn't just a name — since 1994, Wigwam has been the official sock of the IronMan Triathlon.

Wigwam IronMan Velocity Pro No Show Sock - $10.00

The Wigwam IronMan Velocity Pro II No Show Socks are the ideal performance athletic socks for athletes who refuse to compromise on features or performance. Like all of Wigwam's Pro Series socks, the IronMan Velocity Pro II keep your feet dry and blister-free by lifting moisture directly out of the foot of the sock. X2O Acrylic fibers also contain Chitosan, a natural odor-fighter that keeps your socks odor-free. And when it comes to breathability, the Velocity is one of the thinnest IronMan socks offered by Wigwam — and that, coupled with mesh vents on the top of the socks, means you'll get plenty of air. The IronMan line isn't just a name — since 1994, Wigwam has been the official sock of the IronMan Triathlon.   

Smartwool Women’s PhD Run Ultra Light Micro Socks (and Men) - $15.95  

Smartwool put all of their smarts into these new and improved run socks that feature their 4 Degree™ Elite fit system, ReliaWool™ technology for superior durability and a virtually seamless toe. Women's-specific mesh ventilation zones provide ultimate temperature and moisture regulation where female runners need it most.

Swiftwick Aspire Zero No Show Sock - $13.99

MINIMUM CUSHION AND FIRM COMPRESSION. RESPONSIVE FEEL. Firm compression provides contoured support for running, cycling, triathlon and other endurance sports. ASPIRE has Swiftwick’s widest selection of cuff heights and colors. Sits just below the ankle with minimal extension above your shoe. Swiftwick's most popular cuff height for running, the ZERO no-show sock is also preferred by many cyclists and golfers. Made in USA. 

BENEFITS OF EVERY SWIFTWICK SOCK: CONTOURED COMPRESSION FIT: Contours and supports every hill and valley of your foot. No bunching and no voids. FIBER FIRST MOISTURE WICKING: High-performance fibers are sculpted into breathable designs constructed to move moisture. BLISTER-FREE DRY PERFORMANCE: The outcome of two Swiftwick fundamentals: Contoured Compression Fit and Fiber First Moisture Wicking.

Fox River Wick Dry Triathlon Quarter Crew Socks - $11.00


The Fox River Wick Dry Triathlon Quarter Crew Socks are designed to keep your feet protected, dry, and comfortable during the toughest workouts. Light on weight and heavy on performance, the CoolMax fibers, and Fox River's Wick Dry technology ensure your feet stay dry and blister-free. A foot-hugging fit and URfit System (see below for more information) prevents blisters and slippage. Vented panels remove moisture, and keep you dry and blister-free. The Fox River Wick Dry Triathlon is
also available in an Ankle (No Show) and Crew height.

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