Cushioned socks are great for running, hiking, and sports. They allow for great shock absorption, assist in preventing foot pain, and give you more comfort in your own shoes. We’ve rounded up the best cushioned socks to keep your feet happy no matter what you’re doing.
Why wear cushioned socks?
Extra cushioning in your socks helps to keep feet safe during strenuous activities. Long periods of exercise are some of the most important times to use cushioned socks, as they protect feet from wear and tear. Cushioned socks help to maintain good foot health and are vital for runners, hikers, or athletes that want to prevent injury from impact, friction, or foot swelling. Many ankle, shin, and achilles injuries are preventable with the use of cushioned socks, as the extra fibers in the socks help to absorb some of the impact during high-intensity activities. Think of cushioned socks like the race tires of performance socks! They are durable and made for high-intensity activities, like racing tires for a car. Whereas non-cushioned socks are more prone to wear and tear, like bald tires. Aim to keep your performance up with cushioned socks!
On top of keeping your feet protected, cushioned socks can also help with temperature regulation. One of the benefits of cushioned socks is that they can keep you warm in cooler temperatures. However, you can also find cushioned socks that will suit any climate. For warmer months, look for a cushioned sock made with Merino wool. Many cushioned socks with Merino wool not only keep your feet safe from impact, but also ensure that your feet stay cool, moisture free, and prevent bacteria that can lead to uncomfortable blisters and even conditions like athlete’s foot. Plus, you'll also enjoy added comfort from the Merino's soft, breathable material. We know that there are so many kinds of cushioned socks to choose from, so we're here to help you choose the best option to keep you running longer.
Best Cushioned Socks for Running and Fitness
If you find that your feet are always sore or are full of blisters after hitting the gym, running, or after a game, it might be time to consider wearing cushioned socks.
We carry a wide range of socks with strategically cushioned zones so your feet are protected in the areas that receive the most impact during strenuous physical activity, such as the pads and heels of your feet. Socks are the only barrier between your foot and shoe, so why not consider a cushioned sock to combat the constant friction and motion during sports and activities? Cushioned socks will reduce the wear and tear on your feet, preventing blisters and calluses.
Here are a few high-quality cushioned socks that will keep your feet protected while working out!
This sock’s medium cushion is in the toe, heel, and achilles and assists with impact control and adds blister protection. Plus, its Arch Support technology enhances mobility and fights mid-foot fatigue. Even though this sock is cushioned, you won’t be too hot! The vented top panel and bottom WickLink Channels remove moisture and allow the foot to breath. The Microban conditioning treatment on this sock will allow you to maintain foot health with its anti-bacterial protection. Also available in ¼ crew and crew lengths.
Light Cushioning nirvana. With half the wool yarn weight of cushion socks, lightweight cushion socks deliver lightweight performance with the perfect amount of cushioning along the base of your foot. Runners and cyclists love it's streamlined performance fit while 17.2-micron wool brings home the goods in the comfort department. True Seamless construction 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.
This Smartwool sock has years of testing and proves to be an elite women's running sock. It features targeted cushioning in both the ball and heel of the sock, ensuring there is shock absorption with a seamless feel. Its Indestructawool™ Technology gives this sock the ultimate durability and comfort. This technology uses premium yarn in a technique that knits and fortifies the toughness of the sock without sacrificing its comfortability.
The Thorlos Experia series socks are great for runners who are prone to blisters, foot pain, or discomfort. This sock is specifically engineered to deliver maximum protection and comfort in the critical strike zones on the foot, like the ball and heel. They have a unique minimalistic padding that is specifically engineered for relieving stress of impact, while also being a lightweight aerodynamic sock.
Best Cushioned Socks for Hiking
Hiking socks are just as essential as a good pair of strong hiking boots! When hiking up and down hill, there is a lot of pressure applied to many different parts of the foot. It is crucial to protect your feet from this pressure and the harsh environment when you’re spending extended periods of time on them. If protective measures are not taken, doing these activities can cause a great deal of pain to your feet! Repeated strain on the feet while hiking can cause blisters, sprains, tendinitis of the foot or ankle, plantar fasciitis, heel pain, and much more. With cushioned socks, you can lessen foot strain during impact and protect important parts of the foot that are most fragile and susceptible to being injured. By using socks that are more protective, you will ensure that your feet are safe, comfortable, and ready to go for the next hike! Here are some of our favorite cushioned hiking socks.
Smartwool Trekking Heavy Crew Socks
These are a classic for those who need a durable long-lasting hiking sock. These socks are heavy cushioned and made for complete comfort. The elasticized arch brace supports the foot and prevents pain. They also have a seamless design for a comfortable feel while wearing them.
This sock features a performance fit that delivers extra comfort for those who spend a lot of time wearing their boots! Its full cushion design ensures that it feels just as comfortable at the end of the day as when you first put them on. Plus, this sock’s fast action wicking technology prevents moisture from forming and repels bacteria and odor creation. Men’s Hiker Micro Crew Cushion also available!
These cushioned crew socks are very comfortable and warm for those cold nights and mornings. They feature arch and ankle elasticized technology that supports the foots most important vital points of injury. Heavy cushion socks like these are great for high mobility uphill hiking in any weather, as their strategic cushion will protect your foot from pressure applied by tight boot laces.