6 best running socks for women 2023: tried and tested

6 best running socks for women 2023: tried and tested

Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner, a casual jogger, or just beginning your running journey, finding the perfect pair of socks can make a world of difference.

Sure, you can use an everyday pair of socks for your run, but they are often missing the much-needed features which help keep your feet comfortable and ready to power through your run.

What are the benefits of running socks?

Running socks can be made from materials which can prevent blisters and rubbing, and can be moisture-wicking, breathable, and antibacterial, whilst supporting your arches, ankles, and calves. Pretty impressive, right?

With so many exciting benefits to choose from, it can be tricky to find the perfect pair for you. Thankfully, we’ve called in the help of real runners to help us review the best running socks on the market from the top brands including Darn Tough, Stance, and CEP.

Best running socks round up:

  • CEP Run No Show Socks – £14.95
  • UYN Women’s Run Compression Fly Socks – £23.82
  • HJHall Trainer Socks – £8.95
  • Darn Tough No Show Tab Ultra Lightweight – from £17.00
  • Stance Quarter Socks – £15.99
  • Balega No Show Running Socks – from £17.12

Jump to best running socks category:

Best compression socks

1. CEP Run No Show Socks
Buy now on Amazon – £14.95

CEP running socks

Technical details:

  • Sizes: SL
  • Short compression sock helps to stabilize and support ankles during your run
  • Material: 89% Polyamide, 11% Elastane
  • Available in 11 different colors

What tester Esther thought:

I have to tell you why these are five stars straightaway: that white detailing means you can clearly see the L and R no matter how rubbish your eyesight is (ahem). If you’ve ever bought a pair of running socks where this crucial distinction becomes less distinct with every wash, then OMG, these are the socks for you.

I love the compressive fit, the fabric is soft and doesn’t rub, and my arches are fully supported in the mid-to-thin material – in all, they’re a fantastic all-rounder, of which I wish I had 17 pairs so I could wear them all the time. Cor, who’d thought I’d get this excited about socks?

2. UYN Women’s Run Compression Fly Socks
Buy now on Amazon – £23.82

UYN compression running socks

Technical details:

  • Sizes: 4, 8, 10
  • Made with Natex to dry up to 50% faster than nylon
  • Material: 58% Polyamide, 29% Polyester, 7% Elastane, 6% Polypropylene
  • breathable

What our tester Natasha thought:

These give you a compression fit right up to mid-calf due to their technical design. They hold your ankles, calves and soles really nicely, giving what feels like an added support mechanism for the feet. There are also strategically placed vents to keep your feet from sweating, which will be good as the weather starts to become milder (when will they be, again?). They are pricey, but you’ll definitely feel the difference in terms of comfort, performance and recovery, and they’re equally good for cycling. There are lots of different lengths and colors on the site, too.

Best antibacterial socks

3. HJHall Trainer Socks
Buy now on Amazon – £8.95

HJHall bamboo socks

Technical details:

  • Sizes: 4-7, 11-13
  • Made with 70% bamboo which had antibacterial properties
  • Elastic arch support and a cushioned foot
  • Material: 70% Bamboo, 28% Polyamide, 2% Elastane
  • Moisture wicking

What our tester Geri thought:

I am a big fan of bamboo socks but I’m always a little skeptical when it comes to bamboo trainer socks, as I hate it when socks get eaten by your trainers mid-run. These socks have an excellent fit and feel great. They instantly felt comfortable and stayed in place while I was running. They are breathable and the bamboo adds antibacterial properties, very welcome for anyone who works out a lot. They washed well and so far are still looking like they are brand new even though I’ve worn them a lot. They come in a pack of two colors – black and white – and aren’t too expensive. A strong option for fresh feet and comfort.

4. Stance Quarter Socks
Buy now on Amazon – £15.99

Stance quarter socks

Technical details:

  • Sizes: SL
  • Intelligent fiber treatment to eliminate odor and moisture
  • Climate control to your feet
  • Material: 67% Polyamide, 28% Polyester, 5% Elastane
  • Available in 8 colors

What our tester Rachel F thought:

I love these socks; they’re quarter-length and look great with long or short leggings. They are super comfortable and fit snugly, and you can instantly feel how breathable they are, wicking away moisture from your feet when exercising.

The socks are cushioned and protect any sensitive areas on the foot from rubbing. They also have a reflective logo on the back for improved visibility. I can’t fault them; good looking and great to wear!

Best anti-rub socks

5. Darn Tough No Show Tab Ultra Lightweight
Buy now on Amazon – from £17.00

Darntough at Show Socks

Technical details:

  • Sizes: SL
  • Ultra-lightweight feel with cushion to prevent rubbing
  • No show tab height
  • Material: 49% Wool (Merino), 47% Polyamide, 4% Elastane
  • Moisture wicking
  • Available in 8 colors

What our tester Rachel F thought:

Both soft and super comfortable, these are slightly shorter than I would usually wear, as they hardly show above my trainers, and I was worried they might rub around the top of my shoes.

However, they stayed in place perfectly and caused no blisters or irritation and did not pinch around the ankles. My feet stayed dry while running and the sock felt very natural – like a second skin. They felt exactly the same after washing too, so I am hoping they will last the distance! Great socks.

Best wear-proof socks

6. Balega No Show Running Socks
Buy now on Amazon – from £17.12

Balega womens at the sock show

Technical details:

  • Sizes: S-XL
  • Ultra-fine durable yarn for a lightweight feel
  • No show tab height
  • Material: 51% Drynamix, 45% Polyamide, 4% Elastane
  • Reinforced microfiber toe and heel
  • Available in 8 colors

What our tester Sarah thought:

These socks are truly resilient; despite continued wear throughout the winter, they are fluffy, soft, and still offer that ‘new sock bounce’ with no bobbling at all, so they’re really built to last.

They are warm for colder runs, have lots of cushioning without making your feet too hot, and have Drynamix wicking fibers which have kept my feet dry.

Balega has a big range of ‘blister resist’ and charity partner socks in different lengths and styles, so it’s worth having a browse for your perfect color and style. I highly recommend the investment for the comfort of your feet and the performance of your runs.

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