Sweaty feet can be a persistent and uncomfortable problem for many people. While there are many different ways to address the issue of sweaty feet, one of the easiest ways to do so is with better shoes or socks.
Not only can sweaty feet be annoying, but they can lead to persistent health problems over time, too. Athlete’s foot and toenail fungus aren’t the only things that people with sweaty feet have to worry about. It’s much better to prevent or mitigate these problems before they happen instead of dealing with them later on.
In this guide, we’ll go over some of the best socks for people with sweaty feet. While good socks may not be able to eliminate sweaty feet completely, they can certainly help, and replacing your socks is a pretty easy step to take, too.
Our Top Picks
- Best Overall Choice: Kodal Copper-Infused Quarter Socks
- Best Premium Product: Dickies Dri-Tech Moisture Control Crew Socks
- Best Value Product: Rockay Accelerate Anti-Blister Running Socks
Choosing Socks for Sweaty Feet
Selecting the best socks for your sweaty feet can be tough. There are hundreds of different materials out there that socks can be made of, and while all materials don’t wick moisture the same way, each element has its redeeming qualities and disadvantages.
Take wool, for example. While you might initially think that wool socks might be too warm, it all depends on how the socks are made! Yarn can be knit into thin, moisture-wicking socks just as easily as cotton can. In this way, the material of the sock matters less than how the sock itself is made.
There are countless sock designs and fits to choose from in addition to the many materials available, which can make choosing your ideal pair difficult. We’ll go over a few of these options below to (hopefully) help you narrow down your preferences.
The fit on a good pair of moisture-wicking socks makes an enormous difference in how they perform. Depending on whether you’re running, cycling, sitting at a desk, or simply lounging all day, you might prefer vastly different socks.
Crew, calf, shorty, and no-show socks are some of the most popular sock sizes. While there are many in-between sizes to choose from, like ½ and ¾ length crew socks, for example, the four we listed above will be your most basic starting points.
Crew socks are the classic over-the-ankle socks that we’re all familiar with. Everyone owns a pair of crew socks for various reasons, whether that’s for exercising, going out on the town, going to work, or otherwise. For those who don’t like short or no-show socks, crew socks are the way to go.
A crew sock, predictably, is a bit warmer than a short or no-show sock. They also protect your ankle from blisters and from sweat. If your feet get too sweaty with shorty or no-show socks, try updating to crew socks to see if they work better.
The main advantage of crew socks is that they might give your ankles a bit of cushion from rough or badly-fitting shoes; any other benefits are mainly aesthetic.
Calf socks are a slight height upgrade from crew socks, and they can reach mid-way to entirely up the calf. Calf socks are obviously the warmest sock variety since they can protect the whole lower leg from cold conditions.
However, they have other benefits, as well. Calf socks can also come in compression sock varieties, which aid in blood circulation. This can be especially important for active or aging individuals.
Calf socks can be a bit of a fashion statement, too. While they can look odd with casual outfits, they tend to look good with hip semi-casual or business outfits. However, they’re also the least comfortable of all of the sock varieties.
Shorty socks occupy a place between crew socks and no-show socks. They still extend slightly up the heel and out of the shoe on most individuals, but they create a much lower profile than crew or calf socks.
“Ankle socks” is another popular term for shorty socks. Besides creating a less obtrusive profile, shorty socks have other benefits like:
- Protecting the heel while remaining mostly out of sight
- More comfortable than crew and calf socks
- Suitable for warmer weather
Unfortunately, one of the significant drawbacks of shorty socks is that they can be prone to falling or sliding off. However, they tend to be less inclined to this issue than no-show socks.
No-show socks are just what their name implies: socks that are designed to stay hidden beneath your shoes. Different no-show socks come in many different sizes based on what shoes they’re meant to be worn with. For example, no-show socks that are intended to be worn with pumps have a much smaller profile than those designed to go with exercise shoes.
No-show socks made for exercise might have a similar profile to shorty socks in some cases. However, no-show socks are fundamentally different in that they’re not designed to protect the ankle. Some may not even protect the top of your foot! Most no-show socks come without noticeable cuffs, too.
Moisture-wicking socks, or the socks that are designed for people with sweaty feet, can come in many different materials, as we’ve said earlier. While there are near-countless combinations of natural and synthetic materials to use in socks, some of the standouts we’ll feature in this article are:
Our Favorite Socks for Sweaty Feet
Since socks come in many different shapes, sizes, materials, and fits, there’s a lot to look at when deciding which will work best for you. In the paragraphs below, we’ll look at some of our very favorite “dry fit” socks that are excellent for keeping sweat and moisture at bay, and hopefully, these picks will help you choose your own!
1. Dickies Dri-Tech Moisture Control Crew Socks
When it comes to simple socks for moisture control, it doesn’t get much easier than cotton crew socks. Coming from Dickies, a popular name in high-quality clothing, you can’t go wrong. These socks are an excellent all-rounder for the average man (or woman) with sweaty feet.
While cotton isn’t the most effective moisture-wicking fabric, it’s an excellent place to start for the everyday wearer. Cotton likely won’t be sufficient enough for sweat-heavy athletes and runners, since cotton tends to get weighed down with moisture after too long, but it can handle a moderate amount of sweat like a champ.
Fortunately, these socks have an advantage over your standard cotton sock: they’re also 21% polyester. Polyester has excellent moisture-wicking properties, which balance out the moisture-absorbing features of the cotton in these socks.
These socks are also very breathable (another critical benefit of cotton), and they come complete with “ventilation channels” to further enhance airflow. They also feature arch support and a reinforced toe and ankle area.
The sock itself is made of 76% cotton, 21% polyester (as we mentioned), 2% spandex, and 1% nylon. Spandex and nylon are other synthetic fibers that are used to increase flexibility and elasticity.
These socks really are made to be the everyday sock for the working man with sweaty feet. They come in three heights: crew, quarter (between crew and ankle socks), and low-cut (ankle) socks. They also come in black, white, and grey, meaning there’s a color or size solution for just about any outfit. This makes them an excellent option for an office-goer or anyone else restricted to a dress code.
We should also emphasize that, while we’ve played up these socks as men’s socks throughout this section, Dickies creates many working socks for women, too.
- Excellent every day or working socks
- Moisture control
- Excellent breathability
- Multiple sizes and colors
- Cushioning and arch support
- Can get weighed down with too much moisture (due to cotton)
- May not be enough for athletes
- Average odor control
2. Kodal Copper-Infused Quarter Socks
Copper-infused socks are a newer phenomenon in footwear. Before the socks are made, copper ions are bonded with the threads the socks will be made from. You might be envisioning socks woven with copper wires, but that’s not actually how this works!
While copper-infused clothing is often falsely touted as a “heal-all,” science does prove that copper makes an excellent antimicrobial barrier. It won’t banish muscle soreness or heal wounds, but it will kill bacteria from sweat, keeping odors well at bay, and it can protect against fungus and other diseases, too.
Be aware when shopping for copper-infused socks that some can (and will) advertise for more than the socks can actually do. However, that doesn’t mean that copper socks have no redeeming properties. If you can find some for a reasonable price, they provide excellent odor protection, and when paired with moisture-wicking properties as these socks possess, you have a genuinely unique sweat-fighting combination.
These socks have excellent breathability. Since they’re made with 80% cotton, they wick moisture away very well. The other 20%, which is the ionized copper yarn, helps to ensure that the cotton doesn’t get weighed down with too much sweat or moisture.
Since this sock is so breathable, it works in all four seasons, too. Additionally, the socks are unisex, meaning that both men and women can benefit from the same pair. These socks don’t have much in the way of padding, though, so while they’re extra breathable, they may not provide enough cushioning for athletes or runners.
One notable difference between these copper socks and some of the others in this lineup is the price. While these socks aren’t overly expensive, the copper infusion aspect does make them a bit pricier than an equivalent pair of non-copper socks. That said, though, they’re still an excellent value, and they’re still one of the cheaper entries on this list of contenders.
- Excellent odor control
- Powerful moisture-wicking
- Multiple accent colors
- All-season appropriate
- Not padded
- Only comes in black/grey
3. Dickies Dri-Tech Advanced Moisture Wicking Crew Sock
Remember how we talked about women’s socks from Dickies a few sections ago? Well, this entry is just that – a women’s sock from Dickies. However, these socks are a different variety – instead of “moisture control” socks, these are “advanced moisture-wicking” socks. They also have a different composition, appearance, and fit, and not just because they’re women’s socks, either.
These socks are almost entirely made of polyester. While this makes them excellent for wicking away moisture, they also lose some of the breathability of cotton in the process. While these socks have the same ventilation channels as the previous pair from Dickies, they don’t work as well because of the material.
While these socks do wear quite a bit warmer than the cotton socks we looked at before, they also have a full cushion along the foot instead of a partial one. This makes them wear a bit warmer by default. Because of that, though, some users might find these socks too hot in the summer, while others might be okay with wearing them year-round.
Do keep in mind that, again, these are a mid-tier product in terms of quality. Like the other Dickies socks we looked at, these socks are sturdy and well-made, but in the pursuit of being useful to everyone, they alienate the niche consumer. Some people that need in-between sizes may find that these socks are too small or too big, for example.
Since these are designed to be women’s socks, they come in several color combinations – namely black, grey, and white. However, note that each set comes with colored piping, including a colored band at the top of the sock. Unless you’re willing to roll this top band down, this may make these socks unsuitable for workplace conditions where bright colors are not welcome.
- Several color options
- Breathability issues
- Wears hot
- Sizing issues
- Colors may make socks unsuitable for work
4. Thirty 48 Coolmax Running Socks
Up until now, we’ve mostly been looking at socks that are suitable for the everyday wearer. These Coolmax socks, however, are made for those who see a bit more activity than the average person. These expensive socks are made for running and exercising, though that doesn’t disqualify them as an excellent everyday sock, either.
This professional running sock is built a bit differently than an everyday sock. For one, the upper material is fundamentally different than the lower one on this sock. While not all running socks are heavily padded, this sock has a modest cushion along the entire bottom, making them comfortable for both standing and running.
Unfortunately, this sock isn’t built to stand up to wear as well as everyday socks, either. You may have to replace them more quickly, and for more than double the price of an everyday sock, that might make your wallet feel a bit sore. Such a sock isn’t for the everyday consumer.
However, for people that benefit from the unique construction of this sock – mainly runners and some others, for the most part – this extra expense will be worth it. The socks are made of nearly-equal parts cotton, nylon, and CoolMax fabric, a proprietary synthetic fabric that the company uses (there are also small amounts of polyester and lycra).
The effect is a sock that’s thinner on top and padded on the bottom, like most socks, but with a smoother, more delicate fabric. This sock uses something called “micromesh” that lets your feet breathe while still keeping them protected from friction and moisture.
This professional running sock has a bit more padding than other running socks, so some wearers may find it a tad on the warm side. The constriction around the middle, designed to support the arches, is also quite loose on these socks. Some users may prefer this looser feel, while others may not.
One very distinct feature of these socks is that they come in many different colors. This means that they’ll suit running and everyday outfits alike. They may be a bit too busy for a professional or workplace outfit, though.
- Breathable and comfortable
- Many colors available
- Toe, arch, and heel support
- Antimicrobial synthetic blend
- Moisture-wicking fabrics
- May wear out quickly
- Less arch support
5. Rockay Accelerate Anti-Blister Running Socks
When it comes to moisture-wicking materials, Merino wool, a wool variety that comes exclusively from Merino sheep, is widely considered the king. Wool, and especially Merino wool, is excellent at naturally wicking and repelling sweat, and wool has natural antimicrobial properties, too.
In addition to being made of 30% Merino wool, these socks are the ultimate running socks. The company that makes them, Rockay, stands behind their product, and they conduct excellent customer service, which is always a lovely bonus. The socks fit well (though some may find that they fit a bit too snugly), they wear well, and, most importantly, they wick sweat well, also.
While these socks come at a premium price, they’re a premium sock, too, so that price is arguably warranted. Do be aware that these socks are designed for long-distance runners, so their construction and price reflect this specialized role, but people who work around the house or who are on their feet all day might like this sock, too.
For one, the arch support in these socks is excellent. While the constriction in these socks may feel uncomfortable and even painful at first, give them a day or two before making a judgment – your feet (and the socks themselves) will adapt over time. Fortunately, while these socks will conform to your feet, they won’t lose their shape over time, either.
These socks come with extra padding in the heel and toe areas to help with shock absorption and to prevent blister formation. In fact, these socks are specifically designed to keep blisters at bay and to keep your feet happy. However, do be aware that, as with any expensive product, counterfeits exist in abundance, so if your product isn’t living up to your expectations, try getting a replacement directly from Rockay first.
All in all, this is a premium sock for someone who needs all the benefits of a professional running sock. These socks won’t even flinch at the sight of a sweaty foot. However, if you don’t need these premium features, you can probably save some money by buying a less-expensive product, as these are some of the most expensive socks in our lineup.
- Multiple colors (unobtrusive color options may be suitable for work environments)
- The ultimate runner’s sock
- Excellent sweat-wicking and odor-preventing capabilities
- “Guaranteed for life”
- May be overkill for some
6. Columbia Moisture Control Crew Sock
Here we have another everyday sock entry to our list. These socks are created by Columbia, a big name in outerwear, and as such, they make excellent all-season socks (though they may be a tad more suitable for winter). Additionally, these socks come in several colors and a variety pack, meaning that if variety is your goal, these socks are the way to go.
Unfortunately, these socks also seem to fall prey to some questionable counterfeit practices. If you’re in doubt about where your socks are coming from, it may be a good idea to buy them directly from Columbia or another reputable site.
These socks are made of 52% polyester and 40% acrylic fibers. This means these socks are almost entirely synthetic. That aside, these socks wear well, breathe well, and wick moisture well, too, so they seem to do an excellent job despite their lack of natural fibers.
These socks are excellent for the working individual, too. While this variety doesn’t come in any solid colors, they instead come in a polychromatic weave of two or more colors, namely charcoal black and another unobtrusive color. The multi-pack, which comes with one pair of each color, comes in mustard yellow, heather grey, royal blue, and charcoal grey. However, there are several more color and pattern options available.
Be aware that different color and pattern options of this sock may interact with moisture and wear differently. These socks come in different designs, heights, and colors, which may indicate that they’re actually different sock models.
That confusion aside, this is a well-made sock coming from Columbia. You can’t go wrong with it – if you can figure out which ones you’re getting, that is.
- Several attractive, work-appropriate colors
- Tall, snug fit
- Good arch support
- Excellent for winter
- Confusing options
- Counterfeit/quality concerns
7. Enerwear Cotton Heavy-Cushion Socks
These ankle socks from Enerwear are your basic moisture-wicking, low-cut, everyday socks. While the other everyday socks we’ve looked at so far have been crew, these are quarter-height socks instead. They will end just slightly above the ankle on most individuals. Many men prefer this look and feel for warm weather and other situations that warrant it.
Crew socks are traditional in the workplace – they extend the profile of the leg when wearing matching pants, especially if those pants tend to ride up when you cross your legs. While many men will still prefer long socks for the workplace, no-show, quarter length, and ankle socks have started to permeate other casual and semiformal styles. On warm days, the working male often enjoys a shorter, more comfortable sock, too.
In fact, that’s what these socks are made for: the working individual. They come with an extra-heavy cushion inside to keep your feet comfortable all day long, regardless of whether you’re on your feet or up and down all day. This also makes them suitable for hiking, walking, cycling, and other outdoor activities.
Like the first socks we looked at, these socks are two-thirds cotton and one-third polyester. This lets them take advantage of the breathability of cotton while still allowing for excellent moisture-wicking capabilities. These socks also come in crew and ankle socks if the quarter-height fit is not for you.
The main draws of these socks are affordability, plainness, and extra cushioning. For one, these socks come standard in packs ten pairs, and they’re the least expensive socks in our lineup to boot. Even if these socks wore out quickly (which they don’t), they would be worth considering on price alone.
These socks come in both black and white, making them suitable for almost any outfit, and while they don’t have any fancy additions to make them odor-proof, they’re reasonably good for odor management as long as you don’t saturate them with sweat. Their thick design and extra cushion may make them a bit too warm in the summer months, but this same cushioning makes them even better in the wintertime.
- Warm, extra-cushioned
- Excellent everyday sock
- Limited size options
- Piling issues
- A bit scratchy on the inside
8. Under Armour Women’s Essential Liner Socks
If you’ve heard anything about moisture-wicking, you’ve probably heard the name Under Armour. The company is known for its moisture-wicking clothing for exercise and sports, so you know you’ll get a high-quality product when purchasing these socks.
Unfortunately, as Under Armour is another well-known brand, be on the lookout for knock-offs and counterfeit socks. If the socks you receive don’t match what you see on the company’s website, you may have received a fake product. Socks are very easy to dupe, so if you suspect that you’ve received a false product, return it right away.
Do be aware that these are a special kind of sock caller “liners.” Essentially, these liner socks are made to be very thin, fitting almost more like a second skin than a sock. While these socks are excellent for shedding moisture and letting your feet breathe, they’ll provide very little cushioning and protection from blisters, impacts, and other foot hazards.
Since these socks are made almost exclusively of polyester, they are naturally antimicrobial, which is excellent news for those with stinky feet. However, this same composition makes them quite slippery. While this makes them feel pleasing on your foot, it also affects your grip in your shoes. If your shoes are too loose, you may find your socks or shoes sliding around as you move.
Since these polyester socks are thin liner socks, they avoid some of the problems that thick polyester socks have with breathability. That being said, though, this lack of thickness means less padding and less protection. They do have a decent amount of compression, though, meaning that you will have arch support with these socks.
All in all, these socks are an excellent premium choice for moisture-wicking socks, as expected from Under Armour. Just be aware of fakes when purchasing these and other name-brand socks.
- Thin, flexible “liner” material
- Comes in many colors
- Breathable and quick-drying
- Soft, supple material
- Can slide around in some shoes
- Less cushion than thicker socks
- Prone to counterfeiting
9. FOOTPLUS Copper Athletic Socks
These socks are also copper-ionized, this time in a crew-length variety instead of quarter-length. These FOOTPLUS socks are on the thicker side, so some users may find them too warm in the summertime. Additionally, these socks are nearly 100% polyester, meaning that their breathability is already a bit low.
We should also note that these socks only contain 2% copper-ionized yarn, while our other copper-infused socks were made with 20% copper-ionized yarn. Unfortunately, it seems that this does make a difference in the odor-eliminating capabilities of the sock itself. Less copper ionization appears to equate to less odor control.
As such, while this sock is an excellent contender for some, especially in wintertime, it may wear much too hot for others. For those that find it too thick, there won’t be enough odor-eliminating capabilities to balance out the extra sweat that you might encounter while wearing this sock. In that way, this sock ends up being great for some people, but a bit of a train wreck for others.
The polyester fabric that makes up these socks is incredibly soft and comfortable, however, though this makes it prone to slippage, too. If you’re looking for a cozy winter sock, this one should definitely be on your list. The toe also has a smooth seam, a feature which many people like in a comfort-oriented sock.
The main advantage of these socks is that they have a dual-use capability that the other socks in this list cannot match. These socks are equally as suited for wearing to work, out on the town, or with a casual outfit as they are for wearing to the gym. While all of this is defunct if these socks are too warm for you, if they suit you well, they make a truly great all-around sock.
However, we do recommend that you keep an eye out for when these socks are on sale. At the time of this writing, they are on sale, but they might be a bit too expensive to warrant buying over other dual-purpose socks when they’re at full price.
- Frequently on sale
- Suited for work and play, formal and casual
- Comfortable and cushioned
- Excellent for winter
- Expensive when not on sale
- May be too warm for some
- Mediocre breathability and odor control
10. Nike Elite Lightweight Dri-Fit Running Socks
This Nike lightweight running sock is an entirely different beast than the other socks we’ve featured in our lineup so far – and you can tell that right away just by looking at it! These socks come in a proprietary shape that’s made to cradle and support your foot without being a heavy-weight sock. The tab at the back of the sock is for adjusting it in your shoes and putting it on smoothly.
That being said, this sock might be a bit too thin for some wearers. It has the propensity to wear out quickly if exposed to areas of repeated friction, and the arch support within the sock is not ideal. The sock itself fits a bit more loosely than you might think, but it doesn’t fall down, either, which is a strange aspect to get used to.
One thing to note is that these are definitely not “no-show” socks. While they will sit mostly below the ankle, the tab at the rear of the shoe will poke out of most shoes you wear these socks with. That being said, these socks come in several colors that will help disguise this, but it may bother some customers nonetheless.
These socks are unisex, which is common among professional running socks, so it’s essential to keep this in mind while sizing them. While they’re meant to be worn while running, these socks also work well for playing sports, working outside, and any other activity where you’re frequently on your feet.
Fortunately, as far as dry-fit socks go, these are excellent. Their lightweight and loose-fitting nature makes them great both for moisture-wicking and breathability. Their noticeable ankle band makes them great at staying in place, too.
All in all, these Nike socks are great luxury running socks – if you like the fit, the weight, and the style. Of course, as with our other name brands, keep an eye out for counterfeits, and be aware that these socks are more expensive than your average pair.
- Extremely lightweight and breathable
- Excellent moisture wicking
- Surprisingly long-wearing for thin socks
- Several colors and styles
- Doesn’t fall down easily
- Mediocre arch support
11. Smartwool PhD Outdoor Light Mini Socks
Before we finish, we have one more pair of wool socks to add to our lineup. Instead of running socks, these are marketed more as all-around outdoor socks, which means they’ll be much more versatile than a running sock will be, too.
While these are not Merino wool socks – the company advertises them as Smartwool instead – they still benefit from the antimicrobial properties of wool. However, these socks are only 58% wool – the rest of the sock is 40% nylon and 2% elastane.
As such, if you’re looking for a 100% wool sock, this is not the one for you. However, if you’re looking to get the benefits of a wool sock without some of the other downsides, this is a sock to consider. Like any wool sock, you should still wash this sock on cold and allow it to air or line-dry, but the company, Smartwool, also recommends that you only wash these socks after every few uses.
To get the best possible ventilation out of these socks, the creators have used mesh fabric to make them more breathable. The socks also come with reinforced impact zones at the toes and ankles, meaning these socks can both absorb more weight and wear longer, too.
Do note that these socks are a bit warmer than your average sock because of the wool. The mesh areas of the sock help make up for this, but don’t take care of it entirely. However, they’re not bulky, and they fit well into snug athletic shoes and office shoes alike.
These socks are quarter-height, meaning that they’ll go over the ankle of most wearers. While they’re likely available in both taller and shorter varieties, this height makes them ideal for both work and play. Additionally, while the socks only come in black, charcoal, grey, and tan, these understated colors make them excellent for matching with many different outfits.
- Comfortable and cushioned
- Good arch support
- Suitable for work and play
- A bit warm
In the end, all of the socks on this list serve some useful purpose. While one person might prefer dual-purpose socks suitable for work and play so that they can transition right after work, someone else might prefer to have very distinct and separate exercise and working socks. Someone else might be content with standard cotton crew socks if they’re a victim of sweaty feet, but not a big exerciser.
While we can’t say which sock will be right for you (if any), this list is a great way to get started. Besides the many great contenders on this list, a few socks stood out to us more than others.
For one, the Kodal Copper-Infused Quarter Socks struck us as the best overall pick on this list. This is because of the odor-eliminating properties of its copper construction in addition to its moisture-wicking properties. For someone with stinky, sweaty feet, these truly are the best possible all-around sock for everyday use.
That being said, the Dickies Dri-Tech Moisture Control Crew Socks are an incredible value, too. While we had trouble deciding between these and the Enermax quarter-height socks, we ultimately chose these because of the piling issues that Enermax socks are prone to. These Dickies socks are sturdy, versatile socks, and they come in multiple heights if you’re not a fan of the crew look, either.
We had several excellent premium socks in our lineup, but our favorite is the Rockay Accelerate Anti-Blister Running Socks, if only because of the excellent service and warranty behind these socks. All of our premium socks are excellent options for runners and exercises, from Under Armour to Nike to Rockay socks, but we can’t deny that Rockay goes above and beyond to serve the customer. For this reason, they win our premium pick award.
However, do keep in mind that all of the socks that made it to this list are durable and effective socks for managing sweaty feet! If one pair spoke to you more than others, don’t be afraid to look into it, even if it didn’t win one of our final awards. Additionally, if you didn’t find anything here that suited you, remember that this list is only a starting point – there are hundreds more styles and materials out there for you to choose from!