How to Choose the Perfect Socks for Running: Recommendations and Tips You Won’t Want to Miss

Running shoes are of course important for long-distance running, but the "socks" worn between your feet and running shoes are also important.

In addition to the types and characteristics of socks that are often worn during jogging, we will introduce the characteristics and recommended socks of highly functional socks developed for runners.

How to Choose Running Socks

From runners aiming to complete a marathon, to runners who are jogging or completing daily training, it is important to choose the socks for running that suits you for comfortable running.

The following four points should be kept in mind when choosing socks for running.

  • Toe shape

  • Sock thickness

  • Sock length

We will briefly explain how to choose these, so please find the best running socks according to your running style, worries that occur during running, and your preference.

Toes of Running Socks

Socks made for running are roughly divided into the regular type and the five-toe type, which has been attracting attention recently.

Five-toe socks are attracting attention from runners because they have the effect of firmly grasping the ground with toes and preventing stuffiness and friction between toes. 

Regular type socks that wrap your toes snugly are also highly appreciated for their wide variety.

It is a good idea to choose a toe silhouette based on various factors such as the thickness and length of the fabric and the material.

Sock Thickness for Running

Thick socks and thin socks have a great effect on running, so it is recommended to actually compare the two types of socks.

In general, thin socks are suitable for racing and speed practice because the kicking force is more easily transmitted to the ground and the feedback on the ground transmitted from running shoes can be sensitively detected by the foot.

On the other hand, thick socks are said to be suitable for long-distance races and training because the socks themselves have cushioning properties and the fit between the shoes and the feet is high.

Length that Suits Your Running Style

There are three main types of length.

  • Ankle length

  • Regular length

  • High socks

The shorter it is, the more you can run without worrying about the presence of socks, and it is recommended for runners who want to run naturally.

On the other hand, some people say that running socks with regular length and high socks support the calf and ankle muscles, so wearing them will improve performance.

Processing and Functions that Help Running

In addition to the factors listed above, there are some socks that are created especially for competitive purposes that have excellent ability in absorbing sweat and repelling water. 

There are also socks that have been processed to prevent slipping between running shoes and socks by placing a non-slip on the bottom of the socks to improve the adhesion.

In addition, there are also arch supports and ankle supports, which are processed and devised to reduce foot fatigue.

It is recommended to find a pair of socks with properties to target issues you face when running.


Types and  Characteristics of Socks for Running


We will explain the characteristics of socks that are often worn when running by type. 

Please use it as a reference when choosing your next pair of running socks.

Toe Socks

Toe socks are socks that are separated so as to cover each toe one by one. 

The advantage of running with five-toe socks is that the free movement of the toes enables the original way of running by "grabbing the ground with your toes".

[Picture of TABI SOCKS or TOE SOCKS]

High socks

Long high socks are popular with runners as a measure against the cold in winter. 

For some runners, the cold is not an issue, however, for some other runners, the coldness can be numbing.

It all depends on your sensitivity to the cold.

In addition to measures against the cold, some high socks have a "compression" function that utilizes a long length. 

This type has the effects of preventing muscle spasms, reducing fatigue, and promoting blood flow by applying pressure.

High socks are recommended for people who are suffering from "coldness" or who have experienced convulsions caused by "coldness". 

High socks with a compression function are especially recommended for long-distance races because they can be expected to reduce muscle fatigue. 

Suitable for those who are suffering from fatigue and injuries below the knee in the second half of the race.

Leg Warmers

Leg warmers are a type of socks that cover the ankle to below the knee. 

Since it does not cover the foot part, it is a prerequisite to use it with other socks. 

The effects of leg warmers are not only the prevention of cold, but also promotion of blood flow, reduction of muscle fatigue, and UV protection.

Like high socks, leg warmers are recommended for runners who run long-distance races and runners who are concerned about fatigue below the knees. 

The biggest advantage is that it can be used with other socks.

High-Performance Socks for Running

High-performance socks for running are special socks developed for running, and are socks that strongly support running.

Since various manufacturers have developed many types, the characteristics differ depending on the type, but typical effects include supporting the arch of the sole, shoes from slipping, and reducing fatigue.

Among them, high-performance socks that repel rain and have high breathability are very popular. 

Therefore, it is a recommended sock that comes in handy when racing or running long distances.


The characteristics of each type of socks used during running are as described above. 

I hope you understand that each sock has different characteristics and can select the one that suits you best. 

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