From ventilating mesh, airflow mesh weaves and bacteria-static silver ions, our pick of the top eight socks to cycle in during the summer will keep your toes feeling as fresh as a daisy.
[part title=" Assos Summer Skinweb Cycling Socks"]
You know that when Assos puts its mind to something, that something is going to be the best possible thing there is, and these Summer Skinweb Cycling Socks are no different to the rest of the Assos offerings. Targeted for the heights of summer, the Skinweb socks work best in temperatures of 29-39°C as they’re made from a ventilating mesh (the Skinweb in their name), which allows both the air to flow around your tootsies and any moisture to be whisked away. Plus the design on the cuff means they look pretty cool from behind.
Price: £12.99, available from Assos.
Best Price: £7.15, available from Assos Factory Outlet.
[part title="Teko eVapor8 Women's Ultralight Minicrew Socks"]
Teko has only been around for nine years but in that time the team has stuck fast and true to its original mission – to make ‘The best socks on the planet, the best socks for the planet’. And the eVapor8 Women’s Ultralight Minicrew Socks are no different. They’re extremely soft, light and durable, and don’t absorb moisture so they dry super quickly – perfect for warm or humid conditions. With a narrow heel pocket they’re designed to specifically fit women’s geometry, and you can be pleased to know that not only are your feet staying cool, you’re helping the planet – all Teko’s polyester is made from 100% recycled material from post-consumer waste such as plastic bottles. Go! Green!
Price: £9.95, available from Teko Socks.
Best Price: £8.95, available from Outdoors.
[part title="LMNH DeFeet Aireator Socks"]
East London’s coolest bike repair shop and café Look Mum No Hands has teamed up with DeFeet, the US company who revolutionised cycling socks (and all other sporting socks) with its Aireators, to create the LMNH take on the groundbreaking sock. The first cycling sock to have a flat knit cuff and an airflow mesh weave, the LMNH branded version keeps all the function and adds some form to the classic!
Price: £10, available from LMNH.
[part title="Shutt White Cycling Socks"]
You may be thinking, ‘meh, what difference can a pair of socks make?’ but pull on a pair of the Shutt Cycling Socks and you’ll soon see. When it’s hot and you’re pounding out the miles, breathability and support are what you need around the foot, and they’re what you get with the Shutts. Airmesh material keeps the air flowing and is teamed up with a central high-density foot band, plus Meryl Skinlife™ fibres throughout the socks contain naturally bacteria-static silver ions so any potential bacteria is repulsed before its had a chance to thrive. That’s good for your shoes, and good for your feet.
Price: £12.50, available from Shutt.
[part title="Campagnolo M S Coolmax Socks"]
If you take your socks as seriously as your components, there's only one brand that should be adorning your ankle, and that's Campagnolo. Nothing says ‘I’m serious about my cycling and I’ve ticked off all the major climbs in the Alps, the Pyrenees and the Ventoux’, as having a pair of these, with their distinctive branding, sticking out from your shoes. But not only do they look the part, they’re made from Coolmax, which is fast drying, they’re beathable, have a mesh construction at the front, and a reinforced toe and heel. Campagnolo – respected for a reason.
Price: £10.20, available from Campagnolo.
Best Price: £8.95, available from Absolute Cycles.
[part title="dhb Light Weight Cycling Sock 8cm"]
No round up of the best kit for cycling would be complete without an entry from Wiggle’s great value own brand dhb, and summer socks are not let down thanks to the dhb Light Weight Cycling Sock. Also made from lightweight Coolmax, if you’re not fussed on the brand snobbery of having Campagnolo around your ankles, these good value offerings from dhb will do a very similar job at keeping your feet feeling loved. Reinforced at the toe to prevent wearing, these will see you through many a sportive.
Price: £6.99, available from Wiggle.
[part title="Mavic Pro Socks"]
Keep things simple but effective with the Pro socks from Mavic. Incredibly soft to the touch, the way they’ve been knitted ensures a great fit and the confidence that once they’re on, they’re not budging. Designed to be worn at hot temperatures (25°C and up) the Pros have got built-in anti-stench qualities thanks to their material’s permanent bacteriostatic properties to keep any nasties at bay.
Price: £10, available from Mavic.
Best Price: £7.99, available from Je James Cycles.
[part title="Café du Cycliste Spotty Cycling Socks"]
Anyone with an ounce of knowledge about staying comfy on the bike knows to focus on the three contact points – your hands, your bum and your feet. So tick one of the three off with these Spotty Cycling Socks from Café du Cycliste and you’ll look good while doing so. Ultralight and ultrasoft, the material used is a high-wicking, anti-blister yarn, sworn to keep you sweat free for mile after sunny mile.
Price: €17, available from www.cafeducycliste.com.
Best Price: £14, available from www.velovixen.com.
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