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Winter's a tough one for commuters, especially us cyclists. To ensure your toes are toasty and dry during the bitter winter period investing in a good winter cycling sock is essential.

They may not be the prettiest pieces of kit but they sure will keep your feet happy!

Here's our round up of the warmest socks for winter cycling...

[part title="Rapha Winter Socks"]

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Made from a thicker yarn than Rapha’s traditional socks, the winter socks are what to reach for when the mercury’s barely showing – with padded toes and footbeds they offer a greater level of insulation, making sure you have no excuses for heading out on that intended training ride…! The Rapha quality you know and expect comes through in the high merino wool content, handlocked toe stitching to prevent rubbing, and the itch-free, anti-bacterial and odour-resistant fabric.

Price: £20, available from Rapha.

[part title="Endura BaaBaa Merino Winter Socks"]

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Maintaining a high warmth to weight ration even when wet, the BaaBaa merino winter socks from Endura surpass expectations with their cosiness. Often negating the need to wear overshoes on chilly days, these do a cracking job at keeping the cold at bay while, thanks to their pique upper, maintaining optimal breathability. The BaaBaas, made from 38% merino, score highly for keeping smells at bay and, with the stretch arch support and Terry sole, your feet will appreciate Endura’s efforts.

Price: £9.99, available from Endura.

[part title="Defeet Woolie Boolie 2 Baaad Sheep Women's Socks"]

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Perhaps best know for the groundbreaking Aerator summer socks, Defeet also do a near-legendary winter sock, called the Woolie Boolie 2 Baaad Sheep socks. Recently upgraded to include a padded Terry loop top cuff and foot sole, plus arch compression for greater stabilisation in your shoe, they’ve made from a high percentage of merino wool (64%) so tick all the thermal, wicking and breathable boxes cyclists like. Thanks to the wonderful properties of wool, they stay warmer when they are wet than other fabrics – just what you need on dank days.

Price: £12.99, available from Evans Cycles.

[part title="SealSkinz Thick Mid Length Sock"]

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For maximum waterproofing on the wettest of days, you need a pair of SealSkinz Thick Mid Length Socks – throw a bucket of water at your feet and, with these on, you’ll be dry as a bone and good to cycle another day. Extra benefits include a padded layer of merino wool loop pile lining on the toe, sole, and heel area, which not only provides support but also ensures a close, comfortable fit.

Price: £35, available from Sealskinz.

Best Price: £22.74, available from Outdoor GB.

[part title="Altura Night Vision Thermolite Socks"]

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Killing two birds with one stone, the Altura Night Vision Thermolite Socks will not only keep you warm with their thermo-lite hollow-core polyester fabric construction, they’ll also help keep you visible in the dark, thanks to their hi-viz technical styling. Resilient to lots of washing, the Thermolite construction provides plenty of insulation on chilly commutes, while the fast-wicking Polyamide with an ion antibacterial layer keeps them whiff-free and the dash of Lycra ensures a close fit.

Price: £13.99, available from Cycle Surgery.

[part title="Assos Fugu Socks"]

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As you’d expect from Assos, form and function meet in a perfect cosy match in the Assos Fugu Socks. Simple and straightforward, they’re just plain warm and fans find they need nothing else for really cold winter riding conditions, even down to as low as -2°C. The added bonus of the Assos Fugus is that they’re incredibly warm without being exceptionally thick, so you still have the usual levels of comfort in your shoes but with extra warmth. Win win.

Price: £16.99, available from Assos.

[part title="Vulpine Merino Long Socks"]

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Classic British styling is combined with a perfect technical 70% merino blend on Vulpine’s Merino Long Socks, designed to meet the simple brief – to keep feet toasty warm 25 miles into a club run in December. And that they do. At the business end a toe-hugging extra thick footbed wraps around your sole for heat, comfort and durability. And at the other end, the long cuff means there’s no chance any drafts will be getting in.

Price: £20, available from Vulpine.

[part title="dhb Winter Sock"]

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Price: £8.99, available from Wiggle.

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