SOCKS

Runner's World (UK) - - Gear -

1. Bridgedale Storm­sock £32, bridgedale.com

Ex­pen­sive, but we think they’re worth it. They com­prise three lay­ers: a soft merino in­ner to wick sweat away; a tough Ly­cra outer for dura­bil­ity and pro­tec­tion; and be­tween them is a wa­ter­proof layer.

2. Stance Com­pass Crew £14.99, stance.eu.com

A won­der­ful com­bi­na­tion of dura­bil­ity and com­fort. These won’t be­come baggy over time and we can tell you from ex­pe­ri­ence that you can wear them a few times be­fore it be­comes nec­es­sary to wash them.

3. Puma Run­ning Cell £18, eu.puma.com

These are not com­pres­sion socks so the knee-length de­sign is more about fash­ion thank func­tion. But they’re also handy for a lit­tle ex­tra cov­er­age on days when you can’t de­cide if it’s shorts or leg­gings weather.

4. Fee­tures Elite Light Cush­ion Mini Crew £7.50, triathlon­store.co.uk

A highly tech­ni­cal sock that’s a bar­gain at this price. Anatom­i­cal fit, ex­tra cush­ion­ing in the heel and fore­foot, no toe seams (to limit the risk of blis­ters) and a fast-wick­ing weave.

5. 1000 mile Heat Walk Sock

£17.99, 1000mile.com We know it says ‘walk’ but we think this is a more ver­sa­tile sock than that. Run­ning in these on an icy day is a treat: a thick dou­ble-layer sheath re­tains body heat to keep your toot­sies warm, while still pro­vid­ing ven­ti­la­tion.

6. Wack­ysox Flo Green Sports Socks £7.49, wack­ysox.com

These are among the more sub­tle op­tions on the wa­cysox site, but are bright enough to help keep you vis­i­ble. They won’t last more than one sea­son but they’re soft, fast-wick­ing and fun.

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