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.