Balega and Feetures Running Socks, aka Goldisocks
These socks are GOOD! My two personal favorites are the Balega Hidden Dry and the Feetures ELITE. They are both on the thinner side of the bunch but my feet stay comfortable despite the minimal cushion. However, if your shoes are packed out and you want to walk on clouds, I’d recommend a thicker pair like the Balega Silver or choosing the “max cushion” option on a Feetures pair. My running shoes provide enough impact absorption so I balance that out with these two thinner socks which are guaranteed to keep your feet a bit cooler. In addition, both Balega and Feetures package their socks in only thin cardboard, no plastic!
Balega Hidden Dry
$13 at REI
These socks kept my feet drier than the desert I run in. These ultra-light socks may sacrifice a little cushion for breathability, but they truly are weightless. They feature Balega’s proprietary Drynamix ® moisture-wicking fibers, mesh side panels for easy breathing and Triple-Y heel design to keep the stock snug on your heel without bunching up in your shoe.
Balega Blister Resist No Show
$14 at REI
This sock-style promotes ultimate comfort with natural mohair fibers which have a flat scale construction making them sheer and thus blister resistant. In addition, the material is soft, strong and stretchy. These socks make running easy for the bottom of my feet.
Balega “Silver” No Show
These socks give you more cushion than you could dream of! They absorb impact like no other. The pair sacrifices a little breathability for cushion but it’s worth it. The material holds an antimicrobial compound called Silver Chloride which absorbs sweat and removes bacteria, fungus, and germs. You will feel like you’re running on clouds!
Feetures Merino 10
These thin hikers/runners have found the balance between cushion and breathability. The left and right specific socks ensure there is protection in all the right areas, so with extra padding under your heel and ball of your foot and thin lightweight material on top, the Merino 10 socks are guaranteed to keep your feet cool and comfy. The Merino wool combined with TENCEL fibers gives the sock elasticity, durability and moisture-wicking capabilities. Available in 3 different heights; crew, mini crew, and no-show tab. These socks are also available in Ultra Light and Cushion.
Feetures’ ELITE line is their most technically advanced socks. The Targeted Compression goes hand in hand with the left and right specific sock. This gives you padding where you need it most, keeping your feet from absorbing all the impact on their own. These socks also boast iWick fibers to keep your feet dry and cool while the Seamless Toe design kicks pesky seams to the curb. These socks are available in 3 different heights, mini crew, quarter and no show tab and in 3 different thicknesses, ultra-light, light cushion and max cushion.
Growing up snowboarding and hiking in the bitter cold winters and humid summers of northern Vermont, Eliza learned how to beat up gear and quickly became infatuated with new technologies. After moving to Colorado in 2015 to pursue a degree in recreation and outdoor education at Western Colorado University, her passion for the outdoors grew exponentially. Soon after, she picked up rock climbing, telemark skiing, backpacking, canyoneering, and is slowly learning to love rafting. Through these learning processes, Eliza began to understand the importance of the right gear and hopes to share her experiences and knowledge with others through Engearment.
Now working for Beacon Guidebooks as the ‘Wearer of Many Hats’ (yes, that is her official title), Eliza has learned the ins and outs of the outdoor industry. She has also worked on marketing teams, as a photographer, media coordinator, outdoor instructor and as a wrangler. She is especially excited to encourage other women in the outdoors and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion.