10 Best Socks For Stinky Feet That Fight Odor 2022
If you suffer from sweaty, smelly feet, rest assured that you are not alone. The stench is coming. Fortunately, wearing the right socks can be a big help. If you need socks for stinky feet, be sure to choose fabrics rated as “moisture wicking.” These materials fight odor by moving sweat away from your skin to the surface of the fabric and drying quickly.
Moisture-wicking fabrics are generally synthetic — nylon and polyester, for example — but wool and bamboo are major exceptions. All-cotton socks are generally a no-no; after absorbing your sweat, they will stay wet and look gross. (Note that some moisture-wicking fabrics shouldn’t be washed with fabric softener, so be sure to check care labels.)
When shopping for stinky feet socks, other descriptors to look for are “breathable”, “antimicrobial”, “odor resistant”, “odor resistant” and “quick dry”. Some socks even contain silver nanoparticles that kill bacteria and prevent bad odors.
Whether you’re looking for socks for running or everyday styles, we’ve got you covered with the best socks for stinky feet, in both women’s and unisex sizes.
The best socks for stinky feet
Balega Silver No Show Socks – $15.00
Balega makes some super popular running socks – and this style has nearly 8,000 5-star reviews! You can pull on any sock for running, sure, but especially if you’re battling foot odor, your best bet is a sock like this designed specifically for exercise. These comfortable and durable socks even have silver ions woven into the fabric to kill bacteria. The seamless toe prevents chafing and lets your toes move freely, while the high back makes it easy to put on the socks and prevent them from slipping. These are available in unisex sizes S–XL.
One satisfied customer wrote, “No matter how bad your feet smell, they can’t stink in these socks! I run 10 miles in odorless socks. …it’s the perfect sports sock – it’s worth it.
Women’s Bombas Merino Wool Calf Socks (4-Pack) — $72.00
Merino wool doesn’t just keep you warm when it’s cold, it also helps keep you cool and dry in the warmer months! These socks, which also contain polyester and spandex, are super soft and naturally wick away moisture. They have a seamless toe for added comfort, are designed to stay put (no one wants to ride their socks up all day!) and come in several versatile neutrals, both in one-color sets and multicolored sets. Sizes are S–L. Bonus: For every pair of Bombas you buy, the company will donate them to a homeless shelter.
With over 7,000 reviews, this style has a 4.7 rating. Reviewers say these socks are soft and comfortable, while one customer with hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) said “these socks make a huge difference”.
Women’s Performance Stems No-Show Socks (2-Pack) — $30.00
In case you didn’t already know, “stems” was a slang term for a woman’s legs about a million years ago, but these socks from Stems are made with much newer technology than this, with polyester and elastane added to the cotton fibers. The lightweight fabric mix means these socks wick away moisture from sweaty feet and let them breathe. The material is also odor resistant and has antibacterial properties.
The socks are available in black and white and are one size fits all.
MeUndies Women’s Breathe Sock — $16.00
You’ve probably seen the ads for MeUndies on social media, and if that’s your only exposure (no pun intended) to the brand, you might not know that they also make socks. Their Breathe No Show Sock is stretchy, super lightweight, and has tons of features: a seamless toe, reinforced toe and heel, cushioned sole, and anti-chafe tongue. The nylon, polyester, rubber and spandex blend is odor resistant and quick drying, perfect for feet that tend to smell bad. Sizing is unisex (S-XL) and colorways are split into “classic” (black, navy, etc.) and “adventurous” (palm trees, cheetahs, and other fun prints).
Bonus: MeUndies sources their socks ethically and imports them under fair working conditions.
Reviewers love that the socks are soft, comfortable and breathable. (Note that they are not tumble dry.)
VERO MONTE invisible socks for women (pack of 4) — $8.00
These invisible socks work well tucked into sneakers, flats, and heels. The product description specifies “medium profile shoes,” which, okay, but they will disappear under most styles. (For shoes that expose your foot more, try their low cut option.) These breathable, moisture-wicking socks are primarily cotton with some polyester and spandex, and they have a reinforced toe and heel. They are guaranteed non-slip and if you find they are not, they will refund your money. The socks come in sizes S/M, M/L and L/XL and come in black, grey, “nude” (nude for lighter skin tones, that is), a black stripe and white and a gray-and-white stripe.
One of over 2,000 5-star reviews notes, “They were thin, which is great for warmer seasons, so there was no sweat or foot odor. They didn’t slip off my feet either.
Fits Women’s Casual Socks — $22.00
These relaxed mid-calf socks from Fits have a unique gradient pattern available in four color combinations. The blend of suit-grade merino wool (ooh, fancy), nylon, polyester and Lycra means they’re moisture-wicking and anti-microbial. The socks offer extra cushioning in the toe, arch and heel area, and the light compression is meant to provide “an invigorating feel”. (You’ll probably still need your morning latte, though.) Sizes are S–L, which fits women 5–11.5.
Here is a nice surprise: These socks are guaranteed for 2 years! Additionally, 96% of the 300 very impressive reviews have five stars.
Saucony Women’s Performance Heel Tab Athletic Socks (up to 8 pairs) – $11.00
Everyone recognizes Saucony as a shoe brand (whether you can pronounce the name or not), but the company also makes socks. These polyester/elastane socks have it all! They come in a wide range of sizes (equivalent to women 5-13) as well as a ton of colors; they also feature ‘Airmesh ventilation technology’ and ‘RunDry moisture management’ to let your feet breathe and keep them dry; and they feature arch support, cushioning in high-impact spots, and comfortable toe seams.
Here’s one of 65,000 5-star reviews (apparently a ton of people love these socks): “My feet feel so fresh all day now! They don’t smell or sweat at night! I highly recommend them! I literally don’t buy any other types of socks anymore! »
Women’s SERISIMPLE Bamboo Socks (5 Pack) — $17.00
If you prefer your socks to be made from natural fabrics, try these bamboo socks. They are comfortable both for work and for working from home. The socks are breathable, moisture wicking and odor resistant, and they have a reinforced heel and toe. And because they’re made from bamboo, they’re naturally antibacterial! MANY colors are available, including gray, white, off-white, lavender, forest green, and yellow, and you can choose sets that are all one color or multi-color sets. Sizes are S–L. Bonus: If you get a hole in one of your socks within 30 days, the company will send you a free replacement.
One of over 1,800 customers who gave these socks a 5 star rating wrote, “I wear these shoes for work which is not breathable at all which caused odor. Switching to these socks was a game changer.
Hugh Ugoli Women’s Bamboo Trouser Socks (3 Pack) – $17.00
Here are thin and light socks for work or the weekend that have the antibacterial properties of bamboo as well as a reinforced heel and toe for more durability. They’re available in women’s sizes 6-9 and 9-12 in a whole host of colors, including neutral tones like gray, navy, white, black, and beige, as well as more colorful options like as red, orange, pink, purple, dark green and light blue. Most of these sets of three socks are all one color, but some sets have three.
One of the thousands of 5-star ratings reads: “Wow! These are great socks! Soft as can be! Nice warm but not too much! No sweat so no smell. Amazing!!!”
Smartwool PhD Run Light Elite Micro Socks – $18.00
Smartwool is a big name in socks, but you might not know they make running socks. This popular merino wool style has hundreds of 5-star ratings and boasts awesome features like “body-mapped mesh ventilation zones” and “elite 4-degree fit”. Its lightweight cushioning provides shock absorption in the heel and ball of the foot. Best of all, merino wool is a highly breathable fabric that keeps you warm in cold weather and cool in high temperatures. This wool is ZQ certified, which means it has been produced ethically and sustainably. Sizes are S–L.
One runner shared: “They are comfortable and light. Reduce perspiration and odors in a big way!”
Note: If your feet smell bad, you shower daily, and these socks (and foot products like these) don’t solve the problem, see your healthcare provider. You may have a medical condition, such as athlete’s foot (a common fungal skin infection) or hyperhidrosis (overactive sweat glands) that requires treatment.
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