Forget turkey, mince pies and ugly sweaters, nothing says Christmas like a good old-fashioned pair of socks for a present.
People often think of this as a last-resort present, but they don’t have to be for cyclists. Whether thermal, waterproof, hi-viz and more, there are plenty of different types of cycling socks that would make a great Christmas gift.
Here are seven of the best cycling socks in the business:
For some funky cycling socks for men, look no further than this ‘On Your Bike’ selection from United Oddsocks, for a mere £14.26.
With six extremely unique, colourful individual socks to choose from, you can mix and match with any combination you like. What’s more, they are excellent quality; made from 80 per cent cotton, 19 per cent polyamide and one per cent elastane.
Perfect as a light-hearted present for any frequent cyclist.
If you’re after something that will keep you especially warm on your bike, then these black men’s winter cycling socks from X-SOCKS will be ideal for you.
Made entirely from polyamide, and fitted with a heel and toe protector and ankle support to lower the risk of blisters and chafing, these are high-tech thermal cycling socks made for low temperatures.
The X-Cross bandage also gives extra stability to the heavily-stressed foot joints, while the traverse airflow channel system ventilates the sole, taking overheated air out of the shoe thanks to the air-conditioning channel. This will all help create the perfect environment for your feet as you cycle.
Available in yellow (plain, vidid or hi-viz) or charcoal, these Dexshell waterproof cycling socks offer you triple-layer breathable protection from the weather and are an ultra-lightweight design, too.
These low ankle socks are tailor-made for keeping your feat cool and dry no matter how adverse the weather conditions you cycle in may be. That they are not heavy in the slightest also means they can be worn to similar effect in warmer climates, as well.
You can buy them in four different sizes, from small to extra-large, and the blend of cotton and synthetic materials only enhances both their comfort and their sturdiness against the elements.
This unisex socks are made in the cycling hotbed of Copenhagen, and are great for riding with whether it’s for your road, mountain or city bike.
Available as three pairs in black, dark blue, white or multicoloured (1x stripes, 1x black, 1x blue), or as a single pair in black, these merino cycling socks boasts finely-knitted features like ankle flex and ribbed support, giving them a custom fit and preventing blisters.
They’re technologically advanced socks, too. Made with 56 per cent polypropylene (the lightest of all fibres), it offers superb insulation and is hydrophobic, so your feet will stay dry and warm since sweat or water will not be absorbed.
Need something to put on your feet while riding in the dark? These unisex high visibility socks from Optimum, in either fluorescent green, orange, pink or yellow, will do the trick for you.
Keeping you noticeable is far from their only advantage, though; these socks were also designed to offer cyclists comfort, breathability, defence from bacteria and support of the feet. It is made from a Coolmax and breathable fabric, which makes them perfect for winter cycling.
Essentially, these are socks made of high-quality materials, which are comfortable to wear, extremely visible and offer you a particularly soft, luxurious feel.
Available a variety of different colours including black, pink, blue and yellow, these women’s socks are not just bright, but unique.
They consist of a cushion terry foot for extra impact of protection (no blisters, no whirling and slipping, reinforced heel and toe for durability in high-wear areas), and targeted compression zones to help relieve pain and discomfort related to plantar fasciitis, reduce fatigue, soreness, cramping and prevent injuries at the same time.
More than that, though, they’ll keep your feet warm in the winter and fresh and cool in the summer, can prevent the growth of bacteria and fungus effectively, and thanks to their high resistance, they don’t suffer damage easily.
These might not be ‘cycling socks’ per se, but for something a bit different, how about this smart design from SeriouslySillySocks?
The Cycling Man bamboo organic crew sock design comes in denim with yellow cycles and riders pedalling their way around the sock in both directions, and finishes with a yellow heel and toe.
These organic bamboo socks are soft and are strong against bacteria and fungi, too. Not only that, but the bamboo material means you’ll feel warmer than standard cottons in the winter and cooler in the summer due to its fibre construction. They’re more than just a pretty sock.
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