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The Joy of Great Cycling Socks

Steadfast, functional and a sometimes steamy stable-mate, no we're not talking about a Shire horse, we're talking about cycling socks, a cycle apparel category which has sometimes been seen as an unglamorous wardrobe necessity (a workhorse if you will). But have your feet ever felt in need of a hug after a long ride? Or have you felt an urge to partake in the ‘sock doping game’ which is sweeping the cycle world?

Cafe du Cycliste's striped socks with Chrome Truk Pro shoe

Cafe du Cycliste's Striped Socks look great paired with Chrome's Truk Pro Shoe

Recently I have experienced a revelation, a real game-changer: good socks are well worth their weight in wool (or your chosen combination of man-made fabrics). I had never really considered that socks could make a big difference, being so small and insignificant-seeming, but it seems I have been completely wrong. A good pair of socks set you right up, whether you're going out for a spin on your favourite local circuit, taking your trusty steed on a new adventure or treating your feet after a long day's riding.

PEdAL Ed Socks

Pedal Ed's Merino Long Socks are suited to every eventuality

My favourite sock discovery is the use of Merino wool, which makes socks a delight to put on (especially when my feet are cold or tired); add a pair of shoes and it actually feels like your feet are being hugged – I did not realise that socks could be improved with the addition of shoes! An added bonus with Merino is that it rarely needs washing because of its seemingly magical antibacterial properties.

Ornot Plum Sock

Ornot's Plum socks combine a bold colour scheme with refreshing Aireator uppers

I have also discovered that a well-designed lighter weight sock can greatly enhance what is an already very comfortable shoe when riding in warmer conditions. A good technical lightweight cycle sock greatly aids air circulation in the foot area, giving hot feet more of a chance to breathe.

Richer Poorer Distortion Athletic Socks in Blue and Lime

Embrace the sock doping trend and turn some heads with Richer Poorer's dazzling designs

I feel like feet are oft-overlooked when thinking about cycling (I know that until recently I certainly didn't give them the attention they deserve), maybe because they don't change or improve through experience or training like other parts of our bodies. However, ‘sock doping’, the latest craze in cycling fashion for standout socks, could address this situation somewhat - it is impossible not to notice some of the wacky cycling sock designs available now.

Winter Cycling Socks

Cafe du Cycliste's Merino Patterned Socks offer something a little more festive

If you haven't already discovered the joys of good socks, I would implore you to invest in a good pair and experience the positive impact they can have on your quality of life for yourself - whether you choose them for their technical qualities, eye-popping designs, or a combination of the two.

We stock a range of socks suitable for all seasons and for use on and off the bike - delve into our collection and treat you feet with something neat!

Shop: Cycling Socks

 

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About the Rider: Anne
Domestique-in-training, Anne’s unique selling points are her super-strong thumbs (a hangover from her days as a beefy bike mechanic) and her enthusiasm for cake (both baking and eating). When she isn’t sorting out returns or writing for the website she can be found working to make the transport system better for cycling (in her non-Always Riding role as a transport planner), fixing up friends’ bikes or enjoying the ride.
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