Best Yoga Socks
There are usually two types of people on the planet: those who like to wear socks all the time and those who don’t. If you have ever tried to engage in a yoga class wearing the socks you wear every day, you might have a little bit more trouble engaging certain poses because your feet keep slipping. Luckily, there is a product that will fill your need to always keep your feet warm and covered, but it will also give you more traction on the soles of your feet to prevent slipping so you can fully extend into a downward dog without struggling to keep your feet from slowly sliding back. We are talking about yoga socks and below have outlined why these accessories are so important when taking your next yoga class.
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Ankle cuff prevents it from slipping into your sneakers
Open or closed toe options available (closed toe is slightly less expensive)
Top Ten Yoga Socks
Ankle cuff prevents it from slipping into your sneakers
Open or closed toe options available (closed toe is slightly less expensive)
Some find that the toe cuts out are a little too small
The Cosfash design was our favorite option because they are made from lightweight and breathable materials that will feel incredibly light and soft on your feet, plus they are made from a breathable material that will keep odors down even when you are engaging in a challenging and sweaty class.Read more
These are offered in both the open toes design as well as a closed-toe option. Each pair sits right below the ankle, and they have a little lip along the back that will prevent them from slipping down into your shoes. They come in three muted color options that include red, purple, and a slate gray.
They are primarily made from cotton, so they will be lightweight and easy to care for. They also contain about 18 percent polyester and 2 percent spandex.
Cosfash advertises that these are a one size fits all style, but the open toes designs are a bit more constricted. The open toe designs are made for feet that are about from size 5-9, however, some users claimed that the toes fit rather tight on their feet.
What we love most about these is that they come in a pack of four, and the price tag is very reasonable. They may cost just slightly more than styles that you would wear for running, but the friction dots peppered on the bottom make them well worth the slight uptick in cost.
If you are looking for something that is simple, and that you can wear with your sneakers on the way to class without worrying about them falling off into your shoes, these are going to be an excellent choice to suit your specific needs.
Sits up higher on the ankle
Made from almost 100 percent cotton
What we liked most about that Rahabsox design is that it has a unique grip that varies from the traditional dotted or diamond pattern that you often see on the majority of products. Plus, it has all of the makings of a traditional sock, but it has a few features that will help you keep a grip on the floor.Read more
If all you want is to be able to take an everyday pair that you would wear inside of your boots and be able to wear them to class- this is going to be your best best. It is made from traditional cotton materials, and it comes up just above the ankle. It has a unique swirl design on the heel and the toe box, and no grips along the arch of the foot. It is offered in neutral colors that include black, grey, white, and powder pink.
If you are a fan of cotton, you are going to love this design. It is made from 95 percent cotton and 5 percent spandex. These materials mean that it will fit your foot perfectly, but it is also going to be very lightweight and comfortable, as well as being very easy to wash.
The downside to this design is that it is only offered in a medium. What this means is that users that have a foot size between 5-8 can wear this product.
Users can opt to buy these one pair at a time, but one pair is likely to set you back double what you paid for your morning cup of coffee. However, users feel that the slightly higher price point is worth it considering how well these wear, and also because they are able to be washed multiple times without losing their shape.
These are perfect for those that was something covering their feet that is a bit more substantial and will actually work to keep their foot warm while they engage in different poses.
Easy to wash
Excellent sizing options for a sure fit
While there are some that want to cover up their feet completely, there are others with wish they could wear nothing at all. If you prefer to go barefoot but cold floors or slippery surfaces prevent you from really digging into your poses to the best of your ability, the minimalist toesox design is going to be a perfect solution.Read more
If you have ever noticed the gloves that weightlifters wear sometimes to help maintain a grip on the bar, this design resembles those gloves, but only for your feet. The bottoms have dotted grips along the bottom from the heel to the bottom of the toes, and the toes are open to allow for excellent range of motion. They sit as low on the foot as possible, and there is a thick line of fabric that runs along the top of the foot around the ankle to keep them securely in place.
What’s great about this design is that it is made from 90% organic cotton, with 8 percent elastane and 2 percent other fibers. This means that they will be able to be thrown into the washing machine to be washed- but be sure you turn them inside out and let them air dry (so that you don’t affect the bottom grips).
Toesox goes above and beyond to ensure that you get the perfect fit. Users can select from men, women, or unisex options, and they are available in extra small and run all the way up to extra large. An impressive 92 percent of past users felt that they fit as expected.
Considering that you will only receive one black pair with your purchase, the price tag for this design can be rather shocking, and rival the price of those that come in packs of 4-6. However, users love how well these perform, and generally feel they are well worth the cost.
We loved the minimalistic approach when it comes to this design. It gives you all of the motion of not wearing anything at all but has a base that allows you to really grip any surface.
Comfortable materials that are easy to care for
Comes in a pack of five
What we love about these is that they are built to be incredibly comfortable, and they come in neutral colors that don’t look like anything else out there on the market. They sport the separated toeless design so that you can take your show on the road without the need for a bulky mat.Read more
The Laviesimple comes up right below the ankle and has a lip along the back that will keep it from slipping down into your shoes on your way to class. It comes in muted, washed-out colors such as green, grey, purple, and red. The toes are separated but cut out so you will still have an excellent range of motion, and there are dots of traction along the entirety of the bottom of your foot.
These are made from 90 percent cotton, with 8 percent spandex and 2 percent elastic. These materials make for an exceptionally comfortable piece of footwear that will your feet nice and dry, and will also be very easy to care for.
The bad news is that this model is one size fits most design, and it made for feet that wear a shoe size between about 5-10. Also, due to the cutout toes, users might find that even though their foot fits within the window, the toes might fight just a little too tight.
Considering that you will only receive one pair with your purchase, the price of these runs a little steep. It will likely set you back the same amount that you would spend on similar packs of 3 that are currently for sale.
If you are in the market for something that is offered in colors that are just a little bit different and have a comfortable fit that is easy to care for, the Laviesimple will be a great addition for your next class.
5. QING OUTDOOR
Very lightweight and breathable material
What users love most about the QING OUTDOOR product is their excellent styling. These almost look like you are wearing a flat pair of mary jane's while engaging in poses. They are very lightweight and breathable, and the stretchy material will fit your foot like a glove.Read more
The very first thing that you will notice about this design is the styling. They have a much lower profile that sits just slightly above the bottom of your foot. The crisscrossing straps that run along the top of the foot not only give it a clever design, but it also keeps these from slipping off of your foot and into your shoes. The bottoms are lined with tightly spaced dots to ensure that you will never lose your grip as you engage in poses.
These are made from a very stretchable and pliable material that feels almost like a very thick pair of stockings. This type of not only washes well (and many users have reported that none of the gripping dots on the bottom have fallen off in the wash), but it fits almost every size foot.
As we mentioned earlier, sizing will not be a problem when it comes to this design. QING OUTDOOR states that their designs will fit shoe sizes from 6 to 10, yet some users with slightly bigger feet were able to wear these without much of a problem. About 88 percent of users felt these fit just as they expected.
One purchase will only get you three pairs, and the price tag is pretty steep. When you break it down to how much they cost per pair, one pair will cost you about the same amount that you spent on your morning cup of coffee.
If you are looking for a simple and sleek black pair to wear for your poses while still maintaining a firm grip on the floor, the QING OUTDOOR is an excellent choice if you are willing to play the slightly higher price tag.
Fully separated and enclosed toes
Limits exposure to any fungus
Could be tighter on your feet
If you have ever bought yoga gear in the past, you more than likely have a piece of Gaiam gear already in your closet. What we liked most about this design is that it has five fully separated but enclosed toes that allow users to have a full range of motions while still keeping feet warm, as well as gripping the floor.Read more
What makes this style unique is that has five fully separated enclosed toes that keep feet warm. It comes up right above the ankle so that it can be worn with sneakers without falling down inside, and it is made from a material that is just slightly thicker to keep feet warm.
These are made from thicker cotton that will allow airflow to get to your foot to reduce the sweat that can make things slippery, but it is lightweight enough not to affect your full range of motion.
About 83 perfect of users felt that this product fit as expected. They are offered in two sizes that include small/medium, and large/extra large.
What’s great about this design is that it has a strong and durable structure, but it comes in at an affordable price point. Sure, it might be a little more expensive than some of the other models that come in packs of 3, but the innovative design makes it well worth the slight uptick in price.
For those that want something that isn’t going to limit their range of motion in the slightest, and will help keep their feet warm while maintaining traction, this is an excellent option.
7. Lucky 21
Comes in a pack of 12 with a wide variety of colors
Made from soft and durable cotton
Bottom grips could offer more traction
Value is what comes to the center stage when it comes to the Lucky 21 design. Many of the designs on this list often come in packs of three, which means that you will only be able to go to class three times before it is time to do laundry. With Lucky 21 packs, you can go to class almost every day for two weeks without needing to wash a single pair.Read more
Simplicity is the name of the game when it comes to this product. They look exactly like the pair you bought to wear with your running shoes, with the only difference being the dotted grips along the bottom. They come just above the ankle so that they won’t fall off in your shoes, and they come in almost every color of the rainbow.
These are made from 100 perfect cotton, which means that they will be a cinch to wash, and they will wear as well as all of your other pairs in your drawer. They are lightweight and are very breathable for those difficult and sweaty classes.
About 84 percent of past users felt that these fit as expected. They are offered in a one size fits all, which seems to only include sizes that run from 5-10. If you are on the cusp of sizes, you may discover that they fit just a little too tight or loose.
Our favorite part about this design is in regards to the incredible value. For the same price as many of the 3 pairs, you will receive a pack of 12 with every bright and fun color included with purchase.
If you want something that comes in a value pack to limit the times that you will need to do laundry- this pack is the perfect solution to keeping your feet comfortable, while still maintaining traction, and you won’t lose your zen by needing to do laundry every 3 days for clean socks.
8. Great Soles
Unique ombre color options
Fits tightly on your foot
Excellent silicon grips on the bottom
This design is great because it does something that we haven’t seen with other designs- it offers users just a little bit of arch support. It has a thicker sole with rubber grips that are a little bit more pronounced than most, and a tight material will ensure that it isn’t going to slip around on your foot while shifting between poses.Read more
What we liked best about this model was the ombre color options offered. This design has a darker toe box that fades into a lighter color by the heel. It has a low profile that sits just below the ankle, and it doesn’t have an added lip which means it might slip off inside your shoes on your way to your class.
This design is made up of 75 percent cotton, 23 percent, and 2 percent elastic. This blend isn’t going to be as soft and warm as other designs that use almost 100 percent cotton, but the good news is that they will fit a lot tighter and snug, which is a benefit when you are shifting between poses.
The downside to his design is that it is another one size fits the most scenarios. It will comfortably fit shoe sizes that range between 6-10. Due to the stretchy material, however, many users rave about how will this design fits their foot. Almost 90 percent of users felt their product fit just as they expected.
Users will only receive one pair with their purchase, that that pair cost what other packs of 4 would cost. However, if you want something that is made from high-quality materials and will last wash after wash, this is a great option. Plus, if you find you aren’t satisfied with your product after 90 days, you can set it back for a refund.
What we loved most about the Great Soles design is that it has color options that aren't’ really offered anywhere else, and it is designed to keep up with you throughout all of your poses without shifting or bunching.
Various sizing options offered
Thick diamond grips along the bottom
Sits a bit higher up on the foot
Some found that the toe separations are too tight and pull on the foot when changing poses
The Hylaea design has a similar mary jane design as we have seen on some of the others on this list, but there are subtle differences that some users prefer. This design is made from easy materials that will keep your feet dry and comfortable while you engage in various poses, and the open toe design paired with the diamond grips on the bottom will ensure that there will be no slipping on any surface.Read more
Unlike some of the similar mary jane options out there on the market, the Hylaea design sits a lot higher on the foot than most. While the style has a lower profile than an ankle design used for wearing with running shoes, these sit just a little bit higher up on the foot. The elastic straps keeping it in place almost wrap around the lower part of the ankle to prevent shift while you move. The toeless design also allows you to be able to grip surfaces and still gives you a full range of motion that feels natural.
This design is made from 84 percent cotton, 12 percent spandex, and 4 percent binding cloth. The straps that hold them in place are made from a stretchy elastic material. Due to the fact that the straps are a little higher on your foot, they won’t dig into them as much as some of the others can.
About 86 percent of past users felt that this design fit exactly as expected. This isn’t a one size fits all product- users can select from a small, medium, or a large option to get the perfect fit for their feet.
Users will receive three different pairs with one purchase, and the cost is just slightly higher than what you would pay for pairs you would wear with your running shoes. Users feel the price is worth it considering how easy they are to clean as well as how well they fit and perform.
If you are looking for something that fits like a ballet slipper but sits a tad higher on the foot, this is going to be an excellent option. Plus, since they come with three different size options rather than a one size fits all, you are sure to get a size that will fit your foot perfectly.
10. LA Active
The lined interior makes them incredibly warm and comfortable
Limited sizing options
We liked the LA Active design because it is just a little bit more heavy-duty than some of the other designs. It is made to be a little bit thicker than most, and it sits low on the foot just below the ankle.Read more
There aren’t very many color options to select from with this model- it is only offered in a light grey and black. It sits right below the ankle, but it has a lip that will prevent it from slipping down into your shoes. There is a cut out along the top that gives your foot a full range of motion while still keeping it nice and warm.
LA Active takes a lot of pride in the materials that they use to make their products. This design uses a cotton blend, and the inside is lined with terry loops that will not only keep your feet warm, but it will also feel wonderful against your feet.
This is another one size fits the most scenario, and the windows are slightly smaller than most. These are designed to fit a shoe size of between 6.5 through 9.5.
The purchase of this product will land you two pairs in black and grey, and they sport a price tag that runs about in the middle of the road. When you break it down to cost per pair, each unit will cost about the same price that you spend on your morning cup of coffee.
For users looking for a warm, closed-toe option that will provide users with a great grip on the floor without breaking the bank- this is en great option. Plus, the expertly crafted cotton blend with terry lining makes it one of the more comfortable designs out there on the market.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
A variety of design was one of the key features we kept an eye out for. We ensured to include a wide variety of styles and cuts to appeal to most tastes. The separated and open-toe designs are more for those that aren’t too concerned about keeping their feet warm, but they still want to have a good grip on the floor as well as a full range of motion. Separated closed toe options are a little less popular, but they allow users to have nice and toasty toes while still having a good grip on the floor and range of motion. For those that just want a simple design that looks much like the pair you would wear running, we made sure to include simply closed toe cotton options (which were typically much more affordable). Another design that users love is ballet design. This design comes down very close to the bed of the foot and has mary jane like straps that keep it in place. These won’t do much about keeping your feet warm, but it will keep bacteria out and allow you to really grip the floor.
Overall you want a comfortable and stylish pair of yoga socks to help maintain the sweat from your foot and give you the grip you need to perform the poses brought to you from your instructor. We have included a variety of designs and are confident that one of these options will be the one that is best suited for you.
Everyone knows that when you are on the hunt for the perfect pair of socks, the material is the key. We made sure to hunt down those styles that were made from cotton materials because cotton is comfortable, breathable, and most importantly- it is easy to wash. Some brands that used elastic or polyester as their main material often ran into a few problems getting their grips to stick to the bottom of such a slick surface. What we noticed from the nylon and polyester options was that users often complained that the smaller grips would either pop off while they were using them, or they would come off in the washing machine. Styles that utilized cotton as their main material seldom ran into the issue of grips coming off.
Overall you want a pair of yoga socks that will be durable and will feel comfortable against your skin while doing yoga. The last thing you want is to be doing a yoga pose and feel as though your socks are causing you discomfort.
This was something important that we considered because a design that is too tight or too loose is generally going to give you problems holding specifics poses or making transitions. Generally, we made sure to select brands that had at least 80 percent of past users pleased with how their style fit. One size fits all scenarios aren’t ideal for these types of products, because they aren’t something that you are just going to shove into a shoe. A great fit is important because you will be primarily wearing these independent of shoes, and you will be making sharp and precise movements while wearing them.
If you have something that is just flopping around on your foot because it’s too big, it isn’t going to help you to achieve your best performance. While quite a few brands offer their products in one size fits all, we tried to fish out the brands that offered you size options, and we really like companies that went so far as to offer not only various sizing options but also a detailed sizing chart.
It’s hard to achieve zen when you keep looking down at your feet during a downward dog and being reminded how much money you spent on your footwear. For the most part, these yoga socks are generally offered at a pretty affordable price point. For our list, we tried to hang out in the middle of the road in terms of cost. The cheaper options that come in large grouped packs may seem appealing, but those styles often won’t even make it to the washing machine before falling apart.
Saving money is important, but wasting money on terrible gear is a terrible shame. Even though we tried to steer clear of the lower end options, we also wanted to make sure that we didn’t select the higher-end designs that have a needlessly high price tag.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Not every yogi is looking for the same thing when it comes to these products. While some want something that will keep their feet nice and toasty and warm while engaging in downward dog on cold floors in the middle of January, others are simply looking for something that will give them a full range of motion while offering a superior grip on the floor. There are tons of different design options out there on the market made to appease everyone, and we made sure to select a little bit of everything.
Other Factors to Consider
Before you make your final call on the style you want, take into consideration why you are purchasing yoga socks. If you are worried about fungus and bacteria that are lurking on the classroom floor, you will want to ensure that you purchase something that has a fully enclosed bottom. The toeless designs might seem tempting, but they won’t do anything to keep bacteria off of your feet. If you like the idea of open toes but don’t want to be exposed to fungus, the separated closed-toe option from Gaiam might be your best bet. If you live in a cooler climate or just always seem to have cold feet, you will be better suited for a closed-toe option that if offered in thicker cotton material.
No matter what design you decide upon, keeping your feet happy and comfortable will help you achieve zen quicker and easier! Remember the reason you are looking to invest in these socks is to keep your feet comfortable and give you an advantage at performing yoga poses more efficiently.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: What is the benefit of wearing yoga socks?
While some might claim that barefoot is the only way to go, wearing these products actually has a myriad of benefits. One of the most obvious benefits is the added bit of traction at the bottom of the sole. This is great if you don’t have a mat and you are in a place that has slippery floors without any grip. Another feature is that it will keep your feet warm if you are engaging in a cooler climate and you always have cold feet. When the temperatures start to plunge, the last thing that you want to do- indoors or outdoors- is to take off all of the gear that is keeping you warm. These products will ensure your feet stay nice and warm, even on cold floors. The last benefit is one that you may have never considered, but it has to do with bacteria. Gym floors are a notorious breeding ground for all types of bacteria and fungus because they are used by a lot of sweaty people. If you are worried about that bacteria and fungus transferring to your feet, you might want to invest in these special socks.
q: Can they be used for other things?
Yes, some people just like to use them around the house in the replacement of their slippers. Other uses include activities like plyometrics, dancing, Zumba, or pilates. Many users find they are a real benefit to take with them on vacation because they are a lifesaver for those that don’t like to walk on hotel floors (while still offering traction), and allow users to engage in the practice without a mat no matter where they are in the world. They are perfect for any activity that you normally do in bare feet but can offer traction, protection, and comfort.
q: Are yoga socks easy to wash?
Since most of the designs that we selected are made from simple cotton, washing them is simple and easy. Due to the fact that they have rubber tips on the bottom of the soles, they are as simple as your other basic pairs. While you will be able to throw them into the washing machine (be sure to turn them inside out), you will have to skip on the dryer and hang them up to dry. High heats can cause the tacky nubs on the bottom to shrink, lose their tackiness, or even fall off completely.
q: What makes them different than normal socks?
The difference between these yoga socks and what you would wear to go running has to do with the bottom of the soles. These soles have a series of tacky nubs that are sometimes just little dots that are peppered on the bottom, or sometimes they are made to make intricate patterns. For the most part, companies do their best to ensure that they are as lightweight and breathable as possible, because your feet are very important when trying to strike perfect poses, and they need an excellent range of motion in order to execute each pose perfectly.
q: Can I wear them with shoes?
Due to the fact that they are generally made to be very lightweight, many users feel that you can wear normal shoes with these on. Some have even gone so hard as to say that they like to double up on their socks while wearing these during to colder months and were still able to wear them under all of their layers. If you don’t like the idea of wearing them with your shoes, some companies offer a mesh tote that makes it simple to pop them into the tote back to throw into your bag when you are really to get started, and then you can throw the used socks back into the bag to take home and wash.
q: What are the benefits of the open toe design?
The open toe design gives users the best of both worlds. If might not protect your feet from bacteria lurking on the gym floor, but it will offer you an excellent range of motion while still being able to grip the floor. What we noted, however, from our research is that the open toe designs aren’t without their flaws. Generally, they are priced just a little bit higher than the closed-toe options because a little bit more effort and skill are involved in making them. Another thing to consider with the open toe designs is that everyone has different shaped feet, and these products often come in general shoe size recommendations. What this means is that while the yoga socks might fit well on your foot, it could be a little bit too tight on your toes. If if it too tight on your toes, that means that as you shift between poses, the fabric will pull back and make you uncomfortable.
q: Can I use yoga socks then without a mat?
One reason that users really love to use these products- even if they have an affinity for engaging in the act with their bare feet- is because these are perfect for traveling. If you are constantly on the go and can’t bring your mat with you everywhere, these products serve to be like a yoga mat right on your feet. Some users like to get the added benefit of using a pair of gloves as well that have the same type of grips on the palms as you would find on the bottom of your feet. If you have a good grip on your palms and feet, there is no reason why you can’t dig into poses without your trusty mat.