Do you need cycling-specific socks? Do they make an actual difference to your cycling experience? If you are new to cycling, you might wonder if these are worth the investment. So what is so special about cycling socks? Like a pair of hiking socks has paddings in the right spots, bike socks have the following features you won't find in ordinary socks.
Cycling socks features:
Snug and thin: ideal to fit in fitted cycling shoes, cycling socks are thin to avoid bulk and unwanted friction. Some cycling socks even have a compression band in the arches to provide extra support.
Wicking fabrics: Like most sports socks, bike socks are made of wicking, quick-drying materials pushing the sweat away from your feet minimising discomfort. Sweaty feet are also prone to blisters. Wearing quick-drying socks helps reduce this risk.
Breathable: Mesh ventilation panels at the top of the cycling socks boost breathability.
Flat-seam: the toe box on cycling socks are seamless to prevent chafing.
Cycling socks length
There is no standard height for socks, and while performance-focused cyclists might choose higher socks for their slight aerodynamic advantage, socks going just above your ankle will do as well. If you are mountain biking, you might also prefer higher ones to give you extra protection from gravel and dirt.