Using the best weightlifting socks are always a good idea in the gym. They help keep your shoe tightly fitted as well as protect your shins from getting scraped while deadlifting and performing other exercises. (Bloody shins may look cool on powerlifting competitors, but are not fun to actually have)
Not to mention, they can look pretty stylish if done right!
I highly recommend going with a decent brand like adidas, Under Armour, Nike etc. The reason being that you’ll get a longer lasting, more comfortable sock if you pay a little bit more up front for it.
I’m all for going cheap when I can, but when it comes to clothing it really just comes back to bite you when they last half as long or don’t fit properly. Uncomfortable clothing is worse than paying a little bit more.
Here’s my weightlifting sock recommendations to check out in no particular order:
|Under Armour All Sport Performance||Over the calf||$||See More|
|MOXY||Knee high||$$||See More|
|Adidas||Shin high||$$||See More|
Under Armour All Sport Performance
Let’s start with the Under Armour socks. They are taller than average compression socks made of a mix that is 83% Polyester, 11% Cotton, 4% Nylon, 2% Spandex.
I was surprised when I came across these because I use to avoid Under Armour for being a little bit more expensive than other clothing companies. However, that’s not the case with these.
Also, since purchasing more Under Armour apparel, I have to say I am very satisfied with how well everything is lasting. Built well and comfortable.
They are actually the cheapest on the list, although none of the socks are particularly expensive. These would be a great choice for the gym or any sport because the length is right and they are well made.
I have not had a bad experience with Under Armour clothing, so for a decent mid-range option look no further.
MOXY Knee High Performance
These socks were designed with deadlifts in mind. They are thick, high quality and heavy duty to ensure that the bar does not scrape your skin on the way up. They are also a little longer than the Under Armour socks as they come up to the knees. Great for the gym, but I wouldn’t want to be caught dead wearing them outside of there.
It’s also great length for weightlifting competition. My favorite part of this sock is all the designs they have for them! You can show some personality instead of plain socks which is pretty cool.
Look at some of these designs:
If you’re a serious powerlifter and want some protection, these socks are the way to go.
Adidas Men’s Cushioned Crew Socks
These aren’t marketed as weightlifting socks by definition, but they are the main pair that I wear to the gym so they made the list anyways.
They look and feel great (as you would expect from a cushioned sock) and I find that they do a fine job protecting my shins while I’m lifting.
One of my favorite things about these socks is they aren’t as thin as some of my other ‘athletic’ socks. This has two main benefits:
- Basic protection from scrapes
- Better fit inside my shoes
Obviously they don’t offer near the protection that the MOXY socks do as they don’t come up as high, but they get the job done for me without being overly heavy.
Conclusion on the best weightlifting socks
That’s really about it when it comes to weightlifting socks on Amazon. And since they are just socks, it’s easy to break down: The Under Armour socks are a little bit more affordable and all purpose, and the MOXY are made specifically for deadlifting and offer more padding. The adidas are a little bit more pricey, but extremely comfortable and multi-purpose.
As long as the socks come up reasonably high and are sufficiently thick, they will get the job done. I’m the kind of person who likes clothing designed for specifically for the task at hand, but it’s not the biggest necessity in this case. So to put it as plainly as possible, here’s the key to finding good socks for the gym:
- Moderate to high thickness
- Height (They come up past your shins, or close to it)
The thickness has two purposes: to prevent your foot from moving around in the shoe (in the case that the fit isn’t the best) and protecting your leg from the bar. The height of the sock is just to increase the area you are protected from the bar coming up on deadlifts. They’ll also double as massive sweat catchers. (If you sweat a lot, make sure you wash them on time)
Personal preference is key as well, because if you’re not comfortable then what’s the point. I think all three socks here should offer everyone a viable option, or at least give you an idea of what you want to get out of a sock for the gym.
If those two conditions are met, you will be good to go and ready to lift some weights with the best weight lifting socks possible!