Knee high grip socks are becoming an increasingly popular workout class staple, providing extra stability and traction on mats. But it can be hard to find a pair that holds up over multiple workouts or provides the right amount of support. This article compares some of the best options available and highlights some of the important features to look for in a good pair of grip socks.
These socks have been designed with a pattern of small silicone or polyvinyl chloride “grips” on the sole that provide a firm, stable hold for the feet. The grips also help prevent the socks from sliding down on the leg and they’re available in a variety of colors. Some grip socks are machine washable, while others must be hand washed and/or air dried to maintain their shape. It’s important to follow the laundry instructions carefully to lengthen their lifespan. Avoid fabric softeners and bleach, which can break down the elastic. It’s best to keep these socks in a mesh lingerie bag when they’re being washed, which will prevent them from tangling and stretching.
These thin cotton socks with grips on the bottom are comfortable to wear, dry quickly and performed well in our Lab tests. They had a good amount of traction, and testers liked that they were breathable enough for barre or yoga classes without getting too hot. A big bonus: They were inexpensive compared to other brands we tested. The only downside is that they don’t offer much cushioning or compression, which may be a problem for some users who need more support and comfort.