Updated February 26, 2021 by Brett Dvoretz

The 10 Best Waterproof Socks

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This wiki has been updated 14 times since it was first published in October of 2017. If you spend any time in damp or downright wet environments, then a good pair of waterproof socks can save your feet. They'll keep your lower extremities dry and warm by resisting water from without and also by wicking away sweat. There's no shortage of styles available, either, so you can find something to fit your personal taste and suit the type of activities you prefer. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Sealskinz Mid Hiking

2. Dexshell Hytherm Pro

3. Sealskins Knee Length

Editor's Notes

February 24, 2021:

During this update, we made some changes due to availability issues with some of our previous recommendations. We also wanted to include options for various weather conditions from brands that have proven to perform well over time, and remove others that haven't. It is with this first priority in mind that we eliminated the Always Outside Stryde Multi-Use. And, it was with the latter in focus that we removed the Hanz Submerge Calf-Length, since they have shown that they don't last very long before losing their integrity and water-resisting capabilities.

One of our new additions is the Sealskins Knee Length. We already recommended the Sealskinz Mid Hiking for their comfort, fit, and effectiveness, and we highlight the Knee Length option for the same reasons, but they will keep you warmer than then Mid Hiking, making them better for cold weather use. Similarly, we have the Dexshell Hytherm Pro and Randy Sun Knee Length for winter time applications, and the Dexshell Ultralite Bamboo and Randy Sun Mid-Calf for the more temperate days.

Another pair making their debut this year is the Layeba Trekking. We like these for their affordable price coupled with breathable and antibacterial properties.

March 12, 2019:

We liked the look of the Bluelasers Ultralite Mid-Calf, but due to concerns over availability, we decided to remove them. After some consideration, we swapped the Sealskinz MTB Mid Length for the Sealskinz Mid Hiking; although they're both from a well-respected brand, the latter seem to fit just a touch better, making them the go-to for many wearers. We also looked at many choices from Showers Pass, another leading favorite brand, but we ultimately decided to leave the Crosspoint Hi-Viz, as there aren't many bright options that compare. Finally, we added the Rocky Men's Gore-Tex. They offer durability and waterproofing you can count on, even though they look something like booties and not sleek, stylish hiking socks. (If concern over looks is higher up on your list than extreme waterproofing, we'd recommend the Randy Sun Unisex.)

Special Honors

Daky Skyline X From anti-slip material on the bottom to the breathable yet warm multi-layer construction, the Daky Skyline X offer everything you want in a pair of waterproof socks. They even come with a washable cloth travel bag and are Shari'ah-compliant. daky.com

4. Randy Sun Mid-Calf

5. Showers Pass Crosspoint Hi-Viz

6. Dexshell Ultralite Bamboo

7. Randy Sun Knee Length

8. Layeba Trekking

9. Rocky Men's Gore-Tex

10. Waterfly Ankle Length

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Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on February 26, 2021 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.


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