The 10 Best Yoga Socks
This wiki has been updated 19 times since it was first published in January of 2018. Whether you're a yoga newcomer or you've got years of experience under your belt, you know your feet play an important role. While going barefoot may be the most natural option, you might prefer to get a better grip on the mat by wearing something from our selection of specially designed socks. They can absorb perspiration, keep your feet firmly planted, and provide some support. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
June 19, 2020:
Yoga socks can give you extra grip and support, and even make your practice more hygienic, since they keep your feet away from mats and floors that may not be properly sanitized after every class. Some have open toes and others closed; the choice between the two is largely down to personal preference. In the former category, we like the popular ToeSox Bellarina, which have the aforementioned benefits and look cute, to boot. Unlike the somewhat similar Tucketts Allegro, the Bellarina come in a relatively wide range of size options, as well as in patterned fabrics along with solid colors. For those who need more grip and freedom in the heel area, we added the ToeSox Relevé, which are demi-socks that cover only the ball of the foot. They boast excellent padding, so count on these not just for yoga but for ballet barre and dance classes, too.
As for closed-toe socks, the StopSocks Non Slip are a worthy choice, especially since they offer sizes appropriate for men, too. For a budget-friendly alternative, there's the DubeeBaby Women's. They're simple, with a grippy design on both the ball and heel.
If you also need gloves, there's the YogaPaws SkinThin, which we think is a better choice than the YogaAddict Set, an option we removed due to concerns about their comfort. The YogaPaws are different than most choices in that these socks and gloves are designed to replace a yoga mat, doing so thanks to rubber bottoms. Or, for an option that's more like a shoe, try the Kipetto Anti-Skid. They feel stiffer than socks, but many like the support and grip they provide.
KnitKnotSpace Handknit The KnitKnotSpace Handknit boast a wool and acrylic fiber blend and come in a range of handsome multicolored options, each with an open toe and cutout for your heel. They're great for those who tend to stay cold, as they come up nearly to the knee. etsy.com
Sweaty Betty Pilates Sporting a super low cut, the Sweaty Betty Pilates won't constrict your ankle, but they cover the toes so you've got some protection. Count on them to be soft and comfortable, if a little pricey given their relative simplicity and small number of available colors. sweatybetty.com