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Four of the best running socks

Balega Hidden Comfort women's running socks in electric pink, £13, balega.co.uk

SPECIALIST running socks can help to prevent painful blisters and chafing, cushion your feet against the impact of the pavement and improve blood circulation to aid recovery. Here are our picks...

1. Balega Hidden Comfort women's running socks in electric pink, £13, balega.co.uk

This densely cushioned hidden sock hit just below the ankle and have a comfortable seamless finish that doesn't itch or rub. Made out of a moisture-wicking fabric that keeps friction to a minimum, which is the main cause of painful blisters for runners. Breathable mesh ventilation panels mean you can get maximum wear out of them in summer and winter, plus a high heel tab prevents them from irritatingly slipping into your shoe.

2. Stance Uncommon Solids Crew men's running socks, £14.99, stance.eu.com

Longer socks are good for keeping your feet and shins protected during leafy trail runs. There's loads of attention to detail in these. A network of intricate mesh vents surrounds the arch of the foot, enhancing breathability, while an articulated, cushioned footbed keeps the ball of the foot supported. We love the clean and minimal style of these socks too.

3. Hilly Energize Anklet Sock, £9.59 (was £16), wiggle.com

Compression socks can help to aid post-run recovery and reduce swelling in the feet, which makes them a great option for those aiming for longer efforts, like marathons. This pair is made from a fabric that squeezes around high-stress areas, like your arches and ankles, preventing the build-up of fluid in the tissue. A vented upper keeps the air flowing, so your feet stay cool, and a Polygiene fabric treatment stops the build-up of odour in your shoes.

4. On running mid-sock for women in coral and navy, £18, on-running.com

These are the perfect sunny addition to a running kit that's lacking in colour. Lightweight, breathable and providing a good amount of support, they're engineered to stay firmly in place – even when you're digging deep on an uphill trail. Made from a thin polyamide and elastane blend with technical mesh panelling, they're constructed with temperature regulation in mind.

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