Defeet's Aireator socks have become a classic over the past few years, offering coolness, good wicking and decent durability at a reasonable price.
The socks are 60% nylon, 39% Coolmax and 1% Lycra with different weaves in different areas. Essentially, the sole, heel and toe are standard weave, the cuff – everything above your shoe line – is double thickness, and the top of the foot is more of an open weave, verging on mesh.
Black socks seem to be all the rage with pro's these days. Does anyone know where I can get my hands on a couple of pairs of plain black ones? I like the look of Rapha's but not at £15 a go!!
A decent pair of socks can go a long way to making or breaking a ride. Get cold or wet feet, worse still both and you could really be struggling - and that's where the Prendas Ciclismo Midweight Primaloft Wool socks come in.
Wear your support for Wiggins on your socks with this bright yellow Prendas Ciclismo Yellow Mod Cotton socks.
Following the massive success of Bradley Wiggins last summer, where he not only became the first Briton to win the coveted Tour de France, but also the a gold medal in the Olympic time trial, Dorset-based clothing company Prendas were on the ball with a range of socks and caps to pay homage to the Mod loving cyclist.
Surface's stripy Crew Socks socks are colourful and comfortable city cycling socks. There are many sports specific socks on the market and you might wonder if you really need special socks for city cycling. The answer is yes, from wearing these socks.
Surface is the clothing brand from Charge bikes, but no kitchen product names this time.
The Surface Crew Socks are soft, comfortable and foot shaped in the right places for cycling. There are six colours available from a vibrant red and blue or orange and brown to more demure shades of grey.
Sealskinz Thin Ankle Length Socks bring three seasons' waterproof practicality to snug-fitting race shoes, while offering excellent defence against blistering and abrasion. Despite almost three week's daily service and the best efforts of my deformed toe, my test pair still look and smell like new.
Keeping your feet warm at this time of year can be a challenge (more so for some people) but technical sports sock specialists Moose offer the NordKapp in their cycling socks range, and they're designed to protect your feet from the cold.
Giro's Classic Racer socks uses a Meryl Skinlife fabric and Coolmax construction that keeps your feet cool when the going gets hot, making them ideal for cyclo-cross racing during the winter and hot summer rides.
They have a 3in high cuff section which is perhaps on the short side of the current fashion - longer socks that nearly reach the calf muscles. There's really no right or wrong when it comes to sock length but these felt just right for me.
The Giro High-Rise socks are made from Coolmax to keep your feet feeling fresh and, as the name implies, they're longer than usual.
These socks come with a 15cm (6in) cuff section so they reach well up your calves. Now, for some people long cycling socks are a no-no. Socks have to be short – ankle length and no higher. I've got no hard and fast rules myself. I wouldn't say that cuff length makes a whole lot difference to the feel, especially if you're wearing shorts; it's largely a look thing.
These Sportful Max Socks are good summer-weight socks that help keep your feet sweat-free in the warmer weather.
They're made from a mixture of Coolmax, nylon, Lycra and elastane and they're very stretchy for a close fit without wrinkles.
These aren't as light as some summer socks but the top of the foot section is a mesh weave that lets in quite a bit of cool air if you have ventilated shoe uppers. Plus, the Coolmax certainly does work to move moisture away from your feet quickly, and it dries very fast.