6 pairs of running socks you need this summer

1/ STANCE SPEED OF LIGHT

£13, Pro:Direct Running

This US brand may be new to you, but we think you’ll soon be seeing these socks everywhere. They pair quirky designs with technical brilliance.

2/ WACKY SOX RAINBOW

£11.99, Wacky Sox

These unisex socks are great value – you get three pairs for your money. They feature an elasticated arch, a soft, quick-drying weave and anti-chafe seams.

3/ COMPRESSPORT FULL SOCKS V2.1

£33.99, Triathlon Store

Recovery socks with an ergonomic fit on each foot, a hemless top for improved comfort, arch supports, mesh zones for cooling and 3D dots to grip the inside of the shoe.

4/ 2XU STRIPED COMPRESSION SOCKS

£35, 2XU

These jazzy socks can be worn for training as well as recovery. They have graduated compression (tighter near the toes) to promote blood flow and prevent muscle soreness.

5/ BROOKS PACESETTERS (SUMMERTIME FUN)

£14, Brooks Running

We reckon the endorphin rush stimulated by the outrageous flamingo pattern must be worth several crucial seconds off your 5K time.

6/ ASHMEI MERINO SOCK

£15, Ashmei

These men’s crew socks are made from a merino/carbon blend that is brilliant at temperature-regulation and is extremely durable.