\n\tAdvertisement - Continue Reading Below\n\t\n\nIf your sock drawer is like most people's, it's a mess of singles without partners, and those that actually have a match are, more often than not, sporting a pesky little hole in the big toe. Runners place so much emphasis on finding the perfect pair of shoes, but often don't understand how much difference socks make. With today's advances in materials and technologies, running socks are no longer an afterthought. New styles are often a moisture-wicking blend (commonly merino wool or synthetic), have seamless construction to prevent chaffing, come in varying weights and levels of cushioning based on preference, and range from no-show to crew-height. No matter the details, these new running socks are all high-performance \u2014 built to keep you comfortable when the miles add up. Check out our picks for the top five running socks for men and women, because it's about time you ditch the rags and upgrade with a pair (or three).\n\tAdvertisement - Continue Reading Below\n\t\n\nLearn More About Our Top Five Picks: 1. Smartwool PhD Run Light Elite Low Cut Running Socks - Check Price Best OverallPro: Comfort that enduresCon: A bit pricey\n\tAdvertisement - Continue Reading Below\n\t\n\nAdventure-ready is the best way to describe these socks, which won our choice for the best overall running sock due to their versatile mass appeal. Part of Smartwool's top-performing PhD lineup, these socks are made with Indestructawool \u2014 a patent-pending merino wool blend that is uber-comfy and can survive some serious abuse. They're a bit pricey, but that investment means you'll never be underprepared for a good time, whether that's interval training at the track or cruising the towpath down by the river. Cushioning is strategically-placed for more impact protection, ventilation zones are gender-specific, and the low-cut height prevents rubbing on your achilles while keeping debris from invading your sock. This women's "mountain purple" color caught our eye most, and with six additional styles for both men and women, we're willing to bet there's one you'll dig, too.MEN'S LEARN MOREWOMEN'S LEARN MORE2. SoftBreath High Performance Running Socks - Check PriceBest Budget BuyBUY NOWPro: Secure fitCon: Made of cotton You may not have expected to see cotton in our top five, but don't let the material fool you \u2014 this sock has the same design as more expensive options, perfect for more casual runners in the 5K range. By creating this sock with cotton, Softbreath is able to equip you with a running sock without flipping your wallet upside-down.\n\tAdvertisement - Continue Reading Below\n\t\n\nFeatures we love include a secure fit that won't shift midrun, a cushy bottom, a super breathable top, and a no-show cut with a rear tab that prevents achilles blisters. The fit is unisex, and it's available in black and pink, with a price that everyone can appreciate.3. Feetures! Elite Ultralight No Show Tab - Check PriceBest Ultralight SocksBUY NOWPros: Breathable and irritation-freeCon: No cushionThe thinnest sock that Feetures! makes is our favorite ultralight pair because it feels like a second skin! It's super lightweight sock, has an anatomic fit, and is made from a synthetic iWick material. Translation: It fits like a glove while it breathes and sheds moisture with the best, making it the perfect minimalist pair for long-distance runners whose sweat pours out over time. The no-show cut with a rear tab and a seamless construction virtually eliminates irritation, while Lycra bands add much-needed arch support for tired feet. Pick up this loud color, or choose from eight additional unisex options, including black, blue, and orange.4. Darn Tough Coolmax Vertex Quarter Cushion Running Socks - Check Price\n\tAdvertisement - Continue Reading Below\n\t\n\nBest Cushioned SocksPro: Ridiculously comfortableCon: Average moisture-wickingWe've tried a lot of socks, so it's bold to say that these might just be the most comfortable running socks we've ever worn. They have more cushioning than any pair in this roundup, and have a quarter height that your feet will appreciate for trail-running. Darn Tough's Vertex Quarter is made of Coolmax polyester, nylon, and Lycra (for stretch), so they are pretty breathable and retain their shape really well, but they won't wick moisture as well as a merino pair would. If breathability isn't your top consideration, then these are the pair to get. The fit is so snug and secure that you'll seriously never want to take them off. For icing on the cake, all of Darn Wool's socks are made entirely in Vermont, and come with an unconditional lifetime guarantee, so you know they are made to last!MEN'SLEARN MOREWOMEN'SLEARN MORE5. Stance Uncommon Solids Run Crew Running Socks - Check PriceBest Crew Socks\n\tAdvertisement - Continue Reading Below\n\t\n\nPros: Stylish and warmCon: A bit heavy for summerIf you want a higher cut, whether that's for jazzing up your running garb or to prevent cold ankles, Stance's socks are an easy front-runner. In addition to these performance running crews, they also make tons of fun, casual designs, with a print for literally everyone. With a higher cut, thicker construction, and blend of fibers that is mostly synthetic, this is a great cold-weather option. The arches have extra support, while the toe and heel are reinforced for added durability. Breathability isn't top-notch, but style and warmth are, which makes these versatile enough to be your new everyday, work-to-gym pair. MEN'SLEARN MOREWOMEN'SLEARN MORERead More:2018's Best Running Sneakers for Women 2018's Best Running Sneakers for MenThe Best Water Bottles for Staying HydratedFollow TechPluz.com on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest!