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Hot Feet: The Best Sport Socks

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Hiking: Soft Going
This pair offers a pillow of protection between your soles and the rocky trail. Spun with recycled polyester and Merino wool in a wind-powered plant, they're also as green as they can be.

Teko EcoMerino Wool Women's Light Hiking Crew, $17, for stores

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Happy Feet
If Dr. Seuss had designed socks, he might have come up with these. Surprise: They're functional!

Injinji Performance Tetratsok ($12,
With a separate pocket for each piggy, these cool cover-ups suck up sweat and separate your toes, making blister formation there virtually impossible.

Capezio Foot Undeez ($22,
Made for dancers, this lingerie-inspired ped has three nonslip suede patches on the sole to ground you in downward dog--even if there are puddles on your yoga mat.

Skins Powersox ($40,
Built to feel like a boa (the snake, not the feathers) around your calves, these lightweight stirrup socks promote blood flow to your calves, upping the amount of healing oxygen.

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Running: Made-For-Speed
These made-for-speed socks have soft, cloud-like layers underneath your balls and heels (to ease the impact on your joints) and around your ankles (to prevent hot spots on the heels).

Bridgedale X-Hale Speed Diva, $16,

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Running: Bliss
These socks offer more stitching styles than a knitting circle. The "spider web" cradles your arch, while the lattice pattern across the top of the foot adds an extra layer of padding.

The North Face Arnuva Quarter, $15,

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Gymming: Barely There
The only time you'll notice these barely there numbers--a nylon/Lycra combo with a second-skin fit--is when you take them off to shower. They dispose of sweat like water down a drain.

Brooks Gossamer Ped, $10,

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Gymming: Cushy Cotton
Cotton lovers are a devoted bunch. Stay true with this pair--made of a cotton/polyester blend and sporting a bottom layer of cush to take the jolt out of stair climbing.

New Balance Cotton Color Block Socks, $9 for a 2-pack, for stores

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Snow Sports: High and Dry
Offering support around arches and ankles, these thin synthetic socks--wear them solo on sunny days or as a first layer on chillier ones--keep feet dry, no matter how much you sweat the moguls.

Burton Lightweight Sock, $18,

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Snow Sports: Toasty Toes
This toasty wool-and-nylon blend is sectioned to match the needs of a boot-bound foot. Mesh windows keep air flowing, assuring this is one pair you won't kick off.

SmartWool PhD Snowboard Light, $20,

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Hiking: Blister Bust
Anatomically engineered to fit each foot, these ecofriendly socks--recycled polyester and organic cotton are in the mix--are free of blister-causing seams across the toe. A thin wicking layer cranks the A/C on hikes.

Keen Mt. Airy, $17, for stores

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Stylish Socks
Your pits aren't the only things that produce sweat when you exercise. According to the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, each foot gets bathed in up to a pint of perspiration during athletic activity (the sweat comes from both your tootsies and drippage from your legs).

Wearing a pair of cotton socks during a workout will leave your feet damp, uncomfortable, and often sporting a blister. Technical socks--while costlier than a six-pack of cotton numbers--can send sweat packing, support your arches, and cushion the blow of every step. Here, eight great new pairs made for running, skiing, and whatever else your body can handle.

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