Pilates is one of those workouts that looks like a breeze when you're just sitting there observing a class and then proves to be totally amazing agony on muscles you never knew you had. Generally speaking, pilates classes require little to no equipment — but the best pilates socks are a must.
Whether you're getting your pilates curls, hundreds, or plank to push-ups on in a studio with slippery, shiny wood floors or in someone's home gym on carpet, a good pair of pilates socks will elevate your workout. They can help you stay in static positions for longer and support you as you transition from one move to the next without slipping and falling. These socks, also known as barre, ballet, and yoga socks, should have non-slip silicone grips (ideally from toe to heel).
Non-slip socks for pilates come in a few cute styles like Mary Jane, criss-cross straps, and traditional no-show socks — some even have functional cooling mesh and fashion-forward glitter accents. If you have foot pain or a history of injury, there are socks with features like arch compression to make your workout more comfortable. Plus, all of the pairs on this list boast fabrics that are naturally moisture-wicking because no one needs the distraction of sweaty feet during a workout.
Before you hit your next pilates class, add these supportive socks to your bag and get the most out of your workout.
1. A Value-Pack Of Antibacterial Socks That Wick Away Sweat
A blend of combed cotton and terry cloth help make these pilates no-slip socks excellent at naturally absorbing sweat, killing bacteria, and keeping your feet dry during and after class. This three-pack of black socks have non-skid grips from toe to heel and come in sizes 6 to 10. Their criss-cross design resembles ballet slippers and reviewers say these can handle multiple washes without stretching or losing their shape.
2. Half-Toe Grip Socks For More Freedom Of Movement
Give your toes complete freedom of movement with these toe socks for pilates, barre, ballet, and yoga. Made from organic cotton and spandex, these stretchy socks provide a protective arch band and a layer of protection over the Achilles tendon. There are grips beneath the sock that keep you from sliding on slippery floors. But the reason they stand apart from other pilates socks has everything to do with a unique five toe construction that frees your toes. These socks come in more than 30 shades and three sizes (small, medium, and large).
3. Arch Compression Socks To Help Absorb Shock
A pilates sock that's cut like a traditional ankle sock, but provides so many more supportive features, these ombre grip socks are a basic necessity for pilates, barre, or yoga aficionados. They have a toe-to-heel non-slip grip, compression around the arch to prevent shock during high-intensity movements, and one size fits shoe sizes 6 to 10. Each sock is hand-dipped in eco-friendly dye so that no two socks look exactly the same — choose among five shades that include dusk, berry/black, lilac/silver, marine, and orchid.
4. Fashion-Forward Grip Socks That Also Accommodate The Widest Range Of Sizes
Mesh leggings are magic for anyone who sweats a lot or overheats in class and these non-slip mesh socks are a natural extension of the transparent workout attire trend. Made with COOLMAX moisture-wicking fabric, these socks will help your feet stay dry and free of bacteria and fungus. They feature all-over anti-skid grips on the sole and come in seven fun shades/designs and four sizes: XS (4.5) to large (12.5).
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