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The 7 best thermal socks for women you can buy in 2021 – from hiking and ski pairs, to slipper socks and non-slip styles

WHEN the Winter months roll around, our toes tend to feel the cold first - and there's nothing worse than having freezing feet when trying to enjoy a brisk walk in the snow.

The best thermal socks for women are obviously toasty and high-quality enough not to get holes in after a couple of wears, but ones that are used for physical activities should be able to wick sweat away and prevent blisters, too.

There is a wide range of thermal socks out there, all for separate occasions - from skiing, to cosying up indoors on a blustery winter day.

Whether you're on the hunt for a pair to wear on the slippy wooden flooring in your house, in your snowboarding boots, or to keep your toes warm on a wintery dog walk, there are plenty to choose from.

When it comes to wearing boots, like rainboots and wellies for wet, classic British weather, longer thermal socks are great for hooking over the top of your boots, for extra warmth and security against the elements.

Or, there's slipper sock styles with grips on the bottom for wandering around at home without slipping, as well as snug toe-fitted features for extra warmth.

It's easy to feel overwhelmed with so many options, but not to worry, we've rounded up the best thermal socks for women that are available to buy right now. Your toes are welcome.

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Best snow sports socks: Women's Merino Ski Socks

For that comfy-but-close fit, ideal for slipping into boots, opt for the Bridgedale Snowflake Merino Endurance socks.

Choose between plum/berry or stone/grey, and enjoy the cosy merino wool-blend from your toes up to your calves.

They offer protection, comfort and insulation with moisture control too, which makes them ideal for snow sports like snow boarding, skiing and the works.

These socks boast medium cushioning and an all-important pressure distribution, as well as a 'Shock Zone' for added comfort when on the slopes all day long.

What more could you want from a sock when you're participating in snow sports?

Best hiking socks: Yuedge Women's Walking Socks

Hiking socks just got prettier with YUEDGE's lime green, pink and lilac colourways.

These thermal socks offer elasticated support, lined with moisture-wicking Terry to protect you from blisters - keeping your feet dry and comfortable on long hikes, treks or trail runs.

Whether you're venturing to the Scottish Highlands or you're an adrenaline-junkie climbing Mount Everest, these socks will have your back (or should we say feet) - and you'll be sad when you actually *have* to get your boots on.

Best everyday socks: M&S Light Warmth Thermal Socks

When the temperature drops, there's nothing better than a cosy pair of socks to help you get through the day.

Made from Heatgen™ technology, these Marks and Spencer thermals will keep your tootsies toasty at all times.

They go up to a size 12, and for £12 for a three-pack, we think they're a fantastic bargain for everyday essentials.

Black lightweight socks are ideal for versatile everyday wear, whether you're dog walking or commuting to the office in worse-for-wear weather conditions.

Most durable: Danish Endurance Outdoor Walking Socks

These socks aren't called Danish Endurance for nothing, so you know you're in the right hands when it comes to tackling those wintry hikes.

Developed and recommended by Everest mountaineer Rasmus Kragh, these animal-friendly merino-wool socks have cushioning and padding to reduce blisters and ventilation mesh lanes to wick away sweat.

The merino fabric has a natural heating and cooling system, as well as antibacterial qualities to keep your feet dry and comfortable all hike long.

They also come in a sunny orange shade, who said high-endurance hike-wear had to look boring?

Best chilling-at-home socks: M&S Sumptuously Soft Ankle Socks

Neutral loungewear is trending this season, so we're loving the Sumptuously Soft thermal socks by high street-giant Marks and Spencer.

Coming in vanilla cream, brown and grey, they sport a ribbed knit design with stretch for comfort and they're a a great price, too, with three super-soft socks coming in at only a tenner.

Wear these with a cosy cashmere co-ord, or your very best matching thermal pyjamas, when you want to have a Sunday well-spent at home in style.

Best office socks: HEATTECH Thermal Socks

Uniqlo's two-pack of thermal socks are ideal for commuting to work when the winter months set in.

Coming in a variety of gorgeous neutral, on-trend colours, they're woven with unique HEATTECH qualities, which has self-deodorizing and insulating features.

Pastel, brick reds and beige styles are on-trend this season too, so why not wear yours with some relaxed neutral tailoring and brown leather boots to really tick the style box in the office this winter?

Best non-slip socks: Heat Holder Striped Slipper Socks

We couldn't leave you without some trusty thermal slipper socks complete with grips on the bottom, for those of you with slippery floors at home, could we?

At under £10, these Heat Holders socks are woven from Japanese-designed thermal yarn which controls moisture, breathability and warmth.

They're complete with a friction patterned surface to stop you slipping around the house - we love the striped pattern too, and it really makes us want to settle on the sofa under a blanket, with a hot chocolate in hand. Anyone else?

Enjoyed our round-up of the best thermal socks for women? Here's our guide to the best and cheapest slippers on the market. 

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