How To Choose: Darn Tough Cushioned Or Non-Cushioned Socks?

Darn Tough has a variety of socks that you might like to choose. They may vary in different styles and designs. However, you might be wondering what to choose between cushioned, no cushion, and full cushions socks. 

The debate in choosing a cushion or non-cushion depends on the activity where you will use the socks. Each is designed for specific purposes. Non-cushioned socks are thinner and have no paddings. Cushioned socks provide padding below the feet from toes to heels. Full cushioned has paddings all over the socks.

Non cushioned Darn Tough socks give you the comfort of doing day-to-day activities, including athletics, running, and lifestyle. Cushion and full cushion Darn Tough are thicker and are best used to prevent blisters when hiking, running, athletics, lifestyle, work, skiing and snowboarding, and hunting. For further details, I have prepared some pieces of information for you. 

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Non-Cushioned

In choosing non cushioned socks, it is essential to determine where you are going to use them. Since non-cushions are primarily designed as thin and no padding type of socks. It is best used for casual and daily use, such as hiking and running. You can find various selections of non cushioned socks in Darn Tough Socks as listed below. 

Athletic Non-Cushioned Socks

No Show Sock

Men's 1437 No Show Lightweight Athletic Sock

DARN TOUGH (Style 1437) Men's Athletic Sock - Charcoal, Large

Quarter Lightweight Sock

Men's 1715 Quarter Lightweight Athletic Sock

Darn Tough (Style 1715) Men's Athletic Sock - Team DTV, Large

Running Non-Cushioned Socks 

No Show Sock

Men's Run No Show Tab Ultra-Lightweight Running Sock

Darn Tough Men's Run Coolmax No Show Tab Ultra-Lightweight with Cushion - Large White Coolmax Socks for Running

Quarter Lightweight Sock

Men's Run Quarter Ultra-Lightweight Running Sock

Darn Tough Men's Run 1/4 Ultra-Lightweight with Cushion - Large Fatigue Merino Wool Socks for Running

Lifestyle Non-Cushioned Socks

Crew Lightweight Sock

Women's Animal Haus Crew Lightweight Lifestyle Sock

Darn Tough Animal Haus Crew Lightweight Sock - Women's Taupe Small

Men's The Standard Mid-Calf Lightweight Lifestyle Sock

Darn Tough (Style 1474) Men's The Standard Lifestyle Sock - Navy, Large

No Show Sock

Women's Modern Stripe No Show Lightweight Lifestyle Sock

DARN TOUGH (Style 6003) Women's Modern Stripe Lifestyle Sock - Glacier, Medium

Knee-High Sock

Women's Chakra Knee High Lightweight Lifestyle Sock

Darn Tough Chakra Knee High Lightweight Sock w/ Graduated Light Compression - Women's Charcoal Small

List of Activities that Needs Non Cushioned Socks

  • If you want to go biking
  • If you are doing random Gym activities
  • When going on a croquet game
  • Chilling out in a brewery
  • Just having a Normal Office Life
  • Sipping a coffee in a lovely coffee shop
  • Playing 9-18 holes of golf
  • Chilling on a movie night
  • If you are going to school

Cushioned Socks

Cushioned socks have paddings from the toes to the ankle, but full cushioned socks have paddings all over the socks. These socks are best used for extreme activities like hiking, running, athletics, lifestyle, work, skiing, snowboarding, and hunting. These socks are essential, especially in working or exposed to harsh environments since they keep your feet away from blisters. 

Cushioned socks boost comfort and protection in the feet. Its paddings are thicker at their best in wicking away the moisture in the feet to avoid pain and stinky smells. It adds support for your work, hiking, and snowboarding activities. To know more details about the various selections in choosing cushioned socks, read more below. 

Hiking Cushioned Socks

Micro Crew

Men's Hiker Micro Crew Midweight Hiking Sock

Darn Tough (Style #1466) Men's Merino Wool Micro Crew Hiker Sock With Cushion - Lime, Large

Women's Bear Town Micro Crew Lightweight Hiking Sock

Darn Tough Bear Town Micro Crew Lightweight with Cushion Sock - Women's Purple Medium

Kids Light Hiker Micro Crew Lightweight Hiking Sock

Darn Tough Light Hiker Jr. Micro Crew Light Cushion Sock - Boy's (Denim, Large)

Boot Midweight

Women's Hiker Boot Midweight Hiking Sock

DARN TOUGH (Style 1908) Women's Hiker Hike/Trek Sock - Plum Heather, Medium

Men's Hiker Boot Midweight Hiking Sock

Darn Tough (Style 1933) Men's Hiker Hike/Trek Sock - Olive, Medium

No Show

Men's Light Hiker No Show Lightweight Hiking Sock

Darn Tough (Style 1972) Men's Light Hiker Hike/Trek Sock - Black, Large

Women's Light Hiker No Show Lightweight Hiking Sock

DARN TOUGH (Style 1967) Women's Light Hiker Hike/Trek Sock - Slate, Medium

Quarter Midweight

Women's Hiker Quarter Midweight Hiking Sock

Darn Tough Women's Light Hiker 1/4 Lightweight with Cushion - Small Moss Merino Wool Socks for Hiking

Over-the-Calf

Women's Mountaineering Over-the-Calf Heavyweight Hiking Sock

Darn Tough (Style 1954) Women's Mountaineering Hike/Trek Sock - Midnight, Medium

Running Cushioned Socks 

No Show

Men's Run No Show Tab Ultra-Lightweight Running Sock

Darn Tough Men's Run Coolmax No Show Tab Ultra-Lightweight with Cushion - Large White Coolmax Socks for Running

Women's Run No Show Tab Ultra-Lightweight Running Sock

Darn Tough Women's Run No Show Tab Ultra-Lightweight - Small Baltic Merino Wool Socks for Running

Quarter Ultra-Lightweight 

Men's Run Quarter Ultra-Lightweight Running Sock

Darn Tough Men's Run 1/4 Ultra-Lightweight - Large Eclipse Merino Wool Socks for Running

Women's Run Quarter Ultra-Lightweight Running Sock

Darn Tough Women's Run 1/4 Ultra-Lightweight - Large Gray Merino Wool Socks for Running

Micro Crew

Men's Pacer Micro Crew Ultra-Lightweight Running Sock

Darn Tough Men's Pacer Micro Crew Ultra-Lightweight with Cushion - Large Ash Merino Wool Socks for Running

Women's Stride Micro Crew Ultra-Lightweight Running Sock

Darn Tough Women's Stride Micro Crew Ultra-Lightweight - Medium Gray Merino Wool Socks for Running

Over-the-Calf 

Women's Stride Over-the-Calf Ultra-Lightweight Running Sock

Darn Tough Women's Stride OTC Ultra-Lightweight with Graduated Light Compression - Medium Black Merino Wool Socks for Running

Men's Stride Over-the-Calf Ultra-Lightweight Running Sock

Darn Tough Men's Stride OTC Ultra-Lightweight w/ Graduated Light Compression - X-Large Black Merino Wool Socks for Running

Athletics Cushioned Socks

No Show

Men's 1437 No Show Lightweight Athletic Sock

DARN TOUGH (Style 1437) Men's Athletic Sock - Charcoal, Large

Women's Element No Show Tab Lightweight Athletic Sock

Darn Tough Element No Show Tab Lightweight Sock with Cushion - Women's Gray Small

Quarter Lightweight 

Men's 1715 Quarter Lightweight Athletic Sock

Darn Tough (Style 1715) Men's Athletic Sock - Team DTV, Large

Women's Element Quarter Lightweight Athletic Sock

Darn Tough (Style 1107) Women's Element Athletic Sock - Gray, Medium

Crew Lightweight

Women's Prism Crew Lightweight Athletic Sock

Darn Tough (Style 1110) Women's Prism Athletic Sock - Black, Medium

Men's Prism Crew Lightweight Athletic Sock

DARN TOUGH (Style 1111) Men's Prism Athletic Sock - Black, Large

Kids Prism Crew Lightweight Athletic Sock

Darn Tough Prism Jr. Crew Lightweight with Cushion - Large Black Athletic Merino Wool Socks for Kids

Over-the-Calf

Women's Element Over-the-Calf Lightweight Athletic Sock

Darn Tough (Style 1109) Women's Element Athletic Sock - Black, Small

Men's Element Over-the-Calf Lightweight Athletic Sock

DARN TOUGH (Style 1104) Men's Element Athletic Sock - Black, Large

Lifestyle Cushioned Socks

No Show

Women's Modern Stripe No Show Lightweight Lifestyle Sock

DARN TOUGH (Style 6003) Women's Modern Stripe Lifestyle Sock - Glacier, Medium

Topless Solid No Show Hidden Lightweight 

Men's Topless Solid No Show Hidden Lightweight Lifestyle Sock

Darn Tough Men's Topless Solid No Show Hidden Lightweight – XL Black Casual Merino Wool Socks

Women's Top-Down Solid No Show Invisible Lightweight Lifestyle Sock

Darn Tough Women's Topless Sunbaked No Show Hidden Lightweight - Large White Casual Fun Merino Wool Socks

Crew Lightweight

Women's Animal Haus Crew Lightweight Lifestyle Sock

Darn Tough Animal Haus Crew Lightweight Sock - Women's Taupe Large

Men's The Standard Crew Lightweight Lifestyle Sock

Darn Tough Vermont In-Town Series Men's Standard Issue Crew Socks Cushion, Charcoal, Large

Knee-High 

Women's Bronwyn Knee High Lightweight Lifestyle Sock

Darn Tough (Style 6041) Women's Bronwyn Lifestyle Sock - Taupe, Medium

Work Cushioned Socks

Boot Midweight

Men's John Henry Boot Midweight Work Sock

DARN TOUGH (Style 2001) Men's John Henry Work Sock - Gravel, Large

Women's Steely Boot Midweight Work Sock

Darn Tough Steely Boot Cushion Socks with Full Cush Toe - Women's (Shale, Medium)

Over-the-Calf

Men's Paul Bunyan Over-the-Calf Midweight Work Sock

Darn Tough Men's Merino Wool Paul Bunyan Over-The-Calf Full Cushion Socks, GRAVEL, LG

Women's Mary Fields Over-the-Calf Midweight Work Sock

DARN TOUGH (2201) Mary Fields OTC Midweight with Full Cushion Women's Sock - (Shale, Medium)

Quarter Midweight

Women's Steely Quarter Midweight Work Sock

Darn Tough Steely 1/4 Midweight with Cushion w/ Full Cushion Toe Box - Women's (Shale, Medium)

Micro Crew

Men's Steely Micro Crew Midweight Work Sock

Darn Tough Steely Micro Crew Cushion Sock - Men's Graphite Large

Women's Mollie Beattie Micro Crew Midweight Work Sock

DARN TOUGH (2200) Mollie Beattie Micro Crew Midweight with Cushion Women's Sock - (Shale, Large)

Skiing and Snowboarding Socks

Over-the-Calf

Men's Snowpack Over-the-Calf Midweight Ski & Snowboard Sock

DARN TOUGH (8017) Snowpack OTC Midweight with Cushion Men's Sock - (Charcoal, Large)

Women's Due North Over-the-Calf Midweight Ski & Snowboard Sock

DARN TOUGH (8025) Due North OTC Midweight with Cushion Women's Sock - (Gray, Medium)

Kids Snow Fox Over-the-Calf Midweight Ski & Snowboard Sock

Darn Tough (Style 3028) Kid's Snow Fox Sock - Aqua, Large

Boot Lightweight

Men's Oslo Nordic Boot Lightweight Ski & Snowboard Sock

DARN TOUGH (8034) Oslo Nordic Boot Lightweight with Cushion Men's Sock - (Eclipse, Large)

Women's Oslo Nordic Boot Lightweight Ski & Snowboard Sock

DARN TOUGH (8033) Oslo Nordic Boot Lightweight with Cushion Women's Sock - (Marine, Medium)

Over-the-Calf

Women's Northstar Over-the-Calf Midweight Ski & Snowboard Sock

DARN TOUGH (Style 1898) Women's Northstar Snow Sock - Boysenberry, Large

Men's Captain Stripe Over-the-Calf Lightweight Ski & Snowboard Sock

Darn Tough (Style 1815) Men's Captain Stripe Snow Sock - Stars and Stripes, Large

Kids Mountain Top Over-the-Calf Midweight Ski & Snowboard Sock

DARN TOUGH (Style 1877) Kid's Mountain Top Jr. Sock - Pink, Medium

Hunting Socks

Over-the-Calf

Hunter Over-the-Calf Heavyweight Hunting Sock

DARN TOUGH (Style 2013) Hunter Heavyweight w/ Full Cushion Sock - Forest, XL

Women's Hunter Over-the-Calf Heavyweight Hunting Sock

DARN TOUGH (2105) Hunter OTC Heavyweight with Full Cushion Women's Sock - (Burgundy, Medium)

Boot Lightweight

Men's Hunter Boot Lightweight Hunting Sock

DARN TOUGH (2100) Hunter Boot Lightweight with Cushion Men's Sock - (Forest, Large)

Women's Hunter Boot Lightweight Hunting Sock

DARN TOUGH (2102) Hunter Boot Lightweight with Cushion Women's Sock - (Burgundy, Medium)

Boot Midweight

Hunter Boot Midweight Hunting Sock

DARN TOUGH (2101) Hunter Boot Heavyweight with Full Cushion Men's Sock - (Forest, Large)

Boot Heavyweight

Women's Hunter Boot Heavyweight Hunting Sock

DARN TOUGH (Style 2013) Hunter Heavyweight w/ Full Cushion Sock - Forest, XL

Micro Crew

Hunter Micro Crew Midweight micro Hunting Sock

DARN TOUGH (Style 2010) Hunter Midweight w/Cushion Sock - Forest, Large

List of Activities that Needs Cushioned Socks

  • Suitable for long days in work boots
  • Best for a day hike
  • Backpacking the Long Trail
  • Replacement for Indoor Slippers
  • Best used for uncomfortable shoes
  • For an added cushion and more rebound when running
  • Random Snowboard activities

Where to buy Darn Tough Socks

Though Darn Tough is located in Northfield, Vermont, you can still purchase these socks and be shipped into your house. To buy from a legitimate online store, you may consider purchasing from the following online retailers...

Takeaways

Choosing between the cushion and non-cushion might be challenging, but you don't need to give yourself a hard time choosing because you don't have to. With a lot of daily indoor and outdoor activities, you will still choose your socks. However, some ideas are best used as stated on the above list for each activity.

If you are a die-hard fan of cushions, go for it; if you are for non cushioning, feel free to choose it. But also, it is essential to choose depending on the day, activity, or how your feet are feeling.

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