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Best Neoprene Socks for Snorkeling

Why do you need neoprene socks for snorkeling?

Well, neoprene socks aren't absolutely necessary for snorkeling, but they can certainly increase your comfort level. These types of snorkeling socks are often quite affordable, so we often find it's worth it to own a pair, as it can really make a difference, especially in open heel fins.

Neoprene is a synthetic polyester that appears similar to rubber. It helps insulate your body heat and provides an additional layer between you and the fins, which can potentially help with the fit of the fins as well as comfort. Although not as protective as neoprene dive boots, they do offer some protection to your feet and are lightweight enough that this doesn't come at the cost of decreased mobility or comfort.

Below is a table summarizing some of the best and more popular neoprene socks for snorkeling. We tried to highlight many different brands, styles, cuts, and thicknesses, primarily so you can see the variety of what's out there for neoprene socks. Further down below the table we will touch on some of the more specific features of neoprene socks.There isn't much to neoprene socks. They're pretty much just like regular socks except for a different fabric, so when you are looking for a pair of neoprene socks that are suitable for you, the main thing to focus on is comfort. Additionally, neoprene socks come in different thickness usually measured in millimeters (mm). Typical thicknesses of neoprene socks range from 1-5mm. Thicker thicker the sock, the more insulation and protection it will provide, but will also be a tighter fit in your fin.

Product Summary Our Rating Price

Mid-range cut with ultra soft 2mm thick neoprene. Slip-on with decent traction on the sole. Can be worn under normal dive booties as well. All around great value. 

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5mm thick neoprene provides lots of thermal insulation and protection. XSPAN technology includes ultra soft material made with 4-way super stretch neoprene. Slip-on style with durable traction sole. Can be worn under fins alone or under dive booties for extra warmth and protection. 

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Constructed with Terraprene-processed neoprene of 0.5mm thickness. ThermaPlus cropped-fleece lining and TiCoat insulation with odor-fighting antimicrobial treatment. 

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Made of soft and stretchy quality lycra. This is NOT neoprene. Lycra provides less insulation than neoprene, but can be worn comfortably both in full foot fins or open-heel fins. Generally recommended for water temperatures 80 degrees and up. 

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Low-cut neoprene socks with a thickness of 2mm. Can be worn comfortably with full foot fins (provided the fins aren't already too snug). Can be purchased with or without logo. Good quality for the price. 

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Similar to the H2Odyssey low cut neoprene socks, these are a low-cut simple design at a low price, but the neoprene is a little bit thicker at 3mm, so could be more beneficial for colder waters. Different colors available. 

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3mm Nylon II neoprene provides good insulation. Blindstitched seams for comfort and seams are glued to prevent water entry. Honeycomb silk screen soles provide great traction, but not that durable. Decent neoprene socks for the price. 

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High top socks with a really stretchy Lycra upper portion. Upper portion also has adjustable ankle cuff. Tough neoprene sole. Good quality, but don't provide the same insulation as full neoprene socks. Better for general comfort when snorkeling and beach combing. Lots of different colors and designs available. 

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One size fits all. Comfortable socks that can be worn underneath snorkeling fins or neoprene boots. Soft, stretchy, quick-drying Lycra (NOT neoprene!!). Not ideal for really cold water or protection, and they do get wet. Mainly for if you need a thin layer between your feet and the footwear. 

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These water socks are made of 3mm thick neoprene and come with an anti-slip bottom and velro strap around the ankle. Good for cold water, added comfort with snorkeling fins, and protection for your feet. 

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Mid-range cut with ultra soft 2mm thick neoprene. Slip-on with decent traction on the sole. Can be worn under normal dive booties as well. All around great value. 

5mm thick neoprene provides lots of thermal insulation and protection. XSPAN technology includes ultra soft material made with 4-way super stretch neoprene. Slip-on style with durable traction sole. Can be worn under fins alone or under dive booties for extra warmth and protection. 

Constructed with Terraprene-processed neoprene of 0.5mm thickness. ThermaPlus cropped-fleece lining and TiCoat insulation with odor-fighting antimicrobial treatment. 

Made of soft and stretchy quality lycra. This is NOT neoprene. Lycra provides less insulation than neoprene, but can be worn comfortably both in full foot fins or open-heel fins. Generally recommended for water temperatures 80 degrees and up. 

Low-cut neoprene socks with a thickness of 2mm. Can be worn comfortably with full foot fins (provided the fins aren't already too snug). Can be purchased with or without logo. Good quality for the price. 

Similar to the H2Odyssey low cut neoprene socks, these are a low-cut simple design at a low price, but the neoprene is a little bit thicker at 3mm, so could be more beneficial for colder waters. Different colors available. 

3mm Nylon II neoprene provides good insulation. Blindstitched seams for comfort and seams are glued to prevent water entry. Honeycomb silk screen soles provide great traction, but not that durable. Decent neoprene socks for the price. 

High top socks with a really stretchy Lycra upper portion. Upper portion also has adjustable ankle cuff. Tough neoprene sole. Good quality, but don't provide the same insulation as full neoprene socks. Better for general comfort when snorkeling and beach combing. Lots of different colors and designs available. 

One size fits all. Comfortable socks that can be worn underneath snorkeling fins or neoprene boots. Soft, stretchy, quick-drying Lycra (NOT neoprene!!). Not ideal for really cold water or protection, and they do get wet. Mainly for if you need a thin layer between your feet and the footwear. 

These water socks are made of 3mm thick neoprene and come with an anti-slip bottom and velro strap around the ankle. Good for cold water, added comfort with snorkeling fins, and protection for your feet. 


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