Rockay Accelerate Performance Socks review: comfortable, supportive and ethical

These excellent, high-performing ankle-length Rockay Accelerate Performance Socks are superbly supportive, well featured and ethically made with recycled materials

Man wearing Rockay Accelerate Performance socks
(Image: © Pat Kinsella)

Advnture Verdict

Combining excellent ethical and eco-friendly production principles with top-of-the-range performance levels, Rockay’s Accelerate ankle socks are perfect for a broad range of running in the warmer months. They are very supportive, highly cushioned, allow your feet to breathe and even help keep you safe when running on roads.


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    Made with recycled materials

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    Highly supportive

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    Contains polygiene to combat odor

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    Reflective safety logo


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    Offer no protection from ticks and flora

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    Can’t be washed above 30°

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Rockay Accelerate Performance Socks: first impressions

First, a little background on the brand behind Rockay Accelerate Performance Socks (available direct from Rockay). Founded in 2018 by Danish ultrarunner Daniel Chabert, Rockay is a brand that specializes in creating sustainable running socks, sleeves and accessories made with recycled materials, including Econyl, a yarn made completely from rescued ocean and landfill waste, including industrial plastic, ghost nets, fabric scraps and old carpets.


• List price: £17 (UK) / €18 (EU)
• Gender specificity: Unisex
• Sizes: S-XXL
• Materials: Econyl regenerated nylon (50%), recycled polyamide (46%), recycled elastane (4%)
• Length: Ankle
• Colors: Dolphin Blue & Orange / Navy & Blue / Neon & Orange / Light Gray & Blue / Light Gray & Papaya / Black & Lime / Black & Red / Ecowhite
• Compatibility: Road, trail and mixed-terrain running, plus summer walking and general use

Unlike many brands, which use a small percentage of such content and then claim products are eco-friendly, almost 100% of Rockay’s socks are made from recycled fabrics, and I really love this. According to Chabert’s vision when he set up the company, the gear is also ethically made in Europe (discover more of our favorite eco-friendly running brands).

A common problem with socks made with synthetics is the buildup of bad smells over time, but the Accelerates are impregnated with Polygiene, an antimicrobial treatment that combats stink. These socks also boast a reflective logo on heel tab, which makes you more visible (and safer) when you’re running on lanes and roads shared with vehicles. They even come with a blister-free guarantee – if you get a blister while wearing the Accelerates, Rockay will send you a new pair or refund your purchase (discover more ways to say goodbye to blisters while running).

So far so good, but to find out whether the Rockay Accelerates perform well enough to be included in our round up of the best running socks available, I have spent several weeks putting them to the test.

Rockay Accelerate Performance Socks: on the trails

Man wearing Rockay Accelerate Performance ankle socks

Rockay Accelerate Performance ankle socks feel supportive from the instant you put them on (Image credit: Pat Kinsella)

I’m happy to report that Rockay back up their ethical and eco-friendly manufacturing approach by producing seriously good, technically advanced gear. Available in a veritable rainbow of good-looking color combinations, and seemingly built to last, the Accelerate ankle socks instantly felt very supportive when I put them on, and this continued when I was out running on roads and trails.

Each pair of the Accelerates comes with left and right specific socks, designated by an “L” and “R” discreetly positioned beneath the little toe (so discreetly, in fact, that I completely missed them the first few times I wore these socks…). Once you do spot these letters and start wearing the socks correctly, it becomes very apparent that the design is genuinely zone-mapped to each foot, which tangibly improves the level of support they offer to areas such as the insteps and arches. 

In addition to the support, high-impact areas such as the heels and toes have extra padding to improve comfort and cushioning, and technical mesh is used on areas that suffer less stress (such as the top of the foot) to aid breathability and ventilation.

Rockay Accelerate Performance ankle socks – back view

Rockay Accelerate Performance ankle socks come complete with reflective logos on each heel tab (Image credit: Pat Kinsella)

One of the things I really love about these socks is the reflective logo on the heel tab – this is a simple but very smart addition that helps runners stay visible to motorized traffic when they’re using lanes and roads on murky mornings and dark evenings – something I often find myself doing as I juggle jogging outings with work, especially when days begin getting shorter.

They are short, by design, so don’t offer any protection from stinging or prickly plants, or ticks, but there are plenty of longer options in the Rockay sock range if this is a concern.

The build quality on the Rockay Accelerates feels very robust, and I expect these socks to last the distance, but if they start to fail (or if the stink-busting claims turn out to be bogus) I will report back after putting some more sweaty miles in. For the moment, I’m seriously impressed with these little socks.

Pat Kinsella

Author of Caving, Canyoning, Coasteering…, a recently released book about all kinds of outdoor adventures around Britain, Pat has spent 20 years pursuing stories involving boots, bikes, boats, beers and bruises. En route he’s canoed Canada’s Yukon River, climbed Mont Blanc and Kilimanjaro, skied and mountain biked through the Norwegian Alps, run an ultra across the roof of Mauritius, and set short-lived records for trail-running Australia’s highest peaks and New Zealand’s Great Walks. He’s authored walking guides to Devon and Dorset, and once wrote a whole book about Toilets for Lonely Planet. Follow Pat’s escapades on Strava here and Instagram here.