DEFEET Levitator D-logo socks, £13.99,

These purposed-designed cycling socks are made from a mix of synthetic materials, of which crucially two percent is Spandex, giving them a pleasing fit. Despite being made of plastic, the spun fibres still create a woolly feel, with extra padding where it's needed that's tailored to each foot.

We tried the socks out on the 70-mile Isle of Wight randonnée and found them nearly inconspicuous. The only time we felt their presence was first thing in the morning, before temperatures had risen above 7 or 8-degrees Centigrade. During the day, they couldn't have been more comfortable. An excellent pair of socks, which are ideal for warmer rides. MC

PROS Spot-on for summer
CONS Not a winter warmer