Men’s socks have undergone some serious improvements in the past decades and the best men’s socks have never been better. Thanks to better materials and moisture-wicking technologies as well as better insight into what feet need to be comfortable in a wide range of circumstances (hiking, running, looking damn fine with a suit), there’s a perfect pair of socks out there for everyone.
The sheer amount of men’s socks makes the decision a bit difficult. Choosing the best men’s socks, of course, is a matter of lifestyle. Running socks, for instance, should be well-cushioned and have ample arch support (to help absorb impact, stay on your foot, and avoid blisters), be made of moisture-wicking fabrics (to ensure sweat evaporates), and, well, be comfortable. If you’re looking for a pair of hiking socks, then you want something moisture-wicking, durable, and comfortable that also offers insulation for the season (thin socks on warm days/short hikes; thicker socks for colder weather/longer treks).
It all depends. But, no matter the situation, chief among your concerns should be stopping sweat and moisture in its tracks. Moisture, after all, is the death of comfort — and can be the start of extremely smelly feet. At the very least, look for synthetic or wool fibers and, if cotton must be used, always blend it with something else.
If you’re looking for running socks, hiking socks, or comfortable fun socks, we’ve found excellent options in all categories and prices. Here, then, are some of the best men’s socks around.
Best Men’s Crew Socks
Arvin Socks not only look good; they're actually good for the planet. Rather than using the standard 50 gallons or more of water to create the typical pair of socks (nearly all of which end up in landfills), the company uses scraps, sustainable materials, and recycled fibers. This classic crew is made from upcycled cotton, recycled polyester, and a touch of elastane for shape.
No one does merino as well or for as long as Smartwool. As its name suggests, its PhD is a smarter sock, woven with different densities to provide structured support and breathability. They're also moisture-wicking, odor-fighting, and incredibly durable.
Who knew bison fur was such a great fiber for socks? United By Blue did, utilizing this animal byproduct to increase their moisture management for all-season wear. It's at home in both weekend sneakers and muddy hiking boots alike.
The arch compression support of these socks is top-notch. But we’re more smitten with the mesh ventilation channels, which improve air flow and breathability.
Made of merino wool, which is naturally anti-microbial and breathable, these hiking socks are soft, odor-resistant, and neither shrink nor itch.
Looking for a pair of solid every day performance socks? These Nike socks should be your go-to choice. Are they fancy? No. But they have a reinforced heel and toe for extra durability in high-wear areas.
Consider yourself a fun sock guy? Try these Blue Q socks. They're super-comfortable, they're witty as hell, and they're crew-length.
While you were sleeping, Amazon launched multiple menswear brands for its Prime customers. The Patterned Socks are made from a fine cotton-nylon blend, which is excellent for warmer summer days. And don’t think that an errant toenail will rip right through these; their gaussian fabric is reinforced in all the right spots for added durability to get you through the season.
Another pair of wool socks ideal for summer. They have cushioning and padding from heel to toe reduce rubbing and prevent your feet from getting blisters. Plus, they keep foot sweat under control thanks to their ventilation mesh lanes, and the fabric wicks away moisture. Hang dry only.
Bamboo is an amazing natural fiber: Sustainable, super soft, and odor-fighting, it's a great choice for work or play. Anatolian's color options look smart under a suit or with a sweater, but they perform whether your job is around the home or down the interstate.
Best Men’s Low-Cut Socks
Your ankles have been covered all winter; with the advent of spring, it's time to release the beast. Feetures' No-Show Socks ensure you've got something between your tender skin and shoe leather, reducing the possibility of blisters and absorbing sweat while staying just out of sight. To all the world, you're the rebel with no socks — but you know the truth.
Darn Tough socks have a stellar reputation in the sock world. These crew men's socks are a good reminder of why: they’re high-density knit socks (they’re made of a combination of merino wool, Lycra, and spandex.) with ample reinforced areas to prevent wear and tear. They don't bunch, slip, or slide.
Made from a synthetic fiber blend (polyester and spandex), these socks breathe better than your thick cotton tube socks. They’re thicker on the bottom for more cushioning and feature a sheer upper that, while reducing friction, provides ultimate breathability during exercise or on a hot day. Finally, their ankle height allows you to wear them to the gym or with your favorite casual shoes for exceptional versatility.
The original two-layer sock, Wrightsock's products are great for especially sensitive or blister-prone feet. One layer stays in contact with the foot, while the outer layer moves and takes the beating your dogs might otherwise wither under. These make great hikers.
A favorite among runners, the Hidden Comfort features a sheerer upper for breathability and a plush, impact-absorbing lower to suck up pavement pounding. A specially closed toe ensures there's nothing rubbing.
Breathable, lightweight, and with supporting compression, Mack Weldon's sport sock feels like a second skin when you're moving. It's a go-to for high-intensity, high-sweat workouts and activities.
Lululemon knows how men move and sweat, and it's made a sock so low that one might think it would slip during a heavy workout. Somehow, they don't. We like this one for CrossFit and bootcamps. For long-distance running, you may prefer the security of a higher cut.
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