Winter is coming. Yes, that was a Game of Thrones reference — and for all the right reasons. Temps are dropping and they’re dropping quickly. It’s important you don’t let yourself head out into the cold without the proper essentials to keep you cozy (even in the negatives). You know the deal: cashmere sweaters, handsome scarves, pocket hand warmers and potentially the most important winter-weather must-have of them all, the best wool socks the world has to offer.
You might think that replacing your regular socks with the best wool socks money can buy is kind of, well, pointless. But, it’s not. Your feet need extra warmth in extreme weather conditions and frigid temperatures, no matter how covered you think your tootsies are. For real, you don’t want to lose circulation in your feet solely because you’re not wearing the right socks. Plus, wool socks are so snug and cozy. Once you put them on, you won’t want to take them off. Just don’t become a sock-on sleeper. Those people are weird.
Even if you’ve gone your entire life doing without the extra warming properties provided by wool socks, it’s definitely in your best interest to snag yourself a few pairs and experience the difference. From ankle-length options to long variety packs to colorfully printed solo picks, here are the best wool socks you simply need to try out yourself. You’ll be thanking us later.
1. Time May Tell Merino Wool Hiking Cushion Socks
Keep your feet warm and dry no matter what you put them through with Time May Tell’s merino wool hiking socks. This two-pack is soft and cushy and will absorb moisture in all weather situations. A pair of socks like these are ideal to wear on the trails on days where you don’t really know what the weather has in store, but, they’re also perfect for dudes simply commuting to work in the winter. There are a few color variations that solely stay on the neutrally grey end of the spectrum, which is great because you won’t be that dude in the office that sticks out like a sore thumb in his rubber ducky socks. These are professional and comfortable enough to keep you looking and feeling A1 day in and day out.
2. L.L.Bean Merino Wool Ragg Socks
L.L.Bean’s been a go-to of ours for protective outdoor clothing and accessories for years now. With that being said, there’s no way we wouldn’t recommend these handsome, heavyweight wool ragg socks. These modern staples are essential for keeping cozy no matter what you have planned for the day. Unlike a majority of the best wool socks on the market, you can actually wash and dry these the way you would with the rest of your socks and undies worry-free because they’ll never shrink on you. These socks come in a variety of options that include a couple of multi-colored picks, too, but we love this creamy two-pack.
3. Smartwool PhD Outdoor Light Hiking Crew Socks
Cross off the next adventure on your bucket list with Smartwool’s PhD lightweight merino wool socks made for total moveability. These socks are built with Indestructawool technology, which is Smartwool’s patent-pending wool-based durability construction that makes these socks ready to take on the day. Unlike most wool socks, these are made with mesh venting, so your whole foot doesn’t have to feel as constricted in the way it might in another wool option. Additionally, these are made with a cushioning to soften impact and keep those feet warm.
4. Kane 11 Alpine Pack
This Alpine pack from Kane 11 is essentially the Goldilocks of wool socks. These socks are not too heavy and not too light, instead, they’re a perfect midweight that falls somewhere right in the middle to maximize foot warmth and comfort. Also, these socks, unlike the majority of socks available for purchase both in-store and online, are made to your specific foot size. That means the socks won’t be ranges from “size 9-12” like usual. Your foot size is a 10? Then choose a 10. Oh, it’s a 17? No problem, they’ve got that too. Each pair of these perfect wool socks are American-made and moisture-wicking. You can’t beat that.
5. Happy Socks Wool Jumbo Dot Sock
FUN YET CASUAL
Time to get a little funky. These wool socks from Happy Socks are perfectly named, just look at those polka-dots! A pair of socks like these are fun enough to put a little extra pep in your step yet casual enough to wear in the office and not feel like a total fool. They’ll take your interview suit-game up a step, too. The socks are also larger than life and made to be a bit bigger on your foot, so keep that in mind if you don’t love having your socks that large.
6. Happy Socks Wool Happy Rainbow Socks
Where there’s a low-key, fun pair of wool socks, there has to be a pair that goes the extra mile. These wool socks right here are exactly that pair. Go the extra mile and really get some heads turning with these super happy rainbow socks in one of the brightest of pinks we could find. While we don’t necessarily suggest you wear these around the office (unless your boss is super cool), we do love these for showing off on the low. You know, the times where your socks act as a sort of party trick. So, throw them on in the morning, then whenever you need to prove you do have a fun side, lift that pant leg and show off what you’re hiding from the world — smiley-faced rainbows.
7. Nordstrom Over the Calf Wool Socks
BEST DRESS SOCKS
Getting all dolled up? Although the majority of us have foregone any formal event in the past couple of months due to the ongoing pandemic, lots of folks have been breaking quarantine and heading out to socially distanced weddings and events. If that’s the case for you this winter, don’t dress yourself up just to neglect your feet. These wool socks from Nordstrom are the perfect, dulled-down formal sock option to snag yourself for your next formal event. They’re extraordinarily lightweight to make putting your shoes on just that much easier and even include spandex for easy stretching.
8. Carhartt A118-4 Cold Weather Wool Blend Crew Socks
BEST FOR COLD WEATHER
While these are all great options for chillier temps, these wool-blend socks from Carhartt are ready to keep your feet warm in below-freezing temperatures. These socks are highly recommended for dudes that work outside all day in more labor-intensive jobs. They’re super durable and are built to last the average consumer years upon years of wear without contracting any unwanted holes. Carhartt’s wool socks are the socks for heading out in the snow, too, whether it be for plowing, shoveling or simply walking. Plus, this variety comes in a four-pack to promise a real bang for your buck.
9. ADFOLF Warm Wool Socks
Though a majority of these options listed are moisture-wicking, these are probably the best moisture-wicking wool socks on the market. They’re totally inexpensive which makes them a great pick for anybody’s bank account and they’re thick as hell to keep warmth inside at all costs. These socks are as comfortable as can be, making them not only practical in terms of what they can do but also how they feel. We can even recommend these for people in tropical climates looking to get a little hiking done but don’t want their feet to get all sweaty.