Socks– a practical necessity. The perfect holiday gift. What to get the man who has everything? But are some socks better than others? Absolutely they are. From the warmest wool to the most flexible and comfortable man-made fibers, finding the right socks is about being kind to your feet.

Whether you’re up on your feet all day or just looking for the perfect pair to go with your favorite brogues, our list showcases 15 of the best socks available online right now.

Best Everyday Socks

Strideline Premium Athletic Crew Socks

If you’re looking for the most comfortable socks to wear every day, these are some of the best. Constantly receiving rave reviews, Strideline socks are great for the gym, running, or just for wearing to work. They are blessed with the ultimate in sock technology- the invisible toe line. This means no more of that weird, uncomfortable feeling when your big toe suddenly discovers where your socks were stitched together. They’re also designed to wick moisture away, preventing sweaty feet. Available in black or white.

Why we love them:

  • Great fit, snug yet stretchy.
  • Warm while not too thick.

Saucony No-Show Socks

Do you need your socks to be invisible when you’re wearing them? These socks finish just under the ankle, making them great for any style where socks aren’t meant to be seen- but it’s a bit too cold to go without them. This style is also great for preventing blisters and uncomfortable rubbing when wearing sneakers.

Why we love them:

  • Fabric is breathable and moisture-wicking.
  • So comfortable you forget they’re there.

Petani Air Socks

These are possibly some of the more luxurious everyday socks you can buy, but for a very reasonable price. The combination of American design, European craftsmanship, and high-quality materials creates a sock that’s warm, durable, and even odor-resistant. Air Socks contain 25% Merino wool for a soft and snuggly feel, while the man-made fibers make them breathable and long-lasting.

Why we love them:

  • Super comfy.
  • Very good value for a Merino wool blend sock.

Best Wool Socks

Boardroom Socks Merino Wool

Ribbed and in a range of colors, these elegant socks are a big hit for those who enjoy the feel of wool but don’t want a thick, bulky sock. The style is over the calf for added support and comfort. The ribbed yet surprisingly thin material means they’re suitable for a range of occasions, and they don’t slip or bunch up. They’re also available in a range of fabulous colors.

Why we love them:

  • Not thick or bulky, like many wool socks.
  • Reinforced heels and toes so they last for ages.

MQUELONG Casual Winter Wool Socks

These everyday socks actually only have 10% wool and are mostly polyester and acrylic. However, they have an added magic ingredient, which makes for an extra special and luxurious feel: rabbit hair. The combination of real wool and rabbit hair makes these socks have a “walking on air” feel. They are so stretchy and comfortable and keep your toes cozy and warm all winter long. Available in black or a range of neutral colors.

Why we love them:

  • Not too thick so great for everyday use.
  • Warm and toasty. Ideal winter socks.

Carharrt Men’s Cold Weather Boot Socks

Carharrt is famous for outdoor apparel and hard-wearing clothing. It’s no surprise, then, that these socks are so popular. They are calf-length, giving additional ankle support and warmth in even high boots. The combination of wool and acrylic helps wick moisture away from the skin, helping to prevent chills. The soles are reinforced to prevent wear and tear, and they even have odor control. These socks are ideal for anyone who experiences cold winters or who likes to be out and about in cold climates.

Why we love them:

  • Very hard-wearing.
  • Cushioned and comfortable.

Best Active Socks

Darn Tough Hiking Socks

If you need your socks to withstand a life of action, these are the pair for you. Did you know every pair of socks created at the Northfield, VT HQ gets a 15 point inspection? This gives peace of mind to walkers, hikers, climbers, and anyone who needs hard-wearing socks for the great outdoors.

Why we love them:

  • Antimicrobial fabric to prevent odor.
  • Feet feel cushioned and supported.

Wigwam General Contractor Work Socks

A clever mix of nylon, high-quality merino wool, polyester, spandex, and Tencel Lyocell come together to create a durable sock for the man who needs that extra bit of support while he works. Designed for laborers and contractors, these socks provide extra support and cushioning inside work boots and are reinforced in all the right places.

Why we love them:

  • Moisture wicking action keeps feet dry.
  • Great value.

Physix Gear Compression Socks

Compression socks are designed to be firm on your calves to support circulation and prevent leg swelling. They can even help with varicose veins. These compressions socks from Physix are designed with double stitching, which is almost invisible, so there’s no risk of rubbing or chafing. Whether you’re cycling, running, climbing, skiing, or simply have an active day-to-day lifestyle, these are the perfect supportive sock for you. These socks are actually unisex, so they also make a great gift for the active woman in your life.

Why we love them:

  • Comfortable material
  • Stylish
  • Excellent compression action

Best Men’s Dress Socks

Patherella Quakers Socks

These are some of the best men’s dress socks we’ve found. Pantherella is an English sock company founded in the 1930s, with more than a bit of experience when it comes to making the best socks. Pantherella pride themselves on using the finest materials, including silk, wool, cotton, and more. They’re not the cheapest, but you won’t have to replace them very often, so they actually could be great value in the long run.

Why we love them:

  • Stylish and suitable for most occasions
  • Comfortable and durable.

Brook’s Brothers Houndstooth Crew Socks

When it comes to men’s socks, fashion isn’t always at the forefront of your mind. However, if you want to make a style statement, these are the socks for you. Another British company which ships worldwide, these socks aren’t as expensive as other designer options. The stunning houndstooth design is striking, while the 90% cotton blend keeps them warm and flexible.

Why we love them:

  • Classy and unique
  • Great value.

Nice Laundry Personalized Socks

Put your name to your favorite socks, quite literally. Nice Laundry does a range of personalized socks, with the option of a monogram of either two or three initials, depending on the sock type chosen. The range of socks is quite astonishing, from smart herringbone to ribbed charcoal. These aren’t novelty socks, though. The quality is up there with some of the best designer socks.

Why we love them:

  • Each pair can be unique.
  • High quality and comfortable.

Best Fun Socks

Alynn Novelty Socks

Are you “Feelin’ Ducky”? That’s just one of the options in the Alynn line of novelty socks– always popular and with good reason. As well as being able to find a pattern to suit any hobby or sense of humor, these socks are made with a cotton, nylon, and spandex blend that’s both warm and comfortable.

Why we love them:

  • Sushi socks, coffee bean socks, animal socks- they have everything.
  • Really comfy and great for everyday use.

Hot Sox Novelty Sporting Crew Socks

Whether you love football or golf, these cute and comfortable socks have the sporting motif for you. These crew socks are a good fit, sliding easily over the ankle and great for everyday use. The cute little sporting motifs make them an ideal gift, or treat yourself to something a bit nostalgic and fun! The material is a mix of cotton, polyester, and nylon. This makes them stretchy but also helps them keep their shape, even with regular machine washing. Available in a range of colors.

Why we love them:

  • Cute yet sporty.
  • A great gift.

HSELL Famous Painting Socks

If you like your fun with a touch of culture, look no further than these men’s socks, which boast some of the most famous pieces of art in the world. Extremely well priced, these socks are 90% cotton, making them breathable and comfortable. Whether you’re a Michelangelo or a Van Gogh fan, or just a lover of bright and cheerful socks, there’s something to please everyone in this pack. Definitely a good choice for the less formal party or dress down day at work- or for cheering yourself up, any day at all!

Why we love them:

  • Art and socks? Count us in.
  • Very comfy, good fit.

What Makes a Great Sock?

Hopefully, you’ve seen some socks that you love, and some that will look after your feet while you walk, hike, run, or even go out to dinner. But what makes the best socks? Here are a few things to check for when buying socks.

Material

Men’s socks are made from a variety of different materials  including but not limited to:

  • Wool
  • Cotton
  • Polyester
  • Nylon
  • Acrylic
  • Silk

You might even find some special materials in some types of socks. Wool socks tend to be the warmest, but they don’t wick moisture away from the skin. This can leave feet feeling clammy during physical activity. Wool socks can also be bulky, and they aren’t suitable for vegans.

Cotton is more breathable but doesn’t allow moisture to evaporate. However, it’s much less bulky, still warm, plus comfortable, and flexible.

Silk is stylish, comfortable, and breathable, but often doesn’t last as long as cotton or wool. Silk socks are perfect for dressy occasions.

Synthetic materials are great for wicking moisture away from the skin. The best gym socks are often a blend of cotton and man-made materials to give a combination of comfort and practicality.

Size or Fit

Don’t buy socks that are too small or way too big. Get to know what size socks fit you best and stick to it. Socks that are too big can bunch up and become extremely uncomfortable. Too small, and you risk your sock falling down inside your shoe. Nightmare.

Type of Sock

Choose the right sock for the occasion. Dress socks won’t keep your feet snug halfway up a mountain. Conversely, thick, woolen hiking socks won’t look great with your smartest shoes for that party. Have a couple of pairs for every occasion.

Hopefully, we’ve taken some of the stress out of sock shopping. Remember, look after your feet, and your feet will look after you!