9 pairs of socks our editors can’t live without
You might not think socks are a product worth arguing about. A sock is a sock, right? Wrong! A good sock can keep your feet warmer, softer, and warmer than you think, and if you’re on your feet all day, a quality sock can really make all the difference.
That’s why our editors have put our shopping experience together to round up our absolute favorite socks. From the increasingly popular Bombas socks to compression socks and even the thick, slightly ugly socks your mom bought from Costco, here are 9 of the most luxurious socks we’ve ever worn.
I can’t buy enough of these translucent compression socks this winter. Like, I’m literally wearing them as I write this. They keep me warm, and the bright purple pair always cheers me up on dreary winter days. For anyone on the fence about compression socks, don’t be. They’re made with the lightest level of true graduated compression support and are designed to ease any discomfort or pain without making you feel as though you’ve lost all sensation in your feet. Everyone needs a pair ASAP! – Stephanie Griffin, senior digital content strategist
I got a big pack of Bombas socks for the holidays and I’m shocked at how big of a difference they make. They are very soft and supportive; they are always the first pair of socks I take out of the drawer. I have tried many sizes but love your height the most. – Kai Burkhardt, deputy editor
The Balega is my gym sock. With an integrated heel pad for slip-resistance, comfortable cushioning and cool breathability, it’s the perfect sock for any activity. – Morgan Caramello, editorial intern
I have a disturbing amount of these furry socks, mainly because they are some of the softest and cheapest socks available. I gift them to myself every holiday season and then really whenever they come out with another super cute design. I’ve been wearing these all winter in my boots. From heart to cat to sloth, I just can’t find enough of them. – Rachel Lubitz, lifestyle senior editor
It’s no exaggeration to say that I’m really sad that these socks are in the dirty laundry, because it means my feet will be a little less comfortable* that day. These are ALWAYS the first pair of socks I reach in my sock drawer, and for good reason. This is the only no-show sock that really lasts all day AND stays comfortable for hours on end. I like the extra cushioning and cushioning (which feels soft and plush but not too thick), and their shape makes them comfortable to wear all day long without pulling or hurting under sneakers. I’ll be buying another pair as soon as I finish writing this story – THAT’S how I love them! – Hayley Saltzman, head of society
For when I’m feeling fancy, there’s no cuter socks than the socks of & Other Stories. I always ask my mom for one or two for my birthday, just because they make me smile. Plus, they never go unnoticed. They’ve even started embroidering on some pairs, so now I’ve got one with croissants and another with the Eiffel Tower. Tres mignon. – Rachel Lubitz, lifestyle senior editor
I bought these socks during the half year sale, and I can’t wait to wear them this winter! They’re as soft as you’d expect from Ugg but not too bulky under boots and sneakers. – Hayley Saltzman, head of society
These socks are so soft* that I often find myself forgetting they’re on my feet. I especially love them because they come in the most gorgeous neutrals, and are breathable and lightweight, making them the perfect year-round socks. Oh, and they were approved by Oprah, too. Do I need to say more? – Stephanie Griffin, senior digital content strategist
My mom bought me a few pairs of these magical wool socks from Costco over the years, and after over a decade of countless skiing, hiking, and camping trips, they’re still around. I’ve had at least two pairs of these thick wool socks for as long as I can remember, and I think I only have to throw away one pair. They’re easily the warmest socks I’ve ever worn, and I wear them in the house all the time despite their ’80s look. A fair warning before you buy 20 pairs, though: They really are. thick, so you might not fit in a tight shoe while wearing them. – Kai Burkhardt, deputy editor