Stop Buying Garbage Socks
Most socks are bad. They slide down, they gray out, and they get holes. As wearers and testers of socks every day at Esquire.com, we've tried a lot of bad ones—and a select few great ones. What makes a sock great? It goes beyond just the initial solution—providing a layer of protection between your feet and your shoes—and ups both the comfort and the style of your look. Here are the best ones to buy right now.
Bombas Solid Ankle Socks
Bombas are some of our very favorite socks for every day. (And every other occasion, too.) They're padded, ribbed, and fitted in all the right places so they don't slip off or wear out. They might be a little pricier than you're used to for a single set of socks, but they'll outlast any $10 pack by years.
Puma Logo Crew Socks
It's tough to go wrong with an affordable six-pack of white socks—especially with the classic Puma logo.
Adidas Running Socks
If ever you've forgotten athletic socks and been forced to run in dress socks, you know how brutal it can be. Stick these in your gym bag so you never forget a pair.
Nice Laundry Darkhorse Socks
If breathability is your number one concern in a sock, look no further. Nice Laundry's mesh panels make sure your feet stay cool all day long.
Nike Elite Cushioned Dri-Fit No-Show Socks
These no-show socks might be made for athletics, but they're just as good for a long day of walking. The well-placed cushioning and blister-preventing tab on the back make them ideal for adventuring.
Richer Poorer Raya Crew Socks
Richer Poorer's crew socks are somewhere in between a dress and casual sock, if you need both. Or neither.
Lululemon The Sock
A lot of athletic socks have a ton of cushioning, which can be a good or bad thing depending on your preference. Lululemon's athletic pair is super light, with minimal cushioning—it keeps your feet aired out and still protected.
Sperry Cushion Liner Socks
When it comes to springtime shoes—slip-ons, espadrilles, and the like—you need a sock that will protect you from sweat and blisters, but won't ruin your outfit. No-show liners are your answer, and nobody does no-shows like Sperry.
Stance Uncommon Solids Tab Socks
Stance might be known for its printed crew socks, but it does simple low ones just as well. Strategically placed areas of more or less cushion keeps your feet comfortable in whatever shoes you're wearing.
Falke No. 13 Piuma Cotton-Blend Socks
If you need some serious, grown-up socks, you can't go wrong with this pair from Falke.
Hugo Boss Cotton Solid Socks
A good suit calls for simple socks. Like this cotton pair from Hugo Boss.
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