Picks

The Best Wool Socks

According to hyperenthusiastic reviewers.

Man wearing rainbow socks.
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To find the very best products that no human being would have the time to try, look to the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star ratings and lots of ’em) products and choose the most convincing. You’ll find the best crowdsourced ideas whether you’re searching for comfortersbed sheets, or even Christmas trees. Below, the best wool socks determined by the hard-nosed reviewers on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

The Best Thermal Unisex Merino-Wool Socks

Three thermal wool socks.

4.3 stars, 913 reviews
“Warm, soft, and comfortable. These socks provide enough cushion to keep my boot laces from digging into my instep, as has happened frequently in the past. The fit is good, and they launder nicely. They keep my feet feeling dry and toasty. I gave a pair to my sister, and now she’s mad that I didn’t buy her a whole package of them!”

BUY: Thermal 80 Percent Merino Wool Socks
$15, Amazon

The Best Unisex Merino-Wool Hiking Socks

Four wool socks.

4.5 stars, 5,163 reviews
“I can speak from experience that these socks perform much better than average. It’s really all about the quality of the wool. Cheap wool is scratchy, gets horrible pilling, and falls apart quickly. These socks are none of those things. I wear them with work boots and they are the perfect thickness for me. If you live in a cold area, you might want something thicker, but I can wear these in Texas year-round. In comparison, my 67 percent wool Wigwam socks are thicker, but just a bit too thick for my tastes. I’ve had four pairs of these socks, which get worn weekly for the past nine months and are really just getting broken in. I wash them inside out on the gentle cycle in cold water and hang them to dry.”

BUY: People Socks 71 Percent Premium Merino Wool Crew Socks
$28/4-Pack, Amazon

The Best Ankle-Length Wool Socks for Women

Four wool socks.

4.5 stars, 1,154 reviews
“I’m rough on these socks, even after wearing them inside my boots I walk around with them in the house, which should wear the heel down and leave holes after a while. Still, after six months and many wash and dry cycles, these socks look just as good as they did when I first got them. No holes, great fit, and now I want to replace my entire sock drawer with them.”

BUY: Thermal 80 Percent Merino Wool Socks
$25/4-Pack, Amazon

The Best Ankle-Length Wool Socks for Women

Low cut black sock.

4.7 stars, 189 reviews
“Love these! Having more coverage on the front and higher heel coverage helps it from slipping. I can travel with just these socks, hand-wash them as needed, and they dry super fast. Though I rarely have to wash them on trips since they wick moisture and don’t hold smells.”

BUY: Smartwool Women’s Hide and Seek Lifestyle Socks
$13, Amazon

The Best Quarter-Crew-Length Wool Socks for Women

Ankle-length sock.

4.8 stars, 363 reviews
“I found these socks very impressive with how well they’ve held up through pretty strenuous hiking. Most other types I’ve tried start showing some signs of strain after a certain number of 10-plus-mile hikes. Usually, my feet start feeling fatigue after five miles, but with these on, I felt they were so supportive and well-cushioned that I went much longer without feeling normal discomfort from hiking. Also, doing a lot of city walking in a cold city, I end up using these and they keep my feet warm and comfortable consistently.”

BUY: Darn Tough Vermont Women’s ¼ Cushion Socks
$12, Amazon

The Best Micro-Crew-Length Socks for Women

Green sock.

4.8 stars, 563 reviews
“I bought these socks, skeptical after having other expensive socks wear out quickly, especially Smartwool. They fit very well (I wear 8.5 and have narrow feet). During a fall canoe/camping trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota, I had one pair designated to wear with hiking boots during the day when I knew my feet would be literally soaked from dawn to dusk. I had a second pair to switch into for dry feet once we found our campsite each evening. I was very impressed with the comfort, both with wet and dry feet. When wet, even in the cool weather, my feet did not get cold. So far, I’ve had them a few months and wear and wash them often with no signs of wearing out. Often, I slip them on when I get home from work where I’ve been on my feet for 12-plus hours (this particular style is too warm for me to wear at work)—if my feet could talk, they would say, “Ahhhh.” They are my favorite socks!”

BUY: Darn Tough Vermont Cushioned Socks
$18, Amazon

The Best Crew-Length Wool Socks for Women

Five multi-colored wool socks.

4.4 stars, 1,720 reviews
“The warmest socks I have ever worn, no joke. The softest, too. And they don’t seem to get any stiffer the longer I wear them. At least, I’ve worn them for about two months or so, so that may change later, but I don’t think they will. They’ve been through the wash several times already and they’re as soft as the day they arrived. Considering how soft and breezy they felt when just wearing the socks, I didn’t really expect for them to be quite so warm inside the shoes. They do pill really easily though.”

BUY: Ysense Thick-Knit Casual Wool Winter Socks
$14/5-Pack, Amazon

The Best Knee-Length Wool Socks for Women

Three knee-high socks.

4.4 stars, 139 reviews
“Great socks. Fit over the calf. Just the right amount of room around the toe. Kept my feet warm and toasty while playing in the snow.”

BUY: Tipi Toe Women’s Three-Pair High-Wool Blend Calf Socks
$12/3-Pack, Amazon

The Best Patterned Wool Socks for Women

Five multi-patterned socks.

4.5 stars, 985 reviews

“I absolutely love these socks. They keep my feet at a very comfortable temperature, not too hot and not cold. I did wash a pair to see if they would shrink (hand-washed), and I believe I’ll continue to hand-wash them just in case. But they washed up nice, took about three hours to air-dry. I’d definitely buy them again. Love the patterns and colors.”

BUY: Justay Five-Pack Winter Crew Socks
$19/5-Pack, Amazon

The Best Wool Dress Socks for Men

Five thick socks.

4.4 stars, 315 reviews
“Great socks. Made well—very thick and soft. Yes, they do not go to high on the calf, but that is fine. Also, you can wear them all day and when you take off your shoes, they do not smell, since they are mostly made out of wool and cotton. Very happy with them.”

BUY: Ebmore Men’s Heavy Winter Socks Five-Pack
$17/5-Pack, Amazon

The Best Wool Boot Socks for Men

Calf-length sock with orange top.

4.6 stars, 1,642 reviews
“I work outside, on my feet for eight to 10 hours at a time in rain, shine, snow, sleet, hail, and everything in between. There are thin socks, thick socks, warm socks, and then there are these—these socks are absolute game changers. The difference between these and my next-warmest pair of socks is like night and day. These are the only socks I’ve ever worn during the winter that not only kept my foot warm, but also kept my TOES warm as well, which is an impossible feat (or feet, pun unintended). Got a pair from a friend as a joke gift, immediately ordered 10 more pairs. Barring a career change to sock enthusiast/blogger, this is hopefully the first and last time I’ll ever be evangelizing for socks.”

BUY: Carhartt Men’s Extremes Cold Weather Boot Socks
$13, Amazon

The Best Merino-Wool Hiker Socks for Men

Black crew sock.

4.6 stars, 1,163 reviews
“I thought I was going out of my mind when I paid $20 for a pair of dadgum socks, but I just ordered two more pairs. These are about as comfortable as I ever could hope socks would be. Not only that, they truly are ‘darn tough.’ After nearly a year of fairly steady use, my original pair has held shape very well and doesn’t show a whole lot of use when compared to the ones that just showed up. On top of that, they do not hold odor at all unless I do some serious sweating, unlike the merino-wool socks I enjoyed before. I’m sold on these things, and I doubt I’ll go back to the merino wool.”

BUY: Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Socks
$17, Amazon

The Best Lightweight Merino-Wool Socks for Men

Six wool socks.

4.5 stars, 423 reviews
“Awesome value. I bought the tricolor six-pack. I’ve had them for two days of vigorous hiking in Acadia National Park and they are great! Very comfortable, and they have the natural temperature regulation of merino wool. Very pleased with my purchase!”

BUY: Fun Toes Men’s Merino Wool Socks
$27/6-Pack, Amazon

The Best Wool Skiing Socks for Men

Black calf-length sock.

4.5 stars, 964 reviews
“I usually just wear normal Hanes socks when snowboarding, but I can definitely recommend this to everyone. They fit as expected, and will keep your feet warm in blizzard conditions, but also breathe enough so your feet stay dry and cool on warmer days. The elastic on the upper part is also strong enough to keep the sock from falling down like other socks do. In addition, there is no annoying seam by your toes that causes unnecessary pain.”

BUY: Wigwam Men’s Knee-High Performance Ski Socks
$13, Amazon

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