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The Best Socks for Men: 24 Pairs for Every Situation, Style, and Budget

Give your sock drawer the overhaul it so desperately needs.

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What are the best socks for men? That really all depends. Are you looking to keep your feet dry in swampy heat, or keep your feet warm in cold weather? Do you need extra arch support, or a reinforced heel and toe? Athletic socks or dress socks? Crew socks or ankle socks? Supima cotton or merino wool?

Maybe you’ve got specific answers to those questions, or maybe you need all of the above. Either way, we’ve rounded up the eight essential types of men's socks you'll want to reacquaint yourself with once you start wearing shoes that aren't slippers. (Which, to be clear, should be now.) From weighty hiking socks to moisture-wicking performance socks, here are the 24 best socks for men for every situation, style, and budget.

The All-Purpose Half-Calf

If you're looking to overhaul your sock drawer from the ground up with the most useful, versatile pairs around, these are the ones to stock up on first.

Nike Dri-Fit cotton cushioned crew socks (6 pairs)

The Swoosh s signature crew has ribbing to mimic a dress sock, but enough cushioning to keep you comfortable through four hours of open-bar-fueled bad dance moves with nary a blister in sight. And though it’s thin enough to slide into sleeker shoes your loafers or oxfords it’s thick enough to keep your toes warm should your fancy footwear carry you to freezing locales. $32 Amazon Buy Now

Bombas space dye calf socks

A thousand podcasters can t be wrong: Bombas socks really are as good as advertised. They re comfortable, cushion-y, and come in every color, pattern, length, and weight known to man. Start with these crayon-hued half-calfs. $12 Bombas Buy Now

Gold Toe cotton crew 656s athletic socks (6 pairs)

Those white tube socks your dad used to wear with sandals while operating the grill every weekend? They re now the hottest accessory on the runway at Paris Fashion Week and onstage at every music festival. Thankfully, that sudden jump in status hasn t affected its affordability whatsoever. $17 Amazon Buy Now

The C-Suite Essential

Ribbed, solid-hued dress socks are still the very best way to fill in the gap between the cuff of your suit trousers and the tops of your oxfords.

Uniqlo color socks

Want to experiment a little with your socks? Start with Uniqlo. Their ribbed dress socks are shockingly high quality (tightly woven, comfortably padded, super-saturated in color) for a low, low price. Plus, they come in nearly every hue you can imagine. Get teal! And eggplant! Neon pink? They ll look good against gray or navy pants! If a color isn t working, you re only out a few bucks. $4 Uniqlo Buy Now

Pantherella Danvers ribbed-knit socks

Pantherella s cotton socks made this list because they re knit from Egyptian yarn with a bit of nylon (it s a 70/30 blend, if you want to get specific). The cotton s soft but strong, while the nylon delivers stretch and grip. Fabric weights and finishes are something the company is obsessed with at their Leicester, England, factory (the site of the brand s sock production for the past 80 years). Beyond that, they ve got a not-too-thin, not-too-wide rib, which keep the socks from drooping down around your ankle; come in a lineup of rich, saturated shades that would make Crayola jealous; and currently clock in a perfectly respectable $13 a pop. $13 Matchesfashion Buy Now

Paul Stuart cashmere blend ribbed sock

$55 Paul Stuart Buy Now

The Heavy Hitters

Big winter boots require big winter socks .

RoToTo double face crew socks

Wool on the outside + cotton on the inside = the all-weather combination that feels as good as it looks. $29 Todd Snyder Buy Now

Smartwool trekking heavy crew socks

Wear them now, while you blast the AC in your apartment with impunity, and then bust them out again to keep your feet toasty all winter long. $22 Amazon Buy Now

American Trench merino activity sock with silver

Got the kind of feet where people start leaving the room before you ve even finished untying your laces? American Trench s signature socks will help. There s anti-microbial silver knit directly into heel and toe to ward off odors at the source, and the breathable merino wool that comprises the rest will keep your dogs toasty and moisture-free. $20 American Trench Buy Now

The Summer Camp Specials

Sleepaway camp: good for making lifelong friends, learning practical survival skills, and developing excellent taste in thick, nappy socks.

Hikerdelic smoothie socks

Manchester s Hikerdelic makes their lightweight raggs in weirdo colors befitting their trippy 60s branding: acidic lemon yellows, deep purples, and wild combinations like this one. $19 END. Buy Now

Thunders Love Charlie color-block melange cotton-blend socks (was $28, now 30% off)

Slubbily knit on vintage machines from recycled materials, Thunders Love s socks are the kind you ll want to wear with sandals to expose as much of them to the world as possible. $28 $20 Mr Porter Buy Now

L.L.Bean merino wool ragg socks, 2-pack

$35 L.L.Bean Buy Now

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Adidas mid cut crew socks

If you like Jonah Hill, Kerwin Frost, and Prada have chosen to ride hard for the Three Stripes these last few years, you ll need the appropriate socks to pair with all your new Sambas, Gazelles, and Superstars. $19 END. Buy Now

Entireworld recycled cotton blend double stripe socks

An ideal pairing of old school good looks and new school eco-friendlier production methods. These guys are breathable, comfortable, and ready to be pulled up with all manner of short-shorts this summer. $15 Entireworld Buy Now

Tabio ribbed stripe anti-odor crew socks

Tabio has only been in the U.S. for a little over a year, but they’ve been a go-to socksmith in Japan for half a decade. We enlisted em to design an exclusive pair of socks for our Best Stuff Box last summer that pair has long since sold out, but these perfectly retro guys are just what the doctor ordered. $18 Tabio Buy Now

The Hippy-Dippy Hosiery

Even if you aren't a full-blown, hemp-wearing flower child, you still need at least one pair of vibey tie-dye socks in the rotation.

Mr P. ribbed tie-dyed striped cotton-blend socks

Your stuffiest striped socks, if your stuffiest striped socks chugged a whole lot of ayahuasca, decamped to Joshua Tree, and came back sick and tired of the corporate grind. $45 Mr Porter Buy Now

Hobo cotton tie-dye socks

Swirling cumulus clouds, the ocean at low tide: No matter what you see, it ll look even better on your feet. $29 END. Buy Now

The Elder Statesman Hot Dye Yosemite socks

Like flying first class or eating dry-aged wagyu, wearing cashmere socks is one of those completely unnecessary luxuries you need to experience at least once in your life. $205 The Elder Statesman Buy Now

The Total Swerves

We don't much abide by novelty socks anymore—sorry, Justin Trudeau —but these freaky patterns will scratch the itch your Frasier socks used to.

Anonymous Ism zebra crew sock

All the rejuvenating power of a childhood trip to the zoo, courtesy of Japan s most renowned sock savants. $28 Stag Buy Now

Missoni logo-print crochet-knit socks

No discussion of trippy knits is complete without a mention of Missoni. $51 Farfetch Buy Now

Solmate socks

If you have fond memories of frequenting the J.Crew Liquor Store , you might still even have a pair of these mismatched eyefuls lying around somewhere. $21 Amazon Buy Now

The No-Shows

The #menswear-era heyday of going sockless is long behind us, but as our guy John Cho once proved at the Oscars , there's still a time and place for flashing some ankle. Here's how to do it without swamping up your brogues.

Bombas cushioned no show socks (4-pack)

Bombas has mastered the low cut, no-show sock, adding to it a honeycomb compression ring over the center of the foot, a Y-stitched heel, and footbed padding, all in Peruvian cotton. The results are spectacular. $46 Bombas Buy Now

Nice Laundry six-pack

The build-your-own six pack box from Nice Laundry is a great way to replenish your summer sock options all at once. Plus, they’re made from three-way stretch fabric and have a heel grip so no matter how sweaty your feet get, they ll still hang on for dear life. $59 Nice Laundry Buy Now

Mack Weldon two-pack socks

Mack Weldon, a newish brand known for its mastery of menswear basics, has made a well-cut, no-fuss version of the no-show loafer liner. Each comes with two versions, and there are numerous colors and patterns to choose from on their website. $17 Mack Weldon Buy Now Related Stories for GQ Nike Adidas Uniqlo Missoni L.L. Bean GQ Recommends Best Stuff Socks

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