Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
It can be rough getting up on those cold, autumn mornings, but having a pair of warm socks to put on makes everything feel infinitely better. But that feeling of pure bliss can easily turn to sadness when you realize that your favorite pair of socks has developed a hole. That’s why we’ve put together a list of warm winter socks that won’t fall apart on you.
1) Kirkland Signature: Trail Socks
If you’re looking to get the best bang for your buck in the sock game, then look no further than Kirkland Signature’s Trail Socks. This season they come in a 2-color 4-pack with both black and blue pairs, although you may be able to find new packages of their old colorways on the secondary market or Grailed Ultra-Basic. They’re constructed from a 70% merino wool, 29% nylon, and 1% spandex, which will help them to be warm and wick moisture while still being durable. And best of all they’re made in the USA.
Available for $12/4 pairs from Costco.
2) SNS Herning: Base Sock
SNS Herning is a Danish company known for knitting some of the best sweaters on the market, so if there’s one company I trust to make wool socks it’s them. Their Base Sock is a made in Denmark 100% wool sock in their popular white noise colorway. It’s ribbed and comes up a bit higher than many of the other socks on this list, so if you like extra tall socks or prefer to roll the cuff on your socks, this is an excellent winter option for you.
Available for $34 from Gravity Pope.
3) Pantherella: The Burghley Socks
Pantherella‘s Burghley Socks might not look that special, but they’re some of the highest quality socks on the market. Their made in England out of 70%/30% wool/nylon blend, which will offer all the warmth benefits of wool with the added strength of nylon. This model is specifically designed as a heavyweight boot sock, but lighter options (and a variety of other colorways) are also available.
Available for $35 from Leffot.
4) AnonymousIsm: Tweed Nep Crew
Anonymous Ism is probably the biggest name in the sock game right now, and it’s not hard to tell why. They are constantly coming out with new patterns and colors, and the fact that their socks are made in Japan helps people to feel confident in their quality. These Tweed Nep Crew Socks are made of a wool blend (while most of their socks are made from primarily cotton) making these some of the best boot socks offered by AnonymousIsm, or any other brand for that matter.
Available for $25 from Need Supply.
5) The Hill-Side: Merino Wool Ragg Socks
If there is one brand I trust to find the best materials available, it’s The Hill-Side. Sure, their Merino Wool Ragg Socks might not look like much (they are just socks to be fair) but I’m sure the wool/nylon/lycra blend they’ve developed is among the best available. With full-length construction and lots of ribbing, these made in the USA socks will be sure to keep you warm this winter.
Available for $23 from Unionmade Goods.
Plus One – Merz B. Schwanen: Army Melange Merino Wool Socks
Merz B. Schwanen is probably best known for their utilization of vintage tubular knitting machines, be it for loopwheel sweatshirts or for their Army Melange Merino Wool Socks. These made-in-Germany tube socks are definitely some of the most unique on the market, featuring two colors of thread for a vintage marled look, and contrasting reinforcements at both the toe and heel of the sock.
Available for $40 from No Man Walks Alone.