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The Best Everyday Socks for Men

Not only are crew socks the perfect length, but they're designed to last longer — and they come in a million colors.

collage of three pairs of socks

Your socks are some of the most worn and washed items in your wardrobe. As such, make sure to routinely invest in versatile, durable pairs. Crew ones are my recommendation, as they rise high enough to cover the space between your pant's hem and the uppers on your boots, sneakers or loafers. Plus, plenty of crew socks come with elasticated cuffs and arches, meaning they won't slide down or lose their shape after a few washes.

What to Know

When to Refresh Your Sock Drawer

Socks do eventually diminish, though. It's inevitable. Explore a range of hard-wearing materials and choose colors that complement your pre-existing wardrobe. And make it a habit to buy a new pair every so often so your sock drawer stays fresh.

If you're buying better socks, though — see our case for pricier ones below — you can just buy a pair at a time in an effort to keep to a "one in, one out" rule. (Otherwise, your sock drawer will overflow — and fast).

      Buy Singles, Not Bulk

      If you see socks in packs, that means the brand made a lot of them. Higher volume means factories can produce more of the same product without having to switch out materials and patterns to make different products for different brands, saving the factories time and money. The higher quantity also implies, in most cases, they used cheaper materials. In this case, that means lower-grade cotton blended with a higher percentage of synthetic materials: aka stretch.

      Lesser-quality cotton has shorter staples (essentially, a staple is a length of fiber). The shorter the staple, the weaker the fiber, the easier it is to fall apart in a weave or a knit. As for synthetics, most socks will need some kind of nylon or elastane for durability and stretch — these man-made materials are also cheaper to produce than natural fibers.


      While the price point for a pair of quality socks will vary, a good pair of socks will likely cost you well over $10 a pair. But you'll own them longer, and a higher up-front investment makes you more inclined to repair a ripped sock down the road.

      Still not sold? Learn more in our post explaining why pricier socks are actually worth it.

      How We Tested

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      Evan Malachosky

      Our tester tried a number of socks, wearing them with sneakers, sandals, boots and beyond, assessing how they felt, whether they stayed up and how they fared after a few washes.

      There are endless options out there, but these are the ones we can stand by, thanks to countless days in each iteration.

      Best Overall Socks
      Arvin Goods Crew Sock
      Best Upgrade Socks
      Bombas Merino Wool Calf Socks
      Best Affordable Socks
      Uniqlo Standard Socks
      Best Merino Socks
      American Trench Supermerino Socks
      Best Old-School Socks
      Rototo Old School Crew
      Best Multi-Pack Socks
      J.Crew Athletic Crew Sock (3-Pack)
      Best Socks for Active Individuals
      Darn Tough The Standard Crew Lightweight Lifestyle Sock
      Best Multi-Pack White Socks
      Gildan Half Cushion Crew Socks
      Best Upgrade Multi-Pack White Socks
      Pair of Thieves Every Day Kit Cushion Crew Socks (6-Pack)
      Best Snug Everyday Sock
      Definite Articles The Crew Sock
      Best Custom Socks
      Nice Laundry Personal Edition Luxe Socks (3-Pack)
      Best Socks for the Office
      CDLP Mid-Length Socks
      Best Hemp Socks
      Anonymous Ism Go Hemp Crew Socks
      Filson Midweight Traditional Crew Socks
      Druthers Everyday Organic Cotton Crew Sock
      Kotn Rib Socks
      American Trench Mil-Spec Sport Socks
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