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The 30 Best Men's Socks for Every Occasion

Put your best foot forward with a pair that combines support and style.

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Socks are seriously underrated.

You’ve stocked up on quality underwear for all-day comfort. You’ve curated your perfect assortment of stylish tees. You’ve even upgraded your jeans to the most flattering styles—but socks somehow have become an afterthought. If your sock drawer has turned into a dark hole of forgotten junk, it's a sign to score some fresh pairs.

Toss those ripped and worn-out pairs that are hanging on by a thread, because the best socks on the market have thoughtful details for unmatched support and unique patterns that’ll make you want to flash some ankle. Whether you’re in need of cool socks to accent your killer sneaker game or just want to invest in breathable pairs that’ll make your workouts more enjoyable, there are a ton of options for guys to find their perfect match.

When shopping for the socks you need, look first and foremost for fit. Do you need boot socks, ankle socks, no-show socks, or any other style? Once that's decided, think about fabric. Merino wool socks are light and loose, perfect for flexing your office style, but for the gym, you need something that can absorb sweat, like cotton. Finally, focus on purpose. If you’re going hiking, you need something thick and durable. If you’re training for a marathon, you want something with more compression and padding to help support your every move.

To make sure you score the right socks for all occasions, check out these top-rated socks for every man’s budget and needs. Once you slip on these bad boys, you’ll never want to neglect this wardrobe essential again.

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          Best Budget Socks
          Cushion Ankle Socks, 10 Pack
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          Ten pairs for less than $20? Talk about a deal! These affordable ankle socks will have you covered for most occasions with extra padding for durability and great comfort from work to workouts.

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          Best Ankle Socks
          Solids Ankle Socks

          Ask any sock aficionado their favorite sock brand and there's a good chance they’ll say Bombas. If you’re wondering what makes Bombas socks so special, it’s the ultimate combination of smart design details and high-quality fabric. The brand takes all your needs into consideration with extra-durable cotton fabric, seamless toe construction for comfort, and even a little fabric tab at the back to prevent pesky, painful blisters.

          Best No Show Socks
          2-Pack Everyday No Show Sock
          Mack Weldon

          A no-slip heel grip, cushioned footbed, and seamless toe to prevent abrasion make these socks a simple no-brainer for everyday wear.

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          Best Work Socks
          Full Cushion Steel-Toe Cotton Socks, 2 Pack

          When you’re working hard all day, you need a tough pair of socks that can keep up. Made with breathable cotton, these abrasion and odor-resistant socks are the perfect protective layer to slip on under your work boots.

          Best Socks to Wear with Boots
          Tactical Boot Socks
          Under Armour

          Tough shoes call for even tougher socks. This tactical pair from Under Armour checks every box: they wick sweat, dry fast, prioritize comfort, and provide cushion and stability. Pair them with work boots and stylish Chelsea boots alike for all your fall and winter sock needs.

          Warmest Socks
          Heavyweight Merino Wool Boot Socks

          When the temperature drops below freezing, cold weather socks are just as necessary as your go-to winter coat. Merino wool can hold up to 30% of its weight in moisture, so even guys with extra sweaty feet will feel comfortable.

          Puppy Love Sock
          Happy Socks

          Who says you have to keep your dress socks staid? Happy Socks offers plenty of officewear options in fun patterns, like this puppy-themed print.

          Multistripe Blues Dress Socks
          The Tie Bar

          If you’re not a suit-and-tie kind of guy, shopping for formal accessories can be tedious and expensive. Meet your one-stop shop for affordable accouterments to help you look sharp without breaking the bank. The Tie Bar offers a wide range of dress socks, but you can never go wrong with classic stripes.

          Best Custom Socks
          Personal Edition Socks, 3 Pack
          Nice Laundry

          Personalized details take your everyday socks to stylish new heights. Whether you put wear them on display with a cropped pant or just provide a peep of interest when sitting in a business meeting, these Nice Laundry monogram socks will make any guy look like a total boss.

          Best Gym Socks
          Training Crew Socks
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          Nike is known for making some of the coolest top-quality workout clothes in the game and these socks are no different. These everyday pairs come with a substantial cushion that provides the wearer with some much-needed support when digging those feet in the ground while deadlifting. When it comes to an intense workout and looking great, these are some of the best athletic socks out there.

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          Best Affordable Durable Socks
          Dri-Tech Moisture Control Crew Socks, 12 Pack
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          Meet the all-purpose sock at its finest. Not only do they have thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon for their moisture-wicking technology and superior arch support, but they are also the most durable socks with an awesomely low price tag.

          Hiker Boot Midweight Hiking Sock
          Darn Tough

          Take a hike in comfortable and supportive socks so you can finally stop worrying about your aching feet and enjoy the view. Compression through the arch and full-density cushioning make these a top choice for year-round outdoor adventures.

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          Best Dress Socks
          Jumbo Dot Sock
          Happy Socks

          Happy Socks is one of the the industry leaders in whimsical and adventurous feet, worn by only the bold and the brave. Try them out. You may surprise yourself—and yes, that is a challenge.

          Best Luxury Socks
          The Hollywood Collection
          London Sock Company

          A-list style just got a lot easier to achieve. Ilaria Urbinati—the celebrity stylist behind Chris Evans, Ryan Reynolds, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s killer style flexes—collaborated with London Sock Company on 12 crazy-cool designs so any guy can look red-carpet ready from head-to-toe.

          Best Sock Subscription
          Black Socks Subcription
          Black Socks

          A sock subscription is a no-brainer choice for the guy who wants to continuously receive fresh pairs without having to regularly shop. Black Sock's unique designs will make any guy stand out with style—and the subscription model allows you to see your entire sock order for the year before you purchase.

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          Mens Be Strong Grip Socks
          Sticky Be Socks

          An ankle sock is a wardrobe staple, given that you can wear them for just about anything (especially come spring and summer). But it can also be easy to slip off given its low cut. Sticky Be Socks fixes that with an extra grippy bottom that won't budge now matter how sweaty your feet get.

          Best Colored Socks
          Color Socks
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          If there were such a thing as Sock Gods, they would have created these Uniqlo options. Uniqlo socks give you a serious bang for your buck, featuring anti-odor technology and a snug fit. Most importantly, they come in almost every imaginable color—perfect to have on hand while creating those sleek fits.

          Merino Wool Calf Sock 4-Pack

          Not only are these Bombas boot socks made largely of cotton and stretchy Spandex, but they have a cushioned footbed, super-strong arch support, and a seamless toe. Plus, the calf socks include something called "Stay-Up Technology," which is likely some patented secret but an overall good promise.

          Heavyweight Traditional Crew Socks

          These Filson Heavyweight Traditional Crew Socks are composed of a natural merino wool combined with a mixture of nylon and spandex for longevity and flexibility. You'll see wool's natural resistance to water in work, as these socks wick away sweat and other excess moisture.

          Read more: Best Wool Socks for Men

          Best No-Show Socks
          No-Show Extra-Low Socks, 3 Pack
          Nice Laundry

          Calling all loafer wearers. Gone are the days of tucking in your socks every few steps, thanks to Nice Laundry's extra-low cut option. They stay securely snug on your feet and keep your shoes from stinking at the same time. Need we say more?

          MWL Cloudlift Sneaker Crew Socks

          If you have not yet discovered the hidden treasure that is Madewell, these socks are a great first foray into the mindset of the brand— cozy and comfortable with a slight throwback vibe perfect for the present day. Trust us, one pair of the best cotton socks won’t be enough.

          Waddington Cashmere Rib Socks

          Presenting the house sock: A sock so comfortable that you can't take them off. Pantherella knows about both comfort and luxury, so much so they created these super-cozy cashmere socks are a bit of a splurge, but definitely what we want to be wrapped up in this winter.

          Merino Wool Over the Calf Dress Socks
          Boardroom Socks

          This men's brand makes some seriously sleek socks. This pair with its subtle texture and color are a great option for sneakerheads who are looking for an updated sock to pair with their Stan Smiths.

          The Organic Cotton Ankle Sock 3-Pack

          Everlane has been a purveyor of eco-conscious clothing that's meant to be worn for years, and these organic cotton socks are no exception. The brand prides itself on providing workers with a safe work environment and fair pay. Sold!

          Best Breathable Socks
          Men's Mid-Length Bamboo Socks

          If your body temperature runs on the warmer side, you know that a heavy sock can cause you to overheat. CDLP has you covered though with their bamboo socks that are super-soft, breathable, and perfect for everyday use.

          Best Socks For Runners
          Intensity St 2.0

          Hardcore runners know that there is nothing like an airy second-skin sock. This graphic option from Asics is quick-drying, cushioned, and features anti-friction yarn to help you keep going the distance.

          Best Socks That Give Back
          Socks That Protect The Lions
          Conscious Step

          Conscious Step is probably one of the most thoughtful brands on the market. Its array of unisex socks are each designed to raise funds for a specific cause: a pair covered in sharks gives money to help protect endangered shark species, a blood-red colored sock helps fund a cure for HIV, and more. Not only are the styles playful, but they also do a greater good for a relatively low price.

          Best Low-Profile Socks
          Lightweight No-Show Sock, 4 Pack
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          These thin (but not cheap) no-show socks by Bombas will make you feel like you're barefoot, but will still add a barrier between you and your slip-on shows. The four-pack set comes in several colors so you can pick what fits your own style preference.

          Best Causal Socks
          Cabin Sock 2 Pack

          This sock is aptly named after the summer camp culture that made it famous. These socks are lightweight but sturdy enough to take on anything you may throw their way. Wear them for sport, leisure, or style. The options are endless.

          Best Suit Socks
          Simply Dapper, 3-Pair Box
          London Sock Company

          If your everyday work uniform involves a suit, there are subtle fashion choices that you can make to set yourself apart. But arguably none are as impactful as a sock. For the business-minded man, it doesn't get much better than London Sock Company. The brand's assortment of dress socks is unparalleled in both style and substance.

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