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It’s a very good time to be on the hunt for the best winter socks, whether you’re searching for something utilitarian and warm to hold your ankles down during wintry commutes or something furry and neon to make a statement in a sea of navy and brown. The early 2010s were big years for bare ankles—and the no-show socks required to pull the look off. Fast forward to 2019 and flashing two or three inches of sock is cool again, and so the market is flooded with colorful, textured styles that are made to be seen, and made to be flexed in. And, better still, those out-there styles we love are being made in thicker and more winter-friendly weights—great news for all of us, not just sock lovers, because it’s cold and, you know, warmth. Now the thing we have to do to save our toes is also the thing we want to do to express our unique personalities and life is a perfect marriage of form and function. Well, below the knees at least. God help the bros running around in silk shirts right now. Below, the best winter socks we (and our cold feet) are especially feeling right now.

The Best Precious (But Not Too Precious) Winter Socks

Paul Stuart cashmere blend ribbed sock

Surviving winter’s coldest is all about finding novel ways to trick your brain into believing that leaving home is a good idea. And pulling on a pair of cashmere socks—encircling your toes in all that impossibly cozy, soothingly soft luxury—is one of the most reliable methods we’ve found for keeping positive in the face of blistering cold weather. But pure cashmere comes with a serious cost—both in terms of your wallet (you’ll be hard-pressed to find a pair for less than $100) and your time (hand-washing tube socks is nobody’s idea of a good time). That’s why we love these Paul Stuart jams: they’ve got all that cashmere goodness you need to get your butt out the door, only blended with some viscose and nylon for extra structure and machine washability. The fact that they clock in at a relatively reasonable $55 and come in a dozen fly colors is just icing on the cake.

The Best Heavy-Duty Winter Socks

Smartwool trekking heavy crew socks

When things are extra horrible outside—like, polar-vortex-level bad—these Smartwool socks are the ones you want. Think of ’em as a full-on parka for your feet: thick enough you’ll be worried about them actually fitting in your boots (they will); performance-minded enough that your feet won’t completely overheat on the go. A certain GQ staffer once wore these exact socks while spending multiple nights in a quinzhee hut in the backwoods of northern Ontario, and he still has all his toes. So, yeah, they’re the real deal.

The Best Workweek Winter Socks

If your budget won’t quite allow for a drawerful of the Paul Stuart numbers above, these Falke socks are a great everyday alternative wool sock at half the price. They’ve got a healthy serving of cashmere in the mix, all served up in a package that’s slim enough to fit in your dress shoes and subtle enough to appease even the soberest of office dress codes.

The Best Stank-Free Winter Socks

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 the heel and toe to ward off odors at the source, and the breathable, naturally moisture-wicking merino wool that comprises the rest will keep your toes toasty. Plus, a touch of acrylic spandex keeps them in place, whether you’re trekking up a mountain or to the kitchen.

The Best Throwback Winter Socks

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

Nothing beats classic American style, and nobody does classic and American better than L.L.Bean. Their wool blend ragg socks are one of the warmest out there and are every bit as soft, nubby, and altogether perfect as you remember. Plus, they’ll look incredible peeking out from the top of those duck boots you hopefully remembered to buy early this year.

The Best Earth-Conscious Winter Socks

Maggie’s Organics cotton crew sock

One more ragg option for the green-minded among us: Maggie’s loose-knit take is made in North Carolina from fair trade organic cotton, and comes in way weirder colors—like deep eggplant and bright green—than its more traditional counterparts. And who doesn’t high-quality warm socks at a sweet price?

The Wallet-Friendly Sock

Uniqlo Heattech low gauge socks

Uniqlo’s Heattech line is the GOAT when it comes to affordable, cold-busting winter gear, and these deceptively slim ribbed crew socks are no exception. Consider your feet’s moisture wicked, heat retained and bacteria kicked TF out. At just under 7 bucks a pop, you can afford to buy ’em in a handful of colors.

14 Other Socks We Love

Rototo reversible brushed mohair sock

Mohair, mo’ heat.

Howlin’ Wally sock

Is it any surprise that the label behind Belgium’s finest sweaters also makes great socks? These bouclé knit joints are like a warm, fluffy pullover for your feet.

Polo Ralph Lauren cable-knit boot socks

Speaking of sweaters: cable knits are also great on socks.

Yoicy heavy thick wool socks, 3-pack

One of Amazon’s most popular socks is also its most cushioning.

The Elder Statesman Yosemite tie-dyed cashmere socks

These are the socks you save for a personal day.

Wigwam 40 Below heavyweight boot socks

Use these to cushion and warm your precious toes through winter’s worst.

Williamston alpaca socks

Don’t let cashmere steal the spotlight. Alpaca is just as soft, luxe, and deserving of your attention.

Anonymous Ism waffle-knit socks

Waffles are always a good solution—for breakfast and for socks.

Pantherella Thornham ribbed socks

Heavy gauge wool, a splash of silk, and perfect autumnal colors make for an ideal pair of socks.

CHUP Fair Isle socks

The best Fair Isle you can get actually comes from a different isle altogether: Japan.

Gucci striped logo-embossed cotton-blend jacquard socks

This is what happens when your fleece jacket has a career change.

Darn Tough hiker micro crew cushion sock

Thousands of hardened hikers can’t be wrong. These hiking socks are legendary for durability, come with seamless toes, and thermoregulate with the best of ’em.

Patagonia lightweight merino daily crew socks

Patagonia’s lightweight foot warmers come in four distinct sizes for a snugger, more comfortable fit.

L.L.Bean shearling insoles

Boost the toastiness of all your socks by slipping these fluffy bad boys into your boots.

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Article written by Megan Gustashaw, Yang-Yi Goh, Gerald Ortiz #GQ