10 of the Best Warm Socks Worth Buying for Winter
It's officially warm sock season! Here are the best warm socks for this winter, from hiking to cashmere to just plain fuzzy.
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Keep your toes toasty!
When it’s cold outside, everyone always thinks about layering up with boots, scarves, and hats to brave the low temperatures. But what about staying warm while you’re inside? The chilly winter months mean that it’s time to break out the cozy loungewear sets and pajamas, extra warm wool socks, slippers, and bathrobes so you can bundle up. If you need to fill up your sock drawer, keep reading to find some of the best warm socks for winter.
Note: Prices listed were accurate as of press time; pricing fluctuations may occur.
Warm socks for women: UGG Vanna Fleece-Lined Socks
If you’re familiar with how warm and toasty UGG boots are, you won’t be surprised to learn the Australian company also makes warm socks for women. These UGG Vanna socks are lined with super soft fleece. They’re designed to work double duty as slipper replacements or to be worn with boots, and they come in four pretty checked color patterns. We like the classic red and white version for winter.
Warm socks for men: Carhartt Cold Weather Boot Socks
Carhartt makes durable gear that’s designed to last. And these Carhartt men’s cold weather boot socks are no exception—they’ll last for many winters to come. They’re fully cushioned and enforced around the soles, and they have odor-fighting properties (in case of sweaty feet from the 16 percent wool in them). And did we mention they actually stay up when you wear them? Say goodbye to the unbelievably uncomfortable sensation of your socks falling down in your winter boots! Pair them with the best men’s pajamas and you have a cozy apparel duo.
Warm socks for extreme cold: J.B. Field’s -30 Below Classic Thermal Socks
If you’re a winter person and you bike, hike, snowshoe, ski, or snowmobile even on the coldest days, you need really warm socks. Enter: J.B. Field’s -30 Below Classic socks. These warm socks are made in Canada, if that’s any indication of how seriously toasty they are. They’re over-the-calf in length and made from pre-shrunk Australian Merino wool that keeps feet warm and dry, even in freezing wet conditions. These are unisex, and they come in five colors.
Warm socks for toddlers: Smartwool Kids Crew Socks
$35.85 for a three-pack
Little feet need big warmth in the winter. The best way to ensure that your child’s feet stay safe and comfortable is with warm socks. Smartwool toddler socks to the rescue! The 56 percent mid-weight Merino wool blend means serious warmth, while the flat-knit toe seam won’t bother picky toddlers. Past shoppers have reported passing these durable socks on to younger siblings. And, yes, these socks are machine washable and dryer safe. Pro tip: Size up!
Warm socks for kids: Eurosock Ski Socks
Warm compression socks: Sockwell Compression Socks
Compression socks improve circulation and prevent foot pain—even if you’re spending long days on your feet. Nurses, teachers, and pregnant women swear by them. These Sockwell compression socks do all of that, plus keep your feet warm and dry, thanks to 32 percent Merino wool. If you’re planning on taking a red-eye flight, these socks are a must, since airplane cabins are notoriously chilly and bad for circulation. They come in 20 different colors and patterns, including black sparkle.
Warm socks for hiking: Darn Tough Boot Socks
Finding the right warm socks for hiking can be tough. You need a pair with Merino wool to keep feet warm and also wick away sweat and moisture. Odor-reducing technology is a must, too. And they have to be extremely comfortable: no bunching, falling, or chafing. Darn Tough Merino wool boot socks fit the bill—and the foot. They’re made in Vermont and come with a lifetime guarantee. That’s right: If these socks wear, tear, or develop holes, Darn Tough will replace them.
Warm fuzzy socks: UGG Leda Socks
There’s something about fuzzy socks that just feels so cozy, especially in the winter. These UGG Leda socks feel a lot like fuzzy slippers, but they’re way more stylish and versatile since you can wear them with shoes and boots. Past wearers have ordered one pair to try them out and then have gone back to buy multiple pairs (including one shopper whose daughter stole her pair). The Ledas come in six colors, ranging from pink to black.
Warm cashmere blend socks: Johnstons of Elgin Cashmere Socks
Warm socks for gift giving: Warm Hugs Sent with Love Socks
Wish you could send a hug to someone special? These socks are a memorable way to show your love, and they make a great addition to a care package. They feature just the right sentiment in a sweet red heart, and gray, black, and white stripes keep them from looking too cutesy. Warm feet are the second best thing to sending a hug!
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