expert advice for men
Sock Talk: The Best Socks for Your Lifestyle From Heel to Toe
The little things count: the right socks can boost style points and enhance competition. Whether trekking mountains or strutting savvy feet, slip on a pair of Freshpair’s favorite socks.
Basic or stylish, casual socks are typically lightweight cotton blends that provide a comfortable, relaxed fit. Polo Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss offer a large range of classic styles and bold colors while Ozone provides a playful collection of prints and patterns. For a stylish kick, opt for a pair of fun, Happy Socks. Woven on Italian Lonati machines for a precise, expertly constructed sock, Happy Socks boast comfort and a colorful personality.
Thin for summer months, Falke's Step Box Socks don’t show in loafers and sport silicone strips on the back of the heel to prevent slipping. They're used to achieve the sock-less look in loafers without your feet sweating profusely (and making your shoes stink).
For the times work feels a bit stiff, doesn’t mean your style should. When dressed from tie to wingtip, socks are a great way to sport sneak-peek style at your feet. Calvin Klein, Polo, and Etiquette all offer an eclectic assortment of socks for work or dress. For comfort points, look for socks with a reverso toe closure in which the sock is not turned inside out before closing the toe. The method leaves a slightly raised seam on the outside of the sock, but provides an extra-smooth surface on the inside, letting your feet fit in a variety of shoes.
A fashion forward sock for your 9-5, this Falke favorite features a soft wool blend with reinforced stress zones for added durability. Complete with a hand-linked toe, Falke lets you shuffle papers and feet in style. Try Falke Lhasa for winter and Shadow Dress for spring and summer.
While these may range from basic gym socks to technical socks geared at long distance running, premium athletic socks feature moisture-wicking fabric that pulls sweat away from the skin, keeping your feet dry and comfortable. The fabric is designed to draw perspiration off of the skin and transfer it to the exterior of the fabric, making it easier for the moisture to evaporate on the surface of the fabric than when it is trapped between the garment and the skin.
It’s best to shop for athletic socks with Terry Loop Knitting which allows for extra cushioning in areas where extra yarn loops exist. Either the sock is fully cushioned or partially (foot or sole) with a secondary (terry) loop creating an extra layer of cushioning.
Made from Merino wool, Icebreaker socks are breathable, temperature-regulating, and don't smell. Low bulk cushioning keeps feet cool, odorless and blister-free. Designed with ventilation zones and a reinforced heel and toe, they're amazingly comfortable.
The benefit of Merino wool is that it provides insulation from heat and cold and can be worn regardless the weather. It regulates temperature by wicking moisture away from your feet, keeping them cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. When combined with nylon or spandex, merino wool socks provide a snug fit and extended shelf life.