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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Warm socks for women
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. The Ugg Vanna fleece-lined socks are lined with soft fleece. They’re designed to work double duty as slipper replacements or to be worn with boots. They come in four pretty checked color patterns. We like the classic red and white version for winter.
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Warm socks for men
Starts at $9.99
Carhartt makes durable gear that’s designed to last. And the Carhartt men’s cold weather boot socks are no exception—these are warm socks that will last winters to come. They’re fully cushioned and enforced around the soles and have odor-fighting properties (in case of sweaty feet from the 16 percent wool materials). Did we mention they actually stay up in your boots? Say goodbye to the unbelievably uncomfortable sensation of socks falling down in your winter boots. Try some of these winter fashion tips for staying warm and stylish.
Warm socks for extreme cold
If you’re a winter person, and you bike, hike, snowshoe, ski, or snowmobile even on the coldest winter days, you need warm socks for extreme cold. Enter: The J.B. Field’s -30 Below Classic socks. These warm socks are made in Canada if that’s any indication of how seriously toasty these socks 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. (Psst, here are the best winter destinations in every state.)
Warm socks for toddlers
Little feet need big warmth in the winter. The best way to ensure your toddler’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, Smartwool toddler socks are machine washable and dryer safe. Pro tip: size up! Something else to consider? The best cold weather face masks.
Warm socks for kids
Whether your kids are waiting for the school bus or taking their toboggans out for a sled run, warm socks are a winter must. Burton (yep, the snowboarding company) sells a two-pack of their warm Weekend Socks made from an acrylic blend. The chafe-free link toe seam is comfy inside of snowboarding boots or a pair of waterproof sneakers. Plus, they look cool while keeping kid’s feet warm. Need boots for the whole family? Check out the winter boots we’re buying from Zappos.
Warm compression socks
Starts at $18.99
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 compression socks. These Sockwell compression socks do all of that, and keep your feet warm and dry, thanks to 32 percent Merino wool. If you’re planning on taking a red-eye flight, these compression warm socks are a must. Airplane cabins are notoriously chilly and bad for circulation. The socks come in 20 different colors and patterns, including black sparkle. Find out why this warm winter coat has so many 5-star reviews on Amazon.
Warm socks for hiking
Starting at $24.95
Finding the right warm socks for hiking can be tough. You need a pair with Merino wool that keeps feet warm and also wicks away sweat and moisture. Odor-reducing technology is a must. And they have to be extremely comfortable: no bunching, falling, or chafing. The 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
There’s something about fuzzy socks that just feels so cozy, especially in the winter. The 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 of these fuzzy socks to try them out, then 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. Guess what? Your dog needs something warm, too like one of these cozy dog coats.
Warm cashmere blend socks
What’s more luxe than a pair of cashmere socks? These Arket recycled cashmere blend socks take all the warmth and comfort of 81 percent cashmere, and add wool, polyamide, and elastane for durability. Practical, luxurious, and nicely priced for a thoughtful gift or treat for yourself. Warm socks can be elegant.
Warm socks for gift giving
Starts at $37.99
These warm socks are probably the most fun way you can gift footwear. Fuzzy socks are rolled up and presented to look like cupcakes, complete with cupcake liners, a pastry box, and pom-pom “cherries.” These are handmade, and available in orders of one through four. For the holidays, choose from snowman and Rudolph themes, or just go with a more neutral red, white or blue color. Either way, these are unforgettable warm socks.