A heads up about the socks you see below: they aren't meant for heavy duty hikers. These are for casual, albeit pedestrian, boot wearers trekking through snowy parking lots or freshly plowed sidewalks; traversing walkways covered in crunchy leaves; maneuvering muddy backyards; and passing puddle prone city streets. Not posers, because let's be honest, that's how most people use the boots they own — getting from point A to point B in their everyday lives.
The socks on this list may not boast the same performance-oriented tech or blister-deterring padding, but they're still plenty comfortable and durable. Marked by unique marls or noticeable pile, boot socks promise heft and texture — and seasonal aesthetic appeal. They'll fill out a pair of boots, whether elasticated Chelseas or lace-up chukkas. Trust these to keep your toes warm, and to look good doing it.
L.L. Bean's classic merino wool ragg socks come in packs of two. Available in four sizes and six colors, these are machine washable and made in the US.
Barbour's ribbed knit socks are made from a blend of materials, 60-percent wool and 40-percent nylon. The only branding appears in the sock's arch. No overt logos; they speak for themselves!
Modeled after a military issue sock, American Trench's boot socks "are knit from nearly a quarter pound of un-dyed 100-percent American alpaca yarn," the brand says.
Thunders Love mixes nautical and Americana references, turning out hand-finished, cotton-blend socks with contrasting toes, heels, and horizontal stripes.
Filson's considered every single detail of these 1970's Logger Thermal Socks. Meant for frigid temperatures, they work well in temperate ones, too. They're breathable yet warm, flat seamed for smoother wear (aka no rubbing), and contoured at the top to ensure they stay up.
Again, here's a pair of socks based on ones loggers used to wear. (They needed warm socks, too!) Made in Japan from 100-percent lambswool, these are a luxe way to line your best boots.
New York label Wythe translates Western apparel for the new menswear audience. As such, staples like recycled cotton socks, pearl snap shirts, camp sweatshirts and sweatpants comprise their collections. The socks, knit in North Carolina, are available in four colors, hefty, and yet totally breathable.
Japanese brand Anonymous Ism's mismatch aesthetic is intentional. This wool sock comes with two different accents: beige ragg and charcoal tips.
Patagonia's heavyweight boot socks come in four sizes and two colors. Each one is made from responsibly sourced merino wool, nylon, and spandex and woven at a family-run factory here in the US.
It makes sense for a boot company to craft its own boot socks. Wouldn't they know best? Thursday Boots' Sodello socks come in four colors — or as a four color variety pack — are made in Italy, and feature a blend of fine materials: cotton, nylon and elastane.
Druthers is a basics brand that splits itself between NYC and Japan. As such, there are influences from both that manifest in their products. These have a sustainable makeup — organic cotton — and a practical, simple aesthetic.