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The 9 Best Socks for Men

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People may scoff at the thought of socks, after all, we wear them almost every day, and no one really even sees them. But having comfortable socks is important, especially when you are traveling. Here are the best men’s socks for 2021. 

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Best Everyday Socks for Men: Bombas

Sesame Street Bombas socks

When it comes to socks, you can’t get much better than Bombas. Super soft, available in a variety of lengths from no-show to calf, from plain colors to fun designs like these Sesame Street ones, Bombas will give all day comfort for whatever activity you need them for. 

Most Fun Socks for Men: Blue Q

"Coolest Guy on the Conference Call" novelty socks from Blue Q

Blue Q socks are for guys who like to show a little personality with their socks. You can choose from funny sayings like Coolest Guy on the Conference CallPresident of the Local Gas Company, or Fun Person Alert. From gamers, outdoorsmen, dads and grandpas, there is something for every male in your life! 

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Best Socks for Hiking: Smartwool Extra Cushion Crew Socks

Smartwool Extra Cushion Crew Socks

Having a little cushioning is important while on the trails, and these socks from Smartwool not only have a cushioned footbed, but have “Body-mapped mesh zones for added breathability,” so your foot won’t get too sweaty. Made with  ZQ-Certified Merino, and with Indestructawool™ technology for durability, plus a 4 Degree™ Elite Fit System for a perfect fit, the socks are ultra-durable and will make your feet stay warm and dry, no matter what elements come your way. 

Best Basic Socks: Gold Toe Men’s 656s Cotton Crew Athletic Socks

Gold Toe Men's 656s Cotton Crew Athletic Socks

Some guys just want a basic sock, and Gold Toe seems to be the golden standard. Made with USA Cotton, the reinforced gold toe ensures durability, and the AquaFX Moisture Control keeps feet dry. The perfect staple to any wardrobe. 

Best No Show Socks: Nice Laundry Performance No Show

Nice Laundry Performance No Show

Whether it’s because you’re wearing shorts, or the shoes you are wearing don’t look good with socks showing, a no-show sock is a must-have. Nice Laundry’s Performance No Show give you a sleek look with comfort and breathability.  

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Best for Boots: Darn Tough

Darn Tough

This midweight hiking sock are ideal for when you are out and about wearing bulky boots, but are lightweight enough you can wear them with regular shoes to work. With fast action wicking, and all weather performance keeping you cool in warmer months and warm in cooler months, these wool blend socks are perfect for pairing with your hiking boots. 

Best Socks for Running: Balega Silver No-Show Compression-Fit Running Socks

Balega Silver No-Show Compression-Fit Running Socks

Runners need a great sock that won’t bulk up, and will keep the foot dry and comfortable. These Balega Silver No-Show Compression Fit ones will have any runner smiling. Made with a drynamix polyester blend, and constructed to mimic the design of running shoes, they support the heel and midfoot, while allowing the toes to move freely, perfect for running. 

Best Dress Socks for Men: Boardroom Socks

Boardroom Socks

Don’t become a fashion faux-pas by bearing your legs when you sit and your pants pull up at the ankles. With a mid-calf length, you can avoid such embarrassment during important interviews or meetings. Available in both merino wool or pima cotton, and in a variety of colors, they are thin enough for dress shoes, taller than ankle socks, and will fancy up any sock drawer. 

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Best Fun Dress Socks: Mack Weldon Everyday Extended Crew Sock

Mack Weldon Everyday Extended Crew Sock

Dress socks don’t have to be boring. These extended crew socks come in a variety of fun patterns and colors, so you can add a little cheer to an outfit. The cushioned footbed, seamless toe and heel, and stay-put cuffs mean a day of comfort for your feet. 

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