Brrrr. It’s downright cold out there these days. And with the holidays now just a memory, all we have to look forward to are the remaining cold and dark days of January ahead. Best stay indoors, curl up by the fire and find some bourbon whiskey to keep you warm at night. Well, that and maybe some socks made from nature’s most sought after warming material. We’re talking wool. Yes, even the word itself evokes warmth in the toes. So why not make the right decision and invest in a pair or two, you really have nothing to lose except for your toes to frostbite.
It’s for these reasons we decided to assist in this manner, searching for the 12 best pairs of wool socks that bring a warming sensation to our toes. From merino wool to rag wool we have you covered. So if staying warm is your prerogative for the remainder of winter, then be sure to take a scroll through this list as we’re confident you’ll come across some thumb stoppers.
REI Lightweight Hiking Sock
From one of America’s favorite outdoor outlets come REI’s version of a merino wool hiking sock that is honestly quite impressive. They’re cushioned, feature naturally wicking fibers to keep your feet dry while out on the trail and boast stretch nylon that will keep them in use and on point for seasons to come. Oh and they’re also made right here in the USA.
Fox River New American
Thanks to soft merino wool and acrylic fibers, these made in America socks are a medium weight and built for shorter outdoor activities in cool weather. And while they aren’t particularly recommended for extensive outdoor wear in bitter weather, the New Americans are still a great option. They also host Wick Dry technology that works to draw moisture away from the skin as well.
Darn Tough Micro Crew
Nothing like some USA made wool socks to keep the feet warm this winter. Each pair is made in Vermont, constructed from Merino wool that is both antimicrobial and antibacterial making them perfect for day hikes. Darn tough also builds a performance fit sock, meaning no bunching, no slipping, and no blisters after a long day on the trail or lounging around the house. Your choice.
CloudLine Hiking and Athletic Sock
For the athlete looking to keep warm this season. These CloudLine Athletic crew socks are made from almost 60 percent merino wool and 34 percent nylon, meaning they’re designed for long lasting warmth and softness. Quick wicking also keeps the feet dry, preventing athletes foot, and are great for any number of outdoor activities. You also shouldn’t feel bad if you decide to lay around the fire in these socks all day either. Comfort doesn’t discriminate.
L.L. Bean Merino Wool Ragg Sock
When it comes to keeping warm, it’s never a bad idea to stick with L.L. Bean. These Merino Wool Ragg socks are some of the softest around. They boast an anti-itch makeup, durability thanks to their nylon/elastic materials and come in a variety of color options for those looking to keep warm while keeping a certain style about them. Incognito; like no-one will ever know they’re wool.
Patagonia Merino Hiking Crew
Built from a chlorine-free merino wool, nylon, and spandex blend, these Patagonia socks are both durable and itch-free. Their makeup allows for excellent stretch and recovery while in use and also feature lightweight cushioning, because, well, your feet need some support too. Wear them on the trail, by the fire, or on the way to work on those chilly mornings.
Stance Gilmore Snowboard Sock
This one’s a bit self-explanatory. Through, they also serve as a great pair of all-around lounging socks as well. They’re built from merino wool for soft warmth, feature a lightweight polyester that helps to wick moisture off the feet, Air Channel Cushioning for both padding and breathability, and a stabilized feel thanks to their reinforced arch construction. Nothing like hitting the slopes with a comfortable pair of socks under all that gear.
Falke Airport Wool and Cotton Blend
On the occasion that looks are everything, be sure to pick up a pair of these Falke Airport wool socks. They’re versatile, made from a high-quality airy wool and cotton blend, and finished with hand-linked toes so you’re pretty much assured a comfortable fit. And thanks to their dark navy makeup, this pair of Falke socks will pair well with just about anything.
Smartwool PhD Outdoor
Made from almost 70 percent merino wool, these temperature and moisture managing socks are built specifically for outdoor wear. They feature a flat knit double toe seam and a mesh ventilation in specific zones to keep things warm; the don’t call them Performance in the Highest Degree (PhD) for nothing. They also boast a medium cushioning for those hikers on the trail as well.
Let my people keep warm. At least that’s the idea behind the People’s Socks. They feature a 71 percent Australian merino wool makeup, are knitted here in the USA and boast a medium thickness that’s not too bulky yet not too thin. They’ll keep you warm, stylish and with several colorways to choose from, offer something for just about anybody. Sold four pairs at a time.
The Workers Club Melange Stretch
Knitted in a small workshop on the Scottish border, these Workers Club socks are made from a stretch merino wool blend that are complemented by an aesthetically pleasing salt and pepper colorway which is surely to never go out of style. Trust us, the Scottish know what they’re doing when it comes to keeping warm and dry.
Wigwam Comfort Hiker
Built for, yeah you guessed it, the hiker, these Wigwams are a mid-weight sock that’s soft, insulates, doesn’t itch or smell and most importantly, are soft to the touch. Because that’s what matters right? They’re also built to stay put, so worrying about this pair falling down during a hike is simply a fool’s errand. Pick up a pair today and see for yourself. Warm feet equates to happiness. But you already knew that of course.
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