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Jan 31, 2018

The Best Pair of Socks You've Ever Owned

Your socks. You probably rarely think about them. They spend most of the day completely hidden. And yet, they can be the crucial ingredient that gets us through so many important moments: a brutal hike that seems to go nowhere but straight up, or a particularly harsh winter week where you feel so cold and wet you imagine you might never be able to be warm again.    

When you're a kid, you have your go-tos: your cotton tube socks, your black or blue "dress" socks for special occasions, and maybe some specialty pairs for your soccer or baseball team.

But once an adult, you realize there are more fabrics than cotton, more colors than white, and, like a proper grown-up, you can select your favorite combos or each. For me, what socks I choose in the morning often determines what day I'm going to have: do I select a thick wool pair to wear under my workboots for a day working on the house, or perhaps a thinner navy to go with leather shoes for a day of meetings?

These days, among the best in my drawer are anything made by FITS. If I could afford a pair for every day in between laundry loads, I'd totally do it. But, maybe because it's January, my current single go-to favorite is these rugby stripe ragg socks by Woolrich. I swear I have a better day just by having them on.

So, tell us, ManMakers: What's the best pair of socks you've ever owned. If possible, include a link to where we can find them so we can all check them out. 

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Yawrate on Feb 02, 2018:

Darn Tough wool socks are the best.


Brandon on Feb 01, 2018:

I'm a big fan of Darn Tough socks. They are warm, come in a variety of colors and they are, well....darn tough. They have a lifetime warranty, but it's unlikely that you will ever have to use it. I get a new pair for the holidays every year from a great store, Getz's, in Marquette, Michigan when we are visiting my wife's family. I know they sell the socks on Amazon and other stores, but Getz's is a great local outdoor store that I like to support.

http://www.getzs.com/78563/Darn-Tough-Vermont-Mens-Hunter-Boot-Cushion.html


escherm on Feb 01, 2018:

Darn Tuff socks are all I use during winter and for hiking/backpacking/hunting/any outdoor activity etc. They aren't the cheapest (around $20 a pair) but they are actually guaranteed for life, by far best wool socks I've ever owned.

I have had multiple wool pairs from costco, wigwam, smartwool and a few others. I always go back to Darn Tuff

All thru-hikers use them for that purpose alone.


Cwest on Feb 01, 2018:

Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: "So, you boys are from Arkansas, huh? Well, I've been through there. Little Rock's a fine town. Now, go shake down your gear, see the platoon sergeant, draw what you need for the field. If you boys are hungry, we got steaks burnin' right here. Two standing orders in this platoon. One, take good care of your feet. Two, try not to do anything stupid, like gettin' yourself killed". -Forest Gump 1994

Lieutenant Dan knows. Good socks can get expensive and they are worth paying for but it is definitely hard to keep a strong collection of top quality filled out year round. So with that in mind places like costco and other warehouse stores will routinely have budget friendly wool blend socks that have good compression, hold up, and keep your feet dry and warm. While they aren't the best finding a reliable filler/sub to go with your best and round out your awesome sock collection helps.


bruno on Jan 31, 2018:

Not the best I've ever owned, but definitely the best I ever took on a hiking trip: Waterproof socks!

(https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BZLROAG/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

Sounds totally weird, I know. But they kept my feet dry during a soggy five-day trip in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and they don't feel weird or plastic-y at all.