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Fashion’s shift to the “comfort is king” philosophy over the past few years has got us jonesing for ways to upgrade even our most basic wardrobe essentials. The more comfy, cozy and luxurious, the better. So, if it comes in cashmere, we want it—sweatpants, sweaters, beanies and, of course, socks. In fact, sporting a pair of plush cashmere socks (like these by Graham Cashmere, $61, or these over-the-knee numbers by Gentle Herd, $99) now feels more like a form of self-care than a decadent splurge.
If you’re looking to expand your collection of super-soft footwear, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve searched the market and looked at over 40 pairs to narrow down the 20 best cashmere socks money can buy. (Trust us, your feet will thank you.)
The Best Cashmere Socks at a Glance
How We Chose the Best Cashmere Socks
Cashmere socks can definitely get pricey, and we want you to feel like you’re getting your money’s worth. To create this list, we considered socks at a variety of price points to ensure the best value for your budget. We also pulled options with different fabric blends, lengths, features and color options, so that everyone can find a pair to meet their needs. Finally, we dug deep into reviews and buyer recommendations (including some from PureWow editors) to confirm that each pair of socks actually lives up to the hype. Ready to treat your tootsies to some toasty luxury? Read on for our top 20 picks.
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We have to admit, we’d never think to call socks “sensual,” but the incredibly soft and lightweight cotton, polyamide and cashmere blend these beauties are made of offers a tactile experience that definitely lives up to their name. Woven in a mesh construction to ensure they hug your feet and won’t sag throughout the day, these socks also offer serious breathability. As one buyer adds, the “seamless toe does not bind or crowd toes,” so you can expect all-around comfort.
This dreamy pair of ribbed socks has been hand-knitted in Scotland, with a slouchy fit that will look adorable popping out of the top of your winter boots or bunched around your ankles while padding around the house. The slouch factor is due to the sumptuous 100 percent cashmere construction, meaning they’re not blended with another fabric to retain their shape. But if you’re into the relaxed look and want your feet to experience what one reviewer calls “sliding into heaven,” these are for you.
These wool-cashmere hybrid socks will keep your feet nice and toasty. They are thick enough to wear as slippers around the house (as we often do), and have a fold-down ankle that you can effortlessly tuck into booties if you can’t bear to take them off when you head out. Better yet, they’re also woven with a touch of elastane to hold their shape and stay stretched around your ankles. BTW, they’re imported from Italy, so they’d make a great stocking stuffer for someone who loves a little luxury (including you, of course).
You’d be hard-pressed to find a better deal on cashmere-blend socks than this pack of four, which works out to just $5 a pair. Not only are these cozy numbers knit from a blend of cotton, viscose and cashmere fabrics, they also contain 10 percent silk for a touch of silky softness. Reviewers say they’re the perfect weight for sleeping if you run cold at night, but to be aware of the fact that the bottom isn’t a smooth weave, so if you have sensitive feet you might find them uncomfortable.
Reviewers can’t get enough of these “sublimely soft” high-end socks, which have earned dozens of 5-star ratings across the board. This pair is made from 85 grams of cloudlike cashmere, making up 95 percent of their construction, with a dash of spandex for comfortable stretch and sturdy shape. Add to that the maximum breathability that comes with their looser 5-gauge knit, and you can bet they’ll always keep your toes comfortably toasty but never overheated. What more could you ask for?
Available in a set of three, these ribbed cashmere socks are designed to have a slimmer fit that won’t slouch or bunch in your shoes, so you can sport them both inside the house and out on the town. We love the thoughtful craftsmanship of the reinforced heels and toes, which indicate that you should get your money’s worth out of these pairs, despite them being priced at the higher end of our list.
When you’re looking for an investment item, we know the first choice is generally a neutral for maximum wearability. However, the vibrant color options of J.Crew’s cashmere-blend socks have the power to lift our spirits (and inject some fun into our looks) on even the grayest of winter days. Whether you slip ‘em into boots or loafers for a flash of color, you’ll also appreciate their smoothly reinforced heel and toe, as well as the fact that they won’t slide down or overheat your foot, per shoppers. “So soft, cozy, foot-hugging and not too thick for shoes,” writes one reviewer. “No sweaty feet, either.”
We were also surprised to learn that one of our favorite minimalist jewelry brands sells luxurious socks (among other home and fashion wares), and it turns out they’re just as fabulous as Catbird’s dainty rings and necklaces. While the simple, cozy design is enough to get our attention, we also love the ethos behind the sourcing of these 100 percent cashmere beauties. According to the brand, its supplier “works directly with the nomadic herders” and promises clean-energy production, fair wages, healthier goats and more sustainable grazing practices, which makes us feel even better about snuggling into these babies.
The softness of cashmere isn’t just for women—men deserve to treat their feet, too! These wide-ribbed trouser socks are blended with a high percentage of merino wool to ensure that they’re both durable and extra warm, and as a bonus, they’re machine-washable to boot. Reviewers love that they come in an XL size, meaning that even guys with larger feet can experience the super luxe snuggliness of these beauties.
These cozy knit bed socks have a whopping 4.7-star rating, with multiple reviewers mentioning being so happy with them that they’ve also gifted pairs to friends and loved ones. “These are the best bed socks ever. [They’re] warm, comfortable and they slip off when you need them to and stay on when needed,” writes one happy shopper. The brand recommends buying a pilling comb to keep them in pristine condition, so if you’re not up to grooming your socks you might be better suited to a cashmere-blend pair. Nevertheless, these might be worth the extra work if you’re hoping for cozy feet and sweet dreams this winter.
These classic cashmere crew socks come in multiple hues and are unisex, so you can pick up a few pairs for you and your partner to match. They hit the low-calf point, so they’ll fit easily into your shorter boots and booties, but their thicker weight also makes them great for cozying up around the house. Each pair is ethically and sustainably made from high-quality Mongolian cashmere, per the brand, so you can feel as good on the inside as your feet feel on the outside. As warm and comfy as they are, according to reviewers, you may not want to wear them as everyday socks, as shoppers add that they’re prone to pilling.
You’ll impress everyone with your impeccable taste when this iconic Burberry check pattern peeks out from your boots. These lightweight socks are crafted from a blend of polyamide, cotton and cashmere yarns for a soft and breathable feel, and have added elastane for stretch and support. The pattern is woven into the material, not printed, so you know that with proper care they’ll last through wear after wear. The fancy designer label also makes them a great choice for gifting.
We already love Alo for its comfy-yet-stylish workout gear—seriously, the brand’s leggings are buttery soft—so it's really no surprise that it produces cashmere socks that feel equally cozy for all your athleisure needs. Customers love these socks and say that they “wear them constantly,” from meditation sessions to running errands, and add that they “hold their shape very well” thanks to the double-thick ribbed cuffs.
If you're looking for a stocking stuffer that’s equal parts festive and lavish, look no further than these whimsical cashmere cuties. They may be 100 percent cashmere and made using sustainable practices, but what really sets them apart is their unique checkered pattern and dip-dyed yarn, so no two pairs are exactly alike. If you’re planning on giving someone a sweet, soft surprise this holiday season, these cozy socks are an excellent choice.
Yes, these may be the most expensive socks on our list, but the thick, heavyweight cashmere knit is a specialty of The Elder Statesman. Each pair is handcrafted in the brand's California workshop, and is designed to keep your tootsies perfectly toasty. These socks are probably the closest you can come to wrapping your foot in a real cashmere sweater.
Take luxe cashmere and combine that with lightweight cotton and what do you get? A ridiculously cozy, yet perfectly lightweight pair of socks you'll want to wear 24/7. Thanks to their mostly cotton construction, these babies should be comfy, breathable and durable enough to wear on the daily. As a bonus, they come in a set of three and are machine-washable, so you can easily keep them in rotation.
Three words: Soft, supple and warm. We’ll be channeling our inner Cher from Clueless all winter long in these 100 percent cashmere thigh-high socks that should hit just above the knee. You can wear them with your fave pair of high boots, under your pants on super chilly days or by themselves when you're lounging around the house. Either way, they'll keep your feet cozy and your legs warm as the temps dip.
Affordable cashmere? Fine, we'll bite. These ribbed trouser socks are made from luxurious Mongolian cashmere blended with polyester and elastic to hold their shape, and have a tighter-knit, 12-gauge construction for insulated warmth. Quince’s products are ethically produced, and follow transparent pricing, so you know exactly what you’re paying for. In this case, it’s “a wonderful daily trouser sock,” per one reviewer. “They are a slim fit with no padding, the perfect height, weight and color.” And yes, they’re unisex, so you can pick a pair up for your partner or loved one, too.
If you love the feeling of cozy cashmere, but tend to run warm if you’re covered from toe to ankle in the super-warm material, we suggest checking out this fun pair of leg warmers. Made to be pulled up around the ankle, or down over the feet depending on the temps, this unique alternative to traditional socks screams retro cool. Not least of all due to its funky tie-dye pattern, which is achieved using a modern approach to traditional Japanese dyeing techniques. They also work well to supply extra warmth and coverage when layered over regular cotton socks, so you really can’t go wrong.
Ok, so we know these aren’t cashmere, but reviewers say they’re as cozy as the real thing. If you love the soft, snuggly feel of cashmere, but also need your socks to be machine washable and dryable, these socks are your best bet. Made partially of bamboo fibers to ensure a temperature-regulating wear, reviewers say they’re “wonderfully soft” and “fit beautifully.” Given their mostly polyester percentage, they should also be durable enough to wear as often as you please, all year round.
How to Choose Cashmere Socks
What you’re looking for in a pair of cashmere socks depends on their intended use. Will you be wearing them to sleep? Then they won’t need as high a percentage of synthetics to stay up while walking. How about wearing under boots vs. shoes? Look for the length that makes the most sense for your shoe preferences. Your ultimate deciders should come down to: fabric blend (higher synthetic is less warm, but retains shape better), length (boot vs. shoe use), and price (whatever fits your budget is the way to go, although that might mean a lower percentage of cashmere).
What Are the Downsides to Cashmere Socks?
Just keep in mind the downsides to cashmere socks: They are more delicate than some made of more rugged fibers, so they’re not the right choice for more active days or athletic pursuits. The higher the cashmere percentage, the less likely they are to be machine-washable, and they may require extra care to maintain their look and quality.
How to Wash Cashmere Socks
Some of the socks on this list are machine-washable, however the majority of cashmere socks require a little more attention than just a toss into the washing machine. We love The White Company’s guide to caring for cashmere almost as much as we love their socks above. If you follow the steps below, your socks are sure to last through many autumns and winters to come:
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