The 24 Best Socks for Every Situation, Style, and Budget

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What are the best socks for men? That really all depends. Are you looking to keep your feet dry in swampy heat, or make your feet warm in cold weather? Do you need extra arch support, or a reinforced heel and toe? Athletic socks or dress socks? Crew socks or no-shows? Supima cotton or wool?

Maybe you’ve got specific answers to those questions, or maybe you need all of the above. Either way, we’ve rounded up the eight essential types of socks every man needs in his wardrobe. From weighty boot numbers to cushion-happy runners, here are the 24 best socks for men for every situation, style, and budget.

The All-Purpose Half-Calf

If you're looking to overhaul your sock drawer from the ground up with the most useful, versatile pairs around, these are the ones to stock up on first.

Nike Dri-Fit classic cushioned crew socks (6 pairs)

$19.00, Amazon

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Gold Toe cotton crew 656s athletic socks (6 pairs)

$17.00, Amazon

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Bombas solids calf sock

$12.00, Bombas

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The C-Suite Essential

Ribbed, solid-hued dress socks are still the very best way to fill in the gap between the cuff of your suit trousers and the tops of your oxfords.

Uniqlo color socks

$4.00, Uniqlo

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Pantherella "Danvers" ribbed dress socks

$16.00, Amazon

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Paul Stuart cashmere blend ribbed sock

$55.00, Paul Stuart

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The Heavy Hitters

Big winter boots require big winter socks.

American Trench merino activity sock with silver

$20.00, Huckberry

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RoToTo comfy Nordic room socks

$40.00, Todd Snyder

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Smartwool trekking heavy crew socks

$22.00, REI

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The Summer Camp Specials

Sleepaway camp: good for making lifelong friends, learning practical survival skills, and developing excellent taste in thick, nappy socks.

L.L.Bean merino wool ragg socks, 2-pack

$35.00, L.L.Bean

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Hikerdelic High Summer sock

$15.00, End Clothing

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Thunders Love "Charlie" color-block melange cotton-blend socks

$28.00, Mr Porter

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The Retro Athletic Tubes

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Adidas mid cut socks (3 pack)

$19.00, End Clothing

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Entireworld recycled cotton blend varsity socks

$15.00, Entireworld

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Tabio high-standard pile crew socks

$25.00, Tabio

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The Hippy-Dippy Hosiery

Even if you aren't a full-blown, hemp-wearing flower child, you still need at least one pair of vibey tie-dye socks in the rotation.

N/A tie dye traditional socks

$19.00, End Clothing

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Anonymous Ism stripe crew socks

$32.00, East Dane

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The Elder Statesman Hot Dye Yosemite socks

$205.00, The Elder Statesman

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The Total Swerves

We don't much abide by novelty socks anymore—sorry, Justin Trudeau—but these freaky patterns will scratch the itch your Frasier socks used to.

Solmate socks

$21.00, Amazon

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Kapital 144 Yarns Nepal Tiger foldover socks

$70.00, Blue In Green

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Missoni geometric pattern socks

$110.00, Farfetch

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The No-Shows

The #menswear-era heyday of going sockless is long behind us, but as our guy John Cho recently proved at the Oscars, there's still a time and place for flashing some ankle. Here's how to do it without swamping up your brogues.

Bombas men’s no show and cushioned no show 6-pack

$63.00, Bombas

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Nice Laundry six-pack

$49.00, Nice Laundry

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Mack Weldon two-pack socks

$17.00, Mack Weldon

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Originally Appeared on GQ