The Best Men's Dress Socks for Any Budget

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Shopping for the best men’s dress socks at a time like this—when you probably don’t have an office to go to everyday, or weddings to attend, or anything else on the calendar worth getting dressed up for—might not be high on your priority list. These days, though, the best men’s dress socks are actually simply the best men’s socks, period. They’re no longer made of skimpy, itchy fabrics that’ll fall down around your ankles and tear at the heels after a heavy day of walking. Instead, today’s best dress socks have all the high-quality, supersoft goodness of fresh hotel linens. They’re engineered to feel as cushiony as your sport socks and stay up on your calves all day without suffocating them completely. They just plain feel good on your feet, whether you’re throwing on loafers on your way out the door or just padding around the house in slippers.

And while they say you can judge a man by his shoes, the socks you wear let everyone (your boss, your Hinge date, your parents-in-law, the barista, everyone) know you didn't just buy fancy oxfords—you have your shit together. The right dress socks will help you to look proper, show your respects, nail the job interview, stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. But what are the best dress socks? We're done with the whimsical ones that look like airport carpeting. Nothing cutesy, nothing argyle, nothing "novelty." No, you need dress socks in solid colors and subtle patterns that work under a cuffed tweed trouser, a stiff pair of jeans, and wild patterned pants. And they should make you feet feel fantastic, even after 12 hours spent cooped up in heavy leather brogues. All 13 of these dress socks—from fancy French heritage hosiery to cheap and cheerful basics—check every box.

The Best All-Around Dress Socks

Falke Airport socks

$19.00, Amazon

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The Best Next-Level Dress Socks

Charvet ribbed cotton socks

$60.00, Mr Porter

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The Best Stench-Battling Dress Socks

Mack Weldon silver extended crew dress sock

$24.00, Mack Weldon

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The Best Workhorse Dress Socks

Gold Toe "Harrington" crew socks (6 pairs)

$22.00, Amazon

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The Best Get-Out-of-Your-Comfort-Zone Dress Socks

Uniqlo color socks

$4.00, Uniqlo

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8 More Dress Socks We Love

Nice Laundry personal edition herringbone socks (3 pairs)

$45.00, Nice Laundry

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Corgi solid socks

$35.00, Todd Snyder

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Paul Smith grid "Oswald" socks

$30.00, Amazon

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Anonymous Ism two-tone wool-blend socks

$32.00, Mr Porter

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Plus Ultra crew length socks

$18.00, Plus Ultra

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

$19.00, Amazon

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Sunspel rib sock

$29.00, End Clothing

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Bombas ribbed dress over-the-calf sock (4 pack)

$57.00, Bombas

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Originally Appeared on GQ