Socks (Yes, Socks!) Deserve Pride of Place in Your Regular Rotation

Socks, man: Not exactly the sexiest accessory to think about, let alone spend any extra time shopping for. If you tend to throw some socks into your shopping cart as a casual afterthought right before you checkout, you’re not alone. But here’s the thing: For the discerning dresser (You’re discerning! You’re a…dresser!) there can be no weak links when it comes to kitting yourself up, and that means nailing every detail, even—and especially—the ones less dedicated dudes spend little time considering.

Basically, don’t sleep on socks. (Do, however, feel free to sleep in them.) Listen, I’m not going to tell you the right pair of socks can completely transform an outfit all on their own, but if you’re at an impasse as to whether to rock ’em, particularly in the summer, the added dose of personality they provide is one worth seriously considering.

And lately, hunkered down in my apartment in the middle of an absolutely brutal heat wave (and with the AC cranked all the way up), my regular rotation of silky button-downs and lightweight tactical shorts haven’t been hitting the same. A pair of thick socks is about the only thing I’ve added since, and I swear the difference is a fucking game-changer.

The humble sock deserves better and it’s high time we restored it to its rightful pride of place in your wardrobe. Socks 2020, baby. Hey, at least they’re not underwear!

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Color Socks

Uniqlo uniqlo.com

$3.90

Still the best place to stock up on luxe-looking socks in every color of the rainbow, all at a price that remains the one to beat. 

Logo Socks

Daily Paper dailypaperclothing.com

€12.00

All-black is always classic, and Daily Paper’s subtle logo play adds enough personality to make these really pop. 

Logo Socks

Bricks & Wood bricksandwood.us

$12.00

Ditto all-white, and ditto Bricks & Wood’s. 

Logoman NBA Socks

Stance stance.com

$14.99

Stance has been the official sock of the NBA (!) since 2017, so the brand makes a bevy of options featuring your favorite hometown teams. 

Crew Socks

District Vision nordstrom.com

$15.00

Added arch support (and ventilated panels) very much included. 

Tie-Dyed Ribbed Cotton-Blend Socks

Stüssy mrporter.com

$15.00

Stüssy back at it again with yet another enviable tie-dye take. 

Crew Socks (3-Pack)

Polo Ralph Lauren nordstrom.com

$16.10

Polo ponies for days. 

Crew Socks (2-Pack)

Nike nike.com

$18.00

A typically sporty take of The Swoosh that somehow manages to look…elegant?

Crew Sock

Reebok x Pyer Moss pyermoss.com

$20.00

of the recent CFDA nominee and his smash-hit collaboration with Reebok. 

Fat Tiger Socks

Fat Tiger Workshop fattigerworkshop.com

$20.00

A typically cheeky pair of the Chicago-based multidisciplinary space.  

TWC Striped Ankle Socks

Mackintosh farfetch.com

$24.00

Very serious clothing-related vice number 1,000: Never not clicking on a bold ankle stripe. 

Varsity Stripe Socks

Noah ssense.com

$25.00

For athletes and non-athletes alike. 

Striped Ribbed Cotton-Blend Socks

Wacko Maria mrporter.com

$25.00

Ain’t nothing wack about ’em. 

Big Stripe Socks (3-Pack)

Golf Wang golfwang.com

$30.00

At this point, the Tyler, the Creator stamp of approval is really the only one I ever need. 

Woven Logo Socks

Heron Preston farfetch.com

$61.00

Made in Italy logo socks: Now a genuinely burgeoning genre of clothing, and one I’m not mad at in the slightest. (For further proof see below.) 

Overlock Recut Socks

A-Cold-Wall* farfetch.com

$32.00

Another Made in Italy style, this time  of Samuel Ross and his singular eye for the art of the mash-up. 

Cotton Blend Socks (2-Pack)

Anonymous Ism farfetch.com

$20.00

It’s better not to ask why this beloved Japanese brand has such a cult following. Just buy the damn things and see for yourself. 

Smiley Cotton and Hemp-Blend Socks

Kapital mrporter.com

$40.00

A pair of super thick (thicc?) camp socks that’ll make you smile every time you rock ’em. 

4-Bar Cotton Crew Socks

Thom Browne nordstrom.com

$90.00

Like one of the brand’s signature shrunken suits but in sock form. 

Striped Arrow Socks

Off-White farfetch.com

$95.00

Off…blue? (I’m so sorry. I really couldn’t resist.) 

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Avidan Grossman is the Style eCommerce Editor at Esquire, covering men’s fashion, shoes, grooming, and accessories.

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