The Best Wool Socks on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of’ ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written before about the best socks for men and women, raved about a certain pair of invisible socks, and even investigated the best dress socks for women — we’d be remiss to skip the coziest socks of them all. Here, a breakdown of the best wool socks on Amazon, for all lengths and occasions. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

The Best Thermal Unisex Merino-Wool Socks

Thermal 80% Merino Wool Socks

4.3 stars, 852 reviews

“Warm, soft, and comfortable. These socks provide enough cushion to keep my boot laces from digging into my instep, as has happened frequently in the past. The fit is good, and they launder nicely. They keep my feet feeling dry and toasty. I gave a pair to my sister, and now she’s mad that I didn’t buy her a whole package of them!”

The Best Unisex Merino-Wool Hiking Socks

People Socks 71% Premium Merino Wool Crew Socks

4.5 stars, 1,504 reviews

“I can speak from experience that these socks perform much better than average. It’s really all about the quality of the wool. Cheap wool is scratchy, gets horrible pilling, and falls apart quickly. These socks are none of those things. I wear them with work boots and they are the perfect thickness for me. If you live in a cold area, you might want something thicker, but I can wear these in Texas year-round. In comparison, my 67 percent wool Wigwam socks are thicker, but just a bit too thick for my tastes. I’ve had four pairs of these socks, which get worn weekly for the past nine months and are really just getting broken in. I wash them inside out on the gentle cycle in cold water and hang them to dry.”

The Best Unisex Crew-Length Wool Socks

People Socks Merino Wool Ankle Socks

4.5 stars, 1,137 reviews

“I’m rough on these socks, even after wearing them inside my boots I walk around with them in the house, which should wear the heel down and leave holes after a while. Still, after six months and many wash and dry cycles, these socks look just as good as they did when I first got them. No holes, great fit, and now I want to replace my entire sock drawer with them.”

The Best Ankle-Length Wool Socks for Women

Smartwool Women’s Hide and Seek Lifestyle Socks

4.7 stars, 182 reviews

“Love these! Having more coverage on the front and higher heel coverage helps it from slipping. I can travel with just these socks, hand-wash them as needed, and they dry super fast. Though I rarely have to wash them on trips since they wick moisture and don’t hold smells.”

The Best Quarter-Crew-Length Wool Socks for Women

Darn Tough Vermont Women’s ¼ Cushion Socks

4.8 stars, 361 reviews

“I found these socks very impressive with how well they’ve held up through pretty strenuous hiking. Most other types I’ve tried start showing some signs of strain after a certain number of ten-plus-mile hikes. Usually, my feet start feeling fatigue after five miles, but with these on, I felt they were so supportive and well-cushioned that I went much longer without feeling normal discomfort from hiking. Also, doing a lot of city walking in a cold city, I end up using these and they keep my feet warm and comfortable consistently.”

The Best Micro-Crew-Length Socks for Women

Darn Tough Vermont Cushioned Socks

4.8 stars, 548 reviews

“I bought these socks, skeptical after having other expensive socks wear out quickly, especially Smartwool. They fit very well (I wear 8.5 and have narrow feet). During a fall canoe/camping trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota, I had one pair designated to wear with hiking boots during the day when I knew my feet would be literally soaked from dawn to dusk. I had a second pair to switch into for dry feet once we found our campsite each evening. I was very impressed with the comfort, both with wet and dry feet. When wet, even in the cool weather, my feet did not get cold. So far, I’ve had them a few months and wear and wash them often with no signs of wearing out. Often, I slip them on when I get home from work where I’ve been on my feet for 12-plus hours (this particular style is too warm for me to wear at work) — if my feet could talk, they would say, “Ahhhh.” They are my favorite socks!”

The Best Crew-Length Wool Socks for Women

Ysense Thick-Knit Casual Wool Winter Socks

4.4 stars, 1,618 reviews

“The warmest socks I have ever worn, no joke. The softest, too. And they don’t seem to get any stiffer the longer I wear them. At least, I’ve worn them for about two months or so, so that may change later, but I don’t think they will. They’ve been through the wash several times already and they’re as soft as the day they arrived. Considering how soft and breezy they felt when just wearing the socks, I didn’t really expect for them to be quite so warm inside the shoes. They do pill really easily though.”

The Best Knee-Length Wool Socks for Women

Tipi Toe Women’s Three-Pair High-Wool Blend Calf Socks

4.4 stars, 109 reviews

“Great socks. Fit over the calf. Just the right amount of room around the toe. Kept my feet warm and toasty while playing in the snow.”

The Best Patterned Wool Socks for Women

Justay Five-Pack winter Crew Socks

4.5 stars, 873 reviews

“I absolutely love these socks. They keep my feet at a very comfortable temperature, not too hot and not cold. I did wash a pair to see if they would shrink (hand-washed), and I believe I’ll continue to hand-wash them just in case. But they washed up nice, took about three hours to air-dry. I’d definitely buy them again. Love the patterns and colors.”

The Best Wool Dress Socks for Men

Ebmore Men’s Heavy Winter Socks Five-Pack

4.3 stars, 298 reviews

“Great socks. Made well — very thick and soft. Yes, they do not go to high on the calf, but that is fine. Also, you can wear them all day and when you take off your shoes, they do not smell, since they are mostly made out of wool and cotton. Very happy with them.”

The Best Wool Boot Socks for Men

Carhartt Men’s Extremes Cold Weather Boot Socks

4.6 stars, 1,619 reviews

“I work outside, on my feet for eight to ten hours at a time in rain, shine, snow, sleet, hail, and everything in between. There are thin socks, thick socks, warm socks, and then there are these — these socks are absolute game changers. The difference between these and my next-warmest pair of socks is like night and day. These are the only socks I’ve ever worn during the winter that not only kept my foot warm, but also kept my TOES warm as well, which is an impossible feat (or feet, pun unintended). Got a pair from a friend as a joke gift, immediately ordered ten more pairs. Barring a career change to sock enthusiast/blogger, this is hopefully the first and last time I’ll ever be evangelizing for socks.”

The Best Merino-Wool Hiker Socks for Men

Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Socks

4.7 stars, 1,080 reviews

“I thought I was going out of my mind when I paid $20 for a pair of dadgum socks, but I just ordered two more pairs. These are about as comfortable as I ever could hope socks would be. Not only that, they truly are ‘darn tough.’ After nearly a year of fairly steady use, my original pair has held shape very well and doesn’t show a whole lot of use when compared to the ones that just showed up. On top of that, they do not hold odor at all unless I do some serious sweating, unlike the merino-wool socks I enjoyed before. I’m sold on these things, and I doubt I’ll go back to the merino wool.”

The Best Lightweight Merino-Wool Socks for Men

Fun Toes Men’s Merino Wool Socks

4.4 stars, 383 reviews

“Awesome value. I bought the tricolor six-pack. I’ve had them for two days of vigorous hiking in Acadia National Park and they are great! Very comfortable, and they have the natural temperature regulation of merino wool. Very pleased with my purchase!”

The Best Wool Skiing Socks for Men

Wigwam Men’s Knee-High Performance Ski Socks

4.5 stars, 946 reviews

“I usually just wear normal Hanes socks when snowboarding, but I can definitely recommend this to everyone. They fit as expected, and will keep your feet warm in blizzard conditions, but also breathe enough so your feet stay dry and cool on warmer days. The elastic on the upper part is also strong enough to keep the sock from falling down like other socks do. In addition, there is no annoying seam by your toes that causes unnecessary pain.”

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The Best Wool Socks, According to Amazon Reviews