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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.)

Best unisex thermal socks

Thermal 80% Merino Wool Socks (Three Pairs)

“Warm, soft, and comfortable. These socks provide enough cushion to keep my boot laces from digging into my instep. 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!”

Best unisex hiking socks

People Socks 71% Premium Merino Wool Crew Socks

“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. I’ve had four pairs of these, which get worn weekly for the past nine months and are really just getting broken in.”

Best unisex ankle socks

People Socks Merino Wool Ankle Socks

“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.”

Best no-show socks for women

Smartwool Women’s Hide and Seek Lifestyle Socks

“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.”

Best hiking socks for women

Darn Tough Vermont Cushioned Socks

“I was skeptical after having other expensive socks wear out quickly, but was very impressed with the comfort of these, both with wet and dry feet. When wet, even in cool weather, my feet do not get cold. So far, I’ve had them a few months and wear and wash them often with no signs of wear. Often, I slip them on when I get home from work after being on my feet for hours — if my feet could talk, they would say, “Ahhhh.” They are my favorite socks!”

Best knee-length socks for women

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

“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.”

Best compression socks for women

Sockwell Women’s Circulator Graduated Compression Socks

“I am a nurse and I wear compression stockings at work. These are wool, natural, colorful, and have a light level of compression to keep my legs and feet from hurting. They are not difficult to put on like stockings with medium-high levels of compression. I also had a foot injury a few months ago, so they keep the swelling from getting out of hand. They don’t fall down or roll down either, and they fit close to my skin.”

Best patterned socks for women

YSense Womens Warm Knit Casual Wool Crew Winter Socks (Five Pairs)

“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. They’ve been through the wash several times already and they’re as soft as the day they arrived.”

Best dress socks for men

Ebmore Men’s Heavy Winter Socks Five-Pack

“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.”

Best boot socks for men

Carhartt Men’s Extremes Cold Weather Boot Socks

“I work outside on my feet for eight to 10 hours at a time in rain, shine, snow, sleet, and everything in between. These are the only socks I’ve ever worn during the winter that not only kept my foot warm, but my TOES as well, an impossible feat. Got a pair from a friend as a joke gift, immediately ordered 10 more pairs. Barring a career change to sock blogger, this is hopefully the first and last time I’ll ever be evangelizing for socks.”

Best hiking socks for men

Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Socks

“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. These are about as comfortable as I ever could hope for. Not only that, they truly are ‘darn tough.’ After nearly a year of fairly steady use, my original pair has held shape very well. On top of that, they do not hold odor at all unless I do some serious sweating.”

Best compression socks for men

Sockwell Men’s Circulator Graduated Compression Socks

“I absolutely love my Sockwells. I have been looking for nonmedical-looking, stylish compression socks, and these fit the bill. The wool in them is really nice, and they don’t smell up like the mostly nylon socks on offer from other companies. DEFINITELY worth the price. I have three pairs now.”

Best skiing socks for men

Wigwam Men’s Knee-High Performance Ski Socks

“Went on a ski trip with the family and due to an injury I couldn’t ski, but went tubing instead - with normal shoes on. Family members with actual snow boots on were complaining of cold feet, while my feet were nice and toasty in these. Few days later with the same shoes on I was outside in the snow - without these socks… My feet were cold within minutes.”

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The Best Wool Socks, According to Amazon Reviews