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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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written before about all sorts of socks — including the best hiking socks, the best running socks, and some stylish compression socks — here, we’ve rounded up the best wool socks as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated wool socks

Justay Vintage Womens Wool Socks
$10
$10

Almost 500 reviewers describe these wool socks as “soft,” rather than itchy. “I was a bit reluctant when ordering these, thinking wool equals scratchy,” explains one customer, but she was happily mistaken. “These are soooo SOFT! The colors and patterns are fun. The socks keep my feet comfy and warm in Michigan’s 20-degree-Fahrenheit winter weather.” Another also says they’re “warm and comfortable” yet they’re “not so thick that I need a size larger boot.” She calls them the “most colorful socks that I’ve ever owned.” And a third customer adds that if you hike, these fit great inside boots. Plus, they’re warm enough “for fall and early winter weather without being overly bulky. They have just enough stretch but still have that supersoft wooly feel.” For those wondering how high on the leg they come, she reports they land “just above the top of hiking boots.”

Best-rated (less expensive) wool socks

From $8

These patterned wool socks only come in one size, but the vast majority of purchasers say they fit well and many praise the socks for their comfort, warmth, and colorful patterns. One reviewer calls them “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.” Over 90 purchasers praise these as “cozy,” and many note that their casual design makes them great for wearing inside or out. According to one, these are the “perfect house socks for winter. Cozy and not too tight.” Plenty of reviewers also mention the great price on this set. “For the price these socks are pretty amazing. They’re adorable, warm without being scratchy, and while they’re thicker than an athletic or dress sock, they still fit in most of my boots.”

Best breathable unisex wool socks

People Socks 71% Premium Merino Wool Crew Socks
From $30

“It’s really all about the quality of the wool,” writes one reviewer, explaining, “Cheap wool is scratchy, gets horrible pilling and falls apart quickly. These socks are none of those things. I have four pairs, which I’ve worn weekly for the past nine months and are really just getting broken in.” Many highlight the warmth and breathability of these socks, like one who writes, “They’re warm but also breathable, so my feet never get too hot. Best socks I’ve ever owned.” Reviewers are mixed on how these compare to some of the better-known and more expensive wool sock brands out there, but the vast majority say they find these People Socks comparable or better. “These are the best wool socks out there in my opinion. [And] I’ve tried several from Smartwool and Wigwam.” And they get the stamp of approval from one wool sock connoisseur who writes, “I’ve bought and lived in wool socks for three decades. My feet always run cold and nothing keeps them warm and dry like wool socks. I’ve tried many different brands at various price points, but I have a new favorite: People Socks!”

Best unisex thermal wool socks

Alvada 80% Merino Wool Hiking Socks
$19
$19

“Nice socks that live up to what they are called: thermal and warm,” writes one customer who calls these merino wool socks “great for hiking.” One ex-military man says that of the many wool socks he’s worn in the past, “These are a great thickness and VERY soft and comfortable while also being odor-resistant.” He bought a dozen packs and plans on buying more, “I like them that much.” They’re advertised as unisex, which one woman on a hunt for socks that both she and her boyfriend could wear appreciated: “They fit us both great, although a bit large on me.” But overall she wasn’t bothered by the sizing. “I love how the thickness allows me to fit comfortably into some boots I have that are a smidgen too large, while not being too much material for the shoes I have that already fit me well.” She does suggest women size down though. Additionally, some customers say the socks wore out pretty quickly, but another customer says, “If you take care of them — in other words wear house slippers and don’t wash them on hot with softener — then they truly will be the best piece of clothing you will ever own.”

Best colorful unisex wool hiking socks

“Why are so many hiking socks [only available in] hideous combinations of dingy gray?” asks one reviewer who is a fan of these colorful wool socks. And while many others also love the color and design — one purchaser’s husband “loves the ‘European styling’” — plenty of reviewers focus strictly on the function and performance of these socks. “You can feel the quality as soon as you pick them up,” writes one. “They’re padded in the right places, cushioned slightly on the bottom so even without shoes feels lovely, but breathable on top. They fit beautifully. I don’t think I can look at other socks the same way again.” As far as hiking is concerned, one reviewer who tested these out in Zion National Park says they did the trick: “I had a new pair of boots and was worried about potential foot problems. These socks were extremely comfortable and I believe were highly responsible for my hiking success. No blisters or other foot problems, and I hiked in variable temps from 50 degrees Fahrenheit down to 10 degrees.”

Best unisex wool ankle socks

$25

Many satisfied customers say the height of these is just right, especially for wearing with hiking boots. “Great height — tall enough for high-ankle hiking boots but short enough that they don’t look weird with shorts,” one reviewer explains, adding, “Material is breathable and provides excellent underfoot cushioning.” And even though the company lists these as “ankle socks,” one reviewer thinks “quarter sock” is more accurate: “It goes high enough for hiking boots, more than an ankle sock. Full crew socks always bunch up at exactly the place these come up to.” They’re also extremely durable, as one happy purchaser explains: “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 unisex wool hiking socks

From $23