To track down the warmest socks out there, we asked people with good taste who tend to run cold and experts who spend a great deal of time outside in extreme climates — including an Alaskan fisherman and a blacksmith who works out of an uninsulated barn in Maine — for their favorites. The following socks, while all incredibly warm, are ordered from least to most robust.
“Falke’s knee-highs are worth the price: They’re warm, of course, but also unusually durable. I’ve purchased socks for one-third of the price only to have them fall apart (in the gentle cycle) after two weeks.” —Mary Ping, designer
“These cable-knit ones from Corgi — which supplies members of the royal family with their socks — come in a plethora of colors and are meant to be worn around the (country) house.” —Chris Black, Strategist contributor
“So warm. I can’t go to bed without them; it’s like a security thing.” —Nicky Hilton
“They feel like leg warmers that happen to hold your feet. They’re extra roomy and soft and ’80s.” —Batsheva Hay, designer
“There are few things I love more than the Uniqlo sock wall. I buy new pairs monthly.” —Alexander-Julian Gibbson, content specialist
“I discovered these at a small shop in Milwaukee called URSA. They’re so cozy that I wish I’d picked up many more.” —Lalese Stamps, founder of Lolly Lolly Ceramics