With fall in full swing and winter at its heels (no pun intended), there is no better time to break out your favorite warm socks to keep those tootsies nice and toasty. As a person who usually prefers to putter around the house barefoot for most of the year, even I can admit that once the weather starts to chill, there’s nothing I want more than a pair of soft, cozy socks to keep my toes warm.
Even my no-show socks get pushed to the back of my sock drawer in favor of thick knit socks that lock in the precious heat. But remember, not all socks are created equal. Everything from the length to the material can determine whether you’d be better off wearing them on a cold morning hike or lounging in front of the fireplace. To help save your feet from the frigid cold, I did my due diligence and tracked down the best warm socks that’ll keep your toes comfortable and toasty this winter.
Best warm socks at a glance:
Best overall: L.L.Bean Merino Wool Ragg Socks, $35
Best for everyday: Bombas Merino Wool Sweater Quarter Sock 3-Pack, $72
Best for boots: Nordstrom Ribbed Supersoft Slouched Crew Sock, $12
Best for lounging: Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Herringbone Gripper Socks, $28
Best for sleeping: Ugg Radell Cable Knit Crew Socks, $36
Best thin socks: Uniqlo Heattech Socks 2-Pack, $13
Best for hiking: Patagonia Lightweight Merino Performance Crew Socks, $25
Best value: YSense Wear Womens Wool Socks 5-Pack, $14
L.L.Bean, Merino Wool Ragg Socks 10″ Two-Pack — $35.00
With over 1,800 5-star ratings on their website, it’s clear that the L.L.Bean Merino Wool Ragg Socks have been a trusted, cold weather favorite for years. Made to last using moisture-wicking merino wool—that keeps feet warm but never sweaty—along with nylon and elastic for added durability, the Ragg socks will be your go-to warm socks for many winters to come. The best part? Unlike other wool socks that can be finicky to maintain, the Ragg socks can be tossed in the washer and dryer for easy cleaning.
Sizes available: S—XL
Can go in the washer and dryer
Made of itch-free merino wool
Best for everyday
Bombas, Merino Wool Sweater Quarter Sock 3-Pack — $72.00
Designed to feel like your favorite winter sweater, these Bombas socks offer supreme softness and cushioned comfort. The merino wool blend makes these warm socks a must for keeping your feet warm this winter—whether you’re on the go or just hanging out at home. What’s more: the festive, colorful print feels particularly suited to this time of year. “I love the feel, the comfort, and the bright colors!” writes one 5-star reviewer.
Sizes available: S—L
Colors: Glass Cocoa Mix
Stretchy and moisture wicking merino wool blend
“Sure fit” cuff stays snug around your ankle without sliding down
Merino wool blend material
Best for boots
Nordstrom, Ribbed Supersoft Slouched Crew Sock — $12.00
According to Nordstrom shoppers, the Supersoft Slouchy Crew Sock works double duty—they’re thin enough to be worn with your favorite winter boots (and can be pulled up without sliding down), but thick enough to scrunch up and snuggle up while hanging around the house. A smart combo of polyester and spandex means these warm socks deliver on stretch, making them a staple pair of socks for fall and winter.
Sizes available: 9/11(fits womens sizes 6—10)
Ribbed, heathered design
Can be pulled up or slouched
Stretch adds a secure fit
Best for lounging
Barefoot Dreams, CozyChic Herringbone Gripper Socks — $28.00
Beloved for its signature CozyChic yarn that delivers unreal softness, Barefoot Dreams socks are a lounging essential. Its Gripper Socks feature a rubber grip-dot sole to help prevent slipping and sliding around the house, while giving cold feet the toasty warmth they crave during the winter months. This is ideal for lounging, since the socks are warm and soft, yet you can easily walk around the house without worrying about slipping (especially if you have hard floors). We love the subtlety of the classic herringbone pattern, and the fact that these trusty lounging socks keep their softness after repeat washes!
Sizes available: one size (fits shoe sizes 5—9)
Colors: Cream Stone
Grip-dot sole to prevent slips
Super soft, CozyChic yarn made of polyester and spandex
Best for sleeping
Ugg, Radell Cable Knit Crew Socks — $36.00
Sure, we all know Ugg for its iconic boots (and its insanely comfortable closed toe slippers!), but the brand’s socks are also a major hit. The Radell socks are made of a thick, cable knit material that keeps feet warm on cold, winter nights—without getting sweaty or slipping off as you toss and turn. The crew length sock stays up (but can be scrunched down if you’re into that sort of thing) and is speckled with different yarns for a subtle contrast reminiscent of a vintage cardigan.
Sizes available: one size (fits sizes 5—10)
Warm cable knit material
Soft and stretchy
Best thin warm socks
Uniqlo, Heattech Socks 2-Pack — $13.00
For warm socks that keep feet toasty without adding bulkiness, check out Uniqlo’s Heattech socks. The thin, lightweight design slips into any pair of shoes with ease, and thanks to Uniqlo’s signature Heattech magic, helps lock in heat during grueling, long winters. Factor in the minimalist look and snug, slip-free fit, and you’ve got a pair of warm socks you won’t want to leave home without this winter.
Sizes available: one size
Heattech technology locks in warmth
Thin, lightweight material can be worn with shoes
Best for hiking
Patagonia, Lightweight Merino Performance Crew Socks — $25.00
If you plan to hit the trails this winter, you’ll want these Patagonia socks on your feet. They’re made with a blend of responsibly sourced merino wool for maximum warmth, along with nylon and spandex for a breathable, lightweight feel that wicks away sweat without any issues. One 5-star reviewer says these warm socks held up an entire hike up Mt. Kilimanjaro! “[the socks] worked great to wick sweat at lower elevations and keep my feet warm at the highest elevations, “ she writes. Talk about a wear test!
Sizes available: S—XL
Warm, but breathable
Lightly padded for extra comfort
Merino wool, nylon, and spandex blend
YSense Wear, Womens Wool Socks 5-Pack — $14.00
Originally $30, now $14
With over 10,000 5-star ratings on Amazon, these are warm socks that you (and your wallet) will be psyched about. They’re made of a wool, polyester, and spandex blend for peak warmth and softness, and are super durable—making them a solid winter sock choice no matter the occasion. “Soft wool, not itchy like the ones I remember from the past,” writes one 5-star reviewer, “Warm in winter, but breathable enough to wear in warm weather also! Loved them so much that I just bought another set!” Sold!
Sizes available: one size (fits shoe size 5—9)
Colors:12 different colors and patterns
Warm but breathable
Wool, spandex, polyester, and elastic blend
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