New socks are a genuine luxury never to be scoffed at. That feeling of pulling on a fresh pair is unbeatable. Socks are far more than a Christmas stocking panic buy. Chosen correctly they will elevate an outfit, and the best ones will last you a long time.
Socks truly maketh the man. You can spot the man in a budget five pack of black sandpaper cottons from a mile off. Don’t be that man, buy from somewhere on this list.
Last but not least, perfecters of the premium basics, Asket. The Swedish brand do two types of sock – a ribbed cotton and a merino wool – in timeless, versatile colourways. The type of socks that set the foundation of any minimalist wardrobe.
As is the case with all Asket products, the brand only source the highest quality materials and their devotion to radical transparency means you know exactly how much everything costs. Their ribbed cotton sock, for instance, is made in a delightful Brescia factory with over a century’s worth of prime knitting heritage.
If you’re a fan of that Scandi, minimalist aesthetic, why let the look down with subpar socks? Instead, take a look at the eco-friendly bamboo options on offer from Swedish luxury loungewear label CDLP and get yourself a pair that do the rest of your outfit justice.
Each style is consciously crafted in Italy, which says all you need to know about the quality, and features subtle initial branding to the cuff.
If we ever happened upon a lottery-winning MTV Cribs situation in our lifetime and we were building our dream mansion, the first thing we would do is install the equivalent of the Uniqlo store sock wall in the master bedroom. We love that wall. All the potential colours you could want in a kaleidoscope of satisfying hues.
The quality is fantastic for the price, the materials are comfortable and airy, and the multi-buy option simply sweetens the deal.
Another brand following in the sock wall footsteps is Arket. The self-titled purveyors of new Nordic everyday design do a robust plain sock range in high-quality Supima cotton with that all important ribbed texture, but if you’re feeling adventurous, there’s patterns too. Their mercerised cotton socks offer a few stripes here and there with heel and toe reinforcement to ensure longevity.
If you like your socks English, you might want to consider a few pairs from heritage sockmaker Pantherella. The Leicestershire-based company have been making their designs in the same factory for decades with an emphasis on the finest materials and construction.
The brand releases seasonal collections year on year as well as a permeant classics line and limited editions. With such a far-reaching range, you’re bound to find a pattern or design to your liking.
125 years of craftsmanship in the sock game and beyond have ensured that when you buy a pair from Falke, they’re a worthy investment. The German brand is a great option for those who want a brighter approach to colouring your ankles.
Their gassed and mercerised cotton ensures a high colour brilliance which, when combined with some of the company’s more eye-catching designs, make for a true statement piece between shoe and cuff.
You’ll have seen Japanese brand Anonymous Ism online or in-store at renowned independents like END., The Hip Store and Goodhood. They’re a very hip sock. Bright designs and beautifully-crafted patterns are the order of the day here and there’s some wonderful opportunities to invest in cable knits and wonderful melange cotton for the colder months.
Good old Muji. A haven for loungewear, stationary, minimalist home essentials and, of course, socks. The Japanese retailer offer a great selection of minimalist designs in comfy organic cotton with deodorising tech included as standard. A range of muted colours awaits with a trademark minimalist approach to pattern and design.
Established in 1892, Welsh luxury sockmaker Corgi have been producing the finest quality hosiery for over 125 years, boasting a wide array of yarns and styles. An ideal option for those seeking a playful approach to design, offering graphics and motifs as well as signature stripes and block colours.
London Sock Co
The founders of London Sock Co. believe that great socks aren’t just a finishing flourish on an outfit but the first steps to effortless style. And we couldn’t agree more. So it should come as no surprise that these are seriously well-made socks, crafted using only the most advanced knitting methods and finest materials to ensure they not only fit, feel and look better, but last longer as well.
Offering a wide range of styles, patterns and colourways, there’s something for every personality. And their monthly sock subscription service is particularly helpful for the time poor.
Three cheers for the Paul Smith sock subscription. We’re big fans. The acclaimed British designer’s signature stripe is always tempting but there’s a solid array here for the male sock aficionado, including some superb cashmere blends in playful coloured designs. With regards to the subscription, a pair of brand new socks every month for 12 months is one luxury investment that you won’t ever regret.
Norse Projects has its roots in the Scandinavian outdoors, producing stylish clothing that can deal with Denmark’s infamous winters. So if you’re after a snug pair of socks that can stand up to sub-zero temperatures – and look good doing it – then your search is over. Cable knits and slub cotton is the order of the day here, keeping your feet cosy in the face of falling mercury.
It’s all about traditional Argyle patterns at Burlington, with the diamond and overcheck deeply rooted in British history. A symbol of affiliation with the Scottish clans from as early as the 18th century, the Campbells of Argyle ultimately made the pattern popular on socks and the rest, as they say, was history.
Expect plenty of bright patterns that are sure to get you noticed, with a timeless nod to the north.