At the moment, my sock drawer is a mess, probably due in part to the fact that, living in New York City, I had to deal with the bomb-cyclone blizzard and all of the other frigid days I had to get through last winter. This year is going to be different, though. I’m going to stock up on the warmest cozy socks I can find. And they’re going to be cute. Boring, itchy wool socks need not apply.
Sure, it might sound silly, but I truly believe that my life will be better if I can sort out my socks. It’s a feeling I’m only more certain of after speaking to Randy Goldberg, co-founder of the socially responsible sock company Bombas. “A good pair of socks is the bedrock of hygge season,” he tells me. “The foundation. Where it all starts.”
It’s hard to argue with this logic if you’ve ever had cold, wet feet. Thankfully, a lot of brands have really stepped up their sock game this season. L.L. Bean, a mainstay in many sock drawers, has partnered with Darn Tough to design an exclusive sock (produced proudly in New England) packed with all the natural benefits of merino wool. Bombas is also big on using the fiber for its socks because “merino is a natural moisture wicking fabric ensuring your feet stay dry all day,” Goldberg explains.
Aside from material upgrades, simple changes such as adding cushion and comfort, without bulk, and removing the seaming across the toes are capable of making socks even cozier. Before they all sell out, here are 10 pairs of cozy socks to get you through the cold weeks to come.