Best Socks

Today, 99% of socks sold in the U.S. are not made here. We did the research to find the best of the remaining 1% of companies that are making socks right here in the USA. Whether you’re searching for new socks for hiking, running, or just general everyday use, we found the American companies that are producing socks that are best in class. Check out our recommendations, in-depth analysis, and research considerations below.

Our Findings

Overall, we found over 30 companies producing American made socks. After evaluating each one and their products, we found 14 sock companies that we feel are the best ones made in the USA. Since there are so many different types of socks with different use cases, we broke our recommendations out into popular categories like running, hiking, skiing, dress socks, and several others. Check out a ton of information about our top picks below.

Top Recommendations

Socks Made in the USABest for:
BoldfootCasual and Dress Socks
BalegaRunners
Lily TrottersWomen’s Compression
Swiftwick Aspire FourCycling
Smartwool PhD Ski SocksSkiing/Snowboarding
Farm to FeetHiking
Solmate SocksMismatching
MitscootsFor a Cause
RocknSocksOver the Knee
Skater SocksOld School Skaters
Darn ToughDurable
Thorlos Padded SocksSore Feet
Golden Touch NaturalsAlpaca

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Here is some additional information about our top picks, including what we liked and didn’t like about each one.

Best Casual and Dress Socks

Boldfoot


Premium socks is a highly competed space, and Boldfoot stands above the rest for their excellent product lineup, manufacturing process, and customer service. Boldfoot has an amazing lineup of colors and styles for anyone who wants to spice up their sock drawer. Whether it’s for everyday style or more formal occasions, Boldfoot has an option for you. The versatility of their product line was part of the reason they stood out as a clear winner for dress and casual socks. These socks are super affordable too compared to other premium sock brands – they charge $15 per pair. In terms of materials, these socks are “grown here and sewn here.” Each pair is made of 75% Supima Cotton, 23% nylon, and 2% spandex – they are also a tad thicker than the normal dress sock, which we found to be extremely comfortable. The nylon and spandex components really help with durability and stretching. Customer service at Boldfoot also stood out among the competition – they have a three month sock insurance plan! Should your new pair rip or tear unexpectedly in the first 90 days, you can send them back and Boldfoot will give you a replacement pair. Judging by the quality though, it’s tough to think that happens often. Boldfoot has an unwavering dedication to making their products in the USA simply “because it matters”, says Brad Christmann, founder of Boldfoot (they are based in North Carolina). “Supporting jobs in our local economy allows a family to send their daughter to soccer camp or to provide proper care for their aging father. We’re honored to support this trickle-down effect.”

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Things we like:

  • Durable
  • Style versatility
  • Good return policy
  • 5% of profits donated to assist U.S. military veterans
  • Affordable

Things we don’t like:

  • None

Honorable Mentions: Zkano, This Night, American Trench

 

Best Socks for Runners

Balega


Balega socks are simply incredible for runners. There are so many factors to watch out for in finding great running socks and Balega covers all of them. Balega socks fit super well on your skin, which minimizes irritation that causes blisters. They also don’t slip off your heel like some other socks – they attribute that to their deep heel pocket, which gives you more room in that part of the foot and doesn’t cause the sock to slide off. Moisture management also stood out here – each of their socks has an exclusive “Drynamix” fiber to help wick away moisture and keep your foot cool and dry. Overall, it’s clear that each and every detail of the sock was studied and perfected by Balega. Each pair is even hand inspected and washed before heading out of the facility in North Carolina. Now that’s a dedication to their craft.

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Things we like:

  • Stays cool
  • Virtually no slipping
  • Snug fit
  • Good ventilation
  • Each pair hand inspected

Things we don’t like:

  • Slightly more expensive, although the quality is very high

 

Best Compression Socks for Women

Lily Trotters


Compression socks have a ton of health benefits and Lily Trotters is making some absolutely great ones right here in the USA. They can be used for a bunch of different activities, not just working out. Compression socks help your legs feel great by increasing blood flow from your legs to your heart and increasing your blood oxygen levels – keeping you feeling energized and reducing lactic acid buildup. The compression performance of Lily Trotters socks stood out among the other companies we looked at – they use a high-performance compression that leaves you feeling great after every use. We loved the style variety of Lily Trotters compression socks – so many patterns and colors to choose from. The comfort level is also very high – they use micro-nylon yarns (that you typically don’t find elsewhere) that are thinner and more comfortable than traditional materials. We found these socks to be really easy to get on and off as well. Also be sure to check out our interview with the awesome ladies at Lily Trotters.

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Things we like:

  • Compression performance
  • Style
  • Comfort level
  • Easy to get on and off

Things we don’t like:

  • They run slightly small, so tough to find right size for larger people who need an XL or bigger

 

Best Cycling Socks

Swiftwick Aspire Four


The Swiftwick Aspire Four socks are made for cyclists – good compression, snug fit, breathable, and a thin profile. We really like the fit of these socks – it is really easy to snap in and out of cycling shoes. The fit is tight, but not too tight to where it’s uncomfortable – just the right amount of compression to help with foot fatigue. The Aspire Four design is also very breathable and wicks away moisture well by using a Olefin fiber in its construction. In terms of materials, these socks are made from 67% nylon, 28% Olefin, and 5% spandex. If you’re an avid cyclist, you can’t go wrong with the Aspire Four – make sure to check out all of the different colors they have as well!

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Things we like:

  • Breathability
  • Good fit and compression
  • Dries quickly
  • Thin

Things we don’t like:

  • Color variety is limited for larger sizes

 

Best Skiing & Snowboarding Socks

Smartwool PhD


Smartwool is best in class when it comes to socks for the outdoors. Made in Colorado, their PhD socks stand above the rest and are even being adopted by some of the top U.S. winter sports athletes. Each pair is primarily made of Merino wool, which is one of their biggest not-so-secret weapons that makes these socks great. Merino wool is a material that provides a great balance of warmth and breathability while being extremely light. Smartwool uses a 200 size needle to kit their PhD socks, which ensures a really high knit density (great for comfort), which still maintaining that light weight. We are also really impressed with their durability, which is especially important when you’re wearing them for activities like skiing and snowboarding.

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Things we like:

  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Warmth
  • Super comfortable
  • Very breathable

Things we don’t like:

  • Have to be careful while cleaning – machine wash in warm water (they will shrink if it’s in cold water)

 

Best Hiking Socks

Farm to Feet


Farm to Feet is making super high quality hiking socks the right way – 100% U.S. materials, 100% U.S. manufacturing, and 100% U.S. workers right from their factory in Mount Airy, North Carolina. We were blown away by the quality of their hiking socks, which are made from primarily Merino wool – a material that provides a great blend of comfort, breathability, and warmth (perfect for such a cold winter season we are having). Farm to Feet designs these socks with the hiker in mind, providing extra cushioning in targeted high impact areas. They also use a modern knitting technique called “hidden nylon plaiting” that results in a really smooth sock exterior. The durability of these socks stands out as well. Farm to Feet has unique seam placements in low-stress areas of the sock, which increases longevity. If you’re a big hiker, Farm to Feet socks are a no-brainer.

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Things we like:

  • Cushioning
  • Breathability
  • Durability
  • Comfort

Things we don’t like:

  • Some styles are slightly expensive

 

Best Mismatched Socks

Solmate Socks


Solmate Socks are super fun  – they have tons of different patterns and colors for people of all ages. Their pattern variety, comfort level, and options for kids and babies really made them stand out among the rest. They got started in 2000 and continue to make all of their socks in North Carolina in a very eco-friendly and sustainable way. Every pair is knit from recycled cotton yarn that comes from the leftovers of t-shirt factories and certified by the Global Recycling Standard. They grind up the remnants that would typically go into a landfill and spin up their own yarn in tons of different colors. Solmate is also very active in the community, donating socks to people in need through several charitable organizations from day one.

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Things we like:

  • Color and pattern variety
  • Comfort level
  • Options for all ages
  • Environmentally friendly

Things we don’t like:

  • Long term durability if you wear them every day (although most people don’t)

 

Best Socks for a Cause

Mitscoots


Mitscoots Outfitters is doing amazing things for the community and making some really high quality socks while they are at it. For every single pair that you purchase, Mitscoots gives an equal pair to a homeless person in need and employs them to package socks in Austin, Texas and help them transition to a better spot in life. We reached out to the Mitscoots co-founder Tim Scott to get his take on why they manufacture in the USA: “We make things in the USA because we can and should. As long as that’s possible, we will always look to make our neighbors stronger through our mission to help the homeless and with our manufacturing partners.” These socks are super soft and come in several fun patterns that are mostly for casual use. They are made from combed cotton and have a deep heel pocket, which we found to be really nice for comfort and keeping the socks from sliding off your feet. Overall, these socks are incredibly soft and each purchase goes towards a phenomenal cause, which is what Scott says sets them apart for their customers. “We make great things so that we can go out and do great thing for others.”

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Things we like:

  • Soft feel
  • Lots of fun colors and patterns
  • Each purchase supports getting the homeless back on their feet

Things we don’t like:

  • None

 

Best Over the Knee Socks

RocknSocks


The over the knee sock lineup from RocknSocks is unmatched. The founder, Misty, got started when she began bringing fun, eco-friendly socks to music festivals, which is where the name was born. They use Texas based organic and regenerated cotton in all of their products and even use recycled paper stocks for all of their packaging. Their over the knee socks really stood out due to their style variety and staying power. They have a ribbed design at the top of the sock that allows it to comfortably hug your leg and not slide down. The comfort level is amazing as well – the type of cotton they use and the stitching method make for a really soft feel. We are also impressed by the size versatility and cross stretch, so any of their socks can fit pretty much anyone.

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Things we like:

  • Soft feel
  • Doesn’t slide
  • Eco-friendly
  • Stylish

Things we don’t like:

  • Slightly shorter than expected for anyone over 5’9″

 

Best Old School Socks

Skater Socks


We loved the old school look and feel from Skater Socks. Their mission is simple – bring back the classic cotton striped tube socks that were so popular in the skater community in the 70’s. And they’ve been doing that every day since they were founded in 2003, still operating as a family-run business to this day. Skater Socks has a ton of different colors to choose from, but sticks to their roots with this classic pattern. We found their socks to be super comfortable. They have options available for kids and adults in a variety of different sizes – mid-calf, knee-high, and thigh-high.

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Things we like:

  • Size and color options
  • Classic look and feel
  • Comfortable
  • Affordable

Things we don’t like:

  • None

 

Most Durable Socks

Darn Tough


Darn Tough has been making some of the most durable socks in the industry for almost 40 years out of their facilities in Northfield, Vermont. These socks are a great option if you work in an industry like construction where you’re on your feet all day. Darn Tough socks hardly fade after numerous wears and washes and still keep their soft feel and good cushioning. They use a custom, shrink-treated Merino wool in a lot of their more popular products which results in a great blend of comfort, strength, and breathability. If you need a reliable sock that you can count on day in and day out, Darn Tough should be among your top picks.

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Things we like:

  • Material strength
  • Maintains softness after several washes
  • Breathable
  • Snug fit

Things we don’t like:

  • None

 

Best Socks for Sore Feet

Thorlos Padded Socks


Based in Statesville, North Carolina, Thorlos is a huge American sock manufacturer that started in 1980. Thorlos makes an amazing padded sock that is great for everyday casual wear for people who suffer from sore feet. Primarily made from their exclusive THOR•LON acrylic, these socks have extra cushioning in all the right high pressure areas that provide great support and take stress away. The compression on these socks also shines. The tight, comfortable fit helps reduce lactic acid buildup and increase blood flow to other parts of the body to keep your legs and feet feeling great. Thorlos’s “uncompromising and unflinching dedication to [consumers’] best foot health needs” is one of the reasons their customers love them, says James Jesserer, their EVP of Marketing and Sales.

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Things we like:

  • Cushion in the right areas
  • Breathes well
  • Compression allows for good blood flow

Things we don’t like:

  • Limited pattern/color choices

 

Best Alpaca Socks

Golden Touch Naturals


Alpaca socks are not very common, but man are they comfortable. Golden Touch Naturals began producing socks in 2001 when the two founders, Shelley and Chris Riley, brought alpacas onto their farm in Westport, Massachusetts and began raising them for fiber production. Along with the cute alpaca logo, the outdoorsman sock is incredibly comfortable and warm – we highly recommend them for anyone in a primarily cold climate. The interior of the sock has a full alpaca terry loop knit, which provides some crazy comfort and cushion. We are also impressed with the durability of these socks – they are reinforced in the toe, arch, and heel areas to improve longevity and also has a nylon exterior.

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Things we like:

  • Warmth
  • Soft feel
  • Rugged
  • Lots of cushion

Things we don’t like:

  • None

Recap: Best Socks Made in the USA


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Factors We Considered

Comfort

Comfort has to be number one on everyone’s list when you’re looking for socks. There are a lot of components that go into comfort that we looked for. Here are a few of them:

  • Material used
  • Cushion in high pressure areas
  • Thickness

Durability

It’s incredibly frustrating to buy a new pair of socks and have them rip in the first week. That’s why we made sure that each of our top choices were constructed with longevity and strength in mind. Durability not only has to do with strength of the material, but also the ability to retain softness, cushion, and color after countless wears and washes.

Breathable

Socks need to be able to breathe well. If they don’t, you end up with sweaty, smelly feet and have a higher likelihood of developing things like blisters and athlete’s foot – that’s no good! We made sure each of our top choices breathe very well and wick moisture away quickly.

Fit

Fit is important for a few different reasons. Obviously you want the sock to feel good on your feet, but there are several other components related to fit that help with the functionality of the sock.

  • Heel depth – the right amount of room in the heel portion of the sock will help prevent your sock from sliding off.
  • Toe room – you want a snug fit, but not so tight that you rip through the front of the sock easily.
  • Arch elasticity – some flexibility here helps with your daily movement and the long-term durability of the sock.

Style

Socks are a fun component of spicing up your style. We made sure to include brands that have a large variety of colors and patterns that you can choose from.

Value

Of course, we want to make sure you’re getting the best socks for your money. We eliminated several sock manufacturers where we felt like the quality of their product did not live up to the price of it.