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The 15 Best Socks for Men in 2021 and How To Wear Them

We love talking about having a good pants-to-shoe ratio with our best men’s shoes, as footwear plays a significant role in enhancing your overall look. Of course, we can’t deny that t-shirts, jeans, and even lounge pants can help transform your fashion sense from drab to swag. However, we must not forget to discuss the most underrated article of clothing: Socks.

It’s 2021, but sadly, people still underestimate the usefulness of socks. Sure, your socks are concealed under the hems of your pants. But believe it or not, they have the power to give you a certain “je na sais quoi” effortlessly. Socks can also spark conversations among your peers, especially if yours sport an eccentric design. Think of it this way: If shoes and shirts are kings, then socks are queens.

Men’s socks offer versatility since they can be partnered up with your business or casual attire, allowing you to express yourself to your colleagues and peers. If your resolution for 2021 is to convey your sense of style and upgrade your wardrobe, look no further than our list of the best socks for men. Don’t worry, we will also teach you how to wear them so you’ll know which pair best suits your OOTD.

Retro Sporty Socks 

Wear these with: These are your everyday socks. You can wear them with gym shorts when you’re working out or even cropped trousers and denim jeans. There is something about the retro sporty vibe that makes these selects cool for hype beasts, VSCO boys and average joes alike. You can tuck sweatpants (it’s a look), show them off with a cuffed hem and pair with your Jordan’s or that 90s dad sneaker.

American Trench Retro Stripe Crew Socks

Really commit to the retro style vibe in these 70s Olympics-inspired mid-length calf socks. Manufactured from natural US-grown cotton, the pair is designed for comfort thanks to its cushioned foot bed. Try partnering the socks with sneakers or boots for a more sporty feel.

Nike Everyday Crew Training Socks

This is the one pair of socks everybody and their brother should have in their sock drawer. They are reliable and always in style, perfect for individuals who do not like keeping abreast with current fashion trends. Other than that, you won’t have to endure your feet’s malodorous odor since this pair offers moisture control to keep them dry. Bye-bye stinky feet!

Bombas Men’s Vintage Calf Stripe Socks

Bombas is a feel-good brand because when you buy a pair, the company donates another to someone in need. These have a great cushion, just enough compression, and are made from moisture-wicking materials.

Personality Socks

Wear these with: A suit. Yes, you heard that right. Think of these as your business on the outside, party on the inside mentality. They are thin enough to fit comfortably with dress shoes or crisp white kicks. These are best when they play peek-a-boo when you sit or move, not to be fully exposed all the time. We recommend coordinating with your tie or pocket square.

Happy Socks Dressed Telephone Socks

Swedish brand Happy Socks was founded by Mikael Söderlindh and Viktor Tell with the vision to transform pairs of socks into colorful everyday essentials. The brand has a plethora of eye-catching socks on sale, and the Dressed Telephone Sock caught our eye because of its odd and pleasing design. Not only will this be a great conversation starter among your peers, but it is also a perfect fashion statement for art history enthusiasts since the design is inspired by the neo-concrete art movement. Aesthetics aside, the pair is manufactured from durable mercerized cotton for all-day comfort.

Pact Premium Crew Socks

This three-pack of Pact socks is sustainably and ethically made. The variety of colors works well to mix and match and the materials feel super soft.

Hot Sox Hot Sauce Crew Socks

If you really want to get crazy, browse through the Hot Sox collection on the brand’s website or online retailers. Since Hot Sox is known to partner with creatives and brands, you will find random prints that speak directly to your hobbies, memes, or inside jokes.

Sophisticated Socks

Wear these with: A suit for formal occasions. While the option of personality socks is great to have, you should also be armed with truly sophisticated socks in your closet arsenal for those more serious situations. Keep it neutral in navy and black and go for a soft cotton microfiber blend so they won’t stretch out too much.

Calvin Klein 3-Pack Cotton Blend Socks

Suit men know that just like Calvin Klein underwear, #InMyCalvins hit differently, socks included. This pair is our top pick as it features a fine toe seam to minimize friction, helping you stay comfy and classy during special occasions.

Boardroom Socks Navy Merino Wool Over The Calf Dress Socks

Extremely affordable but expensive-looking, The Board Room makes socks that inspire confidence and exhibit a whole new level of dapperness. Made from Merino wool, this pair boasts a reinforced heel and toe for durability and comfort, making it the pair of socks for busy professionals.

Polo Ralph Lauren 2-Pack Patterned Socks

Just because you’re being a bit more sophisticated, doesn’t mean you have to be boring. These Polo Ralph Lauren socks give just enough pizazz while still being appropriate for the most important business meetings.

Athletic Socks

Wear these with: Any and all activewear clothing. Don’t be shy of the midi or crew length. Remember to be intentional with your dressing. If you’re going to show the socks, then really show them. When you’re trying to hide ankle socks that peek just above your sneaker it can sometimes come off as unpolished or sloppy.

Stance Utopia Crew

This wouldn’t be a socks roundup without Stance. The brand makes the coolest, most comfortable socks to ever exist. While many styles are pop-culture inspired, this pair of performance socks in floral print turns any gym outfit into a stylish one.

AllBirds Trino Sprinters

The Earth-friendly shoe brand recently launched high-tech Merino wool socks that feel like you’re wearing a cloud. They are a perfect fit under their wool Runners.

Strideline Men’s Mid Socks 1 Pack

Pro athletes are obsessed with Strideline for good reason. They hug your foot in all the right places and claim to improve performance in all things when you’re wearing them.

The No-Show Socks

Wear these with: Slip on Vans or any other sneaker shoes of similar height. Also, loafers, huaraches and more! This category new for most guys. And man, let me tell you just how life-changing they are. There is nothing worse than a guy wearing cool Vans with socks that ruin them. If you take anything away from this article, remember that clean lines are your friend.

Vans Classic Super No Show Socks

If you’re wearing slip-on Vans, you might as well purchase socks made specifically for the shoes. They will line up perfectly with your footwear to hide themselves.

Kane 11 Men’s Laylo Socks

We’ve written about these from Kane 11 before. There is nothing worse than your no-show socks slipping off from either side. These are designed to avoid that, while remaining thin enough so your shoes fit comfortably.

Mack Weldon 2-Pack Stealth Socks

Mack Weldon basics have a cult following. And yes, no-show socks are now considered a basic in your closet. These provide great comfort without showing themselves for lower-cut dress shoes or loafers.

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