You could have on the coziest waterproof winter jacket, dreamy snow boots, and amazing earmuffs, but if you don't invest in the warmest socks for winter, you're going to freeze! Standard tennis shoe socks are not sufficient for winter days my friends. Learn from my mistakes and get the right socks to keep your toes nice and toasty all season long.
For the warmest socks, look for fabrics like wool and cashmere, which are thicker and trap heat to keep your feet toasty during cold weather. If you know you'll encounter some snow or slush, consider opting for a pair that's moisture-wicking, like one made of Merino wool, so they can dry fast even if your shoes soak through.
Since you'll probably be decked out in a great pair of winter boots, you might want to look for high-rise socks that can trap additional heat around your calves to keep your entire leg warm. And, as with any clothing purchase, don't forget to think about your personal style and budget before deciding on a classic black pair or a multi-pack of printed socks. Just because they're designed to be warm, doesn't mean your winter socks can't look cute and be great for other seasons, as well.
To help you with your search, I've weeded through the options and can say these, below, are the warmest socks for winter. Your feet will thank you.
1. Warrior Alpaca Wool Socks
While $30 may seem like a lot to spend on a single pair of socks, these are a fantastic buy if you've tried every type of supposedly warm sock to no relief. Made with a cozy and warm Alpaca wool, these popular winter socks are a great pick if your toes get chilly. Not only are they lightweight enough to fit underneath nearly any pair of winter boots, but they are designed with a comfort cuff at the top that will hold them in place so they don't slip down in your winter boots. They're even machine-washable, which will come in clutch if you need to wash them after a sudden snowstorm soaks through your shoes. Note that these are one-size only.
What fans say: "I'm known as the cheapskate in my family, so for me to spend $30 on a single pair of socks (what?!) took no small measure of convincing. However, having already spent many times that amount on a yearslong albeit unsuccessful mission to find a pair of socks that could consistently keep my feet comfortable -and- warm from fall through spring, I was getting desperate, as everything else I tried either sacrificed warmth for comfort, or vice versa. Then I found Warrior Alpaca Toasty Toes Socks. Ahhhhhh, perfection! Very glad I took the chance, and this cheapskate plans to buy a few more pair, some for myself and some to give as gifts."
Available colors: 6, including Blue Heather and White Cinder
2. Senker Warm Wool Winter Socks (5-Pack)
For a more affordable pair of winter socks, this five-pack of wool socks is a great buy that's won over thousands of Amazon fans. Made with a wool blend, these have spandex in them as well to help them stay up throughout the day. While these are a great deal, they're definitely not as thick as the $30 pair above. However, considering they come at a fraction of the price, they're a good investment if you know you'll need a few pairs to wear this winter. Even better, they come in 21 different color options, including prints and cable-knit designs. One note? These are one size only, so keep this in mind when shopping.
What fans say: "I was looking for socks that were super soft as well as warm without being that fuzzy fleece cheap stuff. It was tough reading the reviews to find exactly what I meant and wanted. So let me say first that these socks are super soft and comfy! They are not so thick that they won’t fit in shoes but not too thin as to be cheap. They’re pretty and so comfy, not stiff and “unbendable”. So if you’re looking for a super soft sock that keep your feet warm, these will do. They came stylishly packaged and hold up nicely when laundered. Did I say soft?"
Available options: 12, including heather, herringbone, and Fair Isle styles
3. Smartwool Snowflake Crew Socks
Primarily designed with moisture-wicking Merino wool, these warm socks are perfect for anyone looking to exercise in the colder months. These are woven together with textured knitting so they'll last you years — just one reason these are a bit more expensive than others. They're also designed with extra cushioning on the bottom to keep your feet feeling comfortable even if you're on the go all day. Best of all, their fabric is thermo-regulating, so this pair will wear well throughout the rest of the year, as well.
What fans say: "These are the most perfect winter socks, the end. I buy two pairs every winter. They last for a few years of constant wear. I wash them and dry them in the dryer - no special treatment at all, and they still fit perfectly. If in doubt, size up. These socks are a warm, cozy treat."
Available Colors: 4, including Black, Crimson, and Frosty Green
Available Sizes: 4-7, 7-10, 10-13
4. Jarseen Fleece-Lined Warm Winter Socks
These fleece-lined winter socks are out to redefine the word cozy. Made from a cotton and spandex blend that prevents them from sliding down, this pair is great for outdoor wear, but reviewers especially love them for winter days spent indoors. These socks are designed with non-slip silicone grippers on the bottom so you can wear them indoors without sliding on hardwood floors. And, because the entire sock (not just the top) is lined with fleece, they're exceptionally warm.
What fans say: "These socks are amazing. The fleece runs all [throughout] the inside of the socks. They have the non skid bumps on the bottom. Super warm, soft and comfortable."
Available colors: 4, including Deer Blue and Snowflake Black
5. iMongolia Pure Cashmere Thick Women's Socks
This must be one of the best deals on Amazon right now. For just $15, these 97% cashmere socks are as soft and high-quality as you'd expect. With a tiny amount of spandex, this pair will hug your feet to trap all of your body heat in and keep your feet as warm as can be. They come in a bunch of colors, and are even seamless to prevent any blisters from forming on your feet. One note: These are one size only, so they're best for those with feet that fall between U.S. sizes 5 and 10.
What fans say: "These are the best socks I own! They are exceptionally soft and keep my feet warmer and cozier than any other sock I own. They are also not too tight or restrictive on my calves, which I find is a problem with so many warm-weather socks. I wear a woman's size 6 and they are roomy but I can still wear them comfortably in a leather shoe."
Available colors: 7, including Black, Pink, and Pale Grey
6. Carhartt Extreme Cold Weather Boot Sock
These popular boot socks are made of a warm wool-blend that's moisture-wicking and machine-washable. They also have padded cushioning underneath the bridge so you'll feel like you're walking on a cloud. Mesh vents strategically placed in the design allow for airflow if your feet tend to sweat. And, because these come in five different neutral colors and a wide range of sizes, you'll be able to pick out a perfect pair for you.
What fans say: "I’m a person who consistently runs cold. Nothing could help my feet from feeling cold. I’ve tried a few different brands of socks that people swore kept their feet warm but they did nothing for me. These are the best socks I’ve found to keep my feet warm. I don’t find I get sweaty in them unlike other socks (minor sweat - but very minimal compared to others), the bulk is not bad (a little bulky but not as bad as others I’ve tried) and so far in outside weather they’ve done a good job. So far I’ve only tested them out in 30-40 degree weather and they’ve kept me warm, where other competitors couldn’t even do that for me."
Available Colors: 5, including Denim, Khaki, and Charcoal
Available Sizes: 4-9, 5-12, 9-12
7. Yoicy Women's Super Thick Wool Socks (5-Pack)
These lined wool socks are perfect for wintertime and come at a super inexpensive price. Designed with a wool-polyester-spandex blend, these socks will be durable, machine-washable, and most importantly warm. This five-pack comes with five different printed designs, but you can also get these socks in solid black, gray, or a mix of solid colors if that's more your style. And, while they might look like standard wool socks initially, these are lined with fluffy wool inside, so they will feel like a dream and keep your feet warm all day long.
What fans say: "OMG, these socks are amazing! Incredibly soft and comfortable, I am wearing them all the time, and ordered a second set. My feet get cold easily, and it's been a struggle to find a perfect fit; all socks were either too large or too thick or tight or not warm enough - until I tried these. And the price is pretty fair for the set of 3 pairs. I wish there was a better color selection but other than that, they are perfect. Highly recommend!"
Available options: 11, including normal and super-thick
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