The 10 Best Wool Socks For Women

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Your feet put up with a lot when it's cold outside — they allow you to cram them into oversized boots, trudge outside into the snow, and hoof it around town in 30 below weather. After all that, you might as well do them a solid by getting the best wool socks you can find to keep them warm in the frigid temperatures.

The truth of the matter is that when it’s horrendously cold outside, only wool will do. Unlike cotton — the great villain of wintertime apparel — wool dries super fast. That means when you step off the curb into that giant mud puddle, you won’t spend the rest of the day listening to squishing sounds sloshing around in your shoes. On top of that, wool has the ability to maintain its warm, insulating properties even when it's wet so you won’t feel your toes going numb while you wait for your socks to dry.

If you can find yourself a pair of socks with a temperature-regulating wool such as merino, you'll get the additional benefit of being able to wear them during every season. Merino wool has the magical ability to keep you cool when it's hot, and hot when it's cool, so you can wear those socks in the spring, fall, and winter.

Furthermore, wool has natural anti-bacterial properties (aka it's "odor resistant") which means that if you work up a sweat hiking across town to the supermarket, your feet won’t explode with aroma when you get back home and take your shoes off. Plus, wool is ultra comfy and cozy, making it the perfect material for curling up in front of the fire with a book, or settling in for a well-deserved Netflix binge. If you’ve got the best wool socks, you’ll be snug and happy all winter long.

1. The Warmest Wool Socks For Extremely Cold Weather

Does it look like a new Ice Age has arrived when you look out your window? If so, this unbelievably warm wool sock will help your feet stay toasty and warm when you go outside to brave the cold. Featuring a whopping 85 percent pure wool, the -40 below sock is engineered specifically for the most freezing, sub-zero temperatures around. The trade-off is that the high wool content makes it slightly scratchy so you may want to wear a liner underneath; however, if your bottom line is staying warm, this is the sock for you.

2. The Best Merino Wool Dress Socks To Wear To Work

If you're looking for a pair of lightweight (but warm) wool socks that you can wear to work, these are your best bet. Made with merino wool these socks — which comes in gray and black color options — feature a soft, breathable material with superb thermal regulation. They are warm without being too hot, slim enough to fit snuggly in your shoes, and the gentle elastic at the top offers excellent grip so they doesn't slip down.

3. The Best Wool Socks For Hiking (Or Any Other Outdoor Activity)

If you tend to be the active type, this awesome wool hiking sock will make a great walking companion. Made with a blend of merino wool, nylon, and lycra, it's temperature-regulating and great for all seasons. The sock is superbly insulated while still being flexible and comfy so you can move around. Plus, it's custom fit to stay in place while you're moving around, ensuring that you won't get blisters if you're skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, or running outside.

4. The Best Cashmere Socks To Wear Around The House

Sometimes you've gotta spoil yourself a little and this ultra-soft, mega-plush cashmere wool sock from Ginkova is the perfect way. Made for crawling into a cozy bed or curling up by the fire, this comfy sock screams JOMO. It's made of 100 percent Mongolian cashmere with fine, delicate fibers that feel like silky cream against your feet. With a cable-knit design, the luxurious calf-length sock is the missing piece to the perfect movie day. Just one word of caution: it is a house-only sock not meant to be worn with shoes (which will cause the yarn to rub and erode the cashmere).

5. The Best Knee-High Wool Socks For Tall Boots

If you're obsessed with boots and have 70 pairs you wear in the spring, winter, and fall, this machine-washable wool boot sock is the perfect fit. It's insulated enough to keep you warm if the weather is chilly but not so hot that you can't bust it out in the springtime too. The colorful sock, which comes in a three-pack for only $15 — making it a bargain choice too — fits snugly so it stays up without leaving behind uncomfortable marks by your knee. One drawback: reviewers have noted the sock tends to leave lint in between your toes.

6. The Best Thigh-High Wool Socks For REALLY Tall Boots

If you're looking for a winter sock that comes all the way up your leg, this over-the-knee wool sock from STYLEGAGA is a fantastic option. Made with mostly wool with a splash of spandex and nylon, the stylish sock comes in gray, black, and white color choices and has over 2,000 glowing reviews on Amazon. One enthusiastic customer said: "Good and worthwhile purchase. These socks are a tad bit on the thicker side and they have that cute slouch effect if you choose to pull them all the way up past your knees. Great socks to pair with boots." The only drawback is that is it hand-wash only.

7. The Best Wool Athletic Socks To Wear All Year

The perfect ankle sock for winter sports, this wool sock from Darn Tough is ultra-light and impressively breathable. It makes a great activity sock if you do any wintertime running or cycling, as well as a cozy slipper sock to wear around the house. The all-weather choice features a convenient tab on the back to keep it from slipping down, as well as comfy seamless construction that prevents hotspots and blisters. Lastly, the high stitch count makes it durable and soft to the touch.

8. The Best No-Show Wool Socks For Low-Cut Shoes

These slim no-show wool socks add a little extra layer of warmth to a pair of low-cut shoes in colder months, and during warmer ones they are great for wicking sweat. Providing an ultra-thin layer of merino wool and nylon-elastane, the sock has a light cushion to provide comfort without adding any bulk that will interfere with tight-fitting shoes.

9. An Affordable Pack Wool Of Socks That Are Cute As Hell Too

On top of the fact that this ultra-soft wool fashion sock is plush and flexible, it also comes in 15 different adorable animal patterns including foxes, wolves, elephants, cats, owls, and tons more. It is moisture-wicking so you can get sweaty in front of the fire without your feet feeling sticky and the fabric is odor-fighting, too. The material, made from a wool-cotton-polyester-spandex blend is breathable and airy, leaving you warm and fresh.

10. The Best Wool Slipper Socks (Hand-Knit In Tibet!)

This super comfy 100 percent wool slipper sock is hand-knit in Tibetan villages by women, featuring a colorful pattern and cozy style. Every sock is unique — the photos are just to give an example — so you'll be able to say you're wearing literally the only sock of its kind in the world. The comfy house sock has a hand-stitched wool felt sole for extra durability and a fleece liner that prevents it from feeling scratchy. For extra warm fuzzy feelings, a portion of each sale goes to charities in India, Nepal, and Tibet.

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