You can’t reinvent the wheel but you can, apparently, reinvent the sock. The
team behind Bombas spent two years developing the übersock, and what they created spawned a cult following due, in no small part, to their mind-blowing attention to detail. That said, with a single pair of their women's ankle socks starting at around $20 and a six-pack going for $70-plus, they're out of reach for many people, myself included. So, if you're looking for socks that are like Bombas but cheaper, this roundup is for you.
Before getting to the list, first let's look at what make Bombas, well, Bombas. Woven into every pair is
Bombas’ signature “Sock Tech.” This includes special details like their honeycomb instep (that provides enhanced arch support), a padded footbed, and best of all, no annoying toe seam (and that alone should qualify someone in their R&D for a Nobel Prize).
In terms of materials,
Bombas socks are woven from yarns made with a type of long-staple cotton or wool. This means that the high-quality fibers add durability and make them feel like the world’s softest socks. And, for every pair of Bombas socks purchased, the company donates another pair to a shelter or person in need.
While the socks below certainly don't have that admirable giving model, they do share many of the same brilliant design details. These options include comfy
ankle socks with a discreet pull-on tab and high-tech socks that are great with dress shoes. You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy happy feet: All of our picks are a lot like Bombas but cheaper, with multi-packs going for $25 or less. 1 The Best Bombas Ankle Sock Alternative, Hands Down
multipack of socks is woven from a cotton-polyester blend, which is what makes up the majority of Bombas socks, too, albeit in different ratios. These are made from 88.3% combed cotton (slightly different than long-staple cotton but it's a process also known for creating durable cotton), plus 10.7% polyester for moisture-wicking and 1% spandex for stretch. They also feature woven-in arch support, an extra-padded footbed, and that covetable seamless toe that Bombas has mastered. Plus, there's an elastic cuff tab to reduce the chance they'll slip down and also makes them easy to pull on. Helpful Amazon review: “These are amazing quality. The foot is not to thick, but still warm, and the ankle has a little padding which I love. They honestly remind me a lot of the bombas socks, but more reasonably priced.” Available colors: 4 color combinations Available sizes: Small — X-Large 2 The Most Bang For Your Buck: A 12-Pack With Arch Support
If you need to stock up, this
12-pack of socks gets you a full set at a great price (“much more affordable than my Bomba socks,” raved one happy Amazon reviewer), and comes in over a dozen different color options. These are structurally similar to Bombas socks — they share a padded footbed and arch compression, and also feature a thin mesh panel for breathability. Where they differ is material: Tipi Toe socks are a 95% polyester and 5% spandex blend, which is still moisture-wicking, but lack Bombas' signature long-staple cotton. It's worth noting that these do have a toe seam (i.e. they're not seamless). If that's a dealbreaker for your ankle socks, you'll probably prefer the first option above. Helpful Amazon review: “I am sooooo picky about the socks I wear, but these are amazing. Usually, the lines at the end by your toes bothers me but I barely notice them. These are also kind of thick/plush-like so they are very comfortable, but do not make my feet sweat. I also love the arch support part, and the fact that 12 of these came in a pack for only like 15$! I waited a while to review these to see if they would hold up and they have! if I ever need to buy more socks I will be re-ordering these!” Available colors: 18 color combinations Available sizes: One size fits most (shoe size 6-10) 3 These Tall Crew Socks With A Seamless Toe
If you wear dress shoes that require socks — or just want a nice pair to wear while being active — these unisex
copper-infused crew socks are a solid choice for everyday wear. They are sold in multipacks of neutrals, and you can even pick up sets with crew and ankle cuts, making this a great kit to set you up with a variety of basics. These are also an all-synthetic blend like the pair above, with the added benefits of antibacterial and antifungal properties thanks to a copper-infused yarn. FOOTPLUS socks share Bombas' signature seamless toe and padded footbed, but also provide compression in the arch and calf. Helpful Amazon review: “Great sock. I've owned lots of Bombas and they wear out so fast. These are better at absorbing and more comfortable in all weather. I've owned them for almost a year.” Available colors: 5 colors Available multipacks: 3-pack and 6-pack Available sizes: Small-Medium — XX-Large 4 Some Knee-High Bombas-Style Socks For Boots
If you need tall socks, this
set by Hue weds Bombas-style attention to detail and material with a boot-friendly height. These feature the double-threat of a seamless toe and a material blend that’s high on breathable cotton (with a little bit of nylon and spandex blended in) — in fact, it’s a similar blend to the best Bombas alternative mentioned above, so they're also going to be soft and durable. The taller height can even help keep you warm when you aren't wearing boots. Helpful Amazon review: “These socks are soft, comfortable, durable, and pretty much perfect, IMHO. I wear them with my mid-calf Frye boots and with Dansko clogs. The length and the fabric weight are just what I wanted--I'm 5'3 and these come up to the ideal knee-sock height on me. I really appreciate the extra length in the cooler months. These socks are super breathable, not too thick/bulky but not at all insubstantial. I will definitely be ordering again.” Available colors: 3 Available sizes: One size fits most 5 These Merino Wool Socks That Are A Great Alternative To Bombas Wool Calf Socks
If you’re looking for a warm, breathable sock, there’s really nothing better than merino wool. And this
highly rated pair from LIXIA has a material composition that closely resembles Bombas’ take on the wool calf sock. In fact, LIXIA’s features 1% more merino wool than Bombas for a pair that is soft, lightweight, and ultra-toasty. You get six pairs in your order, and all come with a seamless toe and reinforced heel for all-day comfort. Helpful Amazon review: “Lightweight, soft, comfy, stretchy, easy to get on & off, not too tight at the top, don't twist around my foot. Wash well, haven't shrunk. Pretty much perfect socks; bought two pair[s] & promptly ordered more.” Available colors: 7 Available multipacks: 2-Pack, 4-Pack, and 6-Pack Available sizes: One size fits most (shoe size 6 — 10) 6 These Super Affordable Socks Made From A Soft Cotton Blend
It’s hard to believe how similar these
Fruit of the Loom socks are to the classic Bombas, considering their low price tag of six pairs for less than $10. Like Bombas, these are made from a blend of cotton, spandex, and polyester, though they have a higher percentage of cotton compared with Bombas and a lower percentage of polyester (the Fruit of the Loom socks have 80% cotton, 18% polyester, while Bombas have 69% cotton and 27% polyester). This makes these socks a great choice if you’d prefer to have a little more in the way of natural fibers and a little less in the way of synthetics. The cotton used in these Fruit of the Loom socks is ring spun cotton, which makes it softer and more durable than other cottons, similar to the long staple cotton used to make Bombas. In terms of features, these socks are also quite similar to their pricier counterpoint; they have a cushioned sole, plus a design that provides some arch support. They do have a toe seam, but as one Amazon user explained, “Toe area nice and cozy [...] no seam issues.” Finally, mesh panels keep these socks breathable. It’s a lot for around $8! Choose from a few different color combinations in no-show, ankle, or crew styles. Helpful Amazon review: “I’ve bought 4 sets. of these socks. Wear them daily in my job of being a dog walker. Work out regularly in them. Through it all, not one of the 24 pairs I own have ever shed. They’ve never lost their support. Colors haven’t faded. Absolutely, the best socks I’ve ever purchased for my active lifestyle.” Available colors & styles: 5 Available sizes: Shoe Size 4-10 — Shoe Size 8-12 7 A Pair Of Cushioned No-Show Running Socks That Wick Moisture
Complete with some of the features that make Bombas so special, these
Balega no-show socks are a little bit cheaper and designed specifically for athletes. The seamless toe box, plush padded footbed, and added durability of the reinforced heel and toe will make Bombas fans happy, while mesh ventilation panels and moisture-wicking Drynamix polyester fabric will keep even the sweatiest feet dry. A deep heel pocket and heel tab keep the socks from slipping as you move. The socks also come in a bunch of fun colors and color combinations, whether you prefer bright and playful or neutral and subdued. Helpful Amazon review: “I don't write reviews. Ever. These socks are worth breaking my streak. I run 20-30 miles a week and sift through my drawer of Bomba socks to find these every time. [...] I have washed these Balega socks dozens of times and they are still as soft and comfortable as the day I bought them.” Available colors: 19 Available sizes: Small — X-Large