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Best Work Socks Reviewed

last updated Feb 15, 2019

We all wear socks and we all love them. They’re versatile, practical and they come in plenty of colors too. Socks keep our feet warm, and let’s be real … they often make a fashion statement.

Michael Jackson famously wore white socks on black shoes and who can forget Tom Cruise dancing in Risky Business while wearing a T-Shirt and a pair of white socks.

But what about the rest of us? The regular people? Those of us who have to go to work every morning? Well, there are some excellent choices of works socks too, and they’re practical and appealing too.

So, if you’re on the lookout for a great pair of work socks, look no further. Our selection has it all. Comfort, style and quality.

In a Hurry? The test winner after 20 hrs of research

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Rockay Accelerate
97.6/100 our score
Materials
98
Protection
98
Comfort
97
Fit
97
Durability
98
Rockay Accelerate
Why is it better?

Merino Wool

Anti-blister protection

Compression support

Reinforced toe area

Lifetime guarantee

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Rockay Accelerate
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#1
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
97.6
Materials
98%
Protection
98%
Comfort
97%
Fit
97%
Durability
98%
Price Comparison Last Updated (20.04.19)
$15.95
#2
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
96.6
Materials
97%
Protection
97%
Comfort
97%
Fit
96%
Durability
96%
Price Comparison Last Updated (20.04.19)
$15.00
#3
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94.8
Materials
95%
Protection
94%
Comfort
95%
Fit
95%
Durability
95%
Price Comparison Last Updated (20.04.19)
$23.95
#4
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.8
Materials
94%
Protection
94%
Comfort
94%
Fit
93%
Durability
94%
Price Comparison Last Updated (20.04.19)
$21.95
#5
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.4
Materials
93%
Protection
93%
Comfort
93%
Fit
91%
Durability
92%
Price Comparison Last Updated (20.04.19)
$12.99
#6
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.6
Materials
92%
Protection
92%
Comfort
91%
Fit
91%
Durability
92%
Price Comparison Last Updated (20.04.19)
$17.95
#7
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.4
Materials
92%
Protection
91%
Comfort
92%
Fit
91%
Durability
91%
Price Comparison Last Updated (20.04.19)
$19.99
#8
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
88.6
Materials
89%
Protection
90%
Comfort
88%
Fit
89%
Durability
87%
Price Comparison Last Updated (20.04.19)
$12.99
#9
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87.8
Materials
88%
Protection
89%
Comfort
87%
Fit
88%
Durability
87%
Price Comparison Last Updated (20.04.19)
$9.19
#10
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87.2
Materials
88%
Protection
87%
Comfort
87%
Fit
87%
Durability
87%
Price Comparison Last Updated (20.04.19)
$7.99
In Depth Review Top 10
  • Rockay Accelerate
  • Wigwam At Work Crew
  • Darn Tough Boot Cushion
  • Smartwool PhD Outdoor
  • DryMax Workboot Calf Padded
  • SmartWool PhD Run Light Elite
  • Wrangler Riggs Workboot
  • High Performance Ultra Light No Show Tab
  • Wrangler Over the Calf Boot
  • Fruit of the Loom Crew
Table of contents
  • Criteria Used for Evaluation
  • Other Factors to Consider
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Sources

Top 10 Picks

1. Rockay Accelerate

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
97.6
Rockay Accelerate
Materials
98
Protection
98
Comfort
97
Fit
97
Durability
98
best offer for today
$15.95
Pros:

Merino Wool

Anti-blister protection

Compression support

Reinforced toe area

Lifetime guarantee

Cons:

More color choices, please

What makes them really, really great? Well, thanks to the Merino wool and their unique design, these socks offer both compression and high breathability. They’ll keep your feet comfortable and warm during the breezy and long commutes to work, your morning jogging sessions and everything in between.

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Rockay paid a lot of attention to detail in the construction of these socks, and it shows in both the design and comfort that they provide. The compression-fit minimizes the injuries and blisters that often happen and also encourages blood flow to your feet. This brand has pledged on their official website that the Rockay Socks will soon be manufactured from 100% recycled materials and polyester from plastic found in the ocean, but for now, they are made up of 66% Polyamide, 30% Organic Merino Wool, and 4% Elastane.

Do you want to know one cool thing about the Rockay Accelerate socks? Or any sock that is made by Rockay, for that matter? They all have a lifetime guarantee of quality. Yup. If they rip, tear or lack basic functionality, you’ll get one brand new pair to replace the old one.

2. Wigwam At Work Crew

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
96.6
Wigwam At Work Crew
Materials
97
Protection
97
Comfort
97
Fit
96
Durability
96
best offer for today
$15.00
Pros:

No Odor

Cushioned underfoot

Elastic hold up

Cons:

Customers would like to see more colors

Wigwam At Work Crew Socks is one of Wigwam’s best selling items - and for good reason too. They’re the ultimate sock that can handle heavy-duty waking and they’re also ideal for those of you that have a need for socks that perform well in work boots.

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The Wigwam At Work Crew Socks have an antimicrobial Odor Guard that helps with keeping odors at bay, and that guard remains effective even after prolonged washing. The sole on these is fully cushioned, with a low-profile toe closure, meaning your feet will stay comfortable and secure all day.

3. Darn Tough Boot Cushion

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94.8
Darn Tough Boot Cushion
Materials
95
Protection
94
Comfort
95
Fit
95
Durability
95
best offer for today
$23.95
Pros:

Fast Action wicking

High percentage wool

Comfortable

Cons:

Shorter version please

“Comfortable as a cushion, yet rugged enough for a day of hard work” - that’s probably one of the best and honest customer reviews these socks have received. But it’s true. Darn Tough Steely Boot Cushion Socks provide excellent cushion and insulation, especially in winter, but their special blend of Merino Wool, Nylon, Lycra Spandex makes them naturally antimicrobial. They’ll keep your feet warm in the winter and they’ll repel the bacteria and odor during the long sweaty days of the summer.

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The performance of these socks is darn excellent. They’re designed with high density cushioning, which prevents blisters, slipping off your feet and other misfortunes that could bring you straight to your podiatrist's office. The Darn Tough Steely Boot Cushion Socks Contain 56% wool which makes them one of the best natural, fast-action, wicking socks on the market.

4. Smartwool PhD Outdoor

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.8
Smartwool PhD Outdoor
Materials
94
Protection
94
Comfort
94
Fit
93
Durability
94
best offer for today
$21.95
Pros:

Odor resisten

Moisture resistant

Variety in color

Cons:

Price is high

These socks have a Ph.D. in their name! And for good reason! Their special Indestructawool technology makes them super durable and extremely comfortable, and as their name suggests—they are indestructible. You can wear them for years and they’ll still be in the same condition as you bought them. They also feature moisture-wicking properties and light cushioning that provides arch support on your feet.

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The Smartwool PhD Outdoor Light Crew Socks have almost no visible seam on your toes, and the ventilating mesh allows your feet to breathe while they’re in your shoes. Thermoregulation and moisture management are just some bonus features that complete these socks and make them extra comfy for your feet- because nobody likes hot and sweaty feet right?

5. DryMax Workboot Calf Padded

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.4
DryMax Workboot Calf Padded
Materials
93
Protection
93
Comfort
93
Fit
91
Durability
92
best offer for today
$12.99
Pros:

Over calf and crew leg length of socks

Padded toe feature

Arch and heal support

Cons:

Only 2 colors

The dense padding in The DryMax Work Boot Over the Calf sock protects your feet, and keeps them dry, odor-free, comfortable and warm throughout the day. Yes, they have an anti-blistering system built in the fiber, as well as antibacterial properties. So, they’ll keep your feet protected and without smell after a long hard day at work. They also have Breathable mesh that allows heat to escape in the summer and to keeps feet cool and dry in every situation.

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The DryMax Workboot Over the Calf Padded Socks have a very secure arch band, and high heel grip that secures and increase the durability in the heel area of your feet. Oh, and you want to know one great feature? Each of the socks has markings that help you pair them after washing them in the dryer. No more lost socks!

6. SmartWool PhD Run Light Elite

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.6
SmartWool PhD Run Light Elite
Materials
92
Protection
92
Comfort
91
Fit
91
Durability
92
best offer for today
$17.95
Pros:

Lightweight

Several cushinging spots

Achilles support

Cons:

Only one lenght

PhD Run Light Elite Micro Men's Socks are like little pillows of heaven for your feet. They provide foot protection and temperature regulation while having a low profile feel. They also have excellent stretch to them and great Achilles support, so your back will thank you later. SmartWool PhD Run Light Elite Micro Socks are excellent no show style socks and they pair well with sneakers or other boat like shoes. The thickness of the socks comes in medium, which is perfect for all occasions, but don’t you worry. The socks come with mesh ventilation zones for ventilation and maximum comfort in every situation. Your awful train to work, or your 12-hour shift at the hospital. They’ve got you covered.

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The thickness of the socks comes in medium, which is perfect for all occasions, but don’t you worry. The socks come with mesh ventilation zones for ventilation and maximum comfort in every situation. Your awful train to work, or your 12-hour shift at the hospital. They’ve got you covered.

The SmartWool PhD Run Light Elite Micro Socks have seamless toes that prevent irritation in the toes area and Achilles tab that offers support and balance on your feet at every time. Oh and don’t forget the mesh ventilation zones of the sock that help with the breathability of these socks.

7. Wrangler Riggs Workboot

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.4
Wrangler Riggs Workboot
Materials
92
Protection
91
Comfort
92
Fit
91
Durability
91
best offer for today
$19.99
Pros:

Comfortable

Nice Fit

Durable

Protective

Cons:

Higher price range

Here’s something a little bit different. Tall socks. 14’’ tall socks to be precise. The height reaches the knee, so it’s perfect for those of you who love to wear tall knee height boots for instance. And they’ll fit any high boot perfectly, we promise. These socks feature a reinforced heel, toe and arch support, added cushioning, especially in the sole area that will guarantee maximum comfort during the workday. They also have a special feature at the top of the sock that keeps the sock from falling down. This might come in handy if you’re wearing thigh high boots, and you don’t want your socks to keep rolling down your calves.

They’re made to last and to be worn every single day.

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They have the perfect blend of cotton, nylon, and spandex and they will literally stay in their best shape even after multiple washing cycles. They’re thick enough for comfort but not too thick to affect the sizing and you can’t go wrong with a sock like this. We must mention that the added half cushion in the foot provides optimal impact protection, while the Ultra-Dri moisture wicking will keep your feet dry and cool. It’s the best.

8. High Performance Ultra Light No Show Tab

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
88.6
High Performance Ultra Light No Show Tab
Materials
89
Protection
90
Comfort
88
Fit
89
Durability
87
best offer for today
$12.99
Pros:

Y heel construction

Cons:

Lacking thickness of the material

No length varieties

This is the original sock design that put Feetures on the map. The Ultra Light No Show tab has the perfect toe seam. There will be no irritation in that area that’s for sure. The socks are strengthened with Lycra Powerbands designed to contour to the shape of your foot, and we can’t forget about the Seamless Toe. It eliminates irritating in the toe area, originally caused by the toe seam.

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High-Performance Ultra Light No Show Tab is a no show tab height, that fits perfectly below the ankle, and the extra thick cushioning provides extra protection in the areas where most of the friction happens. Are you tired of socks sliding down your foot? Well, Feetures solved that problem too. High-Performance Ultra Light No Show Tab socks have a Y-heel construction that keeps the sock from sliding into the shoe, and thus the sock stays fixated on your feet in every situation.
The ultra thin construction of the socks takes up minimal room inside the shoe, and every step with them is a step made with confidence.

9. Wrangler Over the Calf Boot

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87.8
Wrangler Over the Calf Boot
Materials
88
Protection
89
Comfort
87
Fit
88
Durability
87
best offer for today
$9.19
Pros:

Sold in value pack

Cons:

No color and length varieties

Not durable

Wrangler offers a great bargain. Value pack of 3 over the calf boot socks for a great price. They’re lightweight yet stylish and comfortable. Wrangler over the Calf Boot Sock has smooth toe seams, full-cushioned leg and foot, and moisture-wicking technology that ensures quality and long lasting sock life.

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Wrangler over the Calf Boot Sock is designed to withstand all climates, and is reinforced in the heel and toe areas to provide additional durability. They are comfortable, and stay up. They stay up all day. They don't crawl down into the boot as others do. The socks fit true to size, which is important. But this is a firm sock with just enough compression to keep your feet from being tired.

Yes, they’re not the thickest socks out there, but for over the calf boot socks, they’re top-notch and should be on your list of buys. They stay up on the calf, during the entire day, and they’re true to their size. They’re dependable and they get the job done when you’re in the need for a sock that has this particular length.

10. Fruit of the Loom Crew

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87.2
Fruit of the Loom Crew
Materials
88
Protection
87
Comfort
87
Fit
87
Durability
87
best offer for today
$7.99
Pros:

Six crew socks in one purchase

Cons:

Lacking colors

Lacking height variety

Basic design

Six pairs of crew socks for a great bargain? Yes, please! We’ve really upped the ante with our last suggestion, haven’t we? The Fruit of the Loom 6-Pairs Crew Socks have an elastic cuff, cushioned bottom and knit construction through every single inch of the sock.

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The color will not fade away after many washes in the washing machine, and the sock will not lose its shape.
The mix of 49% cotton, 48% polyester, 2% spandex, makes this sock, light and comfortable on your foot, and it can endure several hours and hours of walking and running. Plus every order comes with 6 pairs of socks,, which will ensure that you’’ be set in the sock department for quite a while.

A perfect blend of cotton and spandex gives these socks their ideal fit on your foot, while a cushioned bottom offers support and endurance. Seriously. Fruit of the Loom 6-Pairs Crew Socks is a true winner if you’re looking for great cotton, and it comes with an amazing offer of 6 pairs of socks

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Materials

We've always thought that the quality of the fabric will determine the overall quality of the product. And that’s mainly true. When you have socks that are made with a great blend of wool, cotton, and spandex you can’t go wrong with your choice. The socks that have Merino wool are sure to keep you warm in the winter, and they’ll let your feet breathe in the summer. They’re the perfect isolator and have a double function. They keep your feet isolated and protected from harmful bacteria.

And speaking of Merino wool…. You can’t make mistake when you’re choosing a sock that has it in their blend. We’d prefer if the Merino wool is in the majority of the blend, but if it’s not - no big deal. The Merino wool fibers are fine and itch-free fibers and they’re the much younger and cooler cousin of the fibers that the previous generation used in making of the socks. Wool has the ability to absorb up to 30% of its weight in water, and that helps your feet to remain dry in most conditions.

Protection

They’re God sent for those of you who like to run, or are active throughout the day.
Moisture-wicking socks are the special breed of the socks, and they’re particularly popular with the runners and the people who are on their feet practically all day long.

Their special blend of fibers prevents foot perspiration by absorbing the moisture from your skin inside the actual fabric. They absorb the moisture like a sponge, and prevent your feet from getting wet or getting nasty blisters. Your feet are dry and blister-free, and it’s all thanks to the moisture-wicking socks that you chose.

Moisture-wicking socks can be made from a single type of fiber, or in most cases of several types of fibers that are blended in one harmonious material. Most of the fiber blends that are used to create these type of socks include polypropylene, acrylic, polyester, and for good reason. The synthetic fibers dry very quickly, and they have great anti-bacterial properties. Your feet will thank you later.

Comfort

Comfort helps performance while running

Is there anything better than comfort? Sure style is great, but it fades away quickly. No. Comfort will be your best friend when choosing the socks for you. There are very specific criteria in picking the most comfortable socks, and number one on that list is how they make you feel while you wear them? Because not all of them offer that. Whether it’s for the running or the socks you can fit in your boots the comfort is the number one thing to consider. If they offer support in your arches, Achilles heels and calves. If they make you feel secure with every step you take. The thing is, what you need is to not even notice them. If you wear socks that make you feel uncomfortable, put them in the trash. They’re not for you. So always go with comfort above else.
But what makes them comfortable? Well, it all depends on what they’re made of and how they’re made of. What you need is a great blend of cotton, wool and some synthetic fibers like lycra that they’ll be not only functional and practical they’ll also be practical. The practical part of the natural fibers comes from their moisture absorbent properties and insulation while the synthetic fibers help with the improvement of the design and ultimately the fit of the socks.

Fit

Just like the comfort, the fit of the socks is also very much important. And although socks come in all kinds of sizes and shapes, often times the fit of the socks can be divided into three major categories.

Ankle length fit, mid-calf-length fit, and over the calf-length fit are some of the best-sellers and frankly the ones that you should be buying the most.

Ankle length fit socks are made and sold for people that are active If you’re walking to work, these are the best picks for you. They’re paired perfectly with your sneakers, and can help you greatly while you get to your desk.

Mid-calf length socks are very familiar, but often made from different blends of materials. We all wear them, and we wear them on a daily basis. No, they’re not the most the most good looking but they’re sure beloved among the common working people. One of the most disappointing traits that these socks have is their tendency to slide down your calves, but if you find the design that works best for you, they’re life-changing socks and can do wonders for your calves. The third fit is, of course, the over the calf type of socks. By going almost to the knee area, they provide great isolation from the cold and with that specific length they do stay up for the majority of the day. They’re perfect for people who work outside for the majority of the working hours, and they experience harsh conditions while on the open.

Durability

Durability means value for money.

What does durability exactly means? Well, it basically means they’ll last you for a very long time. And what does that means” Well, you’ll be able to save a decent amount of money, buying a new fresh pair of socks every month. The cheap basic socks tear really fast, and with buying high quality, not only that your wallet will thank you, your feet will as well. On the long run.
Have you noticed that there are specific areas in which your socks tear. Yup, that’s because of the way you walk. If you put more pressure on the heel, that’s the area where you’ll find the most of the tearing. Some of you will find holes in your toes, but there is a solution for all that. What you need to look for are the special features that give the much-needed support to your feet. They often come in the arch, heel and calves areas, and with that support, comes the durability that you need. If your feet are supported with high-quality material and good design, you won’t be tearing your socks as frequently as before.

But if you’re looking to avoid holes, especially in the toe area, look for seamless socks that don’t irritate your big toe. If your biggest problem is the heel, then look for socks that are reinforced at the heel with a thicker almost cushion like patches. That will make them more durable and will help your walking too.

Comfort

Always ensure that when you select a pair of running socks or work or casual that you look closely at the product, to see what materials have been used to make the sock. Ask questions and check reviews to make sure you get a good purchase.

Support

Check socks to find out how much support and protection they offer. A good pair of socks will tend to have reinforced toe area to prevent blistering and many socks have designed in support for arches.

Other Factors to Consider

Bottom Line

There are plenty of ways to increase the longevity of your socks. It all depends on the socks and how you take care of them. If you take good care of your socks, they’ll last longer. There are some basic rules for the upkeep of your socks, but the most important ones are:
For one, you can buy several pairs of socks you like the most, and wear a different pair while the others are in the washing machine. They’ll last longer that way. If you can, try to avoid wearing the socks on carpets or any type of hard hugs. Avoid wearing your socks without your shoes, altogether.

Also, skip the fabric softener for your socks. It’s much concentrated than the regular washing powder, and thus more abrasive. The fabric softener will ruin the shape and the material of your socks. Pay attention to your grooming and hygiene too. Always trim your nails when wearing your socks, because the toenails that are not trimmed can tear your socks.
Don’t fold them or scrunch them in a ball. Lay them in your drawer if you have space because folding them in different shapes will ruin their shape. Don’t forget to wash them with laundry that’s of the similar fabric and color. Oh, and when you lay them in a different drawer, make sure that that drawer or a special bin is exclusively occupied with socks and socks alone. Don’t mix the socks with other items, like your underwear or ties. The socks that are made from wool or cotton are most prone to pests, so make sure you keep those socks in an airtight container. Rodents or pests can damage the socks fairly quickly.
Never iron your socks or bleach them. The heat from the iron and the chemicals in the bleach can o so much damage to your socks. Also, make sure they are all nice and dry when you store them in your sock drawer. If you put them while they’re damp, they’ll probably break down very quickly, and they’ll be ruined before you have the chance to wear them again.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: What’s the typical lifespan of socks ?
a:

Well that depends of the quality of the material and the design. The quality will be directly proportional to the price. The better the quality - the higher the price of the running socks. Now keep in mind that they’re specifically designed to endure a lot of pressure and friction, they’re more durable that the regular type of socks that you can buy at your local supermarket. Working socks are made with special blend of natural and synthetic fibers that help your feet breathe, prevent them from blistering and are made with special design that gently grips your feet and secures them in your shoes. So, they are made to last a lot longer than your usual socks. How much longer? Depends on how long you wear them.

q: What’s the biggest purpose of wearing socks?
a:

One might say that they keep your feet warm, but no. We would disagree. Actually the biggest purpose in wearing socks is the protection that they offer to your feet. Just think about it. If you wear sneakers without socks or any other type of shoe, you’ll most likely get fungus on your toes. You’ll probably have an odor coming from your feet, and you may also develop athlete’s foot or blisters. Just like your armpits and your palms, your feet sweat too, and they need to be protected against the moisture that comes from the sweat. So… What better way to protect your feet than by wearing socks on them? There are plenty of socks to choose from, so why not pick the best for you and enjoy your day in peace.

q: How long do wool socks last?
a:

Unfortunately wool socks are lot less durable than socks made with synthetic fibers. That’s mostly because they’re organic and natural, but also because they’re meant to be handled differently. As crazy as it may sounds, wool socks are meant to be washed less frequently than other types of socks. No, it won't affect your hygiene, but by washing them less frequently you’ll protect their lifespan and you’ll be able to wear them longer. Of course, you should always make sure to follow the precise washing instructions on the packaging, and not deviate from them.
And one last tip, for preserving them a bit longer… try to avoid ironing them, brushing them or washing them with heavy abrasive detergents.

q: Should you sleep with your socks on?
a:

There’s not a precise way to give a precise answer here, but if it makes you feel better, and if it makes you sleep better than yes. You should sleep with your socks on. The warmth from the socks can help your body to regulate your temperature more easily while. That’s especially true if you have low circulation or your feet are always cold. You should avoid socks that are too thick and not breathable, as they’ll increase the chances of night sweats or restlessness during your sleep.

q: What’s the most appropriate length of time to wear the same pair of socks
a:

Well, there aren’t any accurate guidelines about that too. It depends on how long you have them on your feet, the shoes that you’re wearing with them, and the material that they’re made of. You can actually wear the cotton polyester socks for up to 5 days, but if you’re wearing leather shoes or any type of formal shoes, your socks (and feet) will start to smell by day 3.

Sources

  1. Wendy Bumgardner, 10 Best walking Socks, Buying guide, Dec 22, 2018
  2. Steven Coelho, Review, Buying Guide, Jan 01, 2019
  3. Domen Hrovatin, 8 Best Socks for Men, Review, Jan 05, 2019
  4. Staff Outdoorgearlab, Best Hiking Socks, Review & Article,