Sock Subscription of the Month: Which Material is Best for Socks?


If you’re not familiar with the sock subscription of the month idea, it’s an easy way to ensure that you never have mismatched socks. Each month, a new pair of socks gets shipped right to your door, keeping your sock drawer fresh and your wardrobe stylish. When it comes to what material makes the best sock, however, things are a little more complicated than you might think! Depending on the type of socks you prefer (casual or formal), here are the 3 most common materials found in men’s socks and why they’re great or not so great depending on your situation.


Cotton socks - best value & comfort

Cotton socks are a great value and comfortable. Cotton is breathable, absorbs moisture well and dries quickly- so you'll be able to wear them as soon as they've been washed. Cotton socks also stretch with your foot which means you can wear them longer without feeling uncomfortable. You can't go wrong with cotton socks!


Polyester socks - durable & color options

If you are looking for a sock that can hold up to wear and tear, polyester socks are a great option. Polyester socks come in many colors which makes them ideal for men who want fun dress socks, crazy color dress socks or just funky cool socks. With so many colors to choose from, there's something that will match your outfit! And if you're looking for more durable crew socks, check out our Darn Tough Men's Hiker Crew Cushion Quarter Length Top Mount Socks with Merino Wool - Polyester & Acrylic Blend. These are guaranteed not to wear out and will last through anything!


Spandex socks - compression & support

Spandex socks are perfect for athletes, and those who need a little extra support. They help to compress your foot while also providing arch and shin support. They come in many different colors and patterns to suit anyone's style. If you're looking for a sock that will last, spandex is your best bet!


Wool socks - thermal regulation & anti-bacterial properties

Wool socks are often a favorite because they tend to be more durable and last longer. Wool socks have thermal regulation properties, meaning they keep your feet warm in winter and cool in summer. Wool also has anti-bacterial properties that can help prevent fungus growth and foot odor. Plus, wool socks are easy to care for as they can be hand or machine-washed with soap, detergent, bleach, or oxygenated bleach (such as OXO Brite) and tumble dried on low heat.