The Best Sock Subscriptions for Finding Your Perfect Pair

The Best Sock Subscriptions for Finding Your Perfect Pair



If you have trouble finding comfortable, stylish socks, then you’re in luck! There are several subscription services out there that will help you find the perfect pair of socks that fits your lifestyle and fashion sense. Here’s how to decide which sock subscription is best for you.



What Makes a Good Sock

If you’re tired of mismatched socks and searching for a subscription that offers high-quality, fashionable socks at a reasonable price, then there are two important factors to consider: material and fit. Material matters because it determines how your sock fits on your foot (and keeps it from falling down when you wear shoes). In general, knit and woven options are both available in all price ranges; however, their performance varies considerably. On one end of the spectrum is combed cotton with elastane—this material is commonly found in mid-range subscriptions and provides comfort along with stretchiness.



What is a subscription box anyway?

Subscription boxes are one of ecommerce’s most popular types of physical products. But what is a subscription box, really? We break down some basics to help you navigate common terminology and understand how these companies work. Note: If you’re looking for more information on how to create your own subscription box, check out our guide here. Let’s dive in!



Monthly vs. Trimester vs. Quarterly vs. Biannual Boxes

All sock subscription services vary in price and frequency of delivery. If you’re going to be wearing socks more than once, then you may want to pay a little more up front and have fresh pairs delivered more often. Some subscriptions offer a monthly service, while others offer every three months, six months or annual bundles. If you’re not too sure how often you’ll wear each pair of socks (if at all), then it might be a good idea to go with a trimester-based service where each bundle is tailored towards one season of your year. Alternatively, if socks are pretty much your only clothing item during wintertime, then going with an annual box might be easier on your wallet.



Cost per pair

While some sock subscriptions give you a set number of pairs to try, others allow you to order as many or as few pairs of socks. In either case, you’ll typically be charged per pair shipped to your door. When considering cost per pair, it’s important to consider what size and style(s) you’re looking for; after all, if you don’t really like any of your subscription boxes, that’s a lot of money spent on socks. (Consider returning them if they don't meet your expectations.)



How do you choose which sock subscriptions are best for you?

You have to be selective. There are dozens of subscription sock services out there and they can range from $5 all the way up to over $100 per month. So how do you decide which one is best? The first step is looking at what you wear on a regular basis, what your lifestyle is like, and how much money you want to spend. If you’re a hard core runner that runs 10 miles every day, then no matter how well-made a pair of socks may be they probably won’t last more than 3 months anyway. You also want to think about your budget; even though you may love quality materials like Merino wool or silk, if it costs $60 per month just for socks that might not be realistic for your financial situation. When choosing between different sock subscriptions, ask yourself these questions: What material would I prefer my socks to be made out of? Do I need a certain amount of variety in my wardrobe each month? How often will I wear these socks (i.e., will they get worn down quickly)? Is price an issue? What's my favorite color?



4 Alternatives to Traditional Subscriptions

Some sock subscription services allow you to do a quick search by sport, lifestyle or even individual brands. If you know what type of socks you want, it might be more economical to sign up for a month-to-month service that lets you customize your order. But remember: not all sock subscriptions are created equal. Some charge a flat monthly fee no matter how many pairs of socks you get; others bill per pair. Before signing up, make sure to read through each company’s policy on returns, shipping and late fees—and factor those costs into your decision.