The Top 5 Sock Subscriptions You Need to Know About

The Top 5 Sock Subscriptions You Need to Know About

A good pair of socks can make or break your day. If they’re too thin or don’t keep your feet warm, you’ll be uncomfortable at best and unhappy at worst. At the same time, having multiple pairs that are so different from each other can be confusing to store and take up space in your closet. A sock subscription gives you great quality socks with styles you love at an affordable price – if you choose the right one, that is! We’ve found five of the best sock subscriptions out there so you can try them all and see which one works best for you.

1) Things you need to know before buying a subscription

Most sock subscription services are relatively new. The company that started it all, KnitCrate, launched in early 2013. Since then, about a dozen other companies have entered into what some call a Sock Wars. Here are a few things you should consider before signing up for a sock subscription

2) What are the best brands?

It’s easy to fall in love with a sock brand, but what if you want more? Luckily, there are a bunch of cool sock subscription services that let you try out multiple brands and keep only your favorites. These are some of our favorite subscription services for fun new socks. If you want something for everyday wear, stay with us—we’ve got your back. But if you’re looking for crazy socks or just a few specialized pairs for your collection, don’t worry—we can help you there too. In fact, we even have specific recommendations based on whether or not you like running and sports-related socks.

3) What do they cost?

Most of these sock subscriptions cost around $25-$35/month, though Black Swan also has an option for $50/month which includes more premium socks. Some of these subscription services offer discounts if you pay annually rather than monthly, and some let you skip months or cancel at any time. That makes it a little easier to budget them into your regular spending habits, so consider that before signing up. Also keep in mind that most of these subscriptions are designed for men, so women might have a harder time finding socks they like. These companies tend to update their offerings often based on customer feedback, though, so don’t worry about investing in something that won’t last. If you're looking for unique gifts for men check out our list of creative gifts for guys!

4) What are they worth it?

We all have those pairs of socks that get passed around and worn once, maybe twice before they mysteriously disappear. Over time, it’s easy to accumulate a drawer full of mismatched socks that are too small or don’t match anything else in your drawers. If you find yourself not wearing most of your sock collection, why not try subscription services? Not only do subscriptions send you a new set of perfectly matched socks every month, but they also provide quality control so you don’t have to waste money on mismatched socks. Plus, some services even come with gift options for friends and family!

5) Where can I buy them?

Most sock subscription services offer a trial period of up to three pairs for $10-$15 per month. After that, costs can vary from $12-$20 per month. Some socks subscriptions focus on high-quality, name brand socks while others focus on delivering one type of sock each month. If you want name brand socks, check out Leg Avenue at $18/month. For a variety of socks and colours, I personally recommend Stance at $15/month (free shipping). Alternative Footwear offers a similar service but with lace-up shoe quality for men and women at $16/month and free shipping within Canada (in addition to their regular line of shoes).