We Put 6 of the Most Popular Sock Subscriptions to the Test

We Put 6 of the Most Popular Sock Subscriptions to the Test

Having the right pair of socks is one of the best ways to add a little comfort to your life and a lot of style to your wardrobe, but buying new socks all the time can get expensive. A subscription service like Philosockphy allows you to grab new socks delivered right to your door every month without breaking the bank, but how do you choose which sock subscription service to go with? We put 6 of the most popular sock subscriptions out there to the test, and this is what we found out about each one

Our Top 3 Picks

We tested six sock subscriptions and selected three as our favorites: Wantable’s subscription service offered socks in every style imaginable, from frilly ballet flats to woolen hiking socks. The sample size was large enough that I was able to test a pair of nearly every kind. Bombas’ socks were consistently comfortable with a wide range of fun prints, and their subscription service regularly featured new styles. Darn Tough’s tough-but-cushy merino wool socks survived tons of wear and washings with minimal pilling or shrinkage (and they just happened to have some great fall colors available). In addition, they donate a pair for each one purchased—so your purchase not only keeps your feet warm but helps out others who could use them too.

Philosockphy (6 months, $29)

Six pairs of socks a month for $29. The variety is impressive—the socks can include a mix of sock-of-the-month, high quality socks and special limited edition subscriptions. I’ve been impressed with all six pairs I’ve received so far—they’re colorful, unique and fun. One of my favorite additions was to receive coupons or discounts to share with friends online; some companies offer an annual membership discount as well. Overall, Philosockphy ranks on top as it offers one free pair per order, no automatic renewal and a price that’s just right!

Happy Socks (3 months, $14.99)

Happy Socks is a sock subscription that delivers 3 pairs of brightly colored, pre-packaged socks every month. All three pairs are guaranteed to be different. The subscription comes with a Sock Shoe Diary or sock shoes if you prefer (more on those later). This diary tracks when you wear your socks and how you wear them. It's accompanied by little notes from the founder, who shares his socks philosophy: Good things come in small packages. There are also videos that show how your socks should be worn (think smashing beer bottles on concrete without wearing any shoes). Happy Socks also has plenty of promotions that make for great gifts for friends and family members.

Fruitful Box (6 months, $39.95)

Fruitful Box is a sock subscription that comes with three pairs of socks per month. Each sock design is based on a different fruit, and Fruitful Box supports fruit tree planting in underdeveloped countries. The socks themselves are made from 75% combed cotton, 20% nylon, and 5% spandex. Fruitful also donates a pair of school supplies for every box purchased. We tested Fruitful Box as part of our review and can say it’s definitely worth considering if you want to wear socks inspired by nature each month—the designs were creative and fun! We found all three pairs we received fit well, but it might be worthwhile subscribing for six months or more since we never got quite enough pairs to cover us during colder months.

LootCrate (1 month, $20)

LootCrate is a monthly subscription service for geek and gamer culture. It features collectibles, apparel, accessories, vinyls and lifestyle items from anime, comic books and gaming. The box includes 4-6 curated products in each month's box that fit within a certain theme. Since 2013, Loot Crate has shipped over 1 million boxes to subscribers worldwide. New crates are released on their website on 20th of every month at 9:00 AM PDT .

Bare Necessities (1 month, $10 - only available in US)

We were excited to try out Bare Necessities, but unfortunately we had some major issues with them during our review. A one-month subscription through their website is $10 plus shipping and handling, which also happens to be somewhat pricy for socks. Even more of a bummer was that three days after ordering I got an email stating that they were unable to ship me my order due to an unexpected volume in orders. Despite my disappointment (and following up with multiple customer service reps), I never heard back about when or if I would get my subscription started. My conclusion? Unless you live in the US, don't bother using Bare Necessities because you'll likely have a negative experience.