Which Sock Subscription Is Best For You?

Which Sock Subscription Is Best For You?

Sock subscriptions are all the rage these days, but which one should you sign up for? sock of the month (SOM) clubs come in a variety of price points and types, including those that send you both formal and athletic socks and those that just focus on one or the other. If you’re not sure what you need to look for when choosing between sock subscription services, then here’s everything you need to know to get started in your search.

How many pairs do you need?

So many sock subscription companies exist, but if you’re thinking about joining one, there are a few questions you should ask yourself before making a purchase. The most important question to ask is how many pairs of socks do you need? Are you going to wear them every day? Maybe only on your feet or do you need those comfy socks for lounging around on weekends too. If they’re strictly for athletic activities like running or cycling, then don’t worry so much about matching colors. However, if they will also be used in public and during social situations, pick something where every pair matches your outfits.

How often do you want new socks delivered?

The first thing you need to decide is how often you want your socks delivered. Are you someone who changes socks once a week? Once a month? Once every two months or maybe only when you absolutely need to replace them? It’s hard to pick which sock subscription is best for you without knowing how often new ones will be sent out. The sooner your socks are delivered, the less it will cost per pair; that’s just simple math. If frequency isn’t an issue for you, then consider whether or not frequency would be an issue for someone else in your household. Two people with very different lifestyles may want two different sock-subscription services—one that sends daily and one that sends weekly.

What material do you prefer your socks to be made from?

Some of us prefer our socks to be made from cotton; others like wool. However, if you ask your sock-loving friends which material they'd prefer their socks to be made from, they might give you an entirely different answer. If you're still having trouble deciding, here's a quick overview of some common sock materials and what makes them popular

What color(s) would you like your socks to be in general?

Some of these options allow you to specify colors, while others don’t. If you want to choose colors, and your subscription lets you do so, there are a few ways to go about it. First, look at their color chart and try to match your preferences with colors they already offer. Second, if you’re bold (or just feeling adventurous), ask for an assortment of colors that no one else is getting. They may have enough left over from previous months that they can send you all different colors for one price. Third, if you know a little bit about color theory (such as complementary colors), then pick out some complementary sets—or even better mix-and-match between 3 complements and let them decide what socks should match each other!

What style of socks are you looking for (no show, low cut, knee high, etc.)

No show socks are great for wearing with boots or sneakers, but low cut socks offer your legs a little more breathing room. If you don't mind dealing with a little bunching, knee high and over-the-knee options look great when worn with high heels, leggings or tights. There are countless colors and patterns to choose from so it’s difficult to narrow it down to just one subscription box—but luckily for you we’ve tested them all (and we get paid by no one!) so you don’t have to worry about sifting through bad deals online. Below are our top three sock subscriptions that will help your feet feel loved every month

Do you have any preferences on brands/materials (Merino wool, nylon, cashmere, cotton)?

These are all great materials, but if you’re going to choose just one we’d recommend either merino wool or nylon. Merino wool is more durable and breathable, making it perfect for everyday use. Nylon is more popular with beginners and can double as a running sock—just make sure it has cushioning on the sole since they aren’t made to be worn barefoot. Both of these materials are synthetic, so they won’t shrink in water. Don't worry about shrinkage: After you wash your first pair of socks, you'll realize that much of their shrink-up comes from wearing them too tight in an effort to force a perfect fit.