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Shopping for the best men’s dress socks at a time like this—when you still might not have an office to go to everyday—probably isn’t high on your priority list. In 2023, though, the best men’s dress socks are actually simply the best men’s socks, period. They’re no longer made of skimpy, itchy fabrics that’ll fall down around your ankles and tear at the heels after a heavy day of walking. Instead, today’s dress socks are cut from materials with all the high-quality durability, exceptional breathability, and super-soft goodness of fresh hotel linens. They’re engineered to feel as cushion-y as your sport socks and stay up on your calves all day without suffocating them completely. They just plain feel good on your feet, whether you’re throwing on loafers on your way out the door or padding around the house in slippers.
And while they say you can judge a man by his shoes, the socks you wear let everyone (your boss, your Hinge date, your parents-in-law, the barista, everyone) know you didn’t just buy fancy oxfords—you have your shit together. The right dress socks will help you look proper, show your respects, nail the job interview, stay cool in the summer, and warm in the winter.
But what makes them the best? We’re done with the whimsical ones that look like airport carpeting. Nothing cutesy, nothing argyle (with a few exceptions), nothing “novelty.” No, you need dress socks in solid colors and subtle patterns that work under a cuffed tweed trouser, a stiff pair of jeans, and wild patterned pants. And they should make you feet feel fantastic, even after 12 hours spent cooped up in heavy leather brogues. All 25 of these dress socks—from fancy French heritage hosiery to cheap and cheerful basics—check every box.
The Best Dress Socks Shopping Guide
- The Best All-Around Dress Socks: Falke airport socks, $28
- The Best Dress Socks Even Your Old Man Will Appreciate: Pantherella “Waddington” cashmere-blend socks, $138
- The Best Stench-Battling Dress Socks: Mack Weldon silver extended crew dress sock, $24
- The Best Workhorse Dress Socks: Gold Toe “Harrington” crew socks, $22
- The Best Get-Out-of-Your-Comfort-Zone Dress Socks: Uniqlo color socks, $4
- The Best Winterized Dress Socks: Anonymous Ism brushed intarsia-knit socks, $35
- The Best Dress Socks to Impress Your Achingly Hip Coworkers: Marni yellow argyle socks, $110 (now $39)
The Best All-Around Dress Socks
Falke airport socks
So, you might not be visiting all that many airports at the moment. But the logic behind Falke’s signature Airport socks remains sound all the same. They’re built from a supremely versatile blend of wool, cotton, polymide, and elastane that’s engineered to keep your lower extremities temperate, cushioned, and comfortable—even through a harrowing day of air travel. When you don’t have a five-hour layover to suffer through, though, these densely knit numbers will treat your tired dogs right, and the buckets of available colors and very respectable sub-$30 price tag will ensure your fits and wallet are equally satisfied.
The Best Dress Socks Even Your Old Man Will Appreciate
Pantherella Waddington cashmere-blend socks
Man, you’ve probably thought to yourself at one point or another, spying a gnarly toe peeking out from a hole in socks you bought a month ago: they really don’t make ‘em like they used to. Actually, they do—at Pantherella, at least. The UK-based hosiery specialists have been churning out quality dress socks for close to a century, leaning on top-shelf fabrics—like the cashmere-nylon blend they use here—to render exquisite accessories of the highest order. This trio of can’t-miss options probably won’t turn any heads at the office, but they will make your dad so proud he’ll buy a stack, too. And that’s way more important, right?
The Best Stench-Battling Dress Socks
Mack Weldon silver extended crew dress sock
Haunted by your end-of-day foot stink? Soured relationships with friends and family over your sour-scented hooves? It’s time to bring in the big guns. Mack Weldon’s extra breathable dress socks are laced with odor-assaulting silver threads that help to keep those unwanted aromas at bay. (And they’ll look pretty killer peeking out beneath a pair of new-age dress pants, too.)
The Best Workhorse Dress Socks
Gold Toe “Harrington” crew socks (6 pairs)
On your feet all day? Grab Gold Toe’s Harrington crew socks. No, they’re not as refined as the luxury brands above, but they deliver the all-business vibes of dressy ribbed socks with built-in cushioning reminiscent of your favorite athletic socks’. Plus, at less than $4 a pair, you can afford to buy your Gold Toes by the dozen.
The Best Get-Out-of-Your-Comfort-Zone Dress Socks
Uniqlo color socks
Want to experiment a little with your socks? Start with Uniqlo. Their ribbed dress socks are shockingly well made (tightly woven, comfortably padded, super-saturated in color) for a low, low price. Plus, they come in nearly every hue you can imagine. Get teal! And eggplant! Neon pink? They’ll look good against gray or navy pants! If a color isn’t working, you’re only out a few bucks.
The Best Winterized Dress Socks
Anonymous Ism brushed intarsia-knit socks
If you’re reading this during the height of winter, you already know the spiel. Every morning, you find yourself debating just how warm you need your socks to be—you want them to keep your feet from trembling at the faintest gust of wind, sure, but you also don’t want them to get so sweaty they start swimming in your shoes. So today we’re going to clue you in on a little secret: the solution to your perennial cold-weather conundrum is a pair of wool-blend socks that splits the difference. Anonymous Ism’s are made from an ultra-soft wool-acrylic mix that incorporates a just a hint of nylon for extra stretch, so you can enjoy the fabric’s warming benefits minus any scratchiness. The technical specs are impressive enough, but the moody color gradient is a perfect way to add a little understated pop to your office looks, too.
The Best Dress Socks to Impress Your Achingly Hip Coworkers
Marni yellow argyle socks
We know what you’re thinking: Argyle socks…in 2023? What gives, GQ?! But bear with us here for a moment, because these aren’t just any old argyle socks—and they’re definitely not the type of fuddy-duddy hosiery that conjures images of mahogany interiors and the WASPy accoutrement of the country club set. These are argyle socks from Marni, for god’s sake, which means they come drenched in designer Francesco Risso’s madcap hues, down to the subtly-freaked pattern and screaming shade of lemon meringue yellow. Mostly, though, they’re just a really fun take on an erstwhile office staple that’ll look equally good under pressed chinos or cuffed, light-wash jeans. In corporate life, as in socks, the old guard isn’t always entirely off-base—but it could definitely benefit from a fresh perspective.
Plus 18 More Dress Socks We Love
Bombas dress knee high sock (4-pack)
Now that the holidays are over, it’s back to business cocktails and after-work hangs. You’re going to need more than one pair of dress socks to carry you through, so why not sort your rotation in one fell swoop?
Philip Huang natural hand-dyed socks
If synthetic dyes irritate your skin, these are for you. Philip Huang uses natural, plant-based dyes (this pair was hand-dipped in rosewood tree bark) so you can keep your drawer bursting with color and keep your ankles from…bursting with color.
Blue Blue Japan cotton-blend jacquard socks
The Japanese juji-tsunagi pattern is thought to bring good fortune, but if that fails, at least your feet look good.
Kenzo embroidered cotton blend socks
The best alternative to a blindingly neon bubblegum pink? A softer, more mellow bubblegum pink—with a tiny lil’ flower on top.
Polo Ralph Lauren dress socks (3-pack)
The only nudes we consider office appropriate.
Homme Plissé Issey Miyake two-way socks
The creamsicle of socks, in that no one will be able to stop your drip.
COS space-dyed socks
When a work outfit feels too one-note, toss in a space-y pattern to kick your style to the stratosphere.
Casablanca “Futuro Optimisto” socks
Thunders Love ribbed wool-blend socks
When your work socks look more like you’d wear them to camp than a cursed “corporate retreat” in the Poconos, you’re doing something right.
Corgi royal stripe socks
Forget Waldo: nobody’s going to have a tough time picking you out of a crowd.
RoToTo raindrop crew socks
Raindrop, drop-top, cooking up fits in your sick new socks.
J.Crew striped microdot socks
Sometimes, less really is more—especially when it comes to a subtle, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it microdot pattern.
John Lobb cable cashmere socks
Surprise, surprise: one of the most venerable cobblers on the planet also makes plenty of supremely plush socks to augment its selection of hard-bottoms.
Sunspel long staple cotton socks
Clean cream dress socks—especially ones as refined as these, knit from Italian-spun cotton—with a pair of shiny black Weejuns is still as strong a look as ever.
Nike Dri-Fit classic cushioned crew socks (6-pack)
The Swoosh’s signature crew has ribbing to mimic a dress sock, but enough cushioning to keep you comfortable through four hours of open-bar-fueled bad dance moves. And though it’s thin enough to slide into sleeker shoes—your loafers or oxfords—it’s thick enough to keep your toes warm should your fancy footwear carry you to freezing locales.
Nice Laundry personal edition herringbone socks (3-pack)
It’s impossible to resist a well-deployed monogram.
Jacquemus ‘Les Chaussettes À L’Envers’ socks
Jacquemus’ cheery basics tend to straddle the line between simple and chic, and its socks—cut from a slime-green cotton and equipped with fuzzy French terry soles—are no exception. It’s like we always say: If your hosiery isn’t making your feet feel like Oscar the Grouch after a long day at the spa, you need to buy cozier socks.