Socks are no longer the present you’re dreading to get.
Socks are no longer the present you’re dreading to get. (Photo: Inga Hendrickson)

Our Ode to the Humble Sock. Plus Six of Our Favorites.


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You heard it here first: socks have ascended the gift hierarchy from vanilla stocking stuffer to one of the season’s most exciting presents. This is especially true for those that are meant to go beyond the pavement.

These six offer the same purposefully over-the-top colors and patterns as their ­metro brethren but are crafted from materials like high-grade merino that fight stink-causing bacteria naturally and last thousands of miles on the trail with only the occasional washing. Add to that ­so­phisticated foot mapping to provide cushion where you need it and venting where you need it more.

Plus, they still tuck in nicely among the candy canes and silver dollars. 

(Best Made)

Best Made Company Warm Wool ($28)

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Wigwam West Rim Pro ($16)

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Patagonia Lightweight Snow ($29)

(Darn Tough)

Darn Tough Via Ferrata Micro Crew Cushion ($20)

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Smartwool Men’s Margarita ($21) 

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Stance Endeavor Crew ($18)

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Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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