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    Senior Member SiouzQ.'s Avatar
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    Let's Talk Socks!

    After all my years of frugality to get me where I am today, I simply CANNOT stand buying the crappy knee socks I've always gotten at Target for $2.50 a pair. Made of inconsistent and very dubious quality, they have caused me to curse many times over the years. Sometimes the elastic at the top is so tight it leaves dug-in impressions on my calves, other times the elastic has the dang things floating down over my heels inside my boots.

    In my new-found financial fortune since moving to NM, I thought maybe I would start springing for Smart Wool socks but am really, really balking at paying up to $20 for ONE PAIR of socks! I simply cannot get myself to justify doing that. I would need many pairs, as I do not have any laundry facilities and have to go to do the wash at a laundromat in Santa Fe. Plus I tend to lose one sock out of a pair...

    So, that being stated, are there any other brands of decent, comfortable socks I should be looking into? I really like the tall knee-hi style with some nice cushioning. I just sprung for a $200 pair of quality lug soles work-hiking-in-the-desert-style lace up boots-while-avoiding rattlesnake bites on the ankles.

    What are your favorite brands to try?

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    I have no idea, but I would hand-wash whichever ones you end up buying.

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    SmartWool socks are one of my few indulgences, and I don't apologize. They keep my feet warm, and that is priceless to me. But I don't wear knee-highs, so can't help you there.
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    When I travel to the US later this month, I am going to look for Thurlos socks. They are wonderful but pricey, not $20 though.
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    Fox River and Vermont Tough are a couple of other brands in that quality level. Fox River tends to be less expensive so that is usually what I buy.

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    SQ: I just recently got my first Smartwool socks and I'm sorry to say that I don't like them. I find them very tight on the calves and I have really thin legs. From a tactile perspective, I just don't find them to feel very pleasant against my skin. I would like to try Darn Tough socks from VT, but I'm not up for spending more big bucks on socks I might not like just now, so maybe I'll try those next winter.
    I went ahead and ordered more of my my favorite go-to knee socks, Hue's flat knits. I got them at 3 pairs for $21 on Amazon. I find them perfectly comfortable, but they only last a couple of years. Maybe my expectations are unrealistic for durability. The Darn Toughs are apparently guaranteed to last, but if I don't like them, having them last forever isn't anything to get excited about.

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    Bombas. They're pricey, but well-made and they donate a pair to a homeless shelter for every pair they sell. https://bombas.com/?utm_source=bing&...utm_content=A1
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    I am with you, I bought cheap socks for years. I now buy smart wool and darn tuff socks to wear for my daily hikes and walks and bike. I wash and hang dry and can see like they both advertise a life time sock. I bought life is good for fun socks. Never venturing back to WM brands again.

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    Don't know the brand, but I have found bamboo socks to be some of the most comfortable ones I have ever worn. The kind I have are usually bought in a "gift shop" in an artsy/crafty kind of place. Usually around $15.00/pair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rosarugosa View Post
    I would like to try Darn Tough socks from VT, but I'm not up for spending more big bucks on socks I might not like just now, so maybe I'll try those next winter.
    I've been wearing DT socks exclusively for five or six years now. They have an unconditional lifetime guarantee. I have used it a few times to replace worn pairs at no cost.

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