Women’s fashion may be a few steps ahead of men’s fashion for the most part, but there are a few areas where men have a head start. And while pockets may be the big stickling point between men’s and women’s fashion, men are also ahead when it comes to socks. You simply don’t find a lot of socks in women’s outfits, but that’s due for a change. And as we see a shift more towards comfortable and practical clothing, the opportunities for women to wear socks is only going to expand.
His and Hers Socks
While matching your whole outfit to that of your significant other might be a sign for alarm, there are more subtle and cute ways to show off that special relationship. His and hers socks are great for wearing around the house or on special occasions – and since they’re socks, you don’t have to worry about wearing your codependency on your sleeve. As an added bonus, his and hers socks tend towards the whimsical, so you can get playful and creative when shopping for them.
Everyday Use Socks
Socks are more than just a fashion accessory. They’re also valuable in your practical life. Thanks to their ability to wick off both moisture and reduce odor, they can extend the life of your shoes and feel more comfortable. And they can be significantly less of a hassle than stockings. For everyday use, you’ll want some pairs of socks that are about just getting through your workday. On this front, you’ll want to seek out socks that are breathable and elastic. A cotton base with a mix of synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester are a good starting point when shopping for socks you can use in your everyday life.
Socks For the Cold
Your extremities feel the effects of cold worse than any other part of your body – and when your fingers and toes are cold, the rest of your body feels it too. That’s why every woman should invest in a pair of thick wool socks. Merino wool is the standard because its longer strands create a fit that’s thick without being bulky and sturdy while still being incredibly soft. If you live in a region with especially bad winters or you like to spend a lot of time outdoors, it’s worth it to invest in a few high-quality pairs for the colder months of the year.
Socks For the Gym
The same features you want to look for in everyday socks should be a priority in the gym as well. The ability to wick moisture and reduce odor is important, and cotton can be great for that. It excels at dealing with sweat and odor from intense but short term use and can also reduce the risk of blisters. Durability and support should be an escalated priority when looking for womens workout socks. Added support to the arch, a toe that feels good and has a little extra padding, and increased elasticity can all serve as valuable advantages for gym socks.
The biggest advantage of wearing socks is the comfort they provide, and no socks offer the comfort that compression socks afford. Favored by people who stand or otherwise use their legs a lot, compression socks help reduce fatigue in the covered area while also improving circulation. Doing a little research is important however. While compression socks are available in countless sizes, colors, and patterns, only the best will retain their shape and tightness after being worn for an extended period of time.
What are the best women’s socks? That depends on what you’re wearing them for. But any of the socks above can serve as a comfortable and reliable addition to your existing wardrobe.