Simply put, not all dress socks are created equal. So, what are the best dress socks for men? To answer this question, our team of hosiery experts compiled a list of seven best-selling dress socks that cover a wide range of situations.

Overall Best Dress Socks for Men

man crossing legs and wearing the best dress socks

Our top pick for the best men’s dress socks is a black merino wool mid-calf length dress sock. Crafted with soft, breathable merino wool, these lead the pack with their ability to manage moisture and keep your feet dry throughout a long day at the office.

As black goes with just about everything, these are also considered the best dress socks for men due to their versatility; the ribbed design makes them easy to wear with everything from your finest suits to a casual pair of jeans.

  • Reinforced heel and toe for durability
  • Traditional 6x2 rib for classic style
  • Soft and breathable with slight stretch for perfect fit

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Best Over the Calf Dress Socks

model wearing charcoal grey over the calf dress socks

Over the calf dress socks are renowned for their ability to stay up and these charcoal wool over the calf socks certainly fit the bill in that department. Similar to the selection above, another reason our experts identified these as the best over the calf socks is because they are made with a traditional vertical rib; beyond aesthetics, this ribbed pattern acts like an accordion to pull the socks in and aid in their ability to stay up.

We love the color charcoal because it is a nice substitute for black and will look great with both black and brown shoes. The subtle heather tones add another layer of versatility that firmly cement these as the best over the calf dress socks.

  • Breathable wool blend to manage moisture
  • Versatile charcoal color matches with most shoes and pants
  • Made in the USA

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Most Comfortable Dress Socks

most comfortable men's dress socks

What good is style if it comes at the expense of comfort? No list of the best men’s dress socks is complete without highlighting soft, comfortable dress socks and that is exactly why our team selected these navy cotton over the calf dress socks. Crafted with the same extra-long staple cotton found in luxury bed linens, these are undoubtedly among the most comfortable dress socks on the market.

When shopping for the best dress socks, always be sure to closely examine the material contents of the socks. Avoid socks made primarily from synthetic materials such as polyester as these will be hot and uncomfortable. To learn more about the different fibers used to make dress socks, read our article about the best materials for dress socks.

  • Buttery-soft cotton for extreme comfort
  • Reinforced heel and toe
  • Timeless 6x2 rib

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Best Dress Socks for Sweaty Feet

best dress socks for sweaty feet

While it may not be the most pleasant topic to discuss, many gentlemen suffer from sweaty feet and the materials in your dress socks will have a major impact on this ailment. So what are the best dress socks for sweaty feet?

Our experts selected these khaki cotton mid-calf dress socks as the best option to keep you cool. The cotton is lightweight and breathable to provide an airy, comfortable feeling across your skin. Using some of the world’s finest ELS (extra-long staple) cotton also ensures that moisture can be pulled away from the skin to evaporate and keep your sweaty feet dry – something lower quality cotton can’t do.

During hot weather when your feet are particularly warm, there’s a good chance you’re wearing khakis or chinos that will match perfectly with these khaki socks.

  • Lightweight and breathable
  • ELS cotton pulls sweat away from your skin
  • Khaki color is perfect for warm weather wear

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Best Warm Dress Socks for Winter

best warm dress socks for winter

If cold winters or a chilly office have you on the hunt for warm dress socks, look no further than these navy merino wool over the calf dress socks. Merino wool fibers contain natural crimps that in cold weather are able to retain body heat. Unlike most other fibers, merino wool also provides warmth when wet; even during cold weather your feet still sweat, making merino wool the best style of dress sock for winter.

Finally, our experts chose these as the warmest dress socks due to their knee high length – as the socks fully cover the calf, they provide greater coverage of your leg than shorter, mid-calf length socks. Be sure to check out our full collection of merino wool dress socks.

  • Warm merino wool blend
  • Navy color goes well with fall and winter men’s apparel
  • Reinforced heel and toe helps socks last longer

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Best Black Dress Socks

best black dress socks for men

Our team of hosiery experts picked these black cotton mid-calf socks as the best men’s black dress socks. The most impressive aspect of these socks is the quality of cotton that they are knit with: Made from arguably the highest quality cotton available, the socks are exceptionally soft, durable and colorfast.

An added perk of stocking your sock drawer with black dress socks is the simplification of your morning routine. Instead of rooting through your drawer searching for a matching pair of socks, a drawer full of black socks enables you to grab any two and go. And, since black goes with just about everything, you’re sure to look sharp.

  • Deep, rich black color
  • Incredibly soft texture for luxurious comfort
  • Made in the USA

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Best Fun Dress Socks

American flag dress socks paired with light brown tassel loafers

The best fun dress socks for men are undoubtedly these American flag merino wool dress socks. The navy background color makes them easy to pair with a wide variety of pants and shoes, allowing you to get plenty of use out of them.

Our team of hosiery experts added these to the list of the best dress socks because the small American flags strike the perfect balance between professionalism and personality. Too often “fun” dress socks end up looking incredibly tacky, something you want to avoid in any formal or professional environment. To learn more about the right way to add a pop to your hosiery, check out our article on five ways to style fun dress socks.

  • Soft, breathable merino wool blend
  • Linked toe for luxurious comfort
  • Proudly made in the USA

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Further Advice on Dress Socks

The team at Boardroom Socks has generations of expertise in the sock industry and we have written many helpful articles on our blog to share this knowledge. In your journey to find the best men’s dress socks, we highly recommend taking a quick look through the below guides:

If you need additional guidance, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team. We look forward to assisting you.

Nathan James
Nathan James

CEO, Boardroom Socks

Nathan is an eighth generation textile professional, passionate about producing quality hosiery right here in North Carolina. His favorite dress socks are our burgundy merino wool socks. You will also frequently find him wearing our no-show socks. Outside of the office he enjoys fishing, reading and exploring Charlotte with his wife, son and Golden Retriever.

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