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Best women's socks for warm and cosy toes

Boot season is upon us and we’re ready to update our sock drawers. Check out our pick of the best women’s socks for comfort, style, quality and warmth.

By Poppy O'Neill | Last updated Oct 7, 2021

Women's socks

The humble sock has come a long way. No more sweaty, blister-inducing cotton styles for discerning Mumsnetters: today’s socks are made from eco-friendly bamboo or high-tech merino blends. The best socks are made to feel comfortable as well as keep your feet fresh, whatever you get up to. Manufacturers opt for smooth, skin-friendly fabrics that wick moisture and minimise friction. 

Naturally, we haven’t forgotten about style. As the weather gets cooler, refreshing our sock collections is a must. Whether you’re a fan of hidden trainer socks or you enjoy a jaunty  flash of colour at your ankle, a new pair of socks really puts a spring in your step. 

We’ve rummaged through the Mumsnet Talk forums to find the socks that Mumsnetters really love wearing, and the brands they return to year after year. With recommendations for toasty slipper socks, performance enhancing sports styles and fail-safe, everyday socks, there’s something for every foot in our round-up. 

Here are the best women’s socks for 2021. 

1. Best overall women’s socks: Seasalt Bamboo Arty Socks

Seasalt bamboo socks

Price: £7 | Buy now from Seasalt

"OH and I were given Seasalt bamboo socks last Christmas. We love them. So comfortable and no more smelly, sweaty feet. All the other socks I have in the drawer are now redundant"

"Sea salt bamboo socks. I have many many many pairs and I cherish them dearly"

Much loved by Mumsnetters, Seasalt bamboo socks are our top of the socks. Super soft and available in a range of tasteful autumnal patterns and colour combos, they both look and feel amazing. 

Made of 78% bamboo, they’ll keep your feet just the right temperature and stay smooth and bobble-free wash after wash. We love this nautical themed style, and we’re pretty partial to Seasalt’s stripy sailor socks too. 

Key specs: 

Fabric: Bamboo, polyamide and elastane

Size range: one size fits 3-8

2. Best budget socks for women: Elle Ribbed Bamboo Socks (Pack of 3)

Elle ribbed socks

Price: £8 | Buy now from Amazon

For basic black socks, you can’t go wrong with this three pack from Elle. They’re made from bamboo and have a scalloped top for a really comfortable fit and no ribbed edge to leave marks on your calves. 

A Sock Shop brand, Elle make a huge selection of everyday socks at reasonable prices. You can never have too many plain black socks, and thanks to their high bamboo content, these ones are sustainable too. 

Key specs: 

Fabric: bamboo, polyester and elastane

Size range: one size fits 4-8

3. Best women’s socks for walking: Bridgedale HIKE 

Bridgedale women's socks

Price: From £9 | Buy now from Amazon

"Bridgedale are the only socks I buy. Expensive but worth it and they last years"

"Bridgedale, without a doubt the best. I have the light weight for day to day and summer and heavier for wearing with hiking boots in the winter"

"DH mocked until he tried them and now he won't wear anything else either"

Designed for women’s feet and featuring an adapted toe box and heel cup, some serious engineering has gone into these HIKE socks by Bridgedale. 

Gone are the days of ordinary socks slipping down your feet while wearing wellies, as these socks are guaranteed to stay up and keep your feet comfortable and blister-free, no matter how far you walk. The different patches are specially designed to provide the best comfort, support and temperature regulation your feet could wish for, leaving you free to adventure to your heart’s content. 

Key specs: 

Fabric: Merino wool, polyester, Nylon and LYCRA

Size range: 3-8.5 UK

4. Best women’s socks for running: Balega Hidden Comfort Socks

Balega women's socks

Price: £11 | Buy now from Amazon

"I discovered Balega Hidden Comfort socks and I now won’t wear any others. They’re the bees knees"

"Balega are easily, far and away, my favourite socks EVER"

Designed to be unslippable and keep your feet comfy, these Hidden Comfort running socks by Balega are a cult favourite.  

The deep heel pocket means they stay firmly up for the duration of your run, plus the seam-free toe and cushioned sole make them so comfortable you’ll forget you’re wearing them. Balegas also feature mesh panels to keep feet cool, but lack arch support and some reviewers find them too thick for warmer seasons. 

Key specs: 

Fabric: Polyester, polyamide and elastane

Size range: 3-8.5 UK

5. Best multipack socks for women: SockShop Bamboo 3-pack

The Sock shop women's socks

Price: £7 | Buy now from Amazon

90s favourite, the Sock Shop does a good line in multipacks. There are tons of designs for every taste - from bright and quirky to basic black. These socks come up large, so if you have smaller feet these might not be for you. 

We like this patterned bamboo three pack, at £6.99 they’re not just a bargain - the innovative honeycomb top means no marks from tight elastic on your legs. 

Key specs: 

Fabric: bamboo, polyester, polyamide and elastane

Size range: one size fits 4-8

6. Best slipper socks for women: Falke Cosyshoe

Falke cosyshoe socks

Price: £29 | Buy now from Amazon

"Very unstylish but keep your feet so warm - I have hypothyroid and my feet are always cold, I bought these a few weeks ago and they are the holy grail of slipper socks. Absolutely worth the price tag"

"A friend bought me a pair of Falke slippers. They're like tiny ankle boots but made of wool, with grippy soles. Totally gorgeous and warm. Don't need socks with them. I'm now a total convert to the slipper cause"

The love child of a felt slipper and a woolly sock, these oh-so-toasty Cosy Shoes by Falke are the stuff WFH dreams are made of.  

While Mumsnetters stress the Cosy Shoe’s lack of aesthetic appeal, this is more than made up for by their ability to keep feet warm in the depths of winter. Built for padding across the kitchen floor to make another cup of tea, they also have little grippy dots on the soles to stop you slipping over. 

Key specs: 

Fabric: wool and polyamide

Size range: 4-8 UK

7. Best boot socks for women: 1000 Mile Fusion Sock

1000 Fusion sock

Price: £11 | Buy now from Amazon

"Thousand mile fusion socks are what you need - the two layers mean they rub on each other, not you"

To keep your feet comfortable and safe inside your winter boots, check out these Fusion socks by 1000 Mile. Their double layer design means that if your boots rub, the layers of the sock rub against each other rather than the skin on your feet. It’s worth bearing in mind the two layers do make these socks thicker than average. Boasting arch bracing and padding all the way up the achilles tendon, they’ll take excellent care of your feet.  

Key specs: 

Fabric: Polyester

Size range: 3-8.5 UK

8. Best no-show socks for women: Muji Non-Slip Heel Thin Foot Covers

Muji no show socks

Price: £4 | Buy now from Muji

"Muji. They have a bit of rubber on the back heel but that stops them slipping, perfect"

"Muji! Great quality and nice colours"

Thanks to the discreet pair of rubber grips at the heel, these trainer socks from Muji are going nowhere. The size range is quite minimal for these socks, so if your feet are smaller than a 4 or larger than a 6.5 they won’t be a good fit. They’re really low cut at the front, so they’ll fit comfortably inside your shoes without cramping your style, and the cotton blend helps keep your feet cool and odour-free. 

Key specs: 

Fabric: Cotton, polyester, NYLON and elastane

Size range: 4.5-6.5 UK

9. Best bamboo socks for women: BAM Bamboo Roll Top Socks (4-Pack)

BAM bamboo socks

Price: £19 | Buy now from BAM

"I was given a pair of BAM roll tops socks once and they were lovely. Eventually wore out after a good few years, which reminds me I should order more!"

"BAM, socks are lovely. I too got a free pair and loved them so I bought a load. wouldn’t normally have paid so much for socks but knew they would be such a treat to wear"

Mumsnetters love BAM’s bamboo socks, and not just because of the company’s penchant for giving away freebies.BAM pride themselves on the quality of their socks as well as their environmental credentials - bamboo is one of the most sustainable fabrics around. Available in every colour combination you could possibly dream of, they’re soft, silky and great for those afflicted by sweaty feet. We love the reinforced toe and heel that make them last longer than your average sock, and they feel as fresh at the end of the day as when you put them on. 

Key specs: 

Fabric: Bamboo, polyamide and elastane

Size range: 4-7 UK

10. Best warm socks for women: Solmate Mismatched Recycled Cotton Socks

Solmate socks

Price: £19 | Buy now from Amazon

"Odd colours but really warm. Don't fall off my feet"

"Is it wrong to lust after a pair of solmate socks?"

Made from recycled cotton and polyester, Solmates are perfect for wearing around the house or with boots during the colder months. Another ethical brand, Solmates make their socks using sustainable materials and fairtrade practices. Famous for their quirky, mismatched designs, the socks are available in 18 different colourways, from tasteful and muted to bright and brash. They’re a bit of a marmite item, but love them or hate them, these are the best warm socks around. 

Key specs: 

Fabric: Cotton, polyester, polyamide and elastane

Size range: 4-11 UK


How to buy the best socks 

It’s best to have a good range of socks in your sock drawer to suit different shoes, outfits and activities. Aim for plenty of dependable everyday socks, plus extra cosy ones for winter and specialist socks if you’re into hiking, running or sports. Go for a trusted brand as socks need strong seams and good quality fabrics to withstand being worn all day. 

What’s the best material for socks?

Bamboo - it’s eco friendly, breathable and soft. Socks made from a bamboo blend will keep your feet warm in winter and cool in summer. 

What are the best women’s socks to buy? 

Seasalt’s bamboo arty socks are our pick for the best women’s socks - we chose them for their soft seams and gorgeous patterns. 

How we chose our recommendations 

Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation from a real parent, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which women’s socks discerning Mumsnet users had bought for themselves. We compiled a list of the socks they recommended for being comfortable and durable.

We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which socks had won accolades or been featured in ‘best buy’ lists across websites and print media, and what customer reviews said about them.

Having collated all that information, we picked the socks we thought would make the best buys.

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