As the weather gets colder and we look for fun activities to participate in outside, it’s not unusual to want to shift our footwear choices from easy, breezy open-toed styles like flip-flops to toasty, comfy, full-coverage options like lace-front boots. If you’re ready to level up your fall and winter style this year, have no fear, the sock fairies are here!
Our team lives for opportunities to help you find the best socks to keep feet warm during the cozy season, and while we’re all for experimenting with personal style, we also understand you might be looking for a little bit of direction to guide your seasonal shopping. If that’s the case, read on for some recommendations for what to keep in mind when searching for what socks to wear with boots.
While the choice is ultimately always up to you, we do recommend you put on at least *something* between your bare feet and your boots! Having a pair of socks underneath your boots helps to keep your feet from rubbing against your shoes, which could lead to stinky sweat and even painful friction blisters.Fun Knee High Socks Keep Your Feet Warm and Allow You to Show Off Your Style
When it comes to the amount of coverage you pick, it totally depends on how tall your boots are and whether or not you want your socks to peek out on top. While no-shows and ankle socks make great options for other types of shoes, crew and knee high lengths will typically provide you with the most full-coverage lining inside your boots.
- When paired with lower-cute boots and booties, fun knee high socks give you the chance to show off your distinct style. For days in the fall when it’s not completely bitterly cold yet, you could even wear this pairing with shorts or a skirt. If you’re dealing with a really tall pair of boots, these are one of the best choices to make sure you’re fully covered under there.
- Fun crew socks offer full coverage for booties and booties that hit at mid-calf or shorter. Let the prints stick out from underneath if you’d like to make a statement, or pick a pair that tucks perfectly below your boots if you want to keep your look more subtle. Both are great ways to wear them!
If you want to stay toasty warm in your boots on a cold winter day, it’s helpful to think about not only how long your socks are, but also what material they’re made of! Fashion technology has evolved so much over the past few decades, and it’s cool to see how manufacturers are experimenting with different fiber blends in order to create the best socks for all sorts of circumstances. All this testing is leading to awesome mashups that people years ago may not have thought were possible.
Depending on what purpose your socks serve, you might choose socks with different types of fiber blends. When you’re trying to keep warm, we recommend a blend of synthetic and cotton fibers, as well as heat-trapping wool.
Cotton/Synthetic Blends: Cotton/synthetic blends can help you stay warm, while wicking moisture away from your feet. Cotton is a soft, breathable natural material, but it does like water so it can have a tendency to make your feet soggy with sweat if they’re encased in a thick, waterproof pair of boots. By blending in performance materials, you can combine the coziness of cotton with the moisture-wicking and stretch properties of synthetic fibers so you don’t feel like your feet are freezing into icicles underneath your snow boots!
Wool Socks: If you’ve ever had the experience of snuggling up in a cozy wool sweater, you know why this material is on the list. Wool not only traps heat, but it can also stay warm when it’s wet, which isn’t the case with most other fibers. To keep from squishing around in cold boots all day, 100 percent wool socks, including cashmere, can keep you cozy and toasty even if a bit of snow accidentally finds its way inside your winter boots. Check out all of our luxury wool and cashmere socks.
comfort is (always) key
We sock fairies say this all the time, but only because it’s true: Comfort is the most important factor in any fashion decision you make! Whether you’re wondering what socks to wear with boots or picking out other accessories for your outfits, what matters more than anything else is that you feel comfortable and confident in your choices.