The worker is only as good as his tools. While this is not entirely true, we workers sometimes do feel limited because of what we use or wear to work. For some seriously hardworking men involved in construction or other physically demanding tasks, wearing the right work socks could spell the difference in their productivity level for the day.

IMPORTANCE OF WEARING SOCKS

These pairs of essentials may play some thankless role in our daily lives, but we do take many benefits of wearing socks for granted.

  • COMFORT

If you have worn a pair of socks in your whole life, you know socks were made exactly for this purpose. Socks make us comfortable while we work, which in turn make us more productive, alert and responsive.  A discomfited worker, after all, is rarely a productive one.

  • PROTECTION

Aside from giving us comfort, socks also create an extra layer of protection from accidents and harmful elements in the surroundings. If you work in a construction project or a factory, then wearing the proper gear will keep you safe as well as comfortable.

  • HYGIENE

Men are known to experience more profuse sweating than women. This is especially true for those who have to keep their feet in work boots all day. When the moisture is not controlled, sweat can lead to odor build-up, which is difficult to get rid of when you have a hectic day to finish. Many socks help to soak up sweat and dry it quickly to keep your feet dry and clean.

SOCK FEATURES TO CONSIDER

COMFORT

Shoes were designed to protect the feet from harsh environments and terrain, but not to keep the feet comfortable while it is safe and secure. We rely on socks, these pathetically taken for granted pair of essentials, for that extra layer of comfort that helps us stay functional during the work day.Most socks are mechanically woven from soft fabrics with varying thickness, providing different levels of comfort.

Socks that have additional paddings for the heels and balls are more pleasant to wear in general. Without padded socks, a job that requires a substantial amount of leg movement could be pretty arduous, especially when you are wearing tough steel toe boots and have to stay under the heat of the sun. Make sure though that the extra paddings do not make the shoes feel too tight when you wear them over the padded socks.

Other socks are designed to provide better arch support. These often come with tighter and denser weaves in the arch to enhance its support. This simple feature can help avoid arch pairs or even severe heel pains caused by plantar fasciitis. Work boots mostly have reliable arch support integrated in their design, but socks with arch support provide additional comfort to your feet on taxing days.

FIT

Just like any other piece of essential garment, your socks need not be fancy but should fit you just right. Socks come in different heights, which all serve different purposes but also really matters more based on personal preferences. Work boot socks serve as extra protection from your boots’ abrasive collar, so taking a pair that is a tad longer than your mid-calf or high-cut working footwear.

Aside from sock height, the foot length also needs to be just the right fit. The heel to toe length is crucial and should fit just right over your foot with the arch for the ball and toes fitting snugly and comfortably. Knowing your sock size can save you a good deal of time trying to find the right pair. There is a standard chart available on the internet and in shoe stores to help you find your size, which is a simple matching solution as long as you know your shoe size.

MATERIAL

The type of fabric used for your work socks is important in keeping your feet dry, comfortable and warm. Counterintuitively, cotton is not the best material to use when you want maximum comfort, especially when you work long hours doing active jobs. The cotton absorbs moisture quickly and dries slowly, making your feet feel damp and blistered over time.

Wool and certain types of synthetic fibers like Lycra, nylon and spandex are more effective in wicking away moisture and keeping your feet dry and protected. Some work sock materials also have special features that retain better shape in the long run, protect from blisters and fight off odor with anti-bacterial components.

Here is a less comprehensive list of the top 10 work boot sock choices that you can pick from for your next trustworthy pair of working socks – or a dozen pairs of them.

TOP 10 BEST WORK BOOT SOCKS – COMPLETE CHART

  1. CARHARTT MEN’S 6 PACK ALL SEASON- ALL TERRAIN CREW SOCK

On top of the list is Carhartt Men’s 6 Pack All Season- All Terrain Crew Sock, one of the most comfortable pair of socks you could ever wear times 6 since it comes as a convenient 6-pack.

COMFORT

For workers who have to suffer their feet in pairs of hardy work boots, having a pair of clean comfortable socks to put on daily is a top-most priority.Carhartt’s  All Season – All Terrain Crew Sock has features designed exactly for this purpose.

For instance, the sock’s linking and high heel  flap employ the label’s Friction-free Nanoglide technology, which gently yet firmly reinforces the arches of your feet and the base of your toes. This also increases the sock’s durability while reducing blister-causing friction.

In addition, it has mesh cooling panels and instep channels that promote airflow so that your feet could breathe. And lastly, the sock’s different components are engineered to transport the moisture of sweat away from your skin to leave you feeling fresh and dry all day.

FIT

Carhartt’s All Season-All Terrain Crew Socks is especially designed to fit snugly over different types of feet. The leg comes up to as high as 12 inches, and is kept up neatly in place by an elasticized cuff that helps hug the leg easily yet firmly. If you are wearing mid-calf to full-length boots, this 12 inches of protection will keep your legs from getting raw cuts and bruises from your footwear’s tough collar.

The design of the crew sock includes a well-reinforced arch that provides extra protection to that crucial part of the leg.

MATERIAL

This crew sock is crafted from an amalgamation of light yet durable fibers. 43% is made of polyester, which is long-lasting, quick-drying and mildew and abrasion-resistant. 35% of the sock is acrylic, which is a soft and warm wooly fabric often used as cotton substitute.  A layer of genuine wool makes the sock even softer, while traces of nylon and spandex makes the sock fit comfortably snug around your feet.

Overall, this is quite a reliable working sock which will help you stay comfortable and dry throughout the day. The only small drawback is the sock’s thick build which may make your work boots a little too tight when there is not enough allowance based on your size. Though the additional bulk is often negligible it is still best to try out these socks with your shoes to see if the two are truly a comfortable combination considering the size.

PROS

  • Heat transport technology to keep you dry and fresh
  • Braced arches for added support
  • Nano-glide technology that increases durability and reduces friction
  • 12-inches leg height to provide full boots protection
  • Durable premium materials that are light, warm and soft.
  • Comes in pack of 6 pairs

CONS

  • Only available in dark grey color
  • A little bulkier than other stocks
  1. DICKIES MEN’S DRITECH WORK CREW SOCKS (PACK OF 6)

Dickies is a label renowned for providing premium apparel and accessories with highly functional designs and comfortable fit. This 6-pack of Men’s Dri-Tech Work Crew Socks is not an exemption.

COMFORT

Like the Carhartt pack, this Dickies crew sock is designed to keep you comfortable in your work boot the whole week through. The pack also uses Dickies’ moisture management technology that uses moisture wicking fibers so that your feet stay dry no matter what weather or season of the year.

The sock’s design also has a ventilated breathing channel that circulates air around your feet which evaporates moisture faster and keeps your feet feeling cool.

The toes and heels are reinforced and the full length of the sole is covered in soft spongy cushion to help take the pressure off your sole, toes and heels.

FIT

The full-length crew sock is about 12 inches long, which is sufficient for most high-cut work boots. It has wide comfortable bands under the elastic cuff that stretches or shrinks depending on the contours of your leg.

As much as it is about comfort, the Dickies Dritech work sock is pretty big on reinforcement This is one of its best features. Aside from the fitted leg, the crew sock also comes with an arch compression band that hugs the flat of your feet to keep them reinforced throughout the long workdays. The heel and toes are reinforced, so is the whole area under the sole.

MATERIALS

Dickies achieves this excellent fit and comfortable design using premium materials. Specifically, it is 75% cotton, 19% polyester, 5% nylon and 1% Lycra spandex. The spandex and nylon create the extra thick linings that make the sock more durable and shaped.

The cotton and polyester fibers make the sock warm and comfortable, although cotton is not the best in keeping moisture at bay. The crew socks still do tend to feel  a little damp especially after a long exhausting day, though not as bad as other non-wool socks that do not have an effective ventilation channel.

The upside of cotton crew socks is they have significantly less bulk than wool socks, so they are easy to pair with your work boots no matter your size.

PROS

  • With ventilated breathing channel
  • Has moisture control fibers
  • Full cushion sole with reinforced heel and toes
  • Durable premium materials
  • Arch compression for sufficient support
  • Wide comfort band across the leg
  • Less bulky design

CONS

  • Cotton tend to absorb moisture more and may result in damp feeling or odor when user is prone to profuse sweating
  1. FOX RIVER MILITARY WICK DRY MAXIMUM MID CALF BOOT SOCK

Fox River Military Wick Dry Maximum Mid-Calf Boot Sock may just be one of the best military socks out in the market. And if it’s good for military use, it most certainly is great for daily work use.

COMFORT

The boot sock uses a micropolymersilane technology that helps the sock stay in shape, avoid bunching up and reduces odor. This means the sock stays in its tip top shape longer and remains comfortable to use even after multiple washes.

The soft fabric and extra cushioning also helps keep your feet from blistering especially when you are breaking in a new pair of work boots. If you have to wear protective steel toes or work boots with tough and heavy leathery material, the added layer of soft lining makes sure your feet are protected from the inside as well.

Like Dickies and Carhartt, Fox River uses its own technology to reduce moisture build up, reduce friction and hotspots and avoid the development of blisters.

FIT

The deal breaker for many socks is getting the right fit and staying well-fitted over time. Most socks fail in this aspect, but not this one from Fox River. This full-length crew sock has a memory knit compression feature that creates a long-term personalized fit depending on the unique contours of the user’s limbs.

Along with a shaped rib top and spandex compression zone, this system ensures your socks fit you better the more you use it.

MATERIAL

The sock uses quick-dry natural and man-made fibers such as polypropylene, nylon and spandex that combine to make a durable, breathable and ultra-dry protective wear for your feet. These fibers are also embedded with silver and copper to reduce the occurrence of odor and prolong the sock’s useful life even under extreme conditions.

These comfortable to wear and easy to wash socks are also backed by Fox River’s standard of excellence and a one-year quality warranty as the label’s way of ensuring you get the most value out of this unique military boot sock.

PROS

  • With micropolymeresilane technology for reduced odor and added comfort
  • With memory knit compression for personalized fit
  • Additional sole cushion plus arch and toes reinforcement
  • Moisture management feature that reduces hotspots, friction and blisters
  • Contoured rib top and spandex compression zone for longer lasting fit and less bunching
  • With one-year defect warranty

CONS

  • May go through shrinkage on first wash and lose about half an inch in its length which is quite negligible and does not really affect any other aspect of its quality or functionality

4.FOX RIVER STEEL-TOE MID-CALF BOOT WORK SOCK,SET OF 2 PAIRS

Also from Fox River is this specialized Steel Toe Mid-Calf Work Boot Sock. It has the comfort and functionality of Fox River’s Military Sock plus better protection for your toes. It does have a few other setbacks because of its special purpose

COMFORT

When it comes to comfort for steel toe work boots, this mid-calf sock from Fox River does an excellent job. The sock is heavier than most but gives an additional layer of cozy cushioning for your feet especially in the zone around your toes. This does mean that the sock is extra soft and comfortable although a little bulkier than the regular work socks.

This may be a little discouraging for workers who use regular work boots. Steel toe boots on the other hand often take the bulk into account and are consequently slightly larger than most boots. The bulk can also be a little too hot in humid areas but you are more likely to appreciate the comfort it brings when you have to wear your steel toe boots to work every day.

FIT

Despite the added weight, this Mid-calf boot sock has a pretty comfortable men’s fit. The toes are snug inside the seams while the heel and arch have the essential support from the sock’s studied contours.

The leg has a breathable compression zone under the elastic cuff, which balances with the thickly woven foot section of the sock and reduces the unnecessary stuffy feeling where the extra thickness is not needed.

MATERIAL

This machine washable, sturdy and comfortable sock has 44% acrylic, 36% wool, and 19% nylon. These materials have soft texture yet low moisture absorption so they are perfect for keeping moisture and odor at bay.

The sock is made of premiumfibers machine-knitted with precision and high quality standards so there is no question on durability. Your pair can withstand months of rough daily use and multiple machine washes without getting thread bare or loose around the arches and cuffs.

PROS

  • Excellent toe protection for steel toe work boots
  • Soft and comfortable with extra layer of cushion
  • Breathable compression zone
  • Durable make
  • Premium material effectively keeps away moisture and odor

CONS

  • Bulky and may be too hot under humid conditions
  1. CARHARTT MEN’S 3 PACK FORCE PERFORMANCE WORK CREW SOCK

Classic essentials are the topmost priority for this 3-Pack Men’s Force Performance Work Crew Socks by Carhartt. Without too much big words, this crew sock proves how valuable excellently delivered fundamentals are.

COMFORT

The Carhartt Men’s Form Performance Work Crew Sock uses the label’s Fastdry technology to wick away sweat. It also has built in mesh panels along the sides to keep your feet cool and fresh even while you take on an active work day.

The crew sock also has built-in arch support that provides additional comfort and security for your feet while keeping you free to do a whole range of motions.

And if you are one who often does overtime work while on your feet, it is an added security to know that your socks don’t dig deep into your skin the longer you put it on. It is also much lighter than most socks so you don’t even have to think about the pair you have on until you get home and get ready to call it a day.

FIT

This particular sock comes up to about 10 inches up your legs, which is not as high as other socks in the list, but is high enough to provide full coverage for high-cut and mid-calf work boots. It also has excellent ankle brace and arch support to keep it snug around your feet without any strain.

The heels and toes are sufficiently padded so they don’t wear out fast nor lose their shape from multiple wash and wear. These are not made for steel-toes but have enough just enough cushion to keep you comfortable even with heavier steel-toe work boots.

MATERIAL

The sock is 98% polyester and 2% spandex, which means that it is cool and light yet sturdy, elastic, and cosy. Since it does not use wool, the sock is significantly lighter although it provides a similar level of comfort as cotton or wool socks. Polyester and plastic also trap less moisture so your skin does not feel too damp inside your work boots by the end of your work day.

While the fibers are conventional for socks and the features are basic, the way Carhartt put this sock together is a well-balanced approach for the practical working guy who essentially likes to keep things comfortable, functional, and long lasting.

PROS

  • Fastdry technology wicks away sweat and prevents odor
  • Reinforced arch and heel, padded toes
  • Polyester and spandex considerably lighter and cooler

CONS

  • Comes as high as mid-calf but may feel a little tight despite the elasticity
  1. DICKIES MEN’S 4 PACK ALL SEASON MARLED MOISTURE CONTROL CREW SOCKS

Profusely sweaty feet are more common than normal people would like to admit. Though the condition tends to lead to more problems like developing odor or blisters, special socks like the All Season Marled Moisture Control Crew Socks by Dickies can help you manage this condition.

COMFORT

As the name suggests, the All Season Marled Moisture Control Crew Sock effectively controls moisture build-up and wicks away sweat to keep you feeling dry and warm all day long. This is especially great for construction work or other exertive jobs that keep you actively on your feet every day.

If you also have to work in the cold, this All Season sock keeps your feet warm enough under your boots, although you may have to double up layers or get warmer boots under extremely low environments. Still, it does an excellent job in keeping your feet dry and cozy under tolerably rough working conditions.

FIT

Like many things Dickies, there may be a little confusion on the sizing if you are not familiar with the fact that Dickies sizes are a tad bigger than most labels. You may have to check out their size chart first to make sure you are getting just the right one to fit on your feet and in your shoes.

Though having a little extra length will not cause too much problem aside from getting them bunched up around your toes, getting the socks that fit your feet perfectly well can make a lot of difference when you are trying to get your work done efficiently.

MATERIAL

The sock is made up of 66% polyester and 30% cotton, which combines into a soft and comfortable fabric that keeps you cool enough in more humid environments and warm enough in colder ones.  The rayon, rubber and spandex that make up 4%of the sock keep its form firm, elastic and more durable to last through daily wear and tear. The pairs are done in classic-looking marled knits motif using muted tones for both aesthetic and practical purposes.

PROS

  • Effective moisture management design that wicks away sweat and moisture
  • Keeps feet dry and prevents odor build-up
  • Light and cool made from polyester and cotton
  • Enhanced with rubber, rayon and spandex for firm and flexible fit

CONS

  • Dickies sizes may be a little larger than standard sizes. Consult the label’s size chart before purchase
  1. MIRMARU MEN’S 5 PAIRS MULTI PERFORMANCE OUTDOOR SPORTS HIKING TREKKING CREW SOCKS

For the active ones who need socks that endure the intensity of outdoor activities, the Multi-Performance Outdoor Crew Socks by Mirmaru is designed especially with them in mind.

COMFORT

By design, the Mirmaru Multi Performance Outdoor Crew Socks is perfect for highly active outdoor activities such as trekking, back packing, camping and working out of doors.

Since it is a hiking sock, it is not really bulky but is still on the thicker side. Nonetheless, it does a really good job at ventilating your feet so you don’t really have to mind how dense it is. Also the added cushion keeps your feet comfortable even while wearing boots all day.

FIT

The sock provides gentle support on the arch, ankle and heels with reinforced contours and compression zones to makes sure that the sock clings firmly around your feet while you are in action. The underfoot is also padded with additional cushioning which makes your feet feel more comfortable and relaxed. The extra protection even manages moisture and helps avoid painful blisters and shear.

The height of the sock reaches up to mid-calf, which is long enough to keep your lower legs comfortable in standard working boots. The cuff does not cling on too tightly but the entire leg has elastic ridges that keep the sock up rather well even after 8-10 hours of use.

MATERIAL

The cushiony feel of the Mirmaru Multi Performance Outdoor Crew Socks comes from its combed cotton blended construction. The sock uses 55% premium combed cotton combined with 40% polyester to create a soft and cushiony texture. The sock is also fortified with traces of rubber and spandex to ensure that it stays elastic and in good shape even after multiple wash and wear. The combination of these fibers makes the comfortable, strong and durable outdoor socks from Mirmaru.

The socks are also very well made, which is instantly evident once you examine the fine texture and sturdy seams. Even after washing, the fuzz from the inside layer is noticeably minimal since it does not use wool.Mirmaru socks even come with a 60-day money back guarantee to ensure that you are completely satisfied with your purchase.

PROS

  • Well-ventilated to keep your feet cool and dry
  • Added cushion for greater comfort
  • Suitable for outdoor action
  • Made from combed cotton and polyester enhanced with rubber and spanex
  • Reaches up to mid-calf and comfortable under standard size high-cut work boots

CONS

  • Thick material may make boot feel too tight
  1. FRUIT OF THE LOOM MEN’S 6 PACK HEAVY DUTY REINFORCED CREW SOCKS

Hardworking men need equally hardworking socks to keep up with the continuous grind day in and day out. Fruit of the Loom understands this need, and designed the Heavy Duty Reinforced Crew Socks for exactly that reason.

COMFORT

The heavy duty sock decks out a classic look with specially reinforced heel and toes. Comfortable and reliably sturdy, it is the kind of sock you would want to wear every day – which makes this six-pack deal an awesome idea.

The cotton sock is also enhanced with Lycra spandex to retain its shape and gently reinforce the natural contours of your feet. This helps keep the mid-calf leg from riding down and bunching at your ankles.  The heel and toes retain their form and cushion even through many washes, so  your feet stay comfortable and supported.

The fibers also contain anti-microbial properties that control the moisture and keep away odor, so you do not have to worry about stinky feet or socks that you have to constantly get rid off.

FIT

Aside from keeping the socks durable, the knitted spandex helps maintain the form and durability so that the socks fit comfortably over your feet. The compressed fabric traces the unique curves of your feet and remembers them so that wearing them just gets more comfortable over time.

The leg has elastic ridges and soft non-ravel top that keep a balanced fit around your calves, so that the whole length of the sock stays up your leg even with a cuff that does not dig into your skin overtime.

MATERIAL

Fruit of the Loom’s heavy duty crew socks are made from 76% cotton and 22% polyester, so they areevenly cushioned and comfortable. The Lycra spandex adds a layer of durability and flexibility to ensure that the comfortable socks stay well-fitted over time.

The reinforced bottom and toes keep holes from infesting your pairs before you even have had good use of them. This sock goes way beyond a year before showing signs of thinning out, which may not be the best record when it comes to sock durability. But really, the way most socks are made these days, they almost feel disposable after the first or second wash. So going a year before fraying out is pretty much outstanding, considering the rough days it has to regularly withstand as a work boot sock.

PROS

  • Cotton and polyester fibers for soft and comfortable wear
  • Enhanced with Lycra spandex to retain support and form
  • Enhanced durability
  • Anti-microbial features to keep avoid odor
  • Non-ravel top that holds up socks without leaving skin marks

CONS

  • Heavy and may feel a little bulky
  • Needs roomy enough work boots or feet may feel cramped or tight
  1. HI-TEC MEN’S CUSHION BOOT SOCKS FOR HIKING, WORK, OR COWBOY BOOTS (PACK OF 2 PAIRS)

Hi-Tec’s Cushion Boot Socks for Men is another good ole classic pair that comes handy for frequent hikers, cowboys, and serious workers.

COMFORT

This boot sock comes with the essential full cushion to keep your sole, heels and toes comfortable and dry all day. Its combination of premium fibers provides bettershock absorption and insulation for your feet and legs so you can keep going in any weather condition. The cushion ensures you are protected and your limbs get the support you need to stay alert and productive in your job.

The smooth toe seam lessens the friction and abrasion against your toes during constant motion and so also prevents blisters from forming. This is especially helpful when you have to wear hardy work boots or steel toes every day.

FIT

This hardy boot socks by Hi-Tec comes with compressed arches to help alleviate foot fatigue and increase the support for your arches and heels. The compression also helps to keep the sock in place and hug your feet for a more pleasant fit.

The heels and toes are reinforced with spandex, nylon and acrylic for a thicker and more durable cushion which protects not only your feet from blisters but also your socks from showing premature signs of wear and tear.

MATERIAL

This boot sock is made primarily of polyester and acrylic, a little wool and traces of spandex and nylon. Polyester and wool are great substitutes for cotton, which is comfortable to wear but often invites odor build-up. The combination of polyester, acrylic and wool creates a warm and soft fabric that circulates air around your feet but wicks away moisture and minimizes odor. The spandex and nylon reinforce the heel, toes, arch and sole for a long-lasting pleasant fit.

The sock is made with a pretty stable design that stays firm over your feet and around your legs, giving you maximum comfort and support under intense action and weather.

PROS

  • Thick cushion protects from blisters, absorbs shock, and insulates from cold temperature
  • Reinforced heel, arch, toes and sole for better comfort and durability
  • Cotton-free fabric wicks away moisture and minimizes odor
  • Durable premium material

CONS

  • Thicker and a little bulkier than regular socks
  • Less comfortable in hot and humid environments
  1. TIMBERLAND PRO MEN’S 3 PACK REINFORCED HEEL TOE WORK CREW SOCK

Timberland’s Pro Men’s 3 Pack Reinforced Heel Toe Work Crew Socks is designed for someone who is looking for a comfortable pair of working socks that effectively wicks away moisture and stays comfortable for whole day use.

COMFORT

 

One of the great points about polyester socks is that they make great cushion without the additional bulk of wool or the tendency to trap in moisture like cotton. The result is a relatively lightweight boot sock which wicks away sweat effectively and feels very comfortable even in warm weather. This feature makes Timberlands’ crew sock an excellent choice for hikers or men who work in high temperature environments.

While it is lighter than most boot socks, tt is, nevertheless, a well- reinforced sock. Its heels and toes are dense and feel comfortably firm even after multiple washes. It also has a padded footbed for all day comfort as well as arch support to minimize tension and promote proper circulation.

FIT

The primary concern for a 100% polyester sock is its fit, since there is no spandex or nylon to keep it in tight fit. Most users, however, actually do not have a problem with the fit. The leg and cuff cling well and stay in place, and the foot itself does not bunch up as long as you get the correct size for your shoes and feet.

MATERIAL

Polyester is great for warm and sturdy socks that keep moisture out. A word of caution though, it is not cotton or wool, so there is a limit to the comfort and softness that polyester can provide. So if you are looking for something that feels more naturally soft and smooth, this synthetic sock may not be the best choice for you.

Having said that, polyester is quite strong and durable. It just has a little tendency to feel rough or scratchy when not properly washed or dried. Nonetheless, it is quite reliable as a cushion since it does not wear out easily.

While you certainly can find other socks with softer cushions or warmer feel, this polyester sock does a stellar job at wicking away moisture, which is a major consideration when you have to wear work boots or steel toe boots for the most part of the day every day.

PROS

  • 100% polyester sock
  • light and wicks away moisture suitable for warmer weather
  • Reinforced heel and toes for longer lasting wear
  • Padded sole for greater support
  • Compressed arch for better fit
  • Durable material

CONS

  • Not as soft as wool or cotton
Ryan Cooper

Ryan Cooper

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