Galiva Women's Cotton Extra Soft Ankle Cushion Socks
For a go-to ankle-height winter sock, look no further than the super soft cotton ones from Galiva. The pre-shrunk cotton is much lighter than wool socks, making them a perfect everyday sock during the winter. Extra cushioning at the toe and heel promises an extra-comfy step every time.
To buy: $16 for three pairs; amazon.com.
Thorlos Women's Moderate Padded Light Hiking Crew Sock
These extra-cushy hiking socks from Thorlos are engineered to reduce foot pain and blisters while keeping your feet dry during the day. While they run a little expensive for a single pair, they're incredibly warm, provide plenty of arch support, and will last for years without falling apart—making them well worth the investment.
To buy: $18; amazon.com.
Kirkland Signature Womens Trail Sock
These patterned wool socks from Costco house brand Kirkland are a great low-cost alternative to the more expensive hiking brands. The extra-fine (but machine washable!) merino wool will keep your feet toasty, and the tall height will warm your ankles and legs under boots or tucked under pants.
To buy: $27 for four pairs; amazon.com.
Darn Tough Vermont Hiker Boot Full Cushion Sock
These ultra-warm socks are made of a blend of merino wool, nylon, and lycra, to give you warmth and enough stretch to fit comfortably around your feet. These breathable and naturally antimicrobial socks come in five bright colors, including this Plum Heather pattern. Also available in a shorter height for when you're wearing sneakers or other ankle-height shoes.
To buy: $25; amazon.com.