The 5 Best Socks for Winter (and Stylish Shoes to Pair With Them)

A woman wearing brown snow boots and jeans in the snow.

Cold weather is officially here—whether we're ready or not—and to make sure you have the right attire to keep your toes warm, we've rounded up the five best socks for winter. From boot socks to no-shows, we also found the perfect shoes to go with each pair.

Tall white boot socks with a cable knit cuff and the Hunter logo on the front next to a pair of black hunter boots. photo

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The Best Boot Socks: Hunter Cable-Knit Cuff

Transform your classic Hunter rain boots into warm snow boots for the winter season with these tall cable-knit boot socks. They are made with ultra soft fleece that fits perfectly inside your boot and feature a knit cuff for a bit of flair. Slip the sock inserts inside these matte black boots with an adjustable back for a cozy, secure fit.

To Buy: Boot socks, $50; nordstrom.com
Rain boots, $160; zappos.com

Light micro socks in black/gray above a pair of gray/white nike tennis shoes. photo

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The Best for Running: SmartWool Outdoor Socks

Treat yourself—or your fitness friends—to these SmartWool socks this winter so you can enjoy running outdoors without your toes going numb from the cold. They're made from lightweight merino wool that regulates temperature without feeling chunky. We suggest wearing these socks with a pair of Nike Free Rn shoes. Not only will their neutral shade go with almost anything, they also feature a removable foam insole and are made with flexible material, giving them a natural feel.

To Buy: Wool running socks, $13 (usually $17); dickssportinggoods.com
Nike running shoes, $75; zappos.com

Liner socks in white with brown slip-on shoes. photo

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The Best for Work: HUE Air No-Show Socks

Thanks to these soft no-show socks you can comfortably wear your favorite dress shoes to work—even in the cold. This set of three pairs comes in black, gray, and white, and each sock features a cushioned sole. Wear them with these mahogany leather slip-ons by Madewell and they'll stay hidden under the lip of the shoe giving you a clean, professional look.

To Buy: No-show socks, $13 for three pairs; zappos.com
Leather loafers, $148; shopbop.com

Black, gray, and white Merino wool raag crew socks next to a black pair of hiking boots. photo

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The Best for Hiking: Merino Wool Socks

We've found the perfect combo you need to keep your feet warm on your next hike. Pair these merino wool crew socks with the Merrell Thermo Chill hiking boots for ultimate insulation and warmth. The socks provide an extra layer that allows your feet to breathe, while the shoes retain heat without absorbing bad odors thanks to M Select Warm and M Select Fresh technology.

To Buy: Wool crew socks, $10 (usually $13); eddiebauer.com
Hiking boots, $110; merrell.com

Light blue fuzzy socks with white cuffs and snowflakes on them. photo

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The Best for Relaxing: Cozy Cuff Slipper Socks

No winter sock roundup is complete without a pair of cozy cuff slippers. Take time to relax this holiday season and slip on these fuzzy socks with your favorite pj's to complete your snow-day ensemble. They're made with super soft material and feature a snowflake print to get you in the holiday spirit—no shoes required for these socks! At only $5 they make the perfect stocking stuffer, too.

To Buy: $5; target.com

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