World’s best socks
Are you looking to find the most exclusive hosiery available on the market? So were we – so look no further! This article is quite long (~10 minute read), so I advise you to go get a cup of coffee and take your time. I believe it’s worth it 🙂
A “hands-on” review of luxury business / dress socks for men.
Statement: there is no article like this on the web anywhere!
Italian world class hosiery!
English elegance since 1937.
German quality since 1895.
If it’s good enough for the Pope, it’s good enough for me!
Speaking of bright: Showing off these socks is literally like pulling a flash grenade.
One of the world’s most exclusive luxury brands.
I imagine this is how it feels, to go for a walk in the clouds..
Producing some of the world’s finest knitwear since 1784.
I bought two pairs. One from their “Omega” line made of Extra Fine Merino Wool costing €22 (top picture) and one from their Sigma line made of Sea Island Cotton costing €16 (bottom picture). Compared to the other brands on this list, the John Smedley design is a bit more conservative, but the fit and feel of the socks are great. For the price that I got them (they were on sale), they were a great offer indeed. Both pairs for €20 including shipping – hard to beat.
Let it be said though, that the quality of the sea island cotton and the design, does not match those of Pantherella. If they hadn’t been on sale, they would have been priced almost at the same level, but they are not quite on par with the Pantherella regarding quality, feel and look.
However, their Omega wool socks are super comfortable to wear, and they’re definitely elegant enough for the office or a night out. If you can get your hands on these at sale prices around €10, I promise you won’t regret it. I’m not too big a fan of the white color of the elastics, but overall the design is great and it’s definitely not the last pair I have bought.
For more than a century this Italian fabric and fashion giant has been manufacturing products, not only for their own customers, but also for some of the leading fashion brands in the world.
Last but definitely not least, Zegna is arguably the biggest producer of high quality fabrics, and one of the brands, that have played a big part in developing global fashion trends throughout history.
I bought a pair of plain over-the-calf brown cotton socks, and I must admit I was a bit sceptical, since €21 for a “long” pair of fil d’Écosse cotton socks from this brand is very reasonably priced. A bit more conservative regarding design compared to the Bresciani I tried, the quality and fit of the Zegna (for me feet and calves at least) is superb.
Even after washing they still look great and actually fit even better. Therefore I can without a doubt give these my best recommendations, and they have earned a fixed spot in my wardrobe for the years to come.
For those of you who wish to go completely nuts:
Vicuña socks with a pricetag of +€500.
I refrained myself from reviewing these, since I believe the product is more of a marketing stunt, than a product that any sane person would ever use.
Vicuña is currently (one of) the world’s most expensive type of fabrics. Made from the wool of the protected national animal of Peru, products made of Vicuña are presumably the softest you can get your hands on, due to extremely thin and smooth fibers.
If you believe these are the perfect socks for you, you can buy a pair of Mazarin vicuña socks at Mes Chaussettes Rouges for €520, or a pair from Falke for €860, which come in a nice wooden box with a certificate, trying to convince you, that you’ve got some bang for your buck. A true bargain!
Final words and a piece of advice.
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