If you are prone to getting cold feet in the winter, you’ll appreciate the warmth of a sock made with premium wool. If you venture outdoors, the extra warmth will allow you to be comfortable even while hiking in the snow.
The warmest wools are: qiviut (musk ox down), yak wool and bison wool.
Merino and alpaca wool are also very warm fibers. See my previous article for a closer examination of these wools.
Listed below are the warmest socks I’ve tested:
Warmest Boot/Hiking Socks
- 90% Bison Wool Boot Socks by Buffalo Wool Company — highest percentage of bison wool in a boot sock — $54
- Wayfarer Sock by Khunu — 56% yak wool, 34.5% nylon, 9.5% Elastane — £22 ($28 USD)
- 78% Alpaca Socks by Williamston Alpaca — 78% Alpaca, 20% Nylon, 2% Lycra — made in the USA — $22
Warmest Crew Socks
- 100% Qiviut Socks by Qiviuk — musk ox wool is the warmest and softest fiber in the world — if you have the budget I highly recommend — $99
- 50% Bison and 50% Merino Crew Socks by Buffalo Wool Company — a very warm sock and with full terry loop knitting — $42
- Fox River Trailhead Heavyweight Crew Sock — 77% merino wool — $17
- 35% Qiviut & 40% Merino Blend Socks — $160
- Bison and Silk Blend Socks by Fox River –36% bison wool, 36% silk, 26% nylon, 2% spandex — ultralight and very warm — will start to wear after a year or two —
$43not available currently
- 100% Cashmere Socks by Lona Scott – very soft and warm — made in Scotland – $40
- 100% Yak Wool Sock by NoosConcept — $31 USD
- 100% Alpaca Socks by Gamboa — $25.50