The Ultimate Guide to Sock Shopping

Chris Gill July 09, 2020
The Ultimate Guide to Sock Shopping

Not sure where to start when it comes to shopping for socks? Our guide has got your feet covered while keeping your carbon footprint low. 

Choosing the right style of socks is no easy task. With so many designs, fabrics and colours, it can be hard to know where to start. We make it easy for you with our ultimate socks guide, following on from our underwear guides for women and men.

From everyday business socks to chunky bed socks, we round up all the styles you need in your drawer to treat your feet to complete comfort. And, we break down why bamboo is the best fabric for women’s and men’s socks that are both soft and sustainable.

Choosing the right style of socks

Choosing the right style of socks

It would be a mistake to think that socks are simply an afterthought to your wardrobe. The pair you wear to work will be different from the pair you wear to the gym, for instance. Here’s a breakdown of the different designs of high-quality socks you need in your drawer.

Everyday socks

Everyone needs a selection of socks that they can wear any day of the week. Whether it’s to a business meeting or a catch up with friends, classic lightweight socks in basic colours are essential. Our Women’s Everyday Socks and Men’s Business Socks make the perfect addition to your Monday to Friday repertoire.

Active sports socks

Active Sports Socks

Hitting the gym before or after work? You’ll want to ensure you pack a breathable and absorbent pair of athletic socks. Our Active Sports Socks for women and men are ideal for working up a sweat. Or, if you’d rather go incognito, look no further than our Invisible Active Sports Socks for women and men.

Low-cut socks

The design to choose if you prefer a fraction of sock peeking out of your sneakers, low-cut socks are also great to wear hidden beneath ankle boots. Our Low Cut Socks for women and men feature a gel grip at the heel to help keep the sock in place inside your footwear and sit right on your ankle so there’s just a touch of sock on show. 

Hidden socks

Hidden Socks

Even more discreet than low-cut socks, the no-show design of hidden socks guarantees your socks stay out of sight in your sneakers. Sitting right on the kick of your foot and cut low at the ankle, our Hidden Socks for women and men belong in your sock drawer. If you’re after even more invisibility, our Women’s Low Hidden Socks hide inside ballet flats and lowers, keeping you comfy in secret.

Thick socks

Thick socks

When the temperatures drop, you’ll want a pair of socks that are a little less lightweight. Ideal for wearing in work or hiking boots, a thick pair of socks will keep your feet warm and protected. Our Women’s Crew Boot Socks and Men’s Work / Boot Socks are chunky enough to provide maximum comfort beneath heavyweight footwear. They can also be worn around the house and even to bed.

Bed socks

Last but not least, you’ll want a chunky pair of bed socks in your drawer. Perfect for slipping on and kicking back at home, bed socks are their best when super-soft, comfy and cosy. Our Women’s Chunky Bed Socks have all these benefits and more. But beware, they’re so popular they’re rarely in stock! 

Guys, you’ll have to double up your Work / Boot Socks for now. Just make sure you wear them on different nights to when you’ve worn them in the day!

Why bamboo fabric is perfect for socks

Why bamboo?

Now you know what styles you need to add to your drawer, the next thing you’ll want to consider is the fabric of your socks. Here at Boody, we believe that our signature organically-grown bamboo material is the best choice. Here’s a few reasons why.

It’s comfy

Anyone who has tried our everyday essentials will know they are silky-soft and ultra-comfortable. This makes bamboo the perfect fabric for socks. Cosy in winter and cool in summer, the thermoregulating properties of bamboo socks makes them ideal for year-round wear. 

Finally, a neutral charge prevents static build-up, meaning your socks won’t cling. Let’s face it, no one likes clinginess.

It’s healthy

Bamboo contains an antibacterial and antifungal bio-agent. This is retained through the process of fabrication and after washing several times. This property also makes our socks odour-resistant. Which, anyone who is on their feet all day will know is essential!

The structure of the bamboo fibres contains micro-gaps, which provides ventilation and pulls moisture away from the body. This allows the skin to breathe – another attribute our socks benefit greatly from. Sensitive skin? Our bamboo fabric is hypoallergenic, making our socks particularly suitable for eczema sufferers and those with extra sensitive skin.

It’s eco-friendly

Last but in no ways least, our beloved bamboo material is sustainable, making it the better choice for the planet. Organically grown without pesticides, insecticides or fertilisers, the bamboo carps harvested to create our yarns are also grown without artificial irrigation and improve air quality.

We are also huge advocates for the slow-fashion movement here at Boody, meaning we encourage consuming and wasting less. Forget socks with silly prints and slogans, we keep ours basic and minimal, so they can remain in your drawer for a lifetime.

Choosing the right colour socks

You’ve settled on styles, you’ve fallen for our bamboo fabric. Now it’s time to choose the right colour for your socks. Whether it’s black for business or white for breathability at the gym, this part of the sock selection process is not to be overlooked.


Black socks

Bold and classic, everyone needs an array of black socks in their collection. Essential for everyday wear, black socks are perfect for slipping into brogues and loafers as you take on the workweek.


White socks

White socks are cooler and more breathable than their black counterparts, making them the ideal choice for the gym and other active pursuits. Wear yours in your favourite pair of sneakers as you hit the treadmill or go for a jog along the beach.


For a bit of variety, but remaining neutral and monochromatic, add some grey socks to your drawer. Our Slate and Grey Space Dye shades will add a touch of sophistication to any look, whether smart or casual.

Soft colours

Although we tend to avoid colours here at Boody, in favour of championing neutral hues, we have dipped our toes into some softer shades in our Chunky Bed Socks. Add a little flair to your feet with our Dove/Storm Space Dye and Dusty Pink/White Space Dye colours.

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