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The Best Socks for Summer

A man in mountain-themed wool hiking socks hikes a mountain trail in Port Angeles, Wash.

Oftentimes when people think about summer, they are not thinking about socks. They are thinking about bare feet in warm sand, flip flops, and lounging poolside.

But when the time does come for summer socks, don’t get caught with your toes out! Between cool summer evenings, sweaty hikes, and dressy occasions like graduations and weddings, you’ll want to have the following types of lightweight summer socks handy from May through September.

A man puts on a pair of merino wool ankle socks from Darn Tough

Lightweight Wool Socks

Merino wool socks are the sock stars of winter, but did you know that they also come in ultra lightweight, light cushion and low-length varieties perfect for summer activities? Lightweight wool socks are the best summer socks for sweaty feet due to their naturally moisture-wicking and odor-repelling properties. They’re also the best ankle socks for summer workouts because some brands like Darn Tough, go the extra step with technical athletic stitching that supports the foot throughout even your most demanding activities. So if you are hiking, camping or exercising outside in the summer heat, always have a pair of lightweight wool socks handy to keep your feet clean and dry.

Men show off navy dress socks with flamingos paired with navy pants and brown shoes

Men’s Dress Socks

If you’re looking for thinner socks to keep your feet cool, say during the lengthy hours of a formal affair, thin summer dress socks — sometimes called trouser socks — made of light fabrics like cotton or bamboo will have you looking fresh and feeling stylish. These socks reach up high enough to cover your ankle fully, making them the perfect sock to go under dress pants. Plus they’re lightweight and soft enough to help you feel super relaxed, even if it’s your big day! So if you’re looking for wedding socks or groomsman socks, thin summer trouser socks or breathable bamboo socks are the way to go.

A woman's legs are shown in bamboo socks with cacti on them beside a cactus garden

Breathable Bamboo Socks

Bamboo fabric makes some of the best socks for hot weather because bamboo is up to 40% more absorbent than even organic cotton. This means that bamboo socks quickly wick moisture like sweat away from the skin, leaving your feet dry, cool, and comfortable. Bamboo has become such a popular fabric for socks that novelty socks are now being made that combine the luxurious softness of bamboo and the cool designs of crazy socks.

Ankle socks with a yellow stripe that says "BEER" are pictured on a checkerboard floor

Ankle Socks

Ankle socks and no-show socks are some of the most popular socks in summer for the obvious reason: they provide comfort without drowning you in coverage. On top of that, many ankle socks (from acrylic to wool) are specifically designed to support the foot during activity and exercise, so you’ll be as comfortable as possible when you’re working out, even if you push it to the limit!

For even more fun designs, check out our full collection of summer socks.

The Sock Crew


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