Wacky Socks: 7 of the Coolest Socks You Can Buy

Source: Sock It To Me

Source: Sock It To Me

Socks may serve as little more than an afterthought of your daily life — if they even manage to merit any attention at all. As necessary accomplices to that 9-to-5 suit and pair of shiny brogues; mandatory feet protectors for an evening workout; and staples for every pair of boots, socks do hold their own when it comes to the function category.

But their usefulness should not undercut the power of an expressive pair of socks to serve as a handsomely fun exclamation point to even the most understated of styles. They are the most accessible, easy way to add a bit of peekaboo magic to any ensemble. “Design socks are an elegant and discrete way to show someone’s personality in a business or casual environment,” according to sock company Jimmy Lion’s co-founders, Felipe Cortina and Alvaro Gomis.

After all, the passing glimpse of a sexy, bold sock will only leave people in wonderment as to what else lies beneath. So, up your sock game with these seven pairs of socks — one for every day of the week, of course — that take a walk on the wilder side.

1. Monkey by Jimmy Lion

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Source: Jimmy Lion

Forget lions, the Jimmy Lion premium sock label brings the whole zoo to their punchy but sophisticatedly European foot sheaths, as in these Monkey pairs. According to Cortina and Gomis, “Socks are a mysterious garment — you usually notice them when you see somebody walking, crossing a leg, or riding a bike. They are the new tie.” The monkeys as well as dachshunds, fish, and even funny little crabs are all part of their mix.

But if you’re not into the animal kingdom, there are plenty of striped, dotted, and otherwise graphically designed options from which to choose — even a “Miami Vice” palm tree pair. Designed in New York, Jimmy Lion socks are inspired by the vibrant energy and colors of city life. But they also are made with an impeccable eye toward quality with reinforced cuffs to prevent slipping down around the ankles and hand-linked toes for a seamless finish. You can even choose your favorite patterns in fully customizable packs of four.

2. Mustache (Dapper Dan) by Sock Club

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Source: Sock Club

These Mustache (Dapper Dan) models from the Sock Club are super dapper. Artsier types might also want to consider the Modernist for its cubist, color-blocked sensibility while Las Cruces has a bit of a tribal-cool vibe. There’s even a Deer pair for all those huntsmen among you. One thing is certain, the American-made socks from this Austin, Texas-based membership delivery company are a little bit indie and a little bit fancy — and definitely worth kicking your shoes off for.

3. Bite Me! by Sock It To Me

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Source: Sock It To Me

These new ankle biters from Sock It To Me have no shortage of teeth-bearing attitude, sure to serve you well no matter where your shoes take you. But if the faux pearly whites aren’t your thing, perhaps one of their other popular styles will be a match. A Blamo! superhero pair should appeal to any closet comic-book aficionado while the Burger looks delicious and may just leave you with a hankering for a slider or two. Sock It To Me also designs socks with dinosaurs, cupcakes, ninjas, mustaches, unicorns, and other things magical — all yours for the taking.

4. On The Wire by Mint Socks

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Source: Mint Socks

An explosion of graffiti etchings in aqua blue captures an edgy sentiment while offering a fresh, electric bent to your next outfit. These limited-edition socks from Mint Socks simply abide by the company’s street-art-inspired aesthetic that also includes Stained Glass, Concrete Rose, and Mosaic designs, among others. They’re ready-to-wear art pieces that make a statement from the ground up.

5. Happy Hour O’Clock by Zoraab

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Source: Zoraab

It’s 5 p.m. somewhere — especially when you’re wearing these Happy Hour socks by Zoraab. Whether you like that cocktail shaken or stirred, you can lead with your drink of choice with this pair. The bar-friendly designs are one of many among Zoraab’s collection of goodies. Instead of the power tie, it’s all about the power socks here. The monthly accessories subscription company doesn’t only stock their own namesake designs, but they also serve as a massive sock emporium for several other sock brands. The seemingly endless array of options are sure to have you stepping brightly.

6. Blood Dot by Happy Socks

Source: Happy Socks

Source: Happy Socks

Happy Socks isn’t your standard-issue sock company, as you might have gathered by these Blood Dot socks. The brand’s recent partnership with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez yielded a “sock’em dead” collection of action-packed, fierce styles that also include fang and blood drop socks. Happy Socks is known for its boundaries-pushing collaborations that have also featured David LaChapelle, Opening Ceremony, and Snoop Dogg. But, all in all, the slightly rambunctious, tongue-in-cheek designs are cheerful and vibrant enough to cause a smile, or at least a smirk.

7. Checkmate by Soul Socks

Source: Soul Socks

Source: Soul Socks

If you want to check the box on neon, nearly glow-in-the-dark socks, then these Checkmates by Soul Socks are for you. Yes, these mittens for your feet have plenty of soul — and so do other bold options that include the cleverly named, polka-dotted “Dot Perignon” and the wild “Jungle Jack” pairs. But don’t worry if you’re not quite ready for a full-on Technicolor-fueled, kaleidoscope moment. There are plenty more subtle selections to be worn. The company also has the convenience of cool, exclusively designed pairs delivered directly to your door once a month. And, even better, Soul Socks donates a portion of proceeds to a charity focused on preparing students for the job market ahead. Doesn’t get much more soulful than that.

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