Those who care too much about what they wear know that socks are the ultimate make-or-break item. When chosen perfectly, they exude an attention-to-detail that begets perfection. When dingy, hole-filled, or poorly chosen, they can ruin even the best outfit.

Yet, as crucial as it is, the perfect sock can sometimes be complicated to find. To start, who wants to break the bank on an item that mostly just gets seen by others in an inch-long flash from the top of your shoe to the bottom of your pant? And, what’s more, who wants to think too much about their socks?

The second question was a trick: it is imperative to think too much about socks. And, in the spirit of tracking down the best men’s hosiery the world has to offer, we've rounded up our picks below.

These are the best socks, once and for all.

Gramicci

Slub Crew Sock

Slub Crew Sock

$25

Gramicci

Buy at Urban Outfitters

Gramicci's Slub Crew Sock is basically everything we look for in a sock. The off-white color means you get the versatility of a white sock without the sportswear connotations. A long ribbed collar ensures that the rim doesn't cut off ankle circulation like lesser pairs can, too.

Polo Ralph Lauren

Rainbow Pony Crew Sock

Rainbow Pony Crew Sock

$14

Polo Ralph Lauren

Buy at Urban Outfitters

Ralph obviously deserved a spot in this roundup. The designer has been providing some of the best men's socks around for decades and this colorful pair shows it's not stopping soon. Four multicolor ponies embroidered to the collar offer just the right amount of decoration.

adidas

Trefoil Quarter Socks (6 Pack)

Trefoil Quarter Socks (6 Pack)

$20

adidas

Buy at adidas US

For many guys, sock buying means a once-a-year stock-up and for those situations you're going to want a solid base of staples. These adidas Trefoil socks come in a pack of 6 which should keep you going for a while. Once these are the core of your sock drawer, you can begin adding more luxurious options to the peripheries.

Eric Emanuel

Midnight Madness Crew Socks

Midnight Madness Crew Socks

$10

Eric Emanuel

Buy at adidas US

Eric Emanuel uses the frankly legendary adidas Tube Sock as the blank canvas for his signature varsity design language. The EE logo sits front and center, atop a two-tone band in rich burgundy and gold.

MAAP Alt Road Socks

Alt Road Socks

Alt Road Socks

$32

MAAP

Buy at Browns

Now we're getting technical. Made from thermoregulating merino wool with antimicrobial properties, MAAP's Alt Road Socks feature details like compression arches and lightly padded toes to ensure a comfy and breathable experience. They're optimized for long, grueling bike rides, but they'll revolutionize your daily errands, too.

NEIGHBORHOOD.

Striped Socks Set

Striped Socks Set

$95

NEIGHBORHOOD.

Buy at Browns

Simple and effective, NEIGHBORHOOD.'s 3-pack of striped socks straddles the line between luxury and utility. In black, burgundy, and off-white, there's a color for every outfit and the lack of big decoration only adds to the versatility. We can't overlook the chunky, stretchy cotton-blend build either.

CDLP

Neutral Logo Socks Pack

Neutral Logo Socks Pack

$85

CDLP

Buy at Browns

CDLP has quickly become one of the leading names in underwear, so it goes without saying that you can get some of the best socks for men there. Made from eco-friendly bamboo yarn, this set of 5 neutral socks carries subtle logo detailing to the collar that never distracts from the high-end construction.

Ami Paris

Logo Socks (3 Pack)

Logo Socks (3 Pack)

$105

AMI ALEXANDRE MATTIUSSI

Buy at Luisaviaroma

Alexandre Matiussi's Ami Paris is all about updating traditional Parisian style. Retaining the effortless, understated cool that we associate with the French capital's style scene, this 3-pack of organic cotton men's socks boasts the Ami de Coeur logo embroidered to the top which pops against a neutral off-white backdrop.

COMME des GARÇONS

Socks

Socks

$49

COMME des GARCONS

Buy at Luisaviaroma

We've always got time for a long sock, despite the fact that they're less wearable in the everyday. Just because we've hit the tail end of winter doesn't mean that the cold is behind us. For those unexpected cold snaps, having a pair like this knee-high pair from COMME des GARÇONS is a blessing.

Li-Ning

High Socks

High Socks

$28

Li-Ning

Buy at Luisaviaroma

Hands-down the brightest pair of socks in today's roundup, this pair from Li-Ning is woven from multicolored yarn which is broken up by white logo detailing to each ankle. Looking past the bold visuals, this pair doesn't skimp on comfort either. Cut from a softly elasticated wool blend, they offer up the perfect fit for all sizes of feet.

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