Socks are an essential piece of menswear as any other garment. They don’t only keep your feet warm, stop you from stepping on crumbs when you can’t be bothered to sweep up and ensure shoes that are slightly too big actually fit, they make or break or outfit too.

Whether you’re going for something outlandish like polka dots and stripes, or something more conservative like a warm chunky cable knit number, there’s a sock to suit everyone’s style.

Such is the world of menswear nowadays, there are an abundance of options on the market. No longer are you stuck with the ones your aunt gave you last Christmas – the world of socks really is your oyster.

To save you the stress of sock hunting, we’ve selected some of our favourite pairs from across the market. Not only were we looking for well-made, comfortable and durable options, but also for good-looking pairs that will compliment any outfit too.

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Burlington illusion tweed men’s socks: £15, Burlington

Burlington is like royalty in the world of socks, and their classic Argyle pattern is the king. It’s wintery tweed look oozes style and sophistication, while the cosy wool content makes these socks so comfortable and perfect for the cold time of year. These also look great with a suit too.

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Anonymous Ism five colour socks: £22, Oi Polloi

These from Anonymous Ism house five colours all in one sock. Made in Japan (so you know they’re fancy and well-made) and created using a cotton polyester for ultimate comfort, these are ideal for any time of the year – and they look the part too. If the purple colourway isn’t your bag, they do a bunch of different colours too.

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MUJI ribbed socks: £3.50, MUJI

These ribbed socks are an absolute bargain. Designed to adapt to the size of your leg and shaped to fit the natural contour of your foot, MUJI’s ribbed socks are ideal if you’re buying in bulk. They come in like 15 different colourways and are made to not slip out of position too which is handy.

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Gucci tiger sports socks: £90, END Clothing

Something for those looking to spend a little more for their comfort, this time in the form of Gucci. Their sports socks look both smart and stylish and feature the brand’s iconic tiger embroidery. Made in Italy with the country’s red, white and green stripes at the tip, you won’t find many higher quality options than these.

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STANCE boyd 4: £10.99, STANCE

STANCE’s sophisticated boyd 4 socks are more versatile than a Swiss army knife. Crafted from premium combed cotton, the brand's classic crew sock provides a smooth feel to the wearer. A reinforced heel and toe offer that additional durability, while the mesh vents keep feet cool and dry too. The unique self-adjusting cuff ensures your foot is cradled and that the sock hugs your feet to provide extra support.

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Pop Trading Company logo sport socks: £25, The Hip Store

Pop Trading Company is born out of Amsterdam and holds deep roots in skateboarding. This means that its socks need to be durable and long-lasting, which they are. As part of the brand's latest collection, these socks come in a pink colourway with a logo to the ankle. They’re made from stretch cotton and are ribbed at the tip to ensure they stay up. As lovely to the eye as they are on the feet.

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Hikerdelic citrus socks: £13, Hikerdelic

Hikerdelic prides itself on making gear that suits the peak of a mountain, as much as it suits the carpet of your local pub, and its range of socks are no different. A high-quality cotton blend in a regular fit, these are both as warm as they are breathable – and they’re pretty cheap too.

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Reebok classics graphic socks: £11.95, Reebok

Featuring a repeated Reebok logo throughout, these classic graphic socks are for the more outlandish sock-wearer. The ribbed cuffs ensure they stay pulled up, while the soft terry fabric only adds to the cushion and comfort of the sock.

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Hummel fundamental socks 3 pack: £12, Hummel

These fundamental socks from Hummel come with moisture management and arch support – making them ideal for both sports and everyday wear. They’re an all-time favourite from the brand’s archives and are a must-have. Plus, it’s £12 for three pairs, which is great too.

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Armor Lux socks: £10, Armor Lux

Bringing the Breton stripes from up-top to down below, Armor Lux’s premium cotton socks are very, very French. Coming in the traditional white with thin blue stripes, as well as a host of different colourways, Armor Lux continues to create sophisticated-looking products whether that is a T-shirt, coat or a comfy pair of cotton socks.

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The verdict: Men's socks

Our best buy are the Burlington illusion tweed socks. The traditional Argyle pattern mixed with premium material make these a versatile choice. If you’re after something cheaper, Hummel’s fundamental socks are not only – as the name suggests – fundamental to your outfitt, but you get three pairs for £12 too, which is a bargain.

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