Here's a selection of some of the best socks out there which I believe you need to get and experience that fresh pair of socks feeling. It only happens once, so enjoy it when you have it.
I would recommend steering clear of novelty socks, even if sometimes you might feel like you need to express yourself with some "fun" socks. Don't bother. Stick to classic colours or tasteful melanges and well designed patterns.
Rock + Ruby
Rock + Ruby specialise in making premium socks. Producing exclusively with British manufacturers, they champion the heritage British factories have, using a mix of vintage and contemporary machinery. The Barney socks are a wool with ribbed knitted finish that is great worn both smart and casually.
Escuyer's socks are made in a family run factory in Portugal, making some of the finest and most comfortable socks. These particular cashmere socks are as you'd expect, super comfortable while being incredibly soft to wear.
I'm a big fan of linen and these linen/cotton blend socks by Rototo have great character. Made on vintage machines brought over to Japan from USA a century ago.
Pantherella Laburnum Merino Sock
If you want a fine gauge dress sock to go with dress shoes then the Panterella Laburnum is the one for you. I've had several serve me really well over the years – I have it in classic colours like Navy, Charcoal, Brown and Grey. But you can also go for a pop of colour if you so wish.
London Sock Co. Boot Sock
The Boot Sock from the London Sock Co. is a mid-calf length sock that's ideal for wearing with heavy winter boots. Made from heavy gauge cotton giving it a nice chunky feel with lasting comfort when on the trails or cosying up at home.
Ayame socks tend to sell out fast – so get involved ASAP before you're disappointed. I have a pair of the black and white ones which I've had for about 15 years. They're ace. Simple as.
I'm pretty sure every reader has a pair of Uniqlo cotton socks. I have over a dozen. They do tend to wear out quickly, but I'm throwing them in here as you can find a great array of colours. They're work stocking up to complement your outfits.