One of the first things that a woman notices about a guy is his shoes. Make no mistake, when a lady checks you out, she, like Drake, starts from the bottom and judges you based on your kicks. As she scans upward, the next part of your outfit that she’s going to see is your socks. And even the coolest shoes can be rendered moot by a pair of ratty socks that are filled with holes and came in 14-pack.
On the flip side, you also don’t want to be the dude who covers his feet in the equivalent of a Hump Day tie. In the traditional men’s uniform, socks are one of the few places that guys get to show some of their personality, but you don’t want to overdo it.
To help you step up your sock game, we found seven great socks (one for each day of the week, duh) that will call attention to your outfit for all the right reasons.
1. HAPPY SOCKS HAWAII SOCKS
There’s nothing wrong with using your socks to transport you to a place where no socks are required. The floral pattern on these Happy Socks will remind you of the beach every time you look at them. In a different color, the print might be a little too loud, but the subdued grey and white keeps things classy.
2. STANCE DAVENPORT
You can’t go wrong with a classic houndstooth pattern. But instead of the traditional black and white, Stance has updated it with a hue reminiscent of Tiffany blue that adds the right splash of color to a monochromatic look.
3. HUF DOTS
While HUF is more famous for its pot leaf-inspired Plant Life socks, they also make some versions that you wouldn’t mind your boss seeing. The print on these socks is inspired by the famous Dots Pattern created by renowned designers Charles and Ray Eames. If the red is a little too bold for you, they also come in black and white.
4. SOLMATE CARNATION
Solmate socks are available in a bunch of fun patterns, but what really makes them stand out is how they are made. The socks are produced from the scraps that are left over when cotton T-shirts are manufactured. Those scraps are then ground down and re-spun into yarn for these socks which are designed in Vermont.
5. CORGI PATTERNED COTTON
Corgi is a Royal Warrant company, which means they supply their socks to the royal family. So don’t be surprised to see Princes William or Harry in a pair of their socks. The snakeskin-like pattern on this pair gives them a modern flair while the dark and light blue palette keeps them classic.
6. CHUP DINETAH
Based in Tokyo, Chup makes only a handful of pairs each day as a result of its painstaking attention to detail. The unique pattern on this pair is inspired by the mountains of a Navajo tribe. And they have a strong elastic cuff so that you don’t have to worry about them slipping down all the time.
7. 40s AND SHORTIES OLD DIRTY
Sometimes you just gotta say, “Screw it, I’m going to wear some Wu-Tang socks today.” And if people can’t understand why you have Ol’ Dirty Bastard on your socks, you probably don’t want them in your life anyway. After all, as O.D.B. said, Wu-Tang is for the children.