5 High-end Designer Socks for Men
While many men are ultra-conscious of their fashion choices in day to day life, they often neglect the smaller details such as the type of sock they are wearing. No one would suggest that a sock is more important than the type of jacket you choose to wear, but showing off a brightly colored sock with a fun pattern can be a great way to enhance an otherwise bland outfit. Whether you choose athletic, mid-calf, or over-the-calf socks, the most important factor is the high quality comfort and style you get from top designers. For high-end designer socks, look no further than this guide to five of the finest:
Founded in 1970 by Mario Bresciani, the staple of fine socks for men has staying powers drawn from its commitment to using fine materials and attention to detail. The Italian company is based near Milan and sells designer socks for a variety of price points, ranging from $25 dollars to $115 dollars.
Since 1937, the British company, Pantherella has been selling socks and hosiery with fine quality. Louis Goldschmidt, the company’s founder, wanted to manufacture an upscale lightweight sock for men, and the company was born. He initially began the company under the name Midlands Hosiery Mills but changed it to Pantherella Fine English Socks in 1945. The company grew as he began to export his socks to North America and Australia in the 40’s. The socks available in today’s pantherella are sold in the price range of around 10-60 pounds, depending on their style. The brand has expanded to sell a wide variety of styles for both men and women from department stores all over the world.
The company continues to manufacture its socks from a family-owned factory in Leicester, following its philosophy of ‘provenance, design & quality’. In 1990, Burberry purchased Pantherella but the sock purveyors continue to operate under the same name as they enter their 77th year.
Vivek Nagrani founded the high-end sock brand, VK Nagrani in 1999. The charismatic founder comes from a family of luxury clothing business with his grandfather, the owner of India Silk House. Nagrani brings that traditional sensibility and attention to craftsmanship to his modern brand, saying, “Quality trumps quantity. I knew who I was catering to — I was catering to the truly elite. Rather than selling it as a product, I was selling an experience, a philosophy — a way of life to customers.” Nagrani has managed to keep the company exclusive as a higher-end lifestyle brand, only available from select retailers in order to maintain the brand’s integrity.
As Trevor Furbay of Romualdo in Ohio explains, the trend of wearing flashier socks has taken root among men. Speaking of Nagrani, he says, “As a long time retailer of your socks, it all started with a few guys collecting fun socks and now normal fucks that wear navy blazers and charcoal trousers are spicing up there look.”
The luxury purveyor of socks and underwear has expanded to offer a full range of clothing options, all made in Italy. From the company’s headquarters on the elite Upper East Side of Manhattan, they’ve created a social club with cocktails while you shop in the eclectically styled, converted home.
The sock collection from VK Nagrani spans understated formal styles, as well as funky statement socks with fun patterns. They are primarily a cotton blend to provide comfort and durability alongside the aesthetic. In terms of pricing, the socks tend to run around $35-$40 dollars a pair, so you won’t break the bank unless you buy a large number. But trust us, after spending some time in their effortlessly cool space, you’ll be tempted to.
If you’re looking for the ultimate in absurd luxury, Zimmerli is probably the brand you should check out. Zimmerli is famous from their pair of 100% cashmere socks. As comfortable as those cashmere socks may be, they come with the substantial price tag of $200 dollars a pair. In addition to the eye-popping price tag for a pair of socks, they come with a little expiration date as well. Because the socks are made entirely from cashmere without any cotton or spandex, the socks can only be worn around six times before they will fall apart. Apparently it’s true what they say,” nothing gold can stay.” You might need to be cautious of whose company you’re in before you reveal the price tag for your hosiery, as that kind of cashmere luxury might lead to some jealousy from your peers.
Another Italian-made sock maker that has captured the attention and adoration of sartorially minded Americans, Gammarelli offers a bit of prestige by association with its brightly colored sock collection. From its primary storefront in Rome near the Vatican City, they design custom socks for the Pope himself. At around $27 dollars a pair, the shoes are not terribly expensive when compared with other high-end brands.
Each of these brands provides a high-end designer sock for men to try, from VK Nagrani to Gammarelli. Whether you want the moisture wicking capabilities of a wool sock, the flexible durability of a cotton blend, or the luxurious warmth and softness of cashmere, there’s a high-end sock for you.