A few months ago I went looking for some new wool socks for the colder months. I wanted an over-the-ankle height that was thick, cozy, and hopefully cute, too. Surprisingly, I didn’t find much I liked. Most of the socks felt thin, scratchy, or flimsy, and I was about ready to give up and buy a pair I didn’t really like.
I ended up finding the perfect pair in an unexpected spot: the kids’ section at REI.
These socks are thick and cozy, and the merino keeps my toes toasty while also preventing my feet from getting clammy. The height is perfect for covering up my ankles and locking in warmth, but aren’t so high that they’re awkward. The center of the foot is knit to provide a little bit of arch support, too. Although wool usually bothers my skin when it comes to sweaters, scarves, and the like, I’ve found that merino socks are usually ok. These in particular are more comfortable than most of my other pairs.
I’ve worn these for numerous hikes and loved them. As an added bonus, the knit looks cute sticking out over top of my hiking shoes. Besides hiking and everyday wear, they’re also my new favorite for long days on airplanes. I always reach for these first when I need warm feet for chilly days and adventures.
I wear a women’s size 6.5 shoe and the kids size large sock fits me perfectly. Since I have somewhat small feet, I love that the heel actually fits at the heel instead of creeping up the back of my foot. They have a bit of stretch to them so they should still fit you if your feet are a little bigger.
And to top all that off, they’re only $8.50. That’s about half the price of their adult sock counterparts. Score!