Cool & Classic Socks To Add To Your Drawer

Long maligned as a dud gift, we think a good pair of socks is actually a charming and thoughtful choice — for yourself or your loved ones


General Sleep bed socks $65

These lush bed socks are nice all year round — and an especially good purchase given how much time we’ve been spending at home lately. They’re made in New Zealand from a blend of merino wool, possum down and mulberry silk.

Allbirds socks $28

We can attest that Allbirds socks have great stay-put power. These are made from the brand’s trademarked carbon-neutral Trino yarn — a moisture-wicking breathable blend of eucalyptus fibre and ZQ Merino wool.

Barkers socks, $12.99, from TheMarket

Tie dye is still enjoying a moment in the sun, and these socks from Barkers are a very fresh and very funky shade of green.

Bonne Maison socks $35 from Everyday-Needs

Another fun pair from this French brand, we love the jazzy checks on these socks.

Bonne Maison socks, $28, from

A very evocative pair — tres chic in fact — made in France by French brand Bonne Maison.

Prada socks $370

A splurge that’s good for the sailing, these socks feature the Linea Rossa logo and would look very sharp at the 36th America’s Cup Presented By Prada.

Socks, $16 a pair, from

Made in Korea and stocked at this charming local online store, these soft, stretchy socks come in a delightful range of colours.

Gara-bou socks, $45, from

These lush, slubby, rustic-looking socks by Gara-bou are made in Japan from recycled organic cotton scraps. The yarn is throstle spun, a spinning method first invented in Japan in 1876.

Gucci socks $215

Featuring the house’s famous monogram in a classic combination of brown and beige, have a “treat yourself” moment with these Gucci socks — they really do go with anything.

Karen Walker socks, $37, from TheMarket

Sunny yellow socks featuring Karen Walker’s beloved and longstanding logo, the Runaway Girl.

Marks & Spencer socks, $27 for seven pairs

Famous for its expansive sock range (as those who have visited the UK can attest) it’s hard to go past the comprehensive range and affordable price point of Marks & Spencer. Since there will be no London jaunts anytime soon, it's a good thing the department store ships to New Zealand.

Merino and possum socks, $40, from Frances Nation

These breathable, soft socks are made in Ashburton — locally crafted like everything sold at Christchurch store Frances Nation.

Nom*D socks $30

It’s hard to choose one pair from Nom*D’s brilliant range of socks, but we love this pair’s vibrant Yves Klein blue stripe for summer.

Norsewear socks $25.99 from

A sturdy, handsome pair of “high country socks” like these won’t go amiss for outdoorsy folk.

Ralph Lauren Socks, AU$34.44, from The Iconic

A preppy classic, Ralph Lauren’s unmissable logo adds a dashing finishing touch to your look.

Vans socks $24.99

While we do love the skate brand’s classic crew, this pair in Van’s signature checkerboard is a fun addition to your summer wardrobe when your legs will be out and about.

Zambesi socks $40

Pale blue socks are surprisingly elusive, so it’s a good thing local stalwarts Zambesi have updated their bestselling accessory in a delightful sky-blue shade.

Nisa socks $29

Made in New Zealand from 70 per cent merino yarn, these socks are a collaboration between Wellington-based social enterprise Nisa and Norsewood sock makers.

Penny Sage socks $35

In a shade bordering on that divine DOC green, these socks are made in New Zealand. With a green yarn outer and blue inner, they offer up a nice little colour surprise when you pop them on.

Kowtow socks $29

We love a jaunty red sock. This organic cotton pair by Kowtow are also perfect for supporting the sailing.

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