Christmas stockings can be naff. There’s no getting around it. Satsumas, cheap chocolate and trivial trinkets forgotten before Boxing Day are never going to knock your socks off. But, speaking of, we’ve got the perfect smaller present to stuff your stocking with this Christmas: the humble pair of socks.
True, they’re somewhat of a cliched gift themselves. But, if you really pull yours up, you can find some truly unique, striking socks to gift this year. So, to add a touch of style to the season, here are our favourite festive pairs.
For a deep, rich red: Hackett Port Chunky Socks
Friends to Gentleman’s Journal, it’s no surprise that Hackett are leading the knitted charge here. In a suitably season ‘Port’ colour, these ribbed socks are crafted from a rich cotton blend for lasting comfort and breathability.
Pulled on under a navy suit, they’ll add a little colour and character to any Christmas party outfit, while keeping your chic credentials in tact.
Hackett Port Chunky Contrast Colour Socks
For festive flair: New & Lingwood Argyle Socks
As at home in the boardroom as the dance floor, Argyle is one of those designs that speaks for itself. Simple but timeless, these socks from New & Lingwood will be perfect for any decadent New Year celebrations — and when you roll back into the office on 2 January.
Available in both mid-calf and below-the-knee lengths, these 100% merino wool socks are bought best in the orange and red colourway — enough wintry vibes to keep them relevant, but appropriate all-year-round.
New & Lingwood Orange Argyle Mid Calf Merino Wool Socks
For unerring quality: Drake’s Gentlemen’s Lambswool Socks
As quintessentially British as the Queen’s Speech, Drake’s can always be relied on for quality and timeless style. From their outerwear to these humble socks, the brand is renowned for their incredibly well-made wares — and this pair is one of their best.
Crafted by hand in the finest lightweight wool, these sturdy socks will be a sure standout in your sock drawer for many Christmases to come.
Drake’s Gentlemen’s Over-The-Calf Ply Lambswool Socks - Light Blue
For continental craftsmanship: Brunello Cucinelli Ribbed Mélange Socks
In the world of cashmere, Brunello Cuccinelli is king. It should come as no surprise, then, that a pair of the design house’s socks has made the cut this Christmas. Soft, breathable and woven from a virgin wool-blend, this pair was made in Italy for authentic continental quality.
In a versatile grey mélange and with a cushioned, comfortable feel, find these balled up in your stocking and you’ll be in for a very cosy, merry Christmas.
Brunello Cucinelli Ribbed Mélange Virgin Wool-Blend Socks
For unrivalled durability: Mes Chaussettes Sea Green Socks
Sometimes, knee-high is the only way to go. In the wintry weather, nothing will protect your feet and lower legs as much, and Mes Chaussettes are the ideal brand to buy from.
These stylish sea green knee-highs are made with ultra-soft, pre-treated merino wool and are as durable as they are comfortable. Hand-linked and reinforced at the heel and toe, they’ll be your best bet to conquer the winter chill.
Mes Chaussettes Sea Green Knee Highs
For timeless design: Corgi Cable Cashmere Socks
Proudly balled up at the top end of the sock market, Corgi’s cable-knit offerings are the epitome of opulence.
These pure cashmere socks are individually-crafted on hand-knitting machines by the brand’s highly-skilled team and offer both comfort and style with the cable-knit design.
Corgi Price of Wales Hand Cable Pure Cashmere Socks
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