In my ongoing quest to find socks I like, I’ve tried several more kinds this spring and summer. These are the best. They are soft, not too bulky, have a good cotton content. They aren’t perfect, but they are the nicest I could find this year.
These are Hanes Cushion Crew Socks, which come in three sizes, Small, Medium and Large. Small are for toddler sizes 6-10 ½. Medium are for toddler 10 ½ - youth 4. Large are youth 4- adult 10. Those are pretty ridiculous size ranges, but it’s what you can get right now. I wear women’s size 5 ½ or 6 shoe, and the Medium size fit perfectly when new, but they are stretching already after a couple of months of wear. The sizes have the word “Hanes” woven in the toes in pink, purple, or blue to help with sorting if your family has lots of these in the various sizes.
They also come in several cuts- Crew, Ankle, Low-Cut and No-Show. Personally, I like Crew length.
The cotton content is 82%. I like this a lot. One of my constant complaints about the current trend in socks is that they have reduced the cotton for either wear or elasticity and then the socks don’t feel good.
The toe seam is not too bulky, so it doesn’t hurt. The foot is lightly cushioned with a terry-loop weave on the inside.
One thing that I don’t like is that there is quite a lot of elastic in the top band. On hot days or when I’m on my feet a lot this tends to make my ankles swell. But, the socks stay up.
In the picture I’ve shown three socks at different use levels. On the left is a brand new sock. In the middle is one that has had everyday wear around the house. You can see that it has stretched out some already. On the right is one that received real abuse. I wore it on several days of hiking when I had wet, muddy feet for the entire day. The cushioning has completely broken down, and won’t ever be the same again. I could probably get it a little whiter with the use of some bleach (the package says non-chlorine only), but I just sacrificed a couple of pairs for that kind of hiking day.
These socks aren’t exactly what I want. Apparently no one is making what I want at the moment. But in the meantime, these aren’t too bad, and the price is reasonable. I paid $3.99 for 6 pairs (that may have been a sale price).
There is a guarantee that says you can return them for a refund or a replacement if you are not satisfied. Made in the USA.
For reviews of similar socks, see National Crew Socks, and Fruit of the Loom Crew Socks.
Update On Oct 21, 2010: Now, at the end of the summer, two of the twelve socks in this set have holes at the top of the heel that are pretty much non-repairable. Although I did use them rather hard, these have failed a lot faster than most socks I've ever bought. Even so, I'll probably buy more because they do feel good, but I'm underwhelmed with the quality.
Update On Dec 15, 2010: I would also like to add that the cushioning broke down very quickly on these. After just a couple of wearings, they were compressed and offered no padding. Now, just a few months after my last update, two more of the 12 socks have holes in the same place. And it's not like these are the only socks I wear. They just haven't held up very well.