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Best Athletic Socks for Men in 2021

Sporting season is well and truly upon us. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and there are many MANY sports to be played. Even though we didn’t quite bring it home, the success of England’s boys in the Euros this year was something to be admired. Wimbledon didn’t disappoint. Then we had the Olympics! What a season. 

And speaking of sporting achievement and athletics, let’s get serious and talk about some of the top socks you should be wearing having been inspired by these sporting achievements and icons. 

Athletes, you need your socks to be durable. You need them to be lightweight. You need them to let your feet breathe and wick the sweat from your toes. You need comfort. 

Of course, the sage of socks, the Pantsman, has been glued to his screen, devouring every second of sporting glory that he can. And now, he wants to do his part to help you get your hands on the very best athletic socks that money can buy. 

Are you ready? Ready for athleticism? Ready for glory?... 

Our best men’s athletic socks

Panos Emporio Organic Tennis Crew

For eco-conscious athletes

 Panos Emporio Organic Cotton Tennis Crew

Panos Emporio shows off the very best of luxury clothing design - and these Tennis Crew socks are no exception. An excellent choice for both the fashion-conscious and the planet-conscious among you athletes out there. 

Coming with a ribbed design, a minimalist logo, and a pure white finish, these sleek and stylish socks are as much a statement piece as they are a super comfortable and functional pair of athletic socks. The organic cotton is where they really shine. They’re super soft and comfortable, highly breathable, luxurious, and great for Mother Earth. Wins all round, really.  

If you’re after luxury from your athletic socks, then choose Panos.

CR7 Men’s Socks

By an athlete, for athletes

CR7 3 Pack Men's Socks

Christiano Ronaldo is pretty famous, right?

Let’s face it, unless you’ve been living under a very VERY large and heavy rock for the last 20 years, then you know who Ronaldo is. And you also know why he’s become one of the greatest footballers of all time: hard work and dedication. 

He applied the same principles to his business endeavours and, hey presto, you get CR7 - his own clothing brand. He is a firm believer in quality, but also believes that you shouldn’t have to pay through the nose to get it. These socks are no exception. 

Created by an athlete, for athletes, these socks were designed to keep you in soft, breathable comfort whether you’re on the pitch or on the couch watching the footie. Versatility is the name of the game with these CR7 socks, and Ronaldo doesn’t disappoint. 

Oh, and you can pick up a pack of 3 for just £13. He really wasn’t joking when he said ‘affordable quality’. If you’re a Ronaldo fan, or just a fan of great quality, breathable socks, then you should grab a pack of these bad boys. 

FALKE Run Socks

Technical socks for athletes

FALKE Run Socks

FALKE does technical design better than almost anyone else. Its price points may be a little higher than average, but boy, do you get some real bang for your buck with FALKE. And these Run socks are some of the best athletic and sporting socks you can buy today. 

Coming in a soft cotton that’s durable and pleasant to the touch, Run socks also have reinforced stress zones. They were designed to be worn. And worn well. Perfect for the needs of you athletes out there who are looking for real performance. 

The reinforced stress zones are positioned at the heel and the toes: the 2 main areas of the foot that see the most pressure-focussed action. Couple this with what FALKE calls its signature ‘anatomic’ fit and you have a pair of socks that’ll conform to your leg shape and keep up with all of your athletic endeavours. 

They come in a range of colours from navy to bright orange, so get out there and show FALKE some love.

Puma Sport Socks

For athletes on a budget

Puma Sport 3 Pack

Sometimes you just need a solid pair of socks at a reasonable price to pad out your drawer and put more socks into rotation. If you’re an avid sportsman, that’s doubly important. We don’t want all your very best socks full of holes now, do we?

Enter: Puma Sport. 

They’re soft cotton for comfort, come with a flat toe seam for added durability and functionality, and have a cushioned sole. They know you’re buying these for sports. They know you don’t need bells and whistles whilst you’re focused on your run, your workout, or your big game. 

Puma is just there to supply you with what you need when you need it: reliable socks at a very reasonable price point. And at £8 for a pack of 3, who are we to argue?

Tommy Hilfiger Iconic Socks

For iconic athletic style

Tommy Hilfiger 2 Pack Iconic Socks

Preppy is the name of the game with these Iconics from Tommy Hilfiger. At Pants & Socks we know that when it comes to menswear, style is equally as important as substance. And these socks have both in spades.

Like many on this list, these are soft cotton socks for breathability and durability. They have a classic ribbed design with a global stripe in the welt and they come in a range of 4 striking colours: red, white, navy, and black.

If you’re looking for a quality sock in an athletic, preppy style - something that works just as well on the court as when teamed with boxfresh sneakers, then look no further than Tommy Hilfiger. It practically wrote the book on preppy style. And that’s pretty obvious when you look at these striking, classic socks.

BOSS Sports Socks

For brand-aware athletes

BOSS 2 Pack Sport Socks

These are quality sporting socks. After all, can we expect anything else from such a recognisable brand as BOSS? 

The massive contrast logos at the cuff obviously make these socks stand out from a mile away, but there’s a lot to admire here. The blended cotton fabric is not only sustainable, but provides strength and durability needed for your sporting pursuits, without compromising on comfort. The design is clean and classic. The sole is reinforced for added spring in your step. 

These socks were engineered by BOSS for athletic endeavours. The fact that they’re BOSS is just an added extra for those fashion-conscious among you.

So what’s the best athletic socks for men?

Well, we’ve rounded up a selection of some of the very best athletic socks that money can buy to suit a wide range of budgets and tastes. 

If you want to stock up on a budget or in a hurry, then Puma should be your first stop. BOSS and Tommy Hilfiger both offer different takes on a classic, brand-forward design without compromising on quality or comfort, whilst Panos Emporio tones it down and goes for an eco punch. FALKE should be your go-to for something a bit more high-end and technical, whilst CR7 combines quality with a reasonable price point for some awesome socks approved by the man himself. 

We’re not here to tell you which one of these incredible socks should make their way into your athletic drawer(*cough* all of them *cough*), but we hope that we’ve at the very least given you some inspiration. 

But we can tell you our current favourite sock joke: Your socks should join a monastery or something… they’re so holey. (Sorry…)

As ever, to ensure the best fit for your socks and, consequently, the best experience, we’d recommend checking out our sock size guide to make sure you get it right the first time. And, if you want to check out other styles of socks, then take a gander at our comprehensive guide to sock types and styles.

Now, pull up your athletic socks and get out there. Who knows, maybe we’ll even see you at the next Olympics..?

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