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If the spam “you may also like” section at the end of most articles on the Internet is to believed, then Bombas is a one sock pony. Fortunately, that’s far from the case, and the rest of their offerings are just as worthy of your attention.

Like Dollar Shave Club with razor-adjacent products, Bombas has... exploded their offerings to cover pretty much every sock contingency. I added thirteen pairs to my already-sizable collection of their ankle socks and put them all to the test.


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The Bombas website is not an easy browse before you sort, so we’ll do that here as well, starting with the No Shows. Bombas’ take is cushioned and features the essential heel grip this type of sock doesn’t function without. They offer an option without a cushion, but hey, unless you’re squeezing these into a very tight shoe, treat yourself.

Best colorway: Navy


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You know, and likely own a pair of classic Bombas Ankle Socks with some kind of blue, pink, orange, or yellow accent and a lot of branding. The not quite CMYK scheme got old quickly, but with a deeper dive, it’s immediately clear that Bombas is doing sock colors better than pretty much anyone else out there.

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Bombas’ Colorblock and Triblock styles include some beautiful palettes, and you can upgrade to their psychedelic Grippers for your next barre class, or just to wear as makeshift house slippers (I know several people who do this). Whatever you go with, the fit is great and the heel guard remains a godsend.

Best colorway: Colorblock Charcoal Ocean


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Bombas doesn’t reinvent the wheel with their dress socks, but the solid, striped, and houndstooth styles on tap will keep you from getting bored while the excellent fit will have you looking forward to wearing them.

Best colorway: Houndstooth Navy


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I took a fresh walk in Bombas because of their merino additions, and was not disappointed. Available as 80% merino calf socks and 75% merino ski socks, Bombas nailed it here by marrying the moisture-wicking and temperature regulating powers of merino with the fit and finish they’re known for.

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While I like Bombas’ merino socks and love to see them getting into this space, they’re really not price competitive with the established players here, even with the savings that come with buying a pack.

Best colorway: Blue Citron (Ski)