These Are the Perfect Socks to Wear With Shorts

So, you’ve finally landed on your ideal shorts length. It took damn near half the summer, but you got there, you did it, you won—you found a pair of shorts that show off a comfortable-but-still-alluring amount of thigh, and you plan on wearing them from now until first snowfall. Congratulations. Only now, of course, there’s another sartorial quandary to contend with, all the way down at the other end of your legs: How long should your socks be

The socks-with-shorts look is very much back in style, you see, and for good reason. As anyone who’s dabbled in socklessness can tell you, it starts off great in the cooler days of March and April, and ends in mid-July with a stench emanating from your Vans slip-ons foul enough to drive away all manner of family, friends, and small woodland creatures in a ten-mile vicinity. If you want to preserve your footwear and your interpersonal relationships through the stickiest days of summer, socks are an absolute must

Only, the sock-to-shorts ratio is one of the trickiest proportions in menswear to navigate. Too short and stubby, and you’ll look like your most clueless uncle at the cookout. Too long and high, and you’ll feel like a turn-of-the-century English schoolboy. But you don’t need to lose any more sleep over this conundrum, because after years of trial and error, I have solved this issue definitively. In my humble opinion, the perfect sock height is just a teensy bit shorter than full-on crew length—landing right about a quarter or so of the way up your calf. And for my money, the perfect socks to achieve that perfect length hail from the workwear gurus at Dickies. 

Dickies cotton blend cushioned work crew socks (18 pairs)

As you might expect, Dickies’ socks are built to take a beating and cushioned enough to survive long, aching days on your feet. They’re also affordable as all hell: this 18(!)-pack works out to just $1.50 a pair. And after a quick run through the washer and dryer, they are precisely the correct length to wear with any type of shoe (loafers, sneakers, or lace-ups; low-top or high) and shorts (thigh-high, over-the-knee baggy, anywhere in between) you own. Take my word—and my fit pics!—for it: this is the last pack of socks you’ll need to buy this summer. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *