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I've worn Bombas for over a year—and I can never go back to regular socks

I'm willing to pay the higher price for these.

Several pairs of socks. Credit: Liv Birdsall

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I didn’t use to consider myself a specialty sock person; I like good quality socks for biking, running, and daily wear, but I wasn’t likely to shell out for a single pair unless they have a logo or saying I love. However, trying Bombas socks opened me up to the slight differences good socks can have on your day-to-day life, and I’m happy to report my findings!

What is Bombas?

Bombas is a sustainable company that makes socks, t-shirts, and underwear—but mostly socks. The brand is a Certified B Corp, meaning it scores well in terms of environmentally friendly material sourcing, ethical production, employee treatment, and transparency. It all started in 2013 when its founders learned that the most requested item in homeless shelters is socks. To address that need, for every pair of Bombas socks sold, the brand donates a pair to a homeless shelter. The company was founded in 2013 when the founders learned that the most requested item in homeless shelters is socks. Since then, a pair of specially crafted socks is donated to a homeless shelter in need for every pair sold, which now totals over 50 million donated items!

Bombas makes quality socks that will support you in all your daily errands and adventures—from the aisles of your local supermarket to your steepest hike. The brand has sizes to fit everyone in your family, including your children.

Are Bombas different from other socks?

After wearing Bombas for over a year, I’m insistent that they are different from most socks. Bombas are comfortable and have a unique honeycomb design that supports the middle of the foot and is somewhat compressive. The resulting feeling is equal parts comfort and arch support, even if you have low arches.

Bombas also has socks designed for different purposes, like tennis, running, cycling, and hiking. The sock styles slightly differ to treat your feet well no matter which activity you’re participating in, and some socks even have thicker fabric in areas where your shoes might rub depending on the sport. Bombas are also great if you’re searching for certain fabrics for sweat-wicking or blister-prevention, like wool socks for hiking.

What I like about Bombas socks

Pile of socks on wood floor.
Credit: Liv Birdsall

Bombas really won me over.

I’m a total Bombas fangirl now. Saying the socks changed my life would be a bit dramatic, but I really did fall in love with the comfort, style, and warmth they provided. Before I dive in though, let me say I have never been particular with socks as long as they meet a few requirements: they have to stay in place (not slide down my heel) and they need to breathe well so my feet don’t get hot and stinky.

In my initial testing, Bombas surpassed my expectations. Over the past year I’ve worn them regularly for all types of activities. I even bought everyone in my family a pair so they could experience the comfort too.

The socks are designed to stay in place with Y-shaped heel stitching, a honeycomb arch support system, airflow venting, and strategic zone cushioning. The “zone cushioning” is my favorite feature because the socks are thicker in places where you hold your weigh and where you show may rub against your foot more, which would lead to blisters or cuts without the extra padding. Each pair of socks is soft and comfortable, and Bombas has dozens of colorful designs to select from.

I’ve worn everything from the Women's Merino Wool Quarter Socks to the Women's Performance Tennis Ankle Socks to the Women's Lightweight No Show Socks. I’m an avid fan of quarter-length socks, which are my go-to sock in the fall and winter because they covered my feet while wearing high-tops but didn’t make my feet sweaty. For sports and outdoor activities, I rely on the Women's Performance Running Ankle Socks and the Women's Performance Cycling Calf Socks.

I also asked my boyfriend to weigh in to see if the men’s socks are as good as the ones I tested, though I knew the answer was yes because he continues to buy Bombas along with me. He specifically noted that the Men’s Originals Calf Socks don’t get itchy the way some brands of tall socks do, and they don’t wear as thin as other athletic sock brands. He also liked Bombas’ colorful sock options to go along with his growing shoe collection.

What I don't like about Bombas socks

Socks on men's feet.
Credit: Liv Birdsall/Bombas

Bombas socks are pretty but pricey.

My only qualm is that the socks are pricey, ranging from $12 to $17 a pair, which seems like a lot for a single pair. However, a pair is donated for each one you buy—so paying a little extra isn’t so bad. You can also buy socks in packs that are up for grabs at a 15% discount. There are even family packs, which have matching socks for children and adults.

Since I’ve been wearing the socks for over a year—and wearing them for everything from travel to teaching cycling classes—I can attest to how well the socks hold up. They keep their color and stretchiness after dozens of washes. Plus, Bombas has a “Happiness Guarantee” where you can email customer service for sock replacements for lost, holey, or worn-through socks; this guarantee makes the price more reasonable too.

Should you buy Bombas socks?

Lots of socks
Credit: Bombas

So. Many. Colors.

You may be happy with the socks you have already, but imagine how much more comfortable you’d be with a pair that supports you all day long. You can wear Bombas at the office or the gym, find colors and patterns to show off your personality, and most importantly move through your life with ease. And, with every pair you add to your sock drawer, Bombas will donate a pair to allow someone else the chance to feel the same way.

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