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Dubbed “the fiber of kings,” cashmere is one of the most luxurious and high-priced fabrics in the world—and for a few very good reasons. It comes from a special breed of goat (Capra Hircus Laniger, to be exact) that are bred at very high altitudes mainly in China, Mongolia, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran. Because of the freezing temperatures in these locations, the goats have developed a soft and very warm undercoat of fibers that, as you may have guessed, is cashmere.
That’s why when temperatures drop and you’re in need of something cozy to wear to keep you warm, there is nothing better than a piece of clothing made from cashmere.
And what better way to get into a hygge state of mind than by slipping into a pair of soft and snug cashmere socks? If you are one of those people who are always cold in the winter (#same), it will be life-changing, we promise. Even those who are looking for something to wear outside as part of a more formal ensemble will not be disappointed. Cashmere, in combination with silk or wool, is the stuff of (stylish) dreams.
Here, we handpicked the softest, warmest, and most comfortable pairs of cashmere socks to add to your wardrobe.
The White Company Cashmere Bed Socks
The White Company has sourced the production of these divinely soft ribbed bed socks to Johnstons of Elgin, a Scottish company with over three decades of knitwear experience that was also the first one in the country to use the luxury fabric back in 1851. They only use the finest cashmere, combed from the underside of cashmere goats from China, Mongolia, and Afghanistan.
So every night when you go to bed these socks will feel like your feet are wrapped in a heavenly soft layer of warmness—a prerequisite for falling blissfully asleep.
To buy: thewhitecompany.com, $49
The Elder Statesman Yosemite Tie-Dye Ribbed Cashmere Socks
LA-based brand the Elder Statesman has created the socks of our 90s dreams! Mixing fashion and function, these chunky ribbed cashmere socks sport a cool tie-dye print. Show them off by styling them with a pair of low-top shoes.
To buy: modaoperandi.com, $205
William Lockie Ribbed Cashmere-Blend Men’s Socks
Family-run company William Lockie is one of Scotland’s oldest knitwear companies that sources the softest cashmere from China and Mongolia to produce its collections.
This pair of burgundy socks sport a classic ribbed stitch and elasticized cuffs that can be styled with anything for a quiet afternoon at home or a night out on the town.
To buy: mrporter.com, $75
Prada Donegal Camp Wool-Cashmere Knit Socks
Just looking at these socks makes us want to cuddle up with a book and a hot drink. They are made from an incredibly soft wool-and-cashmere blend—a real treat for your feet.
To buy: modaoperandi.com, $325
Loro Piana Classic Cashmere and Silk Men’s Socks
The Italian luxury company is famous for its cashmere and wool ready-to-wear and accessories because it only uses the highest quality fabrics. It sources cashmere from Mongolia and China and then ships it to Italy for quality control. These socks are crafted from the warmest, most comfortable cashmere in the world and have just the right amount of stretch in order to get the most perfect fit.
To buy: loropiana.com, $225
Maria La Rosa Striped Rib-Knit Cashmere Socks
No wonder celebrities like Scarlett Johansson, Rihanna, and Beyoncé have all worn Maria La Rosa socks—they are spun from the finest and lightest cashmere in the company’s Italian headquarters. And this pretty pink pair is no exception. It flaunts a black stripe, which we’d definitely play with by wearing them with a pair of open-toe shoes.
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $80
Charvet Ribbed Cashmere, Wool, and Silk-Blend Over-the-Calf Men’s Socks
French heritage shirtmaker Charvet owes its prominence to its commitment to impeccable quality. Its collections which now run the gamut from shirts to pocket squares and socks are produced from the finest materials and come in a range of bold colors.
This pair of super soft olive green socks is a must-have for any gentleman who doesn’t compromise with comfort and good looks. They are made in France from a luxurious blend of cashmere, wool, and silk.
To buy: mrporter.com, $112