Contrary to popular belief, Sid & the fellas that work at Sid Mashburn actually DO like socks. And we wear them often. (Enough so that Sid wrote an entire column on them.) We like socks because they complement an outfit, and for the more practical reason, keep us warm and protect our feet.
While we do carry casual socks (inspired by JFK, no less), our go-to are dress socks, typically in either silk, or merino wool, and we think the universal best socks for men are OTC (over-the-calf) – but trouser dress socks can work just as well, it just depends on how much leg coverage you like. And for us, the OTC is kind of like “prevent defense.”
We carry socks in a bunch of different colors and patterns, but prefer a quiet color, especially navy or charcoal, because they go with pretty much any color - navy, black, brown, olive – and are great for every occasion, anywhere. We realize grey and navy dress socks aren't the most exciting things to buy, but it's kind of like stocking your pantry with pasta. The simplicity is what makes them essential, and perfect… you'll be happy they are there for you and happy you don't have to think about them.