Bombas Socks—Do They Rock?
There are definitely people who are way into socks. You know, the guy who seeks out to find socks that never bunch or fall down or your buddy who likes to add a surprising element to an otherwise mild shoes and trousers combination.
Socks are a particular thing, and most guys are content to buy a pack from the drug store and call it a day. But, there comes a time when you need to step up your sock game—when your sorry collection of stained tube socks no longer matches the rest of your wardrobe. And you’re in search for something with a little more staying power.
Enter Bombas. One of the many podcast advertising brands, this socks-only company boasts a decent selection of socks for both work and play.
About the Brand
Bombas socks is an online sock retailer that caters to men, women, and kids. They do a mix of casual and dress socks, though they don’t go into super formal territory with their offerings.
The brand made an appearance on Shark Tank back in 2014—with the tagline “socks that ROCK” and the business model is one built on kindness. Like Tom’s Shoes and Warby Parker, Bombas operates on the "give one, get one" principle. So, when you buy a pair of socks, a pair is donated to a homeless shelter.
According to the site, socks are the number one requested item in homeless shelters—and it makes sense. People tend to think big picture, food, maybe clothes donations when they’re trying to help out. It’s the small stuff that goes unnoticed.
Similarly, we treat socks as an afterthought in our own wardrobes, too. Many of us shell out for shoes or upgrade our suits, but keep buying socks from the discount bin. So, let’s take a quick look. Here, we have some socks that might be something of a splurge, but are they worth it?
What Do They Have?
So, Bombas has a decent selection of athletic socks—black socks with vibrantly colored toe boxes and vintage striped tube socks that look a little cooler than your average white tube. But, at the end of the day, they don’t seem like much of an upgrade from those padded Hanes socks you can literally buy in bulk from your local membership warehouse.
The dress socks are probably the most attractive bet here but keep in mind; you are looking at dropping some real money on socks. An 8-pack of dress socks sells for roughly $108, at a 5% discount for the pack. Dress socks go for about $15 a pair.
The socks are 70% cotton, with a “honeycomb” arch support sewn in. Generally, they look pretty good—and there’s a fair selection when it comes to color. Packs come in all solids, or you can get a variety pack with varying patterns.
Any Pros and Cons?
The socks are decent quality and look pretty good, overall. But, some of the sports socks come with logos and a contrasting band that goes around the foot area. The band is meant to provide added arch support, but some men might not like the look.
Additionally, we found that the price for these cotton socks seems kind of high. You’re not exactly getting premium materials. While the quality is nice, as is the donation-based business model, we know there are better deals out there.
We tried to dig around for some honest customer reviews on this sock brand--an arguably famous one with a history in the tank, and a well-known charitable contribution. Unfortunately, we came up short. There isn't much out there beyond a Business Insider review claiming that these are the best socks ever--and they say that about everything.
Still, we dug a little deeper, and there weren't too many unbiased reviews of the popular sock brand. We did see some complaints from folks who found that the elastic came loose after a few months of wear.
Ultimately, the dress socks are pretty good looking, but we wish they came in more premium materials or were priced at a more reasonable price point. Without sufficient evidence echoing claims from BI--we're going to keep shopping around for socks.