Tall Socks
You'll wonder how you lived without these tall socks. Courtesy of COS

When someone says socks, most people think of your typical athletic, crew or tube varieties. You know, the kinds that usually come in clear packs bought at your local superstore. But there are many more options to choose from. One of the most underrated and underappreciated are knee-high or over-the-knee styles. Not all tall socks are created equal, however.

Material is a big thing to consider, especially this time of year. Cashmere, cotton and wool are best for keeping your lower legs and all your toes warm. If you're more concerned with making an impeccable impression once you kick off your shoes, embrace metallics and lace.

Another thing to keep in mind is how you're going to wear them. Long socks are ideal for peeking out the top of knee-high boots. So the top section needs to be the most engaging. See Simone Rocha's embellished version and Anthropologie's athletic striped pair. If you're thinking of flaunting a little more sock/leg, favor one with an even bolder all-over appearance. Like Marni's bright yellow checked set. Or Gucci's logo-clad option. Andrej Gronau's beige socks have texture in all the right places. Free People's offering boasts two distinct pointelle patterns. Swedish Stockings has a couple of striking pairs, including a pretty wine knit creation. And yes, you can even wear all of these with sandals. Barring any blizzards, of course.

Prices vary quite drastically. Which means you'll need to weigh the cost versus how much wear you will actually get out of them. As you'd expect, the designer ones demand more of a financial commitment. We're talking anywhere from a little over $100 up to $450. You may only be able to invest in one pair. On the other end of the budget spectrum, you can snag stylish incarnations for as little as $4.99. That means you can afford to buy different socks to sport almost every single day of the week.

Here are the coolest tall socks to wear straight through winter and even into spring.

Marni Checkered Knitted Calf-Length Socks

Marni Checkered Knitted Calf-Length Socks, $125 at Farfetch

Loro Piana Cashmere Over-the-Knee Socks
Loro Piana

Loro Piana Cashmere Over-the-Knee Socks, $450 at Mytheresa

By Anthropologie Knee-High Athletic Socks
By Anthropologie

By Anthropologie Knee-High Athletic Socks in Pink Combo, $20 at Anthropologie

Swedish Stockings Vilda Chunky Over-Knees
Swedish Stockings

Swedish Stockings Vilda Chunky Over-Knees, $69 at Swedish Stockings

Zara Metallic Threads Socks

Zara Metallic Threads Socks, $17.90 at Zara

Urban Outfitters Essential Knee High Sock
Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters Essential Knee High Sock, $4.99 at Urban Outfitters

Gucci GG Cotton-Blend Socks

Gucci GG Cotton-Blend Socks, $290 at Mytheresa

Andrej Gronau Beige Over-the-Knee Socks
Andrej Gronau

Andrej Gronau Beige Over-the-Knee Socks, $195 at SSENSE

Mango Long Knitted Socks

Mango Long Knitted Socks, $25.99 at Mango

Swedish Stockings Alba Ginkgo Knee-Highs
Swedish Stockings

Swedish Stockings Alba Ginkgo Knee-Highs in Wine Knit, $45 at Swedish Stockings

COS Wool Knee-High Socks

COS Wool Knee-High Socks, $22 at COS

Raey Over-the-Knee Ribbed Silk Socks

Raey Over-the-Knee Ribbed Silk Socks, $95 at Matches Fashion

Simone Rocha Embellished Cotton Socks
Simone Rocha

Simone Rocha Embellished Cotton Socks, $450 at Mytheresa

Calzedonia Tall Satin Cotton Socks

Calzedonia Tall Satin Cotton Socks in 614 Milk White, $9 at Calzedonia

Anna Sui Black Lace Socks
Anna Sui

Anna Sui Black Lace Socks, $130 at SSENSE

Free People Pointelle Over-the-Knee Scrunch Socks
Free People

Free People Pointelle Over-the-Knee Scrunch Socks in Cream, $20 at Free People

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