Men’s socks come in many varieties to serve a plethora of functions. While casual cotton crew socks often come to mind, there are many other fabrics and styles available including wool, woolen and ankle socks. Wool and woolen socks provide enhanced moisture-wicking breathability and odor-resistance, which makes them ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking. Merino wool socks provide the same protection as other wool and woolen socks without the itchiness sometimes associated. Ankle socks ride just below the ankle and are usually used for sports. Men’s ankle socks are perfect for sports, because they often have padding in the heels, toes and behind the ankle to prevent blisters. Crew socks are the classic casual sock. Crew socks ride just above the ankle and are usually made of cotton. Men’s socks by Goodhew, Bridgedale and SmartWool are comfortable and versatile.