Bombas Socks Review: Are They Worth the Price?

By Derek Lakin
HighYa Staff
Published on: Nov 25, 2017

Derived from the Latin word for bumblebee, Bombas is women’s, men’s, and kid’s sock manufacturer that donates a pair to the homeless community for every one purchased.

On top of this, the company crafts their products from high-quality extra long staple cotton yarns with natural moisture-wicking and antimicrobial properties.

The website reports they also spent two years researching, developing, and implementing features like hand-linked toes seams, y-stitched heels, Stay-Up technology, and a honeycomb-structure mid-foot support, which the company claims will make their socks feel better than anything you’ve ever put on your feet.

Whether you’re participating in an athletic activity, going to work, or running errands, you want socks that are comfortable all throughout the day. And the fact that Bombas has donated more than five million pairs to the homeless community is compelling—and could certainly make you feel even better about your purchase.

But before handing over your money, take a couple of moments to read through what we learned during our research so you can make the most informed decision possible.

Which Types of Socks Does Bombas Offer?

Bombas sells a variety of socks for women, men, and kids as single pairs, as well as in different pre-arranged multipacks (in other words, you can’t create your own). When searching their site, results can be filtered by color, height, and occasion.

All versions feature extra padding on the footbed, although the company ensures us that they’re not thick enough to cause shoe discomfort.

Note: Bombas also emphasizes their socks “contain a small amount of latex” and “are made in factories that use latex.” If you’re allergic to latex, they consequently recommend choosing another brand. Other materials in their socks include (percentages vary by sock type):

  • 63-78% Extra Long Staple Cotton (Merino options contain 78% wool)
  • 13-34% Polyester
  • 3-6% Rubber
  • 1-7% Spandex
  • 1-12% Nylon

Bombas Women’s & Men’s Socks

Bombas Women's and Men's SocksBombas’ women’s and men’s socks are available in many popular heights, designs (as well as limited editions), and materials, including extra long staple cotton and Merino wool.

Women’s socks are available in five heights (no show, ankle, quarter, calf, and knee-high), while knee-high versions are not available in men’s. Both span four main categories:

  • Dress & Office – Lightweight Crew, Marls, Donegal, Dress Solids
  • Gym, Athletic, & Sport – Marled, Solids, University, Rugby, Solids, Running, Originals, Americanos
  • Casual – Merino Wool, Lightweight Crew, Cushioned, Marls, Originals
  • Ski – Performance ski and snowboard socks with strategic zone cushioning, airflow venting, and Invisitoe technology.

Bombas Kid’s Socks

Bombas Kid's SocksBombas’ kid’s socks promise to deliver all the comfort, support, and softness found in the adult versions, just in smaller sizes.

Comparatively, Bombas kid’s socks are only available in calf and ankle heights, as well as three main categories: Casual, Sport, and Grippers.

How Much Do Bombas’ Socks Cost?

Bombas socks are only available directly through the company, with adult women and men’s sizes running between 4 and 16, and kid’s sizes between 1.5-8.5 (toddler) and 9-3 (youth). Bigger adult sizes are available in select styles.

Women’s & Men’s

  • Single pairs: $12 - $28
  • 4 to 12-packs: $30 - $122.40

Kid’s Socks

  • 3 to 12-packs: $15 - $64.80

The company indicates their socks are true to size, although they'll slightly shrink (so little that you might not notice) the first time you wash them. Then, never again.

All Bombas orders come with a Happiness Guarantee that covers free exchanges and returns (including free shipping), with no time limit. In order to request one, customer support can be reached at 800-314-0980 or via their site’s contact form.

What Can We Learn from Bombas Customer Reviews?

Between TrustPilot and TheGrommet, we encountered more than 670 customer reviews for Bombas socks at the time of our research, with a combined average rating of about four stars.

There, most compliments appeared to reference comfort, durability, and fit (including their propensity to remain in place during the day). Complaints—what relatively few there were—frequently revolved around long shipping times, lower quality than expected, and slow support response. In each instance, a company representative replied with a resolution.

From a company perspective, Bombas’ co-founders David Heath and Randy Goldberg pitched their sock-charity idea on the season six premiere of the popular TV show Shark Tank back in 2014.

Shark Daymond John invested $200K for 17.5 percent equity in the company, and CNBC reports that the “company did $1.2 million in sales and completely sold out of inventory” following their appearance. They’re “on track to do $50 million in sales for 2017.”

Bombas vs. Other Direct-to-Customer Sock Manufacturers

It’s no secret that Bombas is potentially up against hundreds—or even thousands—of sock manufacturers from all around the world, so competition is fierce. In the CNBC article above, even Daymond John admits that he has tons of FUBU socks in a warehouse that are next to impossible to sell, especially with so many companies now selling direct to consumers.

How to choose your best brand?

Perhaps the most important fact to point out is that we didn’t encounter any other sock manufacturer during our research that donates a pair to charity for every one sold. So, if this is among your top criteria, Bombas is currently the only game in town.

From there, and as emphasized on the company’s website, it’s largely going to come down to your needs and personal preferences (color, fit, style, materials, intended use, etc.), as well as your budget.

For example, REI notes that Merino wool can work great in cool and warm conditions, absorbs moisture, and cushions, but it’s also one of the more expensive options.

If budget is at the top of your list, cotton socks tend to rank toward the bottom. However, they’re not ideal for active wear. The durability of synthetic materials can make them ideal for sports, although they can be a less comfortable choice in hot weather and their insulation ability is reduced when wet (such as with sweat).

Eastern Mountain Sports adds that shorter socks are better suited for activities like for running and biking, while crew socks can be a better choice for hiking and backpacking.

Our Final Thoughts About Bombas Socks

The CNBC article earlier reported that, other than Daymond John, all of the other Sharks were worried that the company’s one-to-one retail/charity business model was too risky. Despite this, it seems Bombas has become a roaring success in the few years since, not only based on their sales numbers, but also on their mostly positive online customer feedback.

Will their socks meet all your needs and preferences? There’s simply no way to know without giving them a try.

With this in mind, Bombas stands behind their products with a no-time-limit refund and exchange policy—including shipping, which is a rarity—so it doesn’t seem you have much more to lose than a bit of your time if you’re dissatisfied.

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Average Consumer Rating: 2.3
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5 star: 9 4 star: 4 3 star: 3 2 star: 6 1 star:  23
Bottom Line: 29% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Size

    • Cleveland, OH,
    • Jun 17, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    My socks are too big. I wear a size 9 shoe, ordered the medium, and the heel is up my leg. Maybe you should adjust your size chart. I can still use them and would like to keep them, I do not want to send them back. I'm already in $15 for the socks. This is why you buy one to try before buying a multi-pack.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Below average

    • Detroit, MI,
    • Jun 11, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have placed 3 orders (after receiving a pair in my Birchbox) with Bombas to totally switch all my socks over to their brands. I have purchased the no-show, quarter and dress socks. In total I purchased about 20 pairs of socks. At first they were nice, but I should have worn them over time before placing more orders. They pill extremely easily, worse than a generic pair of socks at Walmart. I have also had 3 pair come apart. Bombas did replace one pair but it gets tiresome to email them, especially when it seems to happen so often. I have tossed out most of the socks and gone back to Hanes for athletic socks and Gold Toe for dress socks. They are 1/3 of the price of Bombas.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Unsatisfied customer

    • Slidell, LA,
    • May 29, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I wore the socks maybe five times and they're already starting to rip out above the heel. I tried to make a warranty claim but can't seem to find my order. Now I need to post at least 180 characters so hopefully this will do it.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Great exchange policy

    • Ohio,
    • May 27, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I needed to exchange my socks. Bombas did my exchange with and requested that I either regift the socks or donate them.

    I donated two pairs and gave two pairs to my mother-in-law.

    Thank you Bombas for such a great product.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Holes in multiple pairs

    • Florida,
    • May 10, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought an 8 pack of men's socks. From the jump a hole in 1 pair. I contacted them and they sent me 2 new pairs in which 1 of the 2 had a hole in the same spot. I contacted them again and they are sending me another pair for what I don't know. Cheap China crap.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Not worth the price

    • Everett, WA,
    • May 10, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Ordered several crews along with no shows. All are incredibly thin for the price. The no show socks don't stay up, even walking around the house. I commend the company for the generosity at our expense, I won't be coming back. I don't believe the product is worth half the price.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 7 people found this review helpful

    I guess my Bombas are different

    • Riverside, CA,
    • Apr 2, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I don’t know you reviewers, but I’m convinced you’re either crazy or we have ordered completely different socks. Also, if you’re wearing them with boots, why do you care if they’re no shoe? My calf high socks don’t show in boots. So since 2013, I’ve had 12 plus pair of the ankle and calf socks (plus my husband orders dress socks in size Medium). He’s also ordered 12+ pairs of ankle and calf socks. They’ve basically replaced all other socks. We are thrilled with how they fit. And no, I don’t have teenage 16-year-old calf/legs. These fit me when I was 5'7" and 128 pounds just as well as when I was pregnant and 168 pounds. I’ve worn holes in two pairs but they were five years old by then. Bombas replaces them! Even though I routinely wore these ones outside on concrete and gravel.

    I started buying in 2013, when they had the limited edition released around Christmas time, and GAP actually carried Bombas in store. Those limited edition color ones (baby blue and hot pink solid color calf high) are still in shape and comfy; they fit well and are hole-free.

    I’ve emailed customer service twice looking for color combos or about multi pack questions and they’ve always responded quickly. I know for certain I’ve spoken to a live human with a real voice who has answered real questions. Bombas are amazing. The only con about them is that they last so long I begin to tire of the colors and want new socks just for the fun of it.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    I have a love/hate relationship with these socks...

    • Connecticut,
    • Mar 16, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    First off, I love the feel and fit of these socks. I was a solid non-sock wearer and these made me like socks again. I really like the no-show, not too thick and a true no show. They are expensive, but I thought worth the price. The low cut no-shows, however, do not stay up in regular shoes like they should. And both my husband and I had socks that developed holes in the toe pretty quickly. Also, if you purchase Bombas for everyone in the house, it is impossible to tell whose is whose as they are not labeled by size. Very frustrating. That being said, I would still buy them since I have not found any others I like as well.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Love these socks

    • Nashville, OH,
    • Mar 15, 2019
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    I love these socks! I have neuropathy in my feet. Regular socks bother my feet. The seams hurt my toes and the rougher material makes the whole bottom of my feet hurt after rubbing on them all day. Bombast socks are softer and the seams don't bother me at all.

    Highly recommend these socks!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Second set of Bombas socks are on the way!

    • New York,
    • Mar 14, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I actually have no problem with fit. I checked the size guide and ordered accordingly. The gym socks (ankle socks) fit great and never slipped.

    And I also purchased over the calf and half calf...so far pretty good. I really can't complain, easy to spot a pair in my laundry (why do plain socks always go missing?). I have only washed a few times...so no real loosening or fraying yet. I wanted to have more pairs in other colors and got some for a friend who spends a lot of time outdoors. When I placed my first order, I used the Amazon Pay option (second order used the PayPal option), and the first order came in a timely manner.

    I do appreciate that they donate socks, and the colorful design and one friend's endorsement on how much he liked their gym socks is why I decided to purchase.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 19 out 27 people found this review helpful

    Bombas service is pathetic!

    • Texas,
    • Mar 7, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I ordered $100.00 + worth of socks from Bombas. They shipped them using DHL. The tracking number that Bombas provided was not giving me any information about delivery. I called DHL and spoke with their customer service. I was told Bombas had not given them the package yet. I was told that Bombas often sends customers shipped notifications and then does not give DHL the package for days. I called and spoke with Leeway. He is a member of the Bombas "Happiness Team." I have also had emails with Drew Stadler. Both will lie to you, give you excuses. They simply don't care. They refused to help with tracking. The Happiness team should be called The "Liar and we don't care" Team. I have requested to return the socks or I will refuse them. I have been told numerous times I will receive a Return label. It has not happened. These people at Bombas have terrible and dishonest service. Avoid these people for your own sake. They are pathetic liars.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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